I know I might be preaching to the choir here, but at the shop, we always run into pushback when we tell people a yarn requires hand washing. A number of yarns can be laundered in a machine and come out as good as new. But most yarns require hand washing, and I am here to tell you, it is not that hard. So many people imagine this complex process that takes a lot of tools and setup. But it is simple, trust me.
Use a mixing bowl in the kitchen for smaller items like a baby sweater, small cowl, socks, mitts, or hat. (Or grab a Minnie Basin from our online shop.)
Add a bit of wool wash, like Eucalan, to the bottom of the bowl (If you don't have a wool wash, you can use just water or a bit of Dawn).
Then fill it with warm water.
Pop the item in the bowl, give it a swish, and let it soak for 15 or 20 minutes.
Squeeze the water out of the item. Never wring the item out; you could stretch the stitches.
Wrap the project in a towel and push down on it to get out more water. (You can also put it in your washing machine's "slow" spin-only cycle.)
That is it. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and get some hand washing done! The process takes no time and is quite relaxing.