At Logans Fashions wool has always been a significant component of our clothing selection however, caring for your knitwear isn't easy if you do not follow the guidelines that are printed on the label of each item.
The more time we spend wearing our knits over time, they'll require some TLC to make sure they're the same size, shape and, most importantly neat. It's no secret that reading a label for knits could be like figuring out the secret code of a garment for a reason, so to make it easier for you to understand all things knitwear-related we've put together this useful guide with essential tips for caring for wool along with some knitting history added to add some flavour.
What are the different types of wool?
We've all heard about wool however, you might be surprised to discover is that wool is available in many kinds, including cashmere lambswool, and merino wool. Each wool type is unique and makes it the perfect choice for a variety of occasions.
What exactly is merino wool?
Merino wool is distinctive because its loft is able to trap more heat between the fibers which makes it more warm than synthetic wool, but not weightier. Merino wool is the only wool to come from a Merino sheep.
What is lambswool?
Lambswool is a product of any sheep, in contrast to the merino wool that is only available from Merino sheep. This wool type is extremely soft and needs very little effort, so it's ideal to transform into various cozy clothes.
What is cashmere?
Famous for its silky pile cashmere sweaters have the most luxurious and luxurious feeling that's softer and more warm than traditional wool. Silky fibres don't possess the itchy feeling of traditional wool, yet it offers exceptional warmth without the need to be layered. Cashmere is frequently called the highest quality out of all the yarns that are used for clothes, and it's easy to understand the reason. For a more comprehensive guide, view our guide on what cashemere is.
How do you care for knitwear?
How DO I CLEAN WOOL CLOTHING?
It's all happened to us...yeah? The beautiful, knitted clothes that come out of the machine 3 sizes less than the size it was when it was put into. Disaster. Although it's quite simple to wash wool clothes to keep the shape it was in and its size however, there are some dangers that could mean disaster for the garment you love.
- Select the best setting
Wool clothes are best hand-washed or put on the wool cycle of your washer, however, it's crucial to be aware that different fibers require a distinct care regimen. The wool setting that you have created on your washing machine is designed to wash your woolen clothing with the proper temperatures and on the right spin. If your washing machine does not have the wool or handwash settings you should take your time and handwash your garments.
- Woldetergents are worth it
If you are looking for the finest wool detergent and woollen items, it is best to purchase a wool detergent. They tend to be low-alkaline, and ideal for cashmere jumpers and other wool-based items.
- Only AIR DRY
If you're trying to figure out how to dry wool, it's really not that difficult. Always dry your knits with air since tumbling can cause shrinkage, which is what we wish to see happen.
How Do I Store Wool Cloths?
If you've gone through the trouble to give your knits the attention they need in washing, it's worthwhile giving them a bit of extra care in the storage area as well to ensure that your wool stays in top form. When storing wool items, you must re-shape it if required fold and store in zip lock bags to safeguard your garments from moths.
- RESHAPE If REQUIRED
After washing Lay your clothing flat on a dry surface, and gently stretch it to form it back. Make sure all buttons are secured as well as pull your pockets as well as the hems straight, taking care not to pull too hard. Do not pin your knitwear because this can leave marks that are unsightly and a mess, however placing them on the drying rack or on a radiator is acceptable.
- FOLD DO NOT HANG
It is always best to fold your knits to ensure they don't break or fall onto the hangers. Hangers that hang clothes can also leave marks on very soft clothes so folding them is always the best choice when you have the capacity and space.
- Protect yourself From Moths
If you own a piece of woolen clothing that's not used often, we'd suggest buying a zip-lock bag or similar clothing storage solutions to shield wool from moths. It's true. Moths love nibbling on delicious woollen sweaters.
What if I stain my KNITWEAR?
Don't panic! There are many spills that happen in the nick of time The key to preventing your knitwear from staining is to react quickly and employ the correct methods.
- SOAK IT UP
If the stain is apparent, clean it immediately using a clean cloth or paper towel. Avoid rubbing, since this could cause the stain to become worse and harm the fibres in the material.
- Use a stain to remove
It's always beneficial to keep a variety of stain removers on hand for incidents - but you'll need to ensure that you're using the appropriate one for the specific garment you're wearing. A gentle remover is best applied to wool and delicate fabric.
- WAIT AND WASH
Make sure you don't leave the stain removal product on longer than you're required to. Three minutes is typically enough, but you should always read the label of the bottle to ensure. Don't be concerned when the stain hasn't been completely gone yet. And, once again don't rub. Place the stained clothing onto a wash cycle that is quick to remove the dirt.
HOW TO CLEAN CASHMERE
When washing cashmere, it is recommended that you should not use dry cleaning, but instead wash your clothes by hand and then finish by combing the fibres to remove any snagging. Cashmere is a top raw textiles, that's why we think it merits an entire section by itself.
- AVOID DRY CLEANING
Although it could be tempting to take your cashmere-strewn top to the local dry cleaning shop but we'd suggest against it. You'll surely walk away with a clean and fresh outfit however dry cleaning employs harsh chemicals that can in time ruin the beautiful soft fibres of your clothes.
- Get your hands on
Cleaning it by hand using wool detergent, either lighter or darker depending on the colour of your clothes, using hot water with lukewarm, is the best method to keep your beautiful piece looking as good as new for many years to be. Be sure to reshape it once you've finished. You could also try baby shampoo. The mild formula is perfect for knitted garments.
- BOBBLES BE GONE
If you're trying to figure out how to remove bobbles from wool-based jumpers, then you're in the right spot. If you've noticed some dreadful bobbles on your favourite cashmere piece or are trying to figure out what's wrong do not fret. Make sure to carefully comb the fibres using the specialized cashmere comb in order to get rid of any unwanted bobbles. This is the same for other wool types as well. You have learned how to stop your clothes from slipping.
The feeling of complete frustration when your favourite garment is damaged is something that we can totally comprehend. If you've let the iron sit on it for too long, or you've stumbled across it as you were walking to the front door it's nothing worse than it.
Repairing damaged clothes (depending upon what exactly the issue is) is much easier than you'd think, and is good for the environment as well. If you're not enough to tackle the task yourself, make a visit to your local clothes repair shop where experts will be able to assist the problem for you.
Sometimes it's as if pulled threads are a normal part of knitwear and jumper ownership. You'll be glad to learn that a knot is quite simple to fix with just a few simple steps.
- The fabric should be stretched gently around the snag until it returns to form - you will be able to see a little thread disappear into the fabric.
- Turn the jumper upside down and slowly pull the thread through. Continue pulling gently while threading your snag an untidy needle to your next stitch.
- Repeat this process until the snag completely gone.
- Then, smooth your garment until it is back to the way you would like it to appear.
HOW DO I REPAIR MOTHHOLES
Holes are slightly more difficult to fix than threads that have been snagged and, therefore, if you're not comfortable with a needle and thread, then you're better to leave it to professionals.
- You can freeze it. It's not as insane as it sounds. Clothing moth larvae cause of holes that appear in your favorite jumper. The easiest way to get rid of the larvae out of your garment is to put it in an airtight plastic bag and place them in the refrigerator for couple of days.
- The best method to repair the moth hole is to darn it. to do this , you'll require scissors and a darning needle the right wool, and a darning fungus.
- Then turn the garment upside down and then place the darning tool under the hole in the moth to hold the fabric while you work.
- Start stitching horizontally along the hole, using the remaining loops to anchor the hole Be careful not to over tighten the stitches , as this could cause the garment to pull up around the hole.
- Once you have finished, it is time to add vertical stitches that run between the horizontal stitches. Make sure that these are as homogeneous as possible, to ensure that the needle blends as closely as is possible with the knit.
Sometimes, those annoying moths are fond of eating our clothes that they make an opening that's too big to be able to poke. If this is the case, do not panic! It is possible to repair the damage by applying patches. You can pick from many patches that come in a variety of colours and materials. It is possible to use patches that are simply ironed on!
If you'd prefer traditional patches, simply put the patch in your hole, and secure it into position using a needle and thread, starting from inside the garment , and looping around the edges of the patch in order to avoid the patch from catching.
What is the story behind Wool?
The popularity of knitted clothing was huge among The Highlands as well as the distant Scottish islands, particularly with fishermen who relied upon wool's natural oils to protect themselves from the elements while fishing at sea. It was this culture that is the inspiration behind our upcoming cable knitwear, along with our Fairisle designs. These traditional British designs have been modernized with contemporary details and feature more natural fibres than our knitwear collections before.
This versatility is evident throughout this collection of Logans collection of knitted clothes. It is perfect for both warmer and colder seasons It is easy to layer according to the weather conditions each day that, in the UK is a benefit in and of itself. Simple to wear over jeans if you're on the midst of a hectic schedule or an event that is more formal we are awestruck by our knits. And, often, you needn't iron your knitwear and that's a huge relief.