Hand Washing guide

A little love goes a long way 

 

We recommend washing all knitwear by hand (unless the label says Dry-clean only).

This is the best way to keep your garment looking beautiful for years to come. 

 

1.

Fill basin with tepid water, no more than 30 degrees (or cold water for contrast stripes). Mix in a mild or wool care detergent. Do not use any products that contain bleach. 

 

2.

Turn the garment inside out and submerge in the water. Gently squeeze the suds through the garment but do not be tempted to pull the garment in and out of the water as this will stretch the knit and may damage to the fibres. Do not rub do not rub as this will cause the fibres to come loose.

Continue squeezing the garment for about 2 minutes. Do not worry if some of the dye releases into the water; this is normal for dark colours, particularly in the first wash. 

After washing leave the garment to soak for ten minutes.

 

3.

Drain the basin and squeeze the suds from the garment. Refill the basin with cool water and rinse the until the water is clear of suds

 

4.

After rinsing, squeeze the garment to remove most of the water. Do not wring or twist the garment.

There are two ways to effectively remove the excess water, You can either: Put the garment into a net bag or pillow case, set your washing machine on a Gentle Spin Cycle and place in the machine for a spin. OR Lay the garment flat out on top of a towel, then roll the towel up and squeeze the water out. 

 

5.

Dry the garment flat, ease it into shape and lay on a towel on top of a drying rack.

Do not hang. Dry in the shade away from direct sunlight. This is really important as the sun can fade the garment and also turn whites yellow. Never put knitwear in a tumble dryer as it will shrink the garment.

 

6.

Iron the garment according to the instructions on the care label.

The beauty of knitwear is that it usually only needs a light iron depending on the knit structure and the yarn. Some styles don’t need ironing at all, especially if you have dried the garment nice and flat. As a general guide, it is best to set your iron on a cool temperature and iron the garment inside out to avoid any shiny marks.