I've recently purchased new cashmere sweaters. To my dismay, after only one or two washes, the sweaters shrunk and are now too small and no longer fit.

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How can I prevent cashmere sweaters from shrinking in the wash in the first place? I washed the sweaters in cold water and did not put them in the dryer, yet they still shrunk.


Now that I have too small sweaters, is there a way to re-stretch the sweaters and get them back to a fitting size? I've tried just pulling on the edges, yet this does not stretch it enough. I've tried doing this as soon as they come out of the wash and are still wet as well, yet that doesn't seem to make a difference.

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    Upvote for that picture alone!! (I was going to upvote the question anyway.)
    – BrettFromLA
    Dec 6 '16 at 17:33

I suggest you to follow below steps:

  • Try to get a body model(mannequin), this is the most ideal one I opt for.
  • If you do not have one, you can use ordinary plastic chair like thisenter image description here
  • In this case, stretch your sweater through entire hands of plastic chair.
  • If you did not get one, try to adjust with a number of pillows like those shown here
  • Insert one of your T-shirts on it
  • Insert the shortened sweaters on it
  • Let it be there for some days until you find it has come to your size
  • Interesting idea although I don't really want to purchase a body mannequin and I don't know if pillows are hard enough to keep the shape.
    – Tot Zam
    Dec 7 '16 at 14:24
  • @Tot Zam thanks Tot Zam, have updated answer as per your suggestions. Dec 7 '16 at 15:07
  • Won't the chair stretch the sweater into a weird shape? Maybe I'll try a combination of a chair padded and rounded out to a better form with a pillow.
    – Tot Zam
    Dec 7 '16 at 17:01
  • @TotZam Yes ofcourse, you could also use a single sofa Dec 8 '16 at 5:48

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