Washing Assistance

by Margaret
(New Zealand)

I have been given a lot of pure wool, including crepe, all of which has been purchased more than 20 years ago, which I intend to use for charity knitting.

However, to delay any matting when washed by the recipients, do you suggest that prior to passing the knitted artIcles onto the Charities concerned I should wash them beforehand?

Grateful your advice.

Thank you


Margaret N

P S I usually use the alternative wools for charity knitting

YOUR ANSWER


Washing the items before you gove them away will not prevent them from matting or shrinking should the recipient does not take care to wash them properly.

Shrinking or matting generally happens when the temperature goes from hot (for the wash) to cold when rinsing and when the wool garment is rubbed or tumbled.

So machine washing can be problematic and they should not be dried in a tumble dryer and, unfortunately, there is potential for your garments to be damaged every time they are washed.

The only thing you can do is to put a 'wool' care label inside the garment. You can sometimes buy these in small packs in craft stores, but there is no guarantee that the person doing the washing will read it.

Sorry...

Click here to post comments

Return to Answered Knitting Questions.



Couldn't Find What You Were Looking for?

Try searching the site using the search box below:

Custom Search









Recent Articles

  1. Shetland Lace Knitting

    Dec 11, 19 07:03 PM

    Shetland Lace Knitting is a particular style of knitting that developed in the Shetland Islands and was one of the main exports of the Island early in the last century.

    Read More

  2. kfb: Knit front and back

    Nov 26, 19 06:24 PM

    kfb or knit front and back is a method of increasing your number of stitches by one and involves knitting into a single stitch twice.

    Read More

  3. Crochet and Knitting

    Nov 24, 19 11:04 PM

    Crochet and knitting are two different yarn crafts, and I do tend to get a little annoyed when TV shows or movies get them mixed up.

    Read More



Subscribe Here: