Craft | How to Care for your HandKnits

We all know how to handwash our knits, if your not sure Love Knitting has a fantastic article hereΒ but how do you care for them in between washes?

Caring for Handknits


Balling / Pilling

Yes these garment combs are a necessity in any knitters bag. I got my Gleener from This is Knit and I use it on everything, even sweaters I didn’t knit myself gasp! If you want to see this guy in action you can check out their blog post here. The easiest way is to nab those suckers when you see them and keep your comb handy. Yes you will see me twirling this comb like I’m in a high noon gun fight.

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Protect from the Inside

One of the easiest things that you can do with handknit garments is to protect from the inside. I mean wear a t-shirt of course! The less contact they have with your skin the better, from sweat to friction you want to keep your knits looking fresh off the needles. The base layer also takes the itch out of mohair and alpaca for some. Let’s face it if your in Ireland and your wearing a handknit sweater, you will need that base layer!

Store Those Knits Properly

This is one of the main things to focus on. We are all in the midst of a Marie Kondo Spring clean but when looking at your handknit drawer it’s best to store them flat. If they are in season and get a good rotation, keep some lavender or cedar balls in the drawer and keep them away from zippers, buttons and any snagable items.

When out of season or long term storage, make sure they are clean dry and pop them into plastic storage or moth proof containers. If you want you can add in a moth deterrent like cedar balls. Do remember that natural fibers release moisture over time, so even if you are packing these away, do check on them and air them as needed.


When you do need to wash your handknits make sure your using a detergent made for handknits like Soak or Eucalan. Never use conditioner as it stays on the wool fibers and leads to the fabric breaking down. Again, check out the Love Knitting post for a more detailed explanation.

Is there something else that you do to protect your heirlooms? Let me know in the comments below.

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