Washing your Lambswool Knitwear

Here are some more in depth tips for washing your lambswool knitwear.

I generally recommend that you hand wash your woollen scarves, hats or jumpers, rather than machine wash. However, it is possible to machine wash your woollens too, so I’ll make sure to give you tips for both here!

General Tips for Washing Wool

Wash sparingly. I know I’ve said it before- unless it’s actually dirty, give you wool a good airing, and avoid washing it unnecessarily! It’s one of the great benefits of wool!

To hand wash or machine wash your lambswool knitwear, use a delicate detergent suitable for wool. There are a variety of makes out there, in a range of prices, but I think anything that’s suitable for delicates (silk and wool) is fine.

If washing a wool jumper, put it inside out. This way any pilling that may happen should happen on the inside of the garment as it rubs with other items in the wash.

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Hand washing your lambswool knitwear

  • Use lukewarm water with the detergent.

  • Very gently move the item in the water- do not rub or agitate. Over agitation and rubbing can cause the wool to felt and pill, so be gently with it.

  • Rinse it a couple of times. Try to keep all rinses the same temperature, as changing it may shock the wool and cause it to felt and shrink.

  • Once it is rinsed, very gently squeeze out the excess water. Do not wring. Place flat on a towel, in the right shape, and roll it up like a swiss roll. This will help get rid of excess water.

  • Unroll it and place on a dry towel and leave to dry flat, away from direct heat.

Machine washing wool

I have to admit that I wash all my knitwear in a machine. I was very hesitant at first, but I trust it. If you’re not sure about your machine and how your knitwear will come out, I suggest you try it with something that is not your favourite jumper, or stick to hand washing!

  • Choose the woollens cycle. This bit is very important- it is not the same as the delicate cycle, so do not treat them as interchangeable!

  • 30 degrees is fine for wool.

  • Turn the rpm down. I adjust the rpm on my machine to 900 for wool. It could probably be a bit higher, but I don’t like to risk it. It basically means I’m agitating the knitwear less.

  • Dry it flat, away from direct heat. Do NOT tumble dry!

General tips for when your knitwear is dry

Once your woollens are dry, press with an iron (only if need be- you might not need to) on a low heat suitable for wool, with the steam on. Steam and only gently press down with the iron.

When you’re knitwear is dried and pressed, this is a great time to pick off any pills. You can pick them off with your hands. It is perfectly normal for lambswool to pill slightly.

When storing, fold your knitwear, as hanging it up may result in stretching.

Make sure your knitwear is clean before you put it away, to help avoid moths and if storing for a while, keep in a sealable bag.

If you do get any small holes in your knitwear, why not try some visibly mending them!