Wool jumper- itchy :(

Just bought lovely wool jumper to snuggle down in, but its itchy!!

Anything I can do to stop it? Wash it maybe with some fabric softner or did I just make a bad purchase?
I'm not sure if washing it in anything will help since the fabric itself tends to be pretty itchy. Can you wear a long sleeved t-shirt underneath to keep it off your skin? I know it would be much nicer to have a warm, cozy sweater against your skin, but maybe that can help you save it from being useless.




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Just bought lovely wool jumper to snuggle down in, but its itchy!!

Anything I can do to stop it? Wash it maybe with some fabric softner or did I just make a bad purchase?
Originally Posted by kat180
I knit a wool hat for my boyfriend when we first started dating, but when I finished it was SO ITCHY. So I soaked the hat in a mix of hair conditioner and water for a few minutes and laid it out to dry. No itch since then, even after washing.

Caveat: I'm not sure if all kinds of wool will take so well to soaking. If you have any friends that knit, you might want to ask them what they think. I'd hate for your sweater to get ruined!

Also, some conditioners have a very, very strong smell that won't come out of your knit for a while. Be careful.
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Thanks-I have been wearing it for few hours and it isnt bothering me so much now. But we'll see what it is like after a wash.
Does wool not usually bother you? I have a very hard time wearing any wool at all. Sometimes layers underneath can help; sometimes not.

If you've worn other wool garments with no problem, then that is a bit of a puzzle. Layering may be your best option......
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I'm allergic, but if I wear something beneath it, I'm okay. Otherwise I get the big time itchies (except for alpaca socks, for some reason).
Kat, I understand your frustration. I bought a lovely brown stripey jumper from Next. It looks great on (even if I do say so myself) and really flatters my shape, but it's lambs wool and is so itchy and scratchy that I'm going to be taking it back.
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