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Taking care of your knitwear is easier than you think.
First of all, bear in mind that your knitwear garment shouldn’t need to be washed every time you wear it.
Whether your handmade knitwear can be machine washed, is highly dependent on the type of washing machine you have, and the cycles it offers. Firstly, ensure that it’s at 30 degrees maximum on the hand wash setting. If you feel nervous about this you can always hand wash, just be sure not to wring when finished.
When hand washing, do not use normal laundry powder or liquid, it is too harsh for the little woolen fibres, and can damage your knitwear.
After washing your knit piece, dry the garment at room temperature away from direct sunlight or heat. Hang it over the clothes line, or over the back of a chair. Stretch it out slightly and weigh down the edges if necessary in order to maintain the shape. In case of a cashmere knitwear, never twist or rub it. If you need to remove excess water scrunch the sweater into a ball and squish it between your hands.
Most odours disappear simply by airing. Just hang up the knit garment in a well-ventilated place and wait for the odours to disappear.
Wool garments can be refreshed after unpacking or wearing by hanging them in a steamy bathroom. Moisture from the steam will remove wrinkles.
Ironing could be the key to caring for your knitwear. It smooths down all the fibres that have been given a good ruffle up if you washed it, and it restores your knitwear to its silky best. Use the wool setting on your iron, with plenty of steam.
Spray a small amount of linen water or, add a few drops of lavender essential oil into a small spray bottle and mix with water. Shake and spray onto your knitwear before ironing and it will smell positively delicious. This is especially great when you go to store your knitwear for the warmer months, as lavender helps to fend off moths.