Caring for your Natural Knits

With fast fashion and cheap, synthetic clothing being the norm these days, it’s become a little hard to know just how to keep your beloved knitwear in tip-top condition.

Here at WoolOvers, we believe good things should last for as long as possible, which is why we’ve come up with this handy care guide to help you really make the most of your favourite natural knits…

Hand Washing

Most of the garments in our collection are machine washable. Having said that, we recommend that you hand-wash all of our pure cashmere garments, as the nature of their super-fine fibres makes them especially vulnerable to heat and friction damage.

 

Aside from that, there are a handful of other garments in our range that are also hand-wash only. You can find their style codes with links to their product pages below:

F35L | F37L | M1L | M2L | M3L | Q10M | Q11M | Q35L | Q36L | Q37L | Q38L | Q40L

To handwash your knitwear… 

1 - Fill a sink or small tub with warm water, around the temperature specified on the garment label.

2 – Add a teaspoon per item of a gentle laundry detergent (we recommend our very own Wool Wash infused with lemon myrtle and tea tree oil) then gently swish your knitwear around in the water, avoiding any harsh scrubbing or wringing actions.

3 – Drain the tub, refill it with cold, clear water, then pump the garment up and down until all the suds are gone.

4 – Repeat until garment is clean!

Drying

Ideally, you should always flat-dry your natural knitwear by laying it out on a neutral-coloured towel with no lint, rolling it up and kneading it gently with every roll, then lying it on a new, clean towel until dry.

 

Hanging natural-yarn garments up to dry on washing lines or hangers will cause the garment to stretch and warp over time due to the added weight of the moisture. Wire hangers are notoriously bad for this.

 

We know it’s not always possible to flat dry every piece of knitwear you own, so if you do have to hang-dry your knits, try to avoid sources of heat such as radiators and direct sunlight. Resting your natural laundry flat on an unheated airer, in a well-ventilated conservatory in a patch of shade, is ideal.

Pilling

Pilling or bobbling is something of a necessary evil when you like an all-natural wardrobe.

As mentioned in the ‘washing’ section, you can prevent pilling to some degree by turning your knitwear inside-out, and washing it in a separate load to coarser materials like denim.

However, when you do notice pilling on your jumpers or cardis, you can get rid of it using one of our popular pilling combs. Simply spread your garment out on a flat surface, then use the comb to scrape away pills in one direction using short, soft strokes.

It’s important to treat your natural knitwear gently when de-pilling, especially with more expensive yarns like cashmere and merino. If you’ve never used a pilling comb before, we recommend starting on a small, inconspicuous part of your garment before moving onto the rest of it.

If you don’t have a pilling comb, then a sandpaper sponge, a disposable razor, or even snipping the pills off with scissors, can all make pretty decent alternatives.

 

We hope you’ve found this care guide useful and eye-opening.