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Have found some nice jumpers but they are handwash only.WWYD?
I handwash jumpers in the sink and then chuck them in the machine for a cool rinse and spin. Every time I have tried to use the handwash thing on the machine something has shrunk. All I do is chuck them in the sink with some dtergent and luke warm water and give them a swirl about every now and then - seems to work.
Agitation (ie spinning) is as much a problem as temperature with handwash stuff. I tend to put them on a silk wash and turn the spin off then squeeze the water out by hand. I used to risk the lowest spin speed but did shrink a lambswool jumper of dh's recently doing this
I've got a feature on the washing machine which gives options for silk or wool at cold or 30 or 40 degrees and a spin cycle of 700. I have washed a merino wool top in the w/m and it was ok (but was dh's top!)
But yes, I would be concerned about lambswool (but I think that's rather scratchy anyway isn't it?)
I think the manufacturers are probably being overly-cautious [hopeful] Oh god, it's the drying though.......
Here's how to dry heavy handwash-only jumpers. Squeeze out as much water as you can and lay out flat on a large towel. Fold the edges of the towel round the outline of the jumper, keeping it flat. Then roll the towel up tightly. Put the whole thing, tightly rolled, into a laundry bag - one of those net things for putting bras and tights into. Stick it into the washing machine and spin the living daylights out of it. When you take the bundle out and unroll it, the jumper will be nearly dry. Then you can just peg it out/hang it on a hanger indoors according to the weather.
Re OP, I put most things in the washing machine on a gentle cycle with washing liquid for delicate fabrics. The only thing I consent to handwash is a silk jersey shirt with a really nice sheen because I know the sheen won't last if I put it in the machine.