Knitwear can last a long time if it’s cared for properly. With the advent of a new year and people making pledges to buy less and live more sustainably by looking after what they have, I thought a blog post on how to look after your knitwear might be welcome.
Some of you may have been given a neck or wristwarmers for Christmas so I’m targeting this post on wristwarmers but most of these points will be applicable to any sort of knitwear.
Wristwarmers in particular get a lot of hard wear, they stretch as your hands move and become dirty from picking up things and generally being worn! One of the ways in which you can bring them back to tip top condition is to give them a wash.
Soak the wristwarmers in lukewarm and mild soap - I use Ecover Delicate but I’m sure there are other detergents which would be just as good.
Squeeze the soapy bubbles through the gloves but be careful not to agitate or rub too much as it will result in felting the wrist warmers further. Do not stretch or wring!
Rinse in clean water until you cannot see anymore suds coming from the gloves.
I lie the wristwarmers out on a clean tea towel and gently use the towel to absorb any excess water and shorten the time it will take them to dry.
Again, it’s very important that you don’t wring them out as that will result in stretching and misshaping the gloves. Once all the excess water has been removed, reshape the gloves and pop them somewhere warm to dry flat. I pop all of mine in the airing cupboard on top of a pile of towels. Do not tumble dry!
Pressing can be done lightly with the iron set to a wool setting. You can carefully use a bit of steam to help with this process.
As the weather gets warmer and you no longer need to be wearing your knitwear, it’s advisable to give it one last wash and then store it away carefully.
If anyone else has any tips on how to look after their knitwear I’d love to hear them?!