Good quality knitwear pieces are an essential part of any woman's winter wardrobe, not only for their ability to keep you warm and cosy when the temperature drops, but also for how versatile they are. Caring for your these pieces can seem a little daunting at first, but looking after them properly will ensure they remain as beautiful as the day you bought them.
Knitted fabrics are of course delicate and prone to pulls and snags, so care should be taken when wearing to avoid snagging on jewellery, fingernails or hardware. If you do happen to create a pull, carefully cut it in half so you have 2 threads. Gently yet firmly, tie them together in a double knot, and carefully trim the ends. Give it a quick iron and the knit should look as good as new.
Always check the care label on your knitwear, as some fabrics are safe to be machine washed on a gentle cycle, while others will need to be hand washed. Use a specialised detergent for wool, as it's gentle on delicate fabrics. Mix the detergent in warm water and submerge the garment for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
Care should be taken when drying wool, as the wet fabric can easily stretch out of shape. To dry properly, lay the wet knit on a dry towel, and gently roll up to squeeze out excess water. Lay flat on a fresh towel away from sunlight until dry.
Not all knitwear requires ironing, but washing can fluff up the wool fibres and some thinner fabrics can become creased, so a quick iron will have your knits looking like new again. It's best to use a steamer to work out the wrinkles, or use the wool setting on your iron with plenty of steam.
Knitwear should always be gently folded and stored in a drawer or on a shelf. They should never be hung on a coat hanger, as the weight of the knit can stretch out the shape. When packing away at the end of winter, ensure they are freshly washed and stored in an airtight container with a small pouch of dried lavender, which will keep moths away and prevent your knits from smelling musty.
Written by Rachel James, Content Editor & Community Manager at Staple the Label.