It looks like knitting is no longer just for grandmas.

The traditional craft has made a comeback and we’re seeing knitted everything, from hats to mittens to socks and scarves.  The cozy feel of knits, and the time and love that went into it making them, is comforting, and they can last a long time if you know how to take care of them.

First, determine the type of yarn used. If the item was purchased, check the care label for instructions. If you’re unsure then your best bet is to hand wash the item in cold water with a gentle detergent and dry by laying flat.

Wool items should be washed by hand in cold water to prevent shrinking. 

TIP: When drying hand-washed items, remove excess water by gently rolling your knitwear in a large absorbent towel. Apply pressure to release the water. Place item on a dry towel, reshape and let air dry for 24 hours.

Cotton knits can go in a washing machine on a gentle cycle; wash with cold or warm water and gentle detergent.

Acrylic or synthetic knitwear won’t shrink, so you can wash them normally.

Follow these tips and your knits will last longer than the current fashion trend!