How to Take Care of Your Knitwear
18th March 2022
A cold weather staple, knitwear not only helps to keep us warm but also looking stylish. This versatile piece of clothing goes with everything from your favourite pair of jeans to layering over pretty dresses. Unlike your favourite summer classics, knitwear requires slightly more upkeep. To make sure your lovely knits are long lasting we’ve pulled together a handy guide covering everything from how to store, wash and dry your knitwear. Say goodbye to knitwear mishaps!
How to store your knitwear
Did you know that hanging your knitwear can lead to it becoming stretched and out of shape over time. No one wants that! Whilst storing knitwear on jumper hangers with its crescent-shape will make sure your precious knitwear stays in place it will also stop any unwanted indentations. To keep the shape of your knitwear folding is always the best option. Of course, only if you have the ability and space to do so.
How to wash your knitwear
One of the most common questions we all have when buying knitwear is how to wash it. How you wash your knitwear comes mainly down to the fabric it's made from. We always advise to follow the washing instructions on the label. It’s important to wash knitwear made from wool, either on a low spin or better yet on a wool cycle if your washing machine has that option. That way you will reduce the chance of shrinkage.
Cotton and synthetic fabrics such as acrylic can usually be popped in the washing machine without risk of shrinkage. Washing these fabrics on a gentle, delicate, and cold wash will help keep your knits staying beautiful. However, to be sure how to wash your knitwear correctly, always check the care label first. Washing coloured knitwear separately will stop any unnecessary bleeding.
Can I tumble dry my knitwear?
To risk sounding like a broken record, always, always check the care label before putting your trusted knits in the tumble dryer. It might seem appealing to throw your knitwear in the dryer to save time, but it could risk causing shrinkage. If you don’t want to risk this, we’d advise avoid using the tumble dryer.
So, with the tumble dryer being too risky what is the best way to dry knitwear? You would think hanging it on the washing line or drying rack would be suitable, yes? Unfortunately, not, placing your knitwear on a flat surface to dry will help maintain its size and shape. Of course, you can still place your knitwear on the washing line if you still want to but draping over the line instead of hanging with pegs will help keep its shape.
How to stop knitwear bobbling?
We’ve all been there. Going about our daily business covered in bobbles. How can our favourite knits do this to us! Don’t take it personally, it’s completely normal for bobbling to form over time. Bobbling is the result of two pieces of fabric rubbing over time or during washing. The best way to remove bobbling is either with a lint roller, knitwear comb, or clothes shaver (yes, we said did say shaver!) This will help keep your knitwear looking new but will also keep the surface of the fabric smooth and bobble free!
Now you know how to take care of your knitwear, check out new knitwear heroes this season. Crafted for warmth, style and comfort, our just-landed knitwear collection will keep out the chill in style. Discover statement knitted dresses to easy-to-wear jumpers that are perfect to pair with denim and dresses.