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Simple Ways to Look After Knitwear

One of my favourite pieces of clothing to wear during the winter are knitted jumpers, but if you don’t look after then they can look worn very quickly. Over the years I have learns a few simple tricks that help keep your knitwear looking perfect year after year.

Knit Comb

Knitwear can become very bobble and get little thread pulls but there is an easy solution. I recently came across knit combs and I wish I had found them years ago. You basically comb your jumper and it takes off all the bobbles leaving a fresh-looking knitted jumper bellow. I purchased mine of amazon and it’s brilliant! A tool everyone needs in their wardrobe.

Wash on a wool wash

I now wash all my knitwear on a wool wash, even if they are not made from wool. I find the wool wash cycle is really gentle, with a lower spin, ensuring your knitwear keeps their shape. Use non-bio washing detergent and then lay them flat in the airing cupboard to dry. It takes a bit longer then your normal washing but means you don’t get overstretched jumper, which I hate.

Be careful of velcro

This is something I never use to think about, but if velcro gets attached to your knitwear it’s game over. I only have one coat that has velcro, so I now stay clear of it when I’m wearing knitwear. Just not worth the heartache!


This is very simple but buy high-quality knitwear. This is a step I am working towards, but moving away from fast fashion comes with a higher price point. If you can’t afford to invest in knitwear then look at buying second hand/vintage pieces. Curate & Rotate is an amazing Instagram account who sells stunning vintage pieces at a great price.

There are just a few simple ways to look after your knitwear, that really does make a world of difference to the longevity of your wardrobe. Do you have any other tips?

Steph x


  1. January 15, 2021 / 12:36 pm

    Washing wool is so hard isn’t it. I actually invest in higher priced wool garments (like Ralph Lauren’s etc) because I know they wont pull too easy etc.!


    • Steph Hannam
      January 15, 2021 / 5:07 pm

      I really need to start investing in my knitwear, sick and tired of wearing a jumper once and getting thread pulls everywhere x

      • Natasha Evans
        January 19, 2021 / 8:00 pm

        I definitely need a knit comb, such a genius idea that I now need in my life!! Thank you for sharing.

        Tash – A Girl with a View

        • Steph Hannam
          January 19, 2021 / 8:48 pm

          I am so glad I picked one up at the end of last year. It’s so satisfying to use!

  2. January 15, 2021 / 12:57 pm

    Great tips. I really need to learn more things like this when it comes to looking after clothes and fabrics!

    • Steph Hannam
      January 15, 2021 / 5:09 pm

      The knit comb has been life-changing and is so easy to use. Allows your wardrobe to last so much longer x

  3. January 15, 2021 / 4:42 pm

    Finding the wool wash on your washing machine is a day! haha! I also love to invest in my knit, and to be fair I love investing in my clothes a little more in general to be fair!

    Katie | katieemmabeauty.com

    • Steph Hannam
      January 15, 2021 / 9:14 pm

      That’s such a great mentality to have, typically by paying a bit more money the quality is so much better x

    • Steph Hannam
      January 19, 2021 / 8:49 pm

      You’re welcome x

    • Steph Hannam
      January 19, 2021 / 8:06 am

      Same here, I really need to have a little declutter of it x

  4. January 18, 2021 / 4:42 pm

    These are great tips! I’m ashamed to say that I don’t take care of my clothes at all. I don’t have a lot of knitwear but once I invest in something really nice, I’m going to need to take care of it. Thanks for sharing your tips x


    • Steph Hannam
      January 19, 2021 / 8:11 am

      To be honest there’s a lot more that I could do to look after my clothes, like splitting my whites and colour. A lot of it comes down to convenience and ease x

  5. January 18, 2021 / 6:04 pm

    I must confess I only buy knitwear that I can machine wash, I can’t be doing with the faff of handwashing. But yes to a sweater de-piler, they are amazing! x

    • Steph Hannam
      January 19, 2021 / 8:12 am

      I do the same, handwashing sounds like a lot of effort but it is better for some knitwear x

  6. January 19, 2021 / 3:36 pm

    Thank you for this – I hate how my knitwear ends up looking so this was helpful!

    • Steph Hannam
      January 19, 2021 / 8:47 pm

      Some of these tips are quick fix’s and other will hopefully then lengthen the longevity of your pieces x

  7. Ming Qian
    January 31, 2021 / 12:38 am

    Oh wow, I do not own knitwear, but I always wanted one. I didn’t know there was so much that goes into caring for knitwear. Thanks for the heads up, Steph! 🙂

    • Steph Hannam
      February 1, 2021 / 10:41 am

      You don’t have to do all these things, just if you do it will allow your knitwear to last a lot longer x

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