There is a lot of speculation about how to properly care for knitwear. Dry cleaning is an option, but hand washing would always be our recommended method. 

We’ve put together a step by step guide on what we feel is the best way to care for your knitwear, as resilient as the material may be it still needs to be looked after to keep it at its best. 

Remember that if a luxurious knit is cared for in the proper way it will see you through many seasons to come and be a staple of your wardrobe year after year.


Washing Knitwear 

  1. Hand wash in cool, clean water, 30 degrees max. We recommend using liquid soap or even a premium 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner. Even baby shampoo but never use powder detergent. We love this cashmere shampoo, specially crafted by Johnstons of Elgin.
  2. Gently squeeze the suds through the garment, be cautious not to wring, rub or stretch whilst washing.
  3. Rinse the garment in fresh water.
  4. Do not lift garment up as wet fabric weighs more and will stretch the garment.
  5. Gently squeeze excess water out of material.
  6. Lay garment flat on a towel, reshaping whilst doing so. 
  7. Leave to dry naturally away from direct heat sources and out of sunlight.

Stack of lambswool chunky knitwear in range of neutral colours

Caring for Pilling

Many natural fibre garments are prone to pilling. However, this does not mean the garment is any lower in quality. Pilling is a natural process caused by the shorter fibres of the material working their way to the top. These pills can be removed by the using a cashmere comb, such as this one, gently on the material. 

Cashmere de-pilling comb, perfect for removing pills and prolonging life of garment

Our care comb can be used to remove the pills and fuzz that naturally occur in all woollen garments, including cashmere. Hold fabric taut and brush quickly and lightly with the comb to bring your favourite sweater back to pristine condition.

Rolls of Merino in rainbow of colours stacked on top of each other

Our Top Tips

  1. Do not tumble dry.
  2. Do not bleach; natural fibres are destroyed by bleach.
  3. Do not Rub/Wring/Stretch whilst cleaning; all of these will misshape the garment.
  4. Even though shops do hang knitwear, always fold it at home as gravity will cause it to stretch.
  5. If pressing is required, press on the opposite side of the garment using the lowest setting on the iron.

Remember that if a luxurious knit is cared for in the proper way it will see you through many seasons to come and be a staple of your wardrobe year after year.

You can shop our collection of knitwear in-store in our extensive Knitwear Hall - home to the largest cashmere collection in the UK. We also have a selection of our finest knitwear online where you can Shop Men's or Shop Ladies.