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How to care for your Knitwear

Caring for Your Knitwear

Proper care and maintenance of your knitwear can ensure it stays beautiful and lasts longer. Follow these simple steps to keep your knitwear in top condition:

1. Washing

Hand Washing:

  • Use Cold Water: Fill a basin with cold water and add a small amount of mild detergent specifically designed for wool or delicate fabrics.
  • Gently Agitate: Submerge the knitwear and gently swish it around. Avoid wringing or twisting the fabric to prevent stretching.
  • Rinse Thoroughly: Drain the soapy water and refill the basin with clean, cold water. Gently rinse the garment until all soap is removed.

Machine Washing:

  • Use a Mesh Bag: Place the knitwear in a mesh laundry bag to protect it from snagging or stretching.
  • Choose the Right Cycle: Use the gentle or wool cycle on your washing machine with cold water.
  • Mild Detergent: Add a small amount of wool-friendly detergent.

2. Drying

  • Avoid the Dryer: Never put knitwear in the dryer as it can shrink and damage the fibres.
  • Lay Flat to Dry: After washing, reshape the garment and lay it flat on a clean, dry towel. Roll the towel with the garment inside to remove excess water.
  • Air Dry: Lay the knitwear flat on a drying rack, away from direct sunlight and heat sources.

3. Storing

  • Clean Before Storing: Ensure your knitwear is clean before storing to prevent moth damage.
  • Fold, Don’t Hang: Fold your knitwear to maintain its shape and avoid stretching.
  • Use Storage Bags: Store in breathable cotton bags or containers with cedar blocks or lavender sachets to deter moths.

4. Dealing with Pilling

  • Pilling: Use a fabric shaver or a sweater stone to gently remove pills from the surface of your knitwear.
  • Regular Maintenance: Regularly removing pills can keep your knitwear looking fresh and new.

5. Mending and Repairs

  • Repair Snags Promptly: Use a needle to gently pull snags through to the inside of the garment.
  • Patch Holes: Small holes can be patched or darned to extend the life of your knitwear.

6. General Tips

  • Rotate Your Knitwear: Give your knitwear a break between wears to let the fibres rest and recover.
  • Avoid Over-washing: Knitwear doesn’t need to be washed after every wear. Spot clean as needed and wash after several wears.

By following these care instructions, you can enjoy your knitwear for many years to come!