Knitwear is a year-round staple in our book, but naturally, as the temperature drops we find ourselves reaching for our favourite knitwear on a daily basis. Higher rotation puts our knits through their paces, increasing the frequency of laundering. So, to help preserve your knitwear for maximum longevity and enjoyment, follow our advice below.
How to best care for knitwear is largely influenced by the type of yarn (cashmere, cotton, silk, wool etc) and also the gauge (how lofty, chunky or tightly knitted) of the item in question. Mishandling can result in stretched or shrunken knits...devastating! From chunky jumpers to delicate cardigans, it is imperative that we properly take care of our knitwear favourites to ensure they can be worn for seasons to come.
The best (and in our opinion only) way to dry knitwear is to lay it flat on a clean, dry towel or a dedicated drying rack. Never hang knitwear pieces, as it will cause stretching and misshaping with the weight of the retained water after washing. Reshape your garments as they dry and smooth out any wrinkles. You should also avoid direct sunlight and heat sources when drying, as it can damage the fibres and cause fading.
After your knit is washed and dried, restore its loftiness with a light iron using a bit of steam. For anything rather delicate it’s advisable to use a clean light-coloured cloth between the iron and knitwear. If you have a steamer you can use this instead but be careful not to over-steam or over-dampen your knitwear in the process.
Whether it's a knitted dress or an oversized jumper, the first rule is to avoid hanging knitted garments - otherwise you are asking for stretching and misshapen shoulders. Always fold your knitwear, with or without tissue paper, and stack them gently into your closet or drawer. Another tip is to keep your knitwear stored in a cool, dry place, and pop into soft breathable bags, like cotton or linen, when the weather begins to change and we stop reaching for our sweaters.
Lastly, we’re all familiar with the tendency of some knits to pill. Usually a sign of shorter fibres that tend to ball with friction, pilling tends to settle down after several wears and is nothing to fear. Gently using (never overusing!) a knitwear comb or depilling machine will help restore your garment.
Knitwear is a staple in any winter (and trans-seasonal) wardrobe, but it requires proper care to keep it looking its best. By reading and following the care label, using a gentle detergent, hand washing or machine washing with care, and drying flat, you can ensure your knitwear stays looking new and feeling soft.
Follow our pro tips on how to care for your knitwear, and you'll have cozy and stylish garments to keep you warm all season long.
The Best of New Season Knitwear
Simkhai Giuliana Longsleeve Sweetheart Top - Ivory
Eliette Crew Neck - Nacreous Cloud
Eliette Crew Neck - Phantom
Rag & Bone
Talan Cashmere Turtleneck Jumper- Light Blue
Double Layer Cardigan - Ivory
Giselle Velvet Embroidery Cardigan - Black
Aline V-Neck - Clear Cream
Pixel Horse Jacquard T-Shirt - Ivory