Here's how to take good care of your knitted garments.
Before you wash any knitted or crocheted item, take a look at the care instructions. You´ll find the symbols both on the ball band of the yarn ball and online at our website in the specifications of each yarn.
Knitted wool garments which are made from a yarn which was labelled “machine washable” can be washed by machine, using the delicate setting. All other wool garments must be washed by hand or dry cleaned.
Before washing, make sure that the garment is turned inside out. This protects the outer side of the garment from too much abrasion. In addition, you must always select the correct temperature.
When washing wool garments by machine, you must always use a mild detergent which is specially formulated for wool! Under no circumstances should softener or a detergent containing bleach, essential oils or similar be used because these can damage the yarn and lead to felting and loss of colour. Such products also cause cardigans and pullovers to lose their resilience.
It is also important that you wash at the temperature stated on the wrapper of the yarn ball (the ball band). Some yarns, such as cotton yarns for example, may bleed colour when washed at too low a temperature. Wool, on the other hand, might shrink when it is washed at a high temperature.
When washing a knit garment by hand, it is best to use a mild wool detergent or shampoo with no additives. Make sure that the detergent is entirely dissolved before you lay the garment in the water. Also, for hand washing, make sure that the water is at the temperature which is given on the yarn ball band. Do not use too much pressure or rubbing because this could lead to the felting of the wool.
A wool garment should never be wrung out. Just lay the wet garment on a terry cloth towel, carefully pull it to shape, and leave it lying flat until it is dry. Alternatively, the garment can be carefully rolled in a terry cloth towel, to press out much of the moisture, but this should also never be wrung. Never hang the wet garment on a clothes hanger to dry! The additional weight of the water would cause the garment to stretch and lose its resilience. Knitted garments should always be dried flat, for example lying on a towel or drying rack. This is especially important for Merino wool garments, which tend to get bigger after washing.
What is the best way to remove spots?
Spots on wool garments should be carefully washed out, preferably with cold water, to which a small amount of potato starch and a few drops of vinegar have been added.
What is important when ironing?
Wool garments should be turned inside out then only be lightly steamed, without touching the garment with the iron.
However often, this is not even necessary. Hang a wool garment outdoors overnight or hang it in the bathroom while you are taking a hot shower. The humidity in the air causes any wrinkles to disappear on their own.
How can I get rid of the small nubs which sometimes appear on wool garments?
The appearance of such small nubs is called pilling. Pilling occurs when the garment is rubbed. It appears on areas, such as the inner side of the sleeve, which experience more rubbing. Special pilling removers are available to purchase.