Handmade wool garments and blankets are cherished items that need a little extra TLC. With proper care, your handmade items will last for years and years, making wool yarn perfect for heirloom projects.
Wool items benefit from less washing and should only be cleaned once or twice a season. Most wool items should be handwashed as machine washing can cause shrinkage. Refer to the yarn label for washing instructions. Some blends of wool may be machine washable, such as superwash wool, while others will do best with handwashing.
Wool clothing does not need to be washed after each wear. To limit the need for washing, follow these tips:
- wear a light shirt under your sweater to protect if from body odors
- freshen your sweater by handing it outside for 30 mins to reduce food and smoke smells
- spot clean small stains
Get detailed step-by-step washing instructions here. (credit: The Spruce)