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Knitwear is a winter essential for men, not only for staying warm but also for its use in layering and creating great outfits. As time goes by, you may notice that the number of knitwear pieces in your wardrobe increases; good quality knitwear is becoming more and more accessible for all budgets, and most will be striving to develop a timeless capsule wardrobe that can be reused each and every year.

Washing knitwear properly is not just about saving your money, but also concerns the upkeep of your carefully crafted image. Washing your knitwear incorrectly can cause it to lose shape, shrink or bobble – all of which is going to effect your overall ‘look’ negatively. We should all be aware that knitwear shouldn’t be washed as frequently because it will lose shape, but that doesn’t mean that you let your jumpers smell like dead meat– if it’s filled with smoke and dust, it will become a style killer.

Knitwear always brings you an intrinsic feeling of softness, comfort, and warmth. Washing knitwear correctly will multiply this feeling by helping you get even more wear out of each piece – ensuring its longevity, and making it worth every penny.

Preparation

There are several things you should have beforehand.

  • Basin: The basin should be big enough so you can easily rinse or swirl the garment. A small basin forces you to wring the garment, which is not recommended.
  • Detergent/Soap: In general, you should choose mild detergent or soap for washing knitwear. There are special detergents available for knitwear in most big supermarkets.
  • Towel: At least two big towels for drying

    Washing by Hand

    1. Use warm water and mix it with some mild liquid soap. You can use special wool washing fluids that utilise cold water but remember to read the label first.
    2. Submerge the garment in the water and let it soak for about 5 minutes.
    3. Carefully rinse the garment in warm water.
    4. When you’re done with rinsing, squeeze as much water as you can from the garment. Remember to not twist or wring the garment.
    5. Wrap the garment in a towel. Gently squeeze or wring the towel. Unwrap, lay it flat on a new towel and let it air dry in a cool place.

    Machine Washable

    Sometimes you can use a washing machine for merino items (ALWAYS check the label first).

    In general, I would recommended you only wash hats, scarves and gloves by this method. This is just in case something goes wrong – you wouldn’t end up losing a lot of money and it is easier to replace a scarf than it is your ‘favourite’ cable knit jumper. The thing to bear in mind at all times is that they are “machine washable”; this basically means you can use the machine but there is always a risk.

    Remember to use a gentle cycle or cycle for knits (depends on your machine) because a regular cycle can cause the garment to shrink. Choosing the right temperature will also help, usually 30 degrees. (In some machines, “30 degrees” has a yarn ball symbol right next to it.)

    Choose a milder soap made especially for this purpose. Look for a soap with a neutral, not high pH.

    Dry Cleaning

    If you don’t want to get involved with the whole process above, send your merino to the dry cleaner. Most merino wool apparel can be cleaned by a dry cleaner. However, you should be cautious because frequent use of harsh chemicals can negatively affect the fabric.