How to care for your knitwear

In 1874, Lyle & Scott launched a range of high quality knitted underwear. Since then, we’ve left the pants behind and shifted our focus onto high quality knitwear of the upper body variety. With over 140 years of expertise, we’ve learnt a thing or two about caring for knitwear. For too long we’ve stood idly by and seen knitwear thrown into tumble dryers, placed on a 40 degree wash, or, worst of all, hung on a clothes hanger. Do any of these things and you’re going to ruin your knitwear, so we’ve decided it’s time to do something about it, we’re going to teach you how to care for your knitwear properly. After all: great knitwear deserves great care.

WASHING

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Every piece of knitwear is going to need a little refresh every now and then. Some people advocate treating it like a proper pair of jeans; washing it as little as possible and just giving it lots of air. But sometimes stains happen, or your knitwear could absorb a smell that a bit of air just can’t fix. If this occurs you have two options: you can pop it in the washing machine on a cool wool wash cycle, or, if your washing machine doesn’t have a cool wool wash cycle (or you just don’t trust it) you can wash it (gently) by hand, in warm water mixed with a mild detergent.

DRYING

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Never put your knitwear in a tumble dryer, the heat can cause some serious shrinkage. Drying knitwear takes patience, after you’ve finished washing it stretch your knitwear gently to the correct size and shape. Then place your knitwear flat on a towel and let it air dry. There’s nothing you can do to speed up the process, but your patience will be rewarded with a beautiful piece of un-ruined knitwear.

STORING

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If you can resist putting your perfectly clean piece of knitwear straight back on, you’ll need to store it somewhere bone dry. Wait until your jumper is completely dry before you do this. Do not hang knitwear, doing this will cause your knitwear to stretch and become misshapen over time. What a waste. Give your knitwear the right care and attention and you’ll have a real investment piece that will last you many autumns and winters to come.