Great care is taken in creating our knitwear, crafted in the finest natural fibres such as lambswool, cotton, cashmere and organic cotton and cashmere blends. These pieces will add a touch of luxury to your wardrobe, and we want you to be able to enjoy them for as long as possible.
Wool is a natural product which is resilient and has the potential for a long and useful life. With care and attention, you can safeguard your knitwear and it will last for season after season.
Following these simple steps, you will discover everything you need to know for caring for your knitwear from how to freshen up between wears, to spot cleaning, de-pilling, washing, reshaping, folding and storing.
Freshening Between Wears
It is not necessary to wash your wool knit after every wear. Frequent washing can cause damage and fading.
To keep your knits fresh between wears by let them air out, for example, laying them flat on a chair overnight. If your knit picks up smells or odours throughout the day, (e.g., from perfume or cooking), you can let it air outside, flat and away from direct sunlight.
In the event of a spill, quickly blot before the stain sets, do this by simply patting the area with a paper towel or cloth. Try not to rub or agitate the fabric, so as not to felt or weaken it.
For food spills, brush off the food as best you can, and gently clean the area with a moist cloth. Use cold water to avoid expanding the fibres, they may then shrink as they cool down.
Pills, or small balls of fluff, may develop on the surface of your knitwear over time, especially in areas that receive frequent day to day abrasion such as the sides of a sweater that rub against your arms when you move.
Pills are the result of loose, natural fibres tangling together as areas of your garment rub during wear, these little balls of fluff are synonymous with natural fibres and not a quality issue. We recommend you use a de-pilling comb to remove them. Gently glide the comb in one direction over the pilled area to remove the pills.
Always follow the washing instructions on the care label.
Turn the knit inside out, and gently place the knit in lukewarm water, use a mild detergent. Work the suds gently, taking care not to rub the fabric, wring or stretch the garment. Rinse thoroughly in water of the same temperature. Lift it out of the water, making sure to support its weight evenly so that wet fabric doesn’t sag and stretch the garment. Wool can absorb a lot of water. Gently squeeze (never wring) to remove excess water. Lay flat on a towel and roll the garment in the towel to squeeze out excess water.
Reshaping & Folding
After washing, place the knit flat on a towel and gently smooth it back into shape. Allow to dry naturally away from direct heat, such as radiators or sunlight. Do not tumble dry.
Once your wool knit is completely dry, you can fold and store it away. Avoid putting on hangers as this will place stress on the knit and possibly stretch it.
Lay it with the front facing down, fold the sides in so they meet at the centre, tuck the sleeves in, and then fold the hem up to meet the neckline, resulting in a neat rectangle.
Now that your knit is neatly folded you can place it in a drawer or on a shelf. For added protection against moths and insects, you can place blocks of aromatic cedar nearby – a natural bug repellent.
Ensure your cotton knitwear stays in excellent condition by always following the washing instructions on the care label. After washing, lay flat to dry, reshape and iron inside out.