If the reason you need to know is to figure out how to wash it, you could 
simply plan to hand wash it to be on the safe side. Baby things are small and 
usually don't take forever to wash or dry.

If there are other concerns (such as potential allergy), the smell and feel 
tests should give you a clue. You can also ask other knitters to smell and feel 
it if you're not sure you know how to tell.

Alternatively -- neither of the "destructive" tests requires more than, say, 
half an inch of yarn or a pea-sized quantity of fuzz.  Carefully clipping off 
some "fuzz" from the inside without actually cutting any yarn, or looking for a 
place to clip a little off the inside of a seam allowance, could let you be 

On Aug 17, 2016, at 11:46 PM, Elizabeth Jones wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> This is not directly historical but I knew this list would be my best
> chance of an answer.
> My uncle sent my 2 month old son a gift of a hand knitted cardigan which he
> bought from a charity stall. without a label I have no way to know if they
> have used wool or acrylic yarn.
> I know I can test using bleach or a burn test but I don't want to damage
> the garment is there a non destructive test I can do on a finished garment?
> Thanks
> Elizabeth
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