Many of the fibres in our knits are natural, which gives our garments a soft, luxe feel and texture, but sometimes can cause them to pill, shed or grow. Don’t worry, caring for your knitwear is easy, and what’s better, it can really help lower our impact on the planet. Just follow our handy tips below to keep them looking and feeling their best for many years to come.
WASH BY HAND
Hand washing tends to be the best way to clean your knitwear as your hands can be gentler, use cooler water and help prevent abrasion and pilling – washing machines are a lot more aggressive, even when using delicate, wool or the so-called ‘hand wash’ cycles. Also – remember only to wash your garments when needed, sometimes a bit of airing or a quick spot clean is all they need to feel fresh again.
DRYING AND PRESSING
Knitwear should always be dried flat to prevent loss of shape. In fact, after hand washing, we encourage you to ‘reshape’ your knit on a clean towel while it’s still damp – if you allow it dry naturally this way, it will keep its shape for much longer. We don’t recommend pressing your knits as this can cause glazing or felting and can distort the shape, but if needed, you can always use some gentle cool steam on the reverse of your knitwear to protect the fibres from flattening.
STORING YOUR KNITS
We recommend airing your knits after every wear by laying them flat for a while before storing them, as this helps remove odours.
After washing or airing, knitwear should be stored in a cool dry place. Moths are actually attracted to the body oils and dirt in the garments, not the fibres. Natural scents such as lavender or cedarwood can deter them (just make sure they are not in direct contact with your knits). We love using lavender pouches for this – they are much more aromatic than moth balls.
Turn your garment inside out to protect the outer surface fibres.
Avoid hanging your knitwear, gravity and its own weight will make it grow in length.
Small bobbles may build up on the surface of certain types of knitwear. This is known as pilling and is caused by friction during wear. Unfortunately it’s quite common and isn’t a sign of a faulty item or poor quality – many luxurious natural fibres cause it, and it’s actually something which can be easily taken care of using a pilling comb. Simply run it gently over the pilled areas to remove the bobbles.
Some natural fibres (such as mohair) will naturally shed a little as you wear them, and you may find them transfer onto other garments. Again, this is a natural occurrence due to the longer, finer fibres within the yarns. We recommend simply using a clothes brush or lint roller to remove the shedding fibres from your clothing.
Heavier, chunkier knitwear tends to grow after some time, especially when hung. This is not uncommon, as the weight and structure of the fabric can cause this to happen with gravity. Washing your knits carefully, ‘reshaping’ as needed and storing them flat is the best way to prevent and control this.