Before laundering, check your sweater for missing or broken buttons.

How to Dry a Cardigan

by Mimi Bullock

The style flexibility of a cardigan makes it a wardrobe must-have; however, if you rush the drying process during laundering, this essential garment may shrink. Whether wearing this button-up sweater with a sheath dress or a simple tank top and jeans, it should complement your outfit and shape -- not look misshapen or tight. Before you attempt to clean the cardigan, read the care label. If the manufacturer suggests dry cleaning, you should rely on a professional service for the cardigan's care.

Fold a white towel in half. Ball up the wet sweater and place it on the folded towel. Gently squeeze the water from the sweater without crinkling or creasing it.

Replace the towel with a fresh, dry one -- you do not need to fold the towel in half. Spread the towel on a flat surface. Place the the sweater on the towel, spreading it out to prevent wrinkling.

Gently roll the sweater and towel together, starting at the bottom. Do this repeatedly to continue to force the water from the fabric.

Lay the sweater on a drying rack or on a piece of mesh fabric. It is essential to dry the garment flat, on a surface that allows air to circulate underneath it to prevent mold from growing.

Items you will need

  • White towels
  • Drying rack
  • Mesh fabric


  • Spin a small sweater in a salad spinner to remove water quickly. You should not use this shortcut if the cardigan has beads or embellishments.
  • Damp iron a cardigan to get a neat pressed look.


  • Wool, including cashmere, sweaters can take days to dry completely.

About the Author

Mimi Bullock's writing reflects her love of traveling the back roads of small towns and sampling the local cuisine. As a regular feature writer for "Southern Hospitality Traveler" and journalist for "Beachin' Magazine," she gets to experience the rich heritage of the southern culture. She is also a licensed cosmetologist who has her own skin care line.

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