How To Shrink a Sweater

How To Shrink a Sweater – The Easiest Way

Have your old favorite sweater stretched and become too big? Or have you ordered a sweater that’s too big and fails to fit you well?

If yes, this post is for you!

You can easily reshape the sweater and make it fit you perfectly well from the comfort of your home.

How? By the means of Shrinking.

In the following post, we’ll discuss more details about how to shrink a sweater to make it smaller and fitting.

WARM NOTE: We’ll provide you with up to 3 sweater shrinking methods that have been proven to excellently transform the size of a bigger sweater to a smaller, more fitting cloth.

Each method might only work for specific sweater fabrics as indicated.

These methods include:

How to Shrink a Sweater Using Washer and Dryer

Good for: angora, wool, cashmere, and mohair sweater fabrics.

How to do it:

  1. Wash the stretched out sweater in a hot water or hot cycle and time it to wash for around 10 minutes (exposing it for a full cycle isn’t recommended; keep checking it from time to time). To prevent sweater fibers from snagging in your washing machine, consider putting the sweater in a pillowcase before washing it or simply turn it inside out).
  2. Next, let the sweater dry for approx. 25 minutes on low heat. Be sure to check it after every 6 minutes. The purpose of this step is to make the fibers tighten up, which will result in your sweater becoming shorter and thicker (or simply shrinking).
  3. Now try the sweater to see if it’s fitting. If you find that it’s still too big to consider putting it back in the dryer and repeating the whole process. If it doesn’t shrink with the first attempt, the second round should work.

Shrinking With Iron - How to Shrink a Cotton sweater


Good for: cotton fabrics.

How to do it:

  1. Put water in a large pot where your sweater will easily fit and bring it to boil. Then add the sweater you wish to shrink and allow it to boil for about 5 minutes.If you fear about the sweater colors fading, simply add 240ml of white vinegar to the water.
  2. Next, remove the sweater from the water and blot it with a towel to remove all the excess water. To completely remove water from it, roll it up inside the towel and squeeze out all the water.
  3. Iron the sweater on high heat for up to 5 minutes. To do this, you’ll need to place your sweater flat on an ironing board and then cover it with a cloth, e.g. towel (to prevent potential heat damages).

The Reshaping Method - How to Shrink a Wool Sweater


Good for: wool sweaters

How to do it:

  1. Fill a sink with cool water, add a tablespoon of bleach-free detergent, and mix them using your hands.
  2. Soak your water in the resulting mixture for around 5-10 minutes, making sure to check it every 3 minutes and swirl in in water. AVOID twisting or bunching the sweater during swirling to avoid damaging the material.
  3. When done, blot the sweater with a towel (press a towel against it) to squeeze out excess water. Attentively, push the sweater against the wall to squeeze out the excess water. Again, avoid wriggling it out during blotting as this can easily damage the fabric.
  4. Using your hands, gently squish together (push the material inward using fingers) the parts you wish to shrink. If you wish to shrink the entire sweater, do this for the whole sweater.
  5. Finally, place the sweater on a flat surface where it’ll not get disturbed to allow it to air-dry and take in its new form. Keep the sweater away from pets to avoid any disturbances.

Final Word

If your favorite old sweater has suddenly become bigger and no longer fits you well or you bought a sweater that seems bigger, you can make it fit you by simply shrinking it.

In the above post, we’ve just discussed the three most effective methods about how to shrink a sweater. As you can see, all the three methods are super-easy for anyone to do and requires only 3-4 simple steps.

However, make sure you use the ideal method for the specific type of fabric your sweater comes with as we’ve indicate at the beginning of each method.

Have you started shrinking your sweater already?

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