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cknits
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Posted - 11/18/2005 :  3:57:47 PM  Show Profile Send cknits a Private Message
I'm not sure where to post this question, so I'll try it here.

I just picked up a few of my favorite brand name wool sweaters from the drycleaners and,as usual, was disappointed in the results and the chemical smell, not to mention the $$$.

I've read Clara's article on washing handknits, here's the foolish question, can I get the same results with some of my favorite store boughts?

I'm guessing that I would need to block the sweaters, which might help some regain their orginal shape. Any thoughts, techniques that worked, or precautions?

Thanks!

sarah_knits
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Posted - 11/18/2005 :  4:33:53 PM  Show Profile Send sarah_knits a Private Message
I don't dry clean any of my wool sweaters. I wash them exactly as I would wash my handknits. Depending on the item, that is either handwash in the sink, or on the delicate cycle in a washing machine (think twice before you do that, though). I then lay the item flat on a towel to dry. They don't really lose their shape, so no rigorous blocking with pins or wires is needed.
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