How to Care for Your Knitwear

05 Apr 2019

How to Care for Your Knitwear

Warm, comfortable, soft, stylish. Premium knitwear is meant to feel luxurious to wear. A staple of your winter wardrobe, these classic pieces are an essential investment. To keep them looking and feeling great season after season, here's our expert guide on how to care for your knitwear.

How to Wash Knitwear

Our knitwear is made using the highest-quality yarn and expert craftsmanship. Pure Merino wool is a staple in our collection and offers a ton of benefits. Unlike many synthetic yarns, Merino is super soft and durable while maintaining excellent breathability. It will keep you feeling comfortable all day long. Of course, if you want your knitwear to take care of you, you’ll need to take care of it.

Washing your knitwear correctly is essential to its longevity. Too many people throw their knitwear in the wash only to have it come out ruined. Thankfully, washing your knitwear correctly isn’t hard. All you need to do is follow these simple guidelines.

How to Hand Wash Knitwear

Hand washing your knitwear is a great way to ensure its longevity. Just fill the sink with cold water, add some wool wash or gentle detergent, and start washing gently. Avoid hard scrubbing and rubbing, which can cause surface wear and pilling, and instead, lightly dunk your knitwear and slowly swirl it around. Rinse with clean water before drying.

How to Machine Wash Knitwear

Don’t have the time to hand wash your knitwear? We’ve got your back. Many of our knitwear pieces can be machine washed. All you need to do is keep things gentle. That means choosing a cold, gentle wash on a wool or delicate cycle that won’t spin too quickly. Be sure to trade your regular detergent for an approved wool detergent that’ll treat your knits right. Placing your knitwear in a laundry/wash bag will also help reduce any agitation of the fibres and, in turn, reduce surface wear and pilling.

How Often Should You Wash Knitwear?

Washing wool jumpers and knitwear items unnecessarily is a fast way to create surface wear and affect their longevity. So before you put anything in the laundry basket, ask yourself if it really needs to be washed. Chances are, if you’ve only worn it once or twice, it can be put away for another wear. Of course, if there are any dirty marks or smells, be sure to give it a wash as soon as possible.

Men's KnitwearMen's Knitwear

How to Dry Knitwear

The drying process is integral to maintaining the shape and integrity of your knits. After washing your knitwear, don’t be tempted to wring out excess water. Doing so may stretch and warp the fibres. Instead, try gently squeezing out the excess water before laying your garment flat on top of a towel. Then, roll up the towel and garment together and gently squeeze again.

Once the excess water has been removed, gently ease your knit back into shape. This shouldn't be difficult as the yarn will be pliable when wet. You can then put your knit on a drying rack. But remember, instead of being hung to dry, knitwear should always be lay flat. Doing so will help prevent any stretching from occurring.

Also, while you may be tempted to place your knitwear near the heater to dry faster, refrain yourself. Heat can damage the fibres and cause wool to shrink, bringing on the demise of a favourite item. A shrunken jumper is never a good look.

    Men's KnitwearMerino Wool Crew Sweater

    How to Store Knitwear

    Have you ever headed to your wardrobe and picked up your favourite sweater only to find it damaged? If the answer is yes, you may have a storage problem. Storing your knitwear correctly is crucial to maintaining its shape, integrity, and appearance.

    Storing Knitwear in a Drawer

    To keep your knitwear looking fresh and in-shape year after year, we recommend storing it in a drawer or cupboard. By keeping your sweaters and cardigans in a cool, dark place away from direct light, you will be able to keep them looking great for years to come. Just remember to fold them neatly and avoid overcrowding the drawer.

    Hanging Knitwear

    Hanging your knitwear (especially those heavy, chunky knits) can cause stretching, particularly at the shoulders. It’s best to fold and store them in a drawer instead. However, if you need to hang your knitwear, you can do so carefully. Simply stick to only hanging your lightest weight knits and be sure to use high-quality wooden hangers. Alternatively, fold your knitwear in half and hang them over the hanger.

    Hanging your knitwear can also put a strain on the linking connecting the neck and body of the garment. In some cases, this linking may even snap, creating a hole. If your knitwear has hanger tape, use it when hanging your garment to help support and protect the linking.

    Preventing Moths

    Moths. Moths can eat away at your knitwear like they’re dining at a buffet. They have good taste too, just like you. Cashmere, wool, silk, shearling, cotton. These natural fibres are some of their favourites.

    To keep your knitwear intact and free from moths, there are a few things you can do. Firstly, try to leave some room between your knits. Tightly packed garments are a more inviting environment for moths, so make space where possible. Secondly, be sure to clean your knitwear as soon as it gets dirty. Even small amounts of food or sweat on clothing can attract moths and their eggs.

    Placing cedar in your closet can also help deter moths, as can regularly cleaning your wardrobe. Another tip? During the summer months, store your knitwear. Simply inspect each garment before packing it away

    How to Prevent Pilling

    While synthetic materials generally pill the most, wool is one natural fibre that can also develop these tiny balls. By choosing high-quality yarns, you can easily reduce the amount of pilling experienced. Merino wool makes a particularly good choice. A sheep's wool, Merino boasts soft, elastic fibres that are long and don't pill easily.    

    To help prevent your knitwear pilling, limit friction where possible. This includes avoiding bags and belts that rub against your sweaters. Turning items inside out before washing and allowing them to rest and return to their original shape between wears can also help.

    Pilling is a natural characteristic of many fibres and can add personality to a garment. It is not a fault, and if it does occur, we recommend embracing it as a feature. However, if you'd like to remove the excess surface wear, you can use a de-pilling device.

    Knitwear Care Tips

    1. Always check and follow the garment care instructions.
    2. Wash your knitwear carefully by either hand-washing or machine washing using a cold, gentle knitwear cycle and wool-approved detergent.
    3. Avoid unnecessary washing, which can affect a garment’s longevity.
    4. To dry knitwear, roll out excess water using a towel and dry flat on a rack away from heat.
    5. Store your knitwear neatly folded in a drawer.

     

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