How to properly care for your knitwear

October 06, 2016

As we’re well on our way to wintry weather, chances are you’ll be beginning to don your favorite knitted cardigans, jumpers, ponchos and wraps to stay warm (and look fantastic at the same time!). If you’d like to get the most out of them, it’s important to remember that how you care for them will differ greatly to many of the other things in your wardrobe. As such, we thought it would be useful to provide you with a few handy tips to ensure you’re maintaining your knitwear the right way.

  1. Always read the instructions

This may sound pretty obvious, but it’s a very important point to make that, surprisingly, many overlook (hence why it’s number one). Reading the label will give you the instructions as directed by the manufacturer of the item of clothing, who really should know best. If it doesn’t come with a label, it’s worth having a chat with someone who works in the yarn industry.

  1. The washing stage

Keep separate from your other clothing when you wash your knitted items, and don’t pre-soak. The washing powder or detergent you buy needs to be specifically intended for use with knitwear, as they won’t have bleach included. If you’re machine-washing, choose a delicate cycle on a low temperature.

For those who hand wash, it’s important to note that you must not allow your detergent or powder to have direct contact with the garment(s), as it can be detrimental to both the texture and the color. Once you’ve given it a good wash, a thorough rinse is important to get rid of all the residual detergent/powder.

  1. The drying stage

Drying the wrong way can result in either stretched or shrunk clothing. To combat this, ensure you only air-dry your knitwear – never, ever use a clothes dryer. And when it’s air-drying, don’t use a hanger; this can have adverse effects on its shape.

  1. Keep them stored properly

As with the drying stage, when you’re storing your knitted garments we advise against using hangers so it retains its shape. Instead, fold them up and store them on a shelf in your wardrobe. Safeguard against moths while simultaneously providing a pleasant smell by placing a bunch of lavender in your wardrobe.

If you take all of the above tips on board, you’ll be surprised just how much longer your knitwear will last.

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Size Guide
 Women's Clothing Size To fit chest - cm To fit waist - cm To fit hips - cm
XS/S  (8/10) 110-115 95-110 112-117
S/M  (10/12) 115-120 105-110 122-127
M/L  (12/16) 125-130 110-120 130-135
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