As much as I love the sunshine I prefer autumn winter fashion, I love the colours, the boots and great coats, I love getting wrapped up and going for walks in hats and gloves and to be honest I feel the heat a little too much nowadays (I blame the hormones). So if like me you want to experience a real Winter and can’t wait for that chill in the air, you’ll soon be reaching for those cosy woolies to keep you snug and warm.

Woollen items are a staple of most peoples Autumn/Winter wardrobes and can be quite an investment, so it’s important to ensure you care and store yours correctly.

Washing Your Woolies…

This may sound obvious but before assuming your knitwear is suitable for a machine wash, check the label; some items will be hand wash only. A piece of advice try to avoid buying these non wash items, they are time consuming and costly. Even cashmere can be washed at a very low temperature, and just hang to dry.

If you do need to hand wash, ensure you turn the item inside out and use cool water with a gentle, hand wash detergent. Leaving them to soak for 5-10 minutes is ideal and try not to pull or rub the item as this can lead to it becoming misshapen.

To dry I recommend re-shaping and then lying your wool item out on a clean towel before gently rolling it up in the towel to remove any excess moisture. Once done dry the item on a flat rack.

If your woolies can be put in the washing machine I would advise:

* Never washing above 30 degrees
* Use the ‘wool’, ‘gentle’ or ‘delicate’ cycle, infact use the handwash or delicate cycle to be safe all the time
* Put items in a washable laundry bag to ensure they don’t get stretched or misshapen
* NEVER put woolies in the tumble dryer (unless you want them to come out several sizes smaller!)

Storing Your Woolies…

Ensure moths don’t nibble at your prized cashmere by only putting away clean items; moths feed off sweat and stains. To help with this further wear a layer between your skin and your woollen item to ‘catch’ any perspiration. Moth deterrents can be purchased from places like Amazon and John Lewis and do a great job of keeping them at bay too.
Folding and storing items you’re not wearing flat is ideal as hanging them can cause them to become misshapen.
Keep Bobbles At Bay

Unfortunately, woolen items do have a tendency to bobble, especially cheaper knitwear, but have no fear, there is a solution!

You can buy clever little de-bobbling machines online for around £10 or simply use some packing tape or even sellotape to get rid of any bobbly bits. The key is to stay on top of them before they get too big or too many, so give your woollen item the once-over each time to wear it. Now enjoy those chilly days and don’t worry about your woolies anymore.