July 2003
How to better protect knit/crochet garments

We all know knitting or crocheting a garment is time consuming and at times, it is really a labor of love. So taking care of them is very important. One of the most important factors to remember is the quality of yarn. We should always consider who is going to use the garment. For instance, for a child it is a good idea to use a machine-washable yarn, since the garment goes through a lot of laundry. In addition, some people might be allergic to certain kind of yarn so always ask before making a garment for anyone.
For taking care of your work, keep the following tips in mind:

  1. Never hang your knit/crochet garments. They will stretch out of shape and hangers leave ugly marks on the shoulders that are not easy to remove.

  2. If you use a certain kind of fiber that is not machine-washable, make sure that you follow the instructions on the label for laundering. In case the item is a gift, include the yarn wrapper for the lucky receiver so they know the proper way of laundering.

  3. Do not wring your garment to get the water out, just gently squeeze the water out and lay them flat on towels to dry. Make sure the towels you use are colorfast and the color does not run into your garments.

  4. Never place your knit/crochet garments under direct sunlight. It will ruin the color and fade it out.

  5. Protect your wool from moths by using mothballs or if you hate their smell as much as I do, use cedar balls or pieces. Many like the smell of cedar, but moths definitely hate it. Lavender is also used for the same purpose.
Nazanin S. Fard

Needlecraft University

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