Extreme Sweater Laundering

August 13th, 2006 | View Comments

Remember my adventures in Rogue? All my gauge issues and time spent with the hair dryer?

Here’s take two.

Turns out that the Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran does not just bloom and grow on the first wash, but also on the second and the third.

I measured Rogue after its Eucalan soak today and the bust came in at a whopping 42″. I have a 34″ bust, people, and that’s on a good day. I laid Rogue out to dry next to my Hourglass sweater and it was comical. The two sweaters didn’t even look like they belonged to the same person.

I got out my trusty hair dryer again, gave Rogue a few half-hearted shots of heat, sighed and gave up. I needed more power. So I gathered up my Rogue, cradled it as if I might never see it again, apologized for what I was about to do to it, took it downstairs, and threw it in the dryer.

Ten whole minutes passed. Ten minutes on permanent press. I tried not to think about what might be happening in the dark and lonely confines of the dryer. I thought I heard Rogue screaming.

I opened the dryer and peeked inside. What size person would Rogue fit? A toddler? A tween?

Rogue was noticeably smaller, but was thankfully not toddler-sized. Hoping against hope, I tried Rogue on.


It fit, it fit, it fit! Wheeee! Scarcely believing my good fortune, I grabbed Rogue and ran upstairs. A tape measure confirmed: 38″ across at the bust, 18″ from armpit to wrist. Now, laying next to the Hourglass, they looked like they belonged to the same person.

Thank you, thank you, Gods of Dryers and Knitting and Sweaters and Wool. I promise I will never fudge a gauge swatch again.

Rogue, blocking in its new size

Afterword: Some of you may be wondering…why on earth was I laundering sweaters today? Surely I have not been decking myself out in aran wool in 90-degree heat?

Relax. No, I have not.

The truth is, timely completion of household chores is not my forte. Ask my mother. I last wore both sweaters in early May and, um…finally got around to washing them today. *embarrassed*

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CogKnition posted this on August 13th, 2006 @ 5:42pm in Life as a Knitter | Permalink to "Extreme Sweater Laundering"


  1. lobstah says:

    Hooray, glad you were able to shrink it without ruining it (although I guess at that point, what did you have to lose?).
    My handwashing sits around for weeks and months too.

  2. Charity says:

    Yay! I am so pleased the sweater drama worked out! Rogue looks lovely, by the way. I don’t think I’ve seen it before. I wonder if all Jo Sharp Silkroad is like this – I’ve been thinking about the DK for a sweater for myself.

  3. Yvonne says:

    Part of the problem might be that the gauge of the sweater was really much too loose a gauge for the yarn. If you actually knit and wash at a proper gauge, you might not see so much growth in the finished garment.

    But definitely watch out for some initial growth — Clara pointed it out in her review of Silkroad on KR