Help, I've accidentally shrunk a cashmere jumper

(39 Posts)

I put it through a cotton cycle with a full spin by accident sad It's still damp, is there anything I can do to stretch it out again?

goralka Sat 08-Dec-12 22:21:19

I hate to tell you but no, that's it really.

Oh no! What size was it before & what size is it now?

bishboschone Sat 08-Dec-12 22:30:13

Keep stretching it while its wet . Iron it and again stretch it out while dampish . It's possible to get it to stretch a bit.

monkeysmama Sat 08-Dec-12 22:46:21

Worth a try but in my bitter experience it's probably lost.

CajaDeLaMemoria Sat 08-Dec-12 22:48:25

You might be able to stretch it but it probably won't be wearable again.

I've got two the fmil has washed - she spent hours trying to stretch and shape them afterwards but they are shapeless, baggy and horrendous.

Give it a try, but I wouldn't hold out to much hope. Sorry.

NagooHoHoHo Sat 08-Dec-12 22:51:06

Buy a tiny dog, and a new jumper.

drcrab Sat 08-Dec-12 23:04:42

Nope. Sorry. hmm

goralka Sat 08-Dec-12 23:07:02

I did that to a lovely pink ballet-style cardigan my daughter had - made a fab dolly's jumper though...

It started as a size 16-18, and is now an 8-10. It's a good thing I've lost weight this year and it was too big.

I have soaked it for 10 minutes.in tepid water with some hair conditioner, and stretched it out on a huge towel with DH's help. It is sort of pegged out with tins holding it down in the stretched position.

NagooHoHoHo Sat 08-Dec-12 23:27:11

Ohhh you could get a bigger dog then wink

NagooHoHoHo Sat 08-Dec-12 23:27:54

Bless you, you really liked that jumper, eh? thanks

thenightsky Sat 08-Dec-12 23:30:16

oh i've lost too many items of knitwear like this sad I have a phobia about getting owt vaguely wollen even wet these days.

SrirachaGirl Sat 08-Dec-12 23:32:00

Do you have a DD? My ten year-old would be delighted to hear that I'd shrunk a cashmere jumper as she has a silver spoon lodged firmly in her mouth.

queenofthepirates Sat 08-Dec-12 23:38:11

Shrunken cashmere jumpers make fabulous cushion covers if you can sew.

No DD, but two DSs who would quite like it (it's grey), but they are too small for it even in its shrunken state. It's now over an airer finishing drying. I might put it on DH for a further stretching out later grin

gazzalw Sun 09-Dec-12 07:41:30

DW did this with a very lovely Ralph Lauren jumper she'd bought me - never again expensive wool items in this household. I do feel your pain sad....

FamiliesShareGerms Sun 09-Dec-12 07:58:19

I have managed to save one of DH's merino jumpers by stretching and stretching while wet, but I suspect cashmere would be too fine to take that treatment, I'm afraid.

EwanHoHoHozami Sun 09-Dec-12 08:01:46

would it make you feel better if I told you that I really like your name?

and that there's 30% off at the crumpet outlet store this w/e with COUNT30]] ?

Thank you Ewan. I think DH is quietly celebrating because he now knows what to get me for Christmas hmm

I.normally have a system for keeping delicates etc out of the main wash by using a separate laundry basket, but it broke and I haven't got around to getting another one <curses>

I am an 8-10. I'll buy it from you?

Chandon Sun 09-Dec-12 09:30:20

That is it, I am afraid.

The ony cashmere that reovers from this treatment is Brora, imo.

Most brands go too woolly and weirdshaped and shrunken to ever be worn again...

Thank you tak1chances but it is now nearer a 12-14 after the work I have put in to stretching it. I am going to iron it later to try and stretch it a teeny bit more. I was feeling pessimistic but it's actually looking promising.

It's a Fenn Wright Manson sweater and I am impressed with the way it has stretched again. The weave won't ever be quite right again though.

Well done! Thank goodness for mumsnet.
I should have stayed away from this thread though, I bought a cashmere dress just now with Ewan's crumpet discount code!

There's a picture on my profile of my sweater pinned underneath a load of tins and bottles of wine go on have a laugh

DillyTante Sun 09-Dec-12 11:28:12

Make some lovely wrist warmers out of it.

Bluestocking Sun 09-Dec-12 11:39:23

Good luck with the resizing project, quietbat! One of my favourite jumpers is an M&S Autograph cashmere which I bought at a charity shop - the label says 16 but I'm size 12 and it is a perfect fit. For some reason, the knit survived the shrinking and it just feels rather thicker than cheapo cashmere usually is.

Neena28 Sun 09-Dec-12 12:07:57

Some of the nicest cushions I have I've made from washing disasters!!! Buy the pads from dunelm if you can't salvage it and make a cover. Dead easy and loads of tutorials on line if you aren't a sew-re normally.

KatieSantaPawskitty Sun 09-Dec-12 12:52:55

Great picture!

Poor you though. Have done similar.

trikken Sun 09-Dec-12 13:24:19

I accidentally shrunk my sisters woolen jumper. It was never the same sad it was her favourite too.

Gingersnap88 Sun 09-Dec-12 15:06:52

Only popped on to read this thread a ended up buying a cashmere dress! angry

LeftyLucy Sun 09-Dec-12 15:46:10

I did laugh. grin

Caerlaverock Sun 09-Dec-12 15:58:10

Goes to show not everything in cashmere is worth buying. Nice.

HouseOfTinsel Sun 09-Dec-12 21:17:57

Loving the wine bottles as jumper weights grin

Maybe you should stick a couple up the sleeves just to make sure?

grin they were nearby. Up the sleeves is a genius idea. If I ever do the same thing again I shall do that I sincerely hope not

Update - the jumper fits, but is no where near the size it started, but I'm considerably smaller than I was when I bought it too. I just won't be able to get away with wearing another layer underneath it anymore. It is shedding a little, but I am hoping that will improve when it next gets washed. She shape is spot on shock

And can I also thank you all for your support at this difficult time. I'd have been mocked and thoroughly told off, and told that there are bigger problems in the world elsewhere grin

zanz1bar Mon 10-Dec-12 19:04:32

last christmas DH gets red cashmere socks , by feb they are mine, by oct they are DD and now they are DS 7 yrs. thick felted cashmere boot liners his has no idea just how lucky he is!

You can also spin them again and use as felt hmm

And I love your name qbp

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