Knitwear season is in full swing! Yes, it's that time of year again (no I can't believe it either) where we get out our favourite cosy jumpers and hopefully add a few more beauties to our collection. But there is one thing no one ever talks about, how to care for our beloved knitwear?
For most of us, knitwear is a bit of an investment yet our favourite cosy garments are so easily left looking a little lacklustre after just a few washes. So I did some research and have put together some top tips to keep your knitwear lasting longer and as good as new season after season.
1. WASH LESS
I know this sounds obvious but it really is the most important tip. Knitted fabrics are made up of delicate fibres which are easily distressed in the washing machine. Instead of washing after every wear, spot clean where needed to freshen in between washes.
2. WASH ON A DELICATE/HAND WASH CYCLE
You will obviously have to wash your knitwear at some point so when you do, make sure you wash on a delicate/hand cycle to ensure damage to the fibres is kept to a minimum. If you have the time (and patience) to hand wash each garment then this is the better option.
3. WASH INSIDE OUT
When dealing with synthetic fibres such as viscose, polyester and nylon you should wash inside out. This will help minimise the dreaded 'bobbling' that occurs caused by friction against the fabric. A small amount of bobbling is normal and inevitable so when this appears do not fear, you can now purchase handy little debobbler machines for just a few quid off Amazon !
4. DO NOT TUMBLE DRY
Much like washing, tumble drying will only distress the fabrics fibres. The heat is also likely to cause the fibres to shrink. Instead, opt for air drying all your knitwear but be careful not to use pegs are this can distort the shape of the garment under the weight of the wet knitwear. Gently placing over a clothes drying rack or over your radiator is the best option. Even if the care label states it is tumble dry safe, approach with caution!
5. WASH ON COOL
Talking of temperature, ensure you wash your knitted garments on no higher than 40 degrees. This will help keep the fibres in tact and avoid shrinkage.