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Janice
Warming Up

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Posted - 04/16/2003 :  12:35:37 PM  Show Profile Send Janice a Private Message
I made a white cardigan for my mother. She washed it carefully by hand in Woolite, but spun it out in the washer. Now one sleeve is about four inches longer than the other and there's a row that looks like a snag's been pulled on, but there's no snag anywhere. I've never had this happen in 10 years of knitting. Is there anything I can do, or will I have to knit a whole new sleeve?

fmarrs
Guardian angel

USA
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Posted - 04/16/2003 :  2:58:38 PM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message
My first question is what is the fiber of the yarn? If it is one of the acrylics it may have to be dried in a dryer to go back to its original shape. I would definietely try washing it again. Woolens will stretch amazingly when blocked and can be pulled out of shape by the weight of the water while washing. Some use a strainer to put the washable in while lifting it from the sink to prevent this. A salad spinner works well too and will also spin excess water out before blocking. I would definitely try rewashing and blocking before reknitting.

fran

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fmarrs
Guardian angel

USA
9776 Posts

Posted - 04/16/2003 :  2:58:38 PM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message
My first question is what is the fiber of the yarn? If it is one of the acrylics it may have to be dried in a dryer to go back to its original shape. I would definietely try washing it again. Woolens will stretch amazingly when blocked and can be pulled out of shape by the weight of the water while washing. Some use a strainer to put the washable in while lifting it from the sink to prevent this. A salad spinner works well too and will also spin excess water out before blocking. I would definitely try rewashing and blocking before reknitting.

fran

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