Knit sweaters are wardrobe must-haves that are super comfy & chic in the fall and winter months. They can be very expensive depending on where you shop, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to take extra special care of these delicate knits so that they’ll stylishly carry you through the cold. Here are some tips that have helped me to properly care for my knit sweaters! 🙂
HAND-WASH WHENEVER POSSIBLE
I’ll admit, I hate hand-washing anything — even my bras. So, what I do with my sweaters and bras is place them in a mesh bag and wash in the machine under gentle/delicates cycle, with cold water. I have gotten away with this and nothing horrible has happened to my sweaters (or bras), but hand-washing is definitely best if you want to be on the super safe side.
USE A MILD DETERGENT
You can never go wrong with a mild detergent washing anything nowadays, since they do the job of cleaning, but also will give you the peace of mind that it’s not damaging to any of your clothing!
AVOID WASHING EXCESSIVELY
I used to be super OCD about needing to wash everything after a day out in them, but recently have learned to control that side of me and avoid washing things excessively (outerwear, especially, doesn’t need to be washed after every wear unless it’s been pouring outside or you’ve been rolling around in dirt). This has definitely helped to keep the shape and original condition of my sweaters!
AIR DRY FLAT
You might get away with using the washing machine, but I highly advise against using the dryer. Allow your knit sweaters to air dry flat for best results. This will help to keep the shape and feel of the sweater, and avoid unwanted shrinking due to excessive heat.
DO NOT HANG
A lot of sweaters will stretch (the long way) if you hang them up for too long or while wet, so it’s highly recommended to lay them flat. Reserve some shelf space for your sweaters so that when they are dry, you can fold them nicely and stack them up!
CHOOSE JEWELRY WISELY
Jewelry always adds that extra flair to every outfit, but can also be nuisances when they snag sweaters! So, I try to keep jewelry at a minimum or pick pieces that are “sweater friendly” to spare myself that unnecessary heartbreak.
KEEP YOUR BRAS HOOKED
Whether they’re in your closet or in the wash, keep bras hooked (and separate whenever possible), just to be on the safe side. There is nothing worse than finding out that your bra hook(s) caught onto your sweater and caused a huge snag or pull!
Do you have any other tips & tricks on how to keep your knit sweaters looking good as new?