Knitwear Care & Maintenance





1) HANDLOOMED OR HANDKNIT ITEMS:

The best and easiest way to clean expensive knitwear is dry cleaning. There are several reasons for this.

Some of the yarns behave like snakes, for example the rayon seed. When wet or even just damp, it will torque (i.e. twist upon itself) due the the high amount of twist with which it was spun.

What that means to you is that your square of knit fabric will now look like the Leaning Tower of Pisa and you will have to press it back to its original shape, a job best left to professionals (believe me, I can barely do it myself). That adorable rose jacket on the left, for example, has to be pressed to the correct dimensions or it may look like a sad rag.

Other yarns (like the cashmere blend) are exceedingly sensitive to changes in the water temperature and to agitation. If subjected to either, the yarn may felt and your piece will end up looking and feeling quite different.

If you feel confident about your hand-washing abilities, (and please note that some items will just not look the same afterwards), first carefully tie the fringes (if any) together, then soak the item by itself in a sinkful of cold water with Woolite or Eucalan and squeeze gently a few times to release the dirt. Woolite usually does a great job of getting the dirt out.

Please note that some unbonded dye may release into the water when you wash: this is normal. If using Woolite, rinse it by dipping it into a sinkful of clean cold water and squeezing gently. Do this 2-3 times. If using Eucalan, skip the rinse step then squeeze (gently again!) the water out, lay the item flat on a towel, roll up the towel loosely and press on it without twisting to let the towel absorb most of the water; unroll and let the item air dry on a flat surface.

When it's dry, gently untie the fringes if any and comb them with your fingers, and press the item with a steam iron on wool setting to block it back to its original size (you may want to measure before you wash so you know what you're shooting for). If this sounds labor intensive and complicated, it's because it is.... That's why we usually advise people to take it to their dry cleaners and let them deal with it.

That being said, I've had good luck handwashing my kid mohair scarves and my rayon/cotton Holey V-neck sweater, so use your own judgment, but remember that we do not guarantee results obtained by handwashing, since it is so dependent upon the skill of the individual person. If however you have some misery with your item not caused by unduly rough treatment, you can always email us: if I am able, I will try to fix it for you.:)

2) JERSEY CUT-AND-SEWN ITEMS:

Generally speaking, handwash cold in sink, squeeze gently a few times to release the dirt, dry flat and steam press.
Sometimes you can machine wash on delicate cycle and cold water and tumble dry. I recommend placing the item inside a net laundry bag first, as snags are no fun.
A hand screen-printed tee-shirt like the one above in the photograph will maintain its vibrant colors and clarity of print much longer if you handwash it cold and drip dry.

By all means feel free to email me here if you have further questions. Thanks! Murielle