How to Properly Care for Knitted Clothes

How to Properly Care for Knitted Clothes

Do you have a knitted hat, sweater, scarf, a couple of gloves, or something else? I bet you do! Knitted clothes are wonderful to use, especially in the autumn and winter seasons.

How to Properly Care for Knitted Clothes

For me, it’s literally impossible to do two things: to stop asking pros to write my essay for me so I could have more time to write articles, and to imagine that people would stop wearing knitted hats, scarves, gloves, sweaters, and other things like that. I think a knitted sweater with deer is too cozy and cool to refuse wearing it!

Moreover, knitted clothes have always been fashionable. And it will prevail, I guarantee! That is why you should read this paper owl review, entrust your academic tasks to real professionals, and use that free time to take care of your knitted hat or scarf properly!

Here is a short guide if you don’t know how to do that.

Washing Knitted Clothes: Delicacy above All!

The first thing you should know here is that certain knitted clothes can last only with dry cleaning methods. To find out if it is fine to wash something knitted traditionally, you should check the labels on your skirts, cardigans, jackets, and other clothing. Being attentive is the point for you here, as the wrong approach can spoil your favorite sweater once and for all.

In most cases, hand washing will be fine. Modern knitted clothes are okay to wash them in a machine with the special delicate mode, too. The optimal temperature to wash knitted clothes is 80-90° F.

While washing knitted clothes by hand (dresses, sweaters, skirts of fine yarn, for instance) requires keeping up with some rules.

Here they are:

  1. Use moderately warm water with the pre-diffused washer in it.
  2. A washer should be specially designed to apply to knitted things.
  3. Wash things at once and try to be quick: keeping knitted clothes in the water for long may damage them.
  4. Force shouldn’t be applied: try not to rub knitwear, just crumple it a bit.
  5. Take care of proper rinsing: the washer remaining on the threads can spoil the look and quality of your clothes.
  6. Squeezing the water out of knitted things is not an option: try to apply some hand pressure while letting the water flow out naturally.

Keeping up with the rules above will guarantee your knitwear to keep its properties and look for long. That’s exactly what you want from your clothes, isn’t it?

Drying Knitwear

After you washed your knitted clothes, it is much better to let them dry out at once. Rules work here again: no rudeness or force. Be gentle.

To dry your knitwear, it is better to put it on a plain surface. A floor can be suitable. Of course, you should put clothes on a previously applied clean tissue or oilcloth. Avoid hanging knitwear on usual ropes at all costs!

Should I Iron Knitted Things?

In most cases, you don’t need to iron knitted sweaters, skirts, socks, and other things dried on plain surfaces. In case the item needs to be ironed for some reason, make sure you don’t use your iron while it is too hot. Additionally, apply a piece of gauze, and also turn the clothes inside out.

It is better to avoid ironing relief ornaments and patterns: one can spoil them once and for all with a hot iron. Industrial knitwear things have labels showing the required ironing mode (or forbidding to apply an iron completely), so watch them again.

Any Rules for Different Yarn?

For acrylic and half-wool things, all the rules described above still apply. Linen and cotton are more durable for rough cleaning and temperature above 90° F. To know how to wash and dry such clothes, pay attention to labels. The manufacturer surely indicated the features there.

Moth Protection and Storage

Handmade or industrial knitwear should be stored on wardrobe shelves in a folded shape. You better avoid hanging them somehow. Otherwise, knitted things are bound to lose their shape and look.

Try not to forget that natural tissues are food for moth caterpillars. Clothes shops sell enough appliances to protect your knitted things from them: the most popular and effective are sprays to apply on the inside wardrobe surfaces. 

The moth does not like tobacco and lavender smell. Additionally, caterpillars are rare to eat, and damage washed things. So, washing your knitted things regularly and keeping a small cloth bag with tobacco or lavender inside your wardrobe is more than smart to keep moths away from them.

Keeping up with the simple rules above will let you maintain the new look of your favorite knitted clothes for long. Your sweater, dress, hat, or skirt requires only some care from you to keep your body warm during cold winter evenings and to let you look stylish.  


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Danielle

Danielle Holke is a long-time knitter, first taught by her beloved grandmother as a young girl growing up in Canada. In 2008 she launched KnitHacker, a lively blog and knitting community which has since grown to be a popular presence in contemporary knitting culture, reaching more than a million readers each year. As a marketing professional, Danielle advises and works with a motley squad of artists, yarn bombers, film makers, pattern designers, yarn companies and more. Learn more about her latest book, Knits & Pieces: A Knitting Miscellany.

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