How to take care of your knitwear
The winter is finally here and it is time to get those woollies out. If you are like me and you always feel cold you will rely on knitwear heavily to get you through the next few months. The range of knitwear available out there is vast. You can spend anything from £20 to £200, there is something for everywhere. However no matter what you spend on your sweaters if you really like it is worth knowing how to look after them so you could enjoy them for as long as possible
The winter is finally here and it is time to get those woollies out. If you are like me and you always feel cold you will rely on knitwear heavily to get you through the next few months. The range of knitwear available out there is vast. You can spend anything from £20 to £200, there is something for everywhere. However no matter what you spend on your sweaters if you really like it is worth knowing how to look after them so you could enjoy them for as long as possible. Here are a few rules you should follow:
Do not over wear your knitwear
When worn knits tend to loose shape. The elbows come out, the front moulds around the bust. The good thing about good quality knitwear is the when left to rest it tends to return to its natural shape. Try and rotate your knits so you only wear each item couple times a week
When you are not wearing your woollies it is best to store them folded. Avoid handing your knitwear. Lady gravity does its job and pulls on your sweaters and cardigans increasing the distance between the fibres resulting in your knitwear growing in length and stretching. This is particularly relevant to chunky, heavy knits. When left hanging for extended periods if time they will stretch and loose shape.
Love and care
If you took a wool yarn and held it against the light you will see that the yarn isn't smooth, it has lots of little 'hairs' sticking out in all directions. These little hairs are th reason, why new jumpers feel so soft and cosy. They are also the reason jumpers get covered in little balls after some wear. This happens due to friction. As those little hairs get rubbed against each other or against other items of clothing they get knotted and form little balls. They are most visible on the edges and under the arms. There are couple solutions for that.
Shaving- quickest way to remove those balls is to shave them off. You can use regular razor and gently go over the affected areas. You can also invest in an electric pilling remover which will do the same. The downside of this method is that over time you will end up removing large amount (or all) of the little hairs resulting in your jumper becoming flat and not as fluffy and cosy any more.
Brushing. If you really love your new wool sweater and want it to stay cosy as long as possible you could invest in one of those velvety lint brushes and brush out the 'knots' after each wear. It is a little bit more time consuming but you will preserve a lot more of the softness
Similar to over wearing over-washing will significantly shorten your sweaters life span. Washing your knitwear will expose it to a lot of frictions as it is being spun ans swirled. This will increasing pilling while exposure to water will slowly wash away those fluffy little fibres too. It goes without saying that washing your knitwear by hand is the safest way to clean them, however if you do not have time for that, most washing machines have gentle, hand wash or even wool cycles. You absolutely should avoid tumble drying your knitwear to avoid felting. Exposure to high heat and fast spinning (friction) will cause the fibres to tighten together turning your soft wool jumper to a stiff, tough, hat like armour which will come out two sizes smaller than it was when it went in.
Always dry your most precious knits flat on a towel as hanging a wet wool jumper will make it stretch even more.
You should only wash your knits after 2-3 wears to make them last as long as possible.
I hope you fond these tips useful. Happy wearing ladies and stay cosy xxx
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