If you don’t use a drying rack for your wet sweaters, then consider the ol’ panty hose trick to avoid shoulder pupkees. (That’s our family’s word for those stretched-out, epaulet-type of shoulder bumps that result from hanging wet—and sometimes dry—sweaters on hangers.) Here’s what to do…

Take a pair of clean panty hose, and thread the legs through each arm of the sweater starting from inside the sweater at the armpits— one leg in one arm, and the other leg in the other arm.

Bring the waist of the panty hose up through the sweater’s neck. If you use a clothesline, attach clothespins to the waist and each of the two feet. If you want to use a hanger or a hook, tie the two panty hose feet together, forming a loop, and then put it on the hanger or hook—the panty hose waist will stretch inside the sweater. Just make sure you have enough height for your sweater to hang. This method puts no stress on the shoulders.

If your sweater is big and heavy—even more so when it’s wet—it’s better to dry it flat. When you spread it out on a drying rack or table, cut a brown paper bag down the seams, crinkle it and stuff it into the torso of the sweater, using more brown paper as needed. The paper stuffing will speed up the drying process.

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