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Feb 12, 2019 15:25:48   #
onestrokeartist
 
Ok, I admit I just don't remember to wash cotton sweaters in cold water and I forget another thing, I toss my cotton sweaters into hot dryers. So when I buy cotton sweaters, I always buy one size larger. Now that I am knitting an all cotton sweater, I guess I should knit one size larger?
 
Feb 12, 2019 15:44:06   #
fergablu2
 
You need to make a large swatch, measure it, launder it, remeasure it, and then decide what size to make. An adult sweater is a lot of work, so you don’t want to waste your time if it shrinks a lot.
Feb 12, 2019 15:46:35   #
rosemarya (a regular here)
 
I would just in case. When I sort, it's usually a mindless chore. That's why I mostly use acryllic. I remember watching a beautiful, soft wool sweater, that I made for my grandaughter come out of the dryer felted. Oh the tears!!! From me! She was an infant.
Feb 12, 2019 15:47:32   #
Pealark (a regular here)
 
There is not only size to worry about. *Some* cotton biases - a lot, imo. So you definitely need to make a good sized swatch, and wash it, treating it exactly like you would the finished sweater. Go from there. If it biases, you may need to do some sort of rib stitch.

I feel your pain. Im knitting socks for my bro now. He loves wool socks, but his wife just tosses them in the iaundry & they shrink. So Im knitting him some that still fit after she abuses em. As is, she gets them all. He is tall & has very large ankles & calves, so often the largest size athletic sock is none too big to start with.
Feb 12, 2019 15:52:56   #
GrumpyGramma (a regular here)
 
Things I've made with 100% cotton yarn might look shrunken when they come from the dryer but they stretch out again. For garments I much prefer a cotton/acrylic yarn that is intended for machine wash and dry. I do most of my laundry in cold water anyhow but don't think warm would be a real problem with a cotton/acrylic blend.
Feb 12, 2019 16:11:50   #
Celt Knitter (a regular here)
 
Cotton, except for mercerized, stretches horribly in garments. It shrinks back in the washing/drying process, but my experience over many years is that they become loose, baggy monsters. I would only ever make something flat with it nowadays, unless it was a blend of something with memory.
 
Feb 12, 2019 16:38:14   #
Pealark (a regular here)
 
rosemarya wrote:
I would just in case. When I sort, it's usually a mindless chore. That's why I mostly use acryllic. I remember watching a beautiful, soft wool sweater, that I made for my grandaughter come out of the dryer felted. Oh the tears!!! From me! She was an infant.


I once ruined half a new lamb fleece by thinking, "Ill spin this rinse water out in the washing machine." I totally forgot about the rinse cycle rinsing twice with a second agitation inbetween.
Feb 12, 2019 17:51:44   #
onestrokeartist
 
I have knitted sweaters with Bernat handicrafter 100 % cotton in the past. They turned out just lovely. I just could not remember if I had to knit them one size up. Anyways, I just boiled my swatch in a little pot with dishwashing detergent and threw it in a hot dryer with a wet towel. (Too impatient to wait for a load of laundry). So I just took it out of the dryer and I could stretch it to its original size. So I'm knitting to my size and not to the next size. I guess different cottons react differently to hot.
Feb 12, 2019 22:18:26   #
run4fittness (a regular here)
 
fergablu2 wrote:
You need to make a large swatch, measure it, launder it, remeasure it, and then decide what size to make. An adult sweater is a lot of work, so you don’t want to waste your time if it shrinks a lot.


Feb 13, 2019 06:18:17   #
magsm
 
lots of advice here

https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=unshrink+a+knitted+sweater
Feb 13, 2019 06:56:15   #
saukvillesu
 
At least if you are making this for yourself, you can go through all that work to "test" the washing procedures that you would do--and whether it is worth it to follow those guidelines when washing. If it's a gift--it is more of a gamble if it will look the same after one washing. I always include washing instructions with knitted gifts, but most people don't even look at those tags--and I just hope I haven't wasted lots of time creating it.
 
Feb 13, 2019 12:08:09   #
Jiggs
 
Pealark wrote:
There is not only size to worry about. *Some* cotton biases - a lot, imo. So you definitely need to make a good sized swatch, and wash it, treating it exactly like you would the finished sweater. Go from there. If it biases, you may need to do some sort of rib stitch.

I feel your pain. Im knitting socks for my bro now. He loves wool socks, but his wife just tosses them in the iaundry & they shrink. So Im knitting him some that still fit after she abuses em. As is, she gets them all. He is tall & has very large ankles & calves, so often the largest size athletic sock is none too big to start with.
There is not only size to worry about. *Some* cot... (show quote)


Maybe that's why she abuses them, a method to her madness.
Feb 13, 2019 17:43:19   #
rob529
 
fergablu2 wrote:
You need to make a large swatch, measure it, launder it, remeasure it, and then decide what size to make. An adult sweater is a lot of work, so you don’t want to waste your time if it shrinks a lot.


I agree.
Robin in TX
Feb 14, 2019 05:49:36   #
targa416 (a regular here)
 
Any cotton sweaters I’ve had (hand knitted or purchased), although they shrink in the wash, stretch out the first time they’re worn after laundering. They don’t keep their shape at all.
Feb 15, 2019 17:57:23   #
sbeth53 (a regular here)
 
Yup!
 
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