We all love cosying up in favourite winter knits, but to keep them looking great for longer can take a little bit of TLC. Here are some tips to keep those gorgeous jumpers and cardigans in shape without stretching.
- As much as you can, try to wash your knits by hand. I know that this can be very time consuming, but it really is the best way to look after them – soak them in some gentle washing detergent for 10 mins and then rinse. If washing by hand isn’t an option, make sure you use the delicate/gentle/wool cycle on your machine. Use cold water and don’t over spin them.
- To get the excess water out of your knits, don’t wring them as this will stretch the fabric. On a flat surface such as a table, place a towel down and then place your knit flat on top. Roll the towel and knit together into a roll and then gently press/squeeze out the excess water. Do this a couple of times to try and get as much of the water out as possible.
- Remove the knit from the towel and lay flat on a surface and allow to dry.
- Whatever you do, don’t be tempted to pop them in the dryer! The heat from the dryer will cause the fibres to shrink and go out of shape.
- To make sure that your knits not only stay in shape but also don’t get any holes in them, it is best to fold them rather than hang them. Hanging knits for a long amount of time can help create holes by weakening the fabric in the shoulders.
- As much as you love to wear your favourite knits again and again try to rotate them a little bit. Knit fabrics absorb sweat, perfumes and natural oils released from your body so not wearing the same ones everyday you are helping to reduce any of these from building up within the fibres of the fabric.
- At the end of the cold seasons to help reduce any yellow stains appearing or mustiness do a mass wash of all your knits using the advice above, leave them flat to dry in the sun, fold them and pop them away for next year.