While spring might be on the horizon, that cosy knitwear which came in use over the winter months is not completely redundant just yet. There’s a good chance it’ll come in use thanks to our notoriously inconsistent weather. So knowing how to maintain your knitwear is crucial to ensuring you can get as much wear out of it as possible.
We’ve looked at 8 knitwear aftercare tips to help you.
#01 Shave your knitwear
Your sweater will naturally bobble over time and cause pilling whether it’s from washing or from wearing it. To keep it looking new, remove pills in key problem areas such as the underarms regularly. There are products available which are designed to remove pills and are cost friendly – a quick look online will help to identify some, or an alternative solution (albeit a risky one) is to use a single blade razor or electric shaver.
#02 Brush it regularly
Using a clothes brush or lint roller, gently brush your sweater to remove hairs or lint. It’s small things like this that can get attached to your knitwear and make it look worn out when in actual fact it isn’t. Clothes brushes are readily available and will prove vital, especially if you have a collection of knitwear.
#03 Wash with care
Washing wool and cashmere knitwear should be done with care. If you opt to machine wash them then do so with the appropriate settings – usually no more than 30 degrees and on a hand wash setting. However to play it safe we recommend washing them by hand and using fabric softener when possible ahead of powders as the can be tougher on the material.
#04 Don’t wring your sweaters
While it’s natural to remove excess water from clothes by wringing them, don’t do it to your knitwear. If you need remove water from the garment then roll it into a ball and gently squeeze it out. Wringing it will simply lead to misshaping.
#05 Dry it flat
Wool and cashmere jumpers are synonymous with losing their shape if they aren’t looked after properly. Drying it on a clothes line can misshape the sweater due to the make-up of the garment. The fact that in most cases it’s also likely to be heavier due to retaining water will mean that the stretching could be significant. We’d recommend drying it flat when possible, or at the very least using a drying rack where the weight of the sweater can be distributed more evenly.
#07 Don’t over wear a sweater
Rotate your outfits as regularly as possible. This will help your knitwear rest and breathe. Wearing it constantly will simply prove detrimental to its shape and will start to look worn out faster than intended.
#08 Store it with care
Finally, you’ll need to store your knitwear with care. In similar fashion to drying your knitwear, storing it on a hanger can also misshape and stretch the garment, especially from the shoulders. Folding your jumpers when storing them will ensure that they maintain their shape in the long run.
Along with folding your knitwear you need to also ward off any moths which can prove to be the biggest threat to your sweaters. Regularly cleaning out your wardrobes and drawers can help eliminate their presence while cedar balls can also prove to be a deterrent.
So there you have a few useful tips that’ll help you maintain your knitwear and ensure you still have sweaters in fine condition when Autumn returns. One of the beauties of most knitwear is that it rarely goes completely out of style, so maintaining it for as long as possible helps to add variety to your wardrobe when the temperatures drop.