How to Wash Knitted Clothing

Summer came to an end less than a month ago and we are already longing for the smell of sun cream, the texture of sand and the excitement of brightly coloured cocktails. After all, the last thing we want to replace it with are cold bitter mornings that greet you like a slap in the face. On the other hand, we can also look forward to the warmth of hot chocolate, the roar of the fire and the cosiness of a knitted jumper.

In fact, knitwear is one of the most accessible forms of clothing and some items can be timeless articles that will still be worn in years to come. With this said, knitwear is a form of luxury that one cannot afford to make mistakes with when it comes to washing which is why caution should always be exercised. Here is how to correctly wash your knitted garments…

Traditionally, knitted clothing uses materials like wool, which is sensitive to the heat, friction and stress a washing machine places on it so it is generally advised to hand wash them. In order to do this, you will require a basin that is large enough to rise the clothing in question as the last thing you will want to do is wring it as this can stretch and damage the fibres. In addition to this, hand washing knitted clothing also requires a mild detergent specific to knitwear as generic ones can be harmful. Simply mix in the detergent gently and let the clothing soak for at least 5 minutes before rinsing.

When creating our clothing here at 2forjoy we like to ensure that the same level of precision and care is in every single stitch of the overall product. In fact, the word ‘knitted’ is a method rather than a style which involves interlocking loops of material using needles or machinery to form a weave. Whilst the method is famous for its use of yarn-like materials it is not uncommon to find that fabrics like cotton and viscose have also been knitted.

Of course, the rules for washing knitted viscose are less strict as the weaving is tighter and the material not as sensitive to the friction and heat as materials like wool are. When it comes to viscose clothing, particularly items which have been knitted, it is beneficial to check the label as some garments are suitable for a gentle low spin washing machine cycle whilst others should only be dry cleaned. Similarly, you can also hand wash items if you prefer, however it is still important not to wring them.

We champion ethical fashion here at 2forjoy and so feel it is important to create clothing with longevity. If you want to preserve the quality of your clothing, make sure you follow the wash-care label, which should ensure your clothing lasts longer.  If you’re interested in our knitted clothing range, why not check out our knitted metallic dress. For more information, contact 2forjoy today!

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