“Can I just toss this into the washer?”
I get this question A LOT. And it’s a GREAT question. Your handmade crochet and knit accessories are special to you, and caring for them properly is important so they look great for a long time.
First, it is not necessary to wash your crochet or knits every time you use/wear them. Frequent washing can actually cause fiber damage and fading. Unless they are soiled, simply air them out overnight.
While many yarns today are created to be machine washable/dryable, it is still my recommendation to hand wash your handmade crochet and knit accessories. Do this by gently moving them by hand (instead of rubbing) in a bucket or tub of, taking care to be especially gentle with pom poms. Roll them inside a towel, then squeeze the water out taking care not to wring, and lay items flat to dry on towels or drying screens taking the time to gently shape your items if needed. They should be completely dry (12-24 hours). Fluff as needed and they are ready to go!
When properly cared for, they’ll look great for a long time to come!
If you have any questions about cleaning and caring for your crochet accessories, just leave me a comment below!
Until next time, stay inspired and be crafty!
❀ AnnRe learned to knit and crochet as a young child and continues to pass on her love for these traditional and timeless hand crafts. Born and raised in the Detroit area, she now lives in Amish Indiana with her husband and son. You can find her work on Etsy: http://www.annrehandmade.etsy.com and you can also follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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