Wool fibers have an outer layer of “scales” that shrink or “felt” when heat, moisture and mechanical action (agitation) cause the scales to interlock. When this happens it is nearly impossible to unlock them. That's why washing wool in a washing machine, even on delicate, often causes wool to shrink.
Hand-washing wool clothing
I prefer to hand wash wool whenever possible. I think things get cleaner and fresher this way.
This is how I wash a wool shirt.
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