It’s getting chilly! And what better way to stay snug and stylish than with some cosy knits? BUT…I don’t want you going out into the cold world unarmed!
I want you to have good quality knits that bring you warmth and joy, pass the test of time and are well cared for.
Let’s get down to the KNITTY GRITTY.
Here are five things you need to know about knits for this winter.
1. Fabric Choice
Avoid synthetic fibres such as polyester and nylon and acrylic as much as possible.
Acrylic is everywhere right now and it is THE ENEMY. The price at the check out will be low but the cost to you will be high, because this knit will not last. It’s made from synthetic fibres (petroleum, actually) that don't breathe well. This means that acrylic knits can trap moisture and sweat, leading to an uncomfortable and itchy feeling. They will also pill and lose their shape over time. You will probably only get a season or two out of them which is a real waste of your money.
Instead, opt for natural fibres like wool, cashmere, or cotton. You might even find bamboo in the mix, which is fabulous. It may cost a bit more but it will last for years and years.
Not only are natural fibres better for the environment, but they also offer superior warmth and breathability. Wool is naturally moisture-wicking, so you don't have to worry about feeling damp or clammy. Cotton and bamboo are not only soft and comfortable, but they're also hypoallergenic, making them a great choice for those with sensitive skin. So, when you're shopping for your winter wardrobe, make sure to look for pieces made from natural fibres for a sustainable and comfortable choice!
Where do you find this information? ON THE TAG. The tag on most garments will be inside on the left seam or at the back of the collar. The tag will tell you the exact percentage of each fibre in your knit and will also have care instructions.
TIP: I like to apply the 80/20 rule to most things in life. If your knit is at least 80% natural fibres but has some element of synthtics (20% or less) that will still pass. I would avoid any acrylic, but other synthtics are OK in small amounts.
2. Fold, Don't Hang
NEVER hang knits! Always fold! This is really important. Hanging your knits is a huge no-no! Your knits will stretch and lose their shape when hung, especially if they're heavier, which can completely ruin them. Instead, fold your knits and store them in a drawer or on a shelf. This will help them maintain their shape and prevent any unwanted stretching.
3. Wash and Dry with Care
Knitted garments deserve special care to keep them looking and feeling their best. That's why I always recommend using wool wash which is a gentle detergent that cleanses and conditions the fibers, while also helping to preserve their natural oils and elasticity.
To use wool wash, simply add a small amount to a basin of lukewarm water, agitate the water to create suds, and then gently submerge your knitted garment in the water. Let it soak for a few minutes, then rinse it thoroughly with clean water and gently press out the excess water (avoid wringing or twisting, as that can damage the fibers). Lay the garment flat on a clean towel to dry, reshaping it as needed.
With proper care and maintenance, your knitted garments can last for years and bring you joy and warmth season after season. So don't skimp on the wool wash, and treat your knits with the love and respect they deserve!
You can find wool wash at any supermarket.
4. Use a Garment Shaver
If your favorite knit (or any other garment) starts looking a little worn out and fuzzy, don't worry, there's an easy fix! Use a garment shaver to remove the pilling and make your clothes look like new again. It's simple to use - just run the shaver over the surface of the garment, and it will remove the fuzz and pillings, leaving your clothing looking smooth and fresh. This is a great way to extend the life of your favorite knits.
5. Chunky vs. Lighter Knits
That’s it, folks!
Knits are an absolute winter wardrobe staple, so choose the right fibres, store them properly, and take good care of them.
Follow these tips and your knits will last longer and keep you cozy for years to come.
Let me know in the comments below what changes you’lll be making to level up your knit game!