Last fall, I finished my first garment for myself (the back-to-school u-neck vest from Fitted Knits: http://yarncrawl.typepad.com/fittedknitsalong/backtoschool_uneck_vest/index.html). I used jo sharp silk road aran. It has a great ribbed (2k 2p) base with a waffle pattern with darts top. I loved it! It was great to make.
But now... I've worn it a couple of time and the rib isn't so stretchy any more and I'm tempted to wash it.
My anxieties are as follows:
Will my ribs pull back together again? or will washing it just stretch it out more? Can I throw it in the dryer?
Your thoughts and expertise are most welcome!
You can wash it, but I would recommend a really mild detergent (or baby shampoo), washing by hand (with luke warm water - or cold water) and drying it lying flat.
Washing machine and dryer could shrink the wool, or even felt it.
Here's a good "how to": http://tipnut.com/how-to-wash-dry-woollen-garments/