3 steps to care for knitwear
At IrelandsEye, we know that if you look after your knitwear, it will look after you. By following the guidelines, your knitwear will last you a really long time. Our customers are still wearing their IrelandsEye knitwear ten, fifteen and twenty years later. Some customers love their knitwear so much they ask for yarn to repair a small hole which has resulted from endless wear! So give it the love and care it deserves, and it will love you back.
Caring for your knitwear properly allows them keep their shape and they will take you everywhere, from the beach on a blustery day to a busy city street in winter.
Follow our guidelines for washing, drying, and storing your knitwear & wool sweaters to maintain their softness, shape and great quality.
How to handwash your wool sweater
When washing your knitwear & wool sweaters, it’s important to handwash them, never machine wash as it can cause shrinkage. Lukewarm water is most suitable for wool as very hot or cold water may cause them to shrink.
Only use a small amount of detergent, too much can be difficult to rinse from your knitwear & wool sweaters, which may leave them coarse. Try to wash one at a time to avoid any colour mixing.
Top Tip: You should never wring or scrub your wool knitwear as this can cause pilling and stretching.
Drying your knitwear
The most important guideline to follow when it comes to drying your knitwear & wool sweaters is to never put it in a tumble dryer, as this will cause it to shrink. Dry it flat across a clothes rail or on a towel. It’s important not to hang your knitwear & wool sweaters to dry as this will cause stretching.
Top Tip: If your knitwear needs to be reshaped, do this while it is still damp.
Storing your knitwear
The best way to store your knitwear & wool sweaters is to fold them. When storing sweaters it is best not to hang them as it will cause the shoulders of a sweater to stretch and the weight will stretch the body length. If you are storing your knitwear for the summer, we recommend putting them in breathable bags to avoid any mildew.
Top Tip: If you are storing your knitwear away for the summer, put a sachet of lavender in with them, this will keep any little bugs away!