Can you put handmade knits in the washing machine?
When it comes to washing hand-knitted items, it's important to proceed with caution. While some hand-knitted items can be safely washed in the washing machine, others may require more delicate care.
If you’re not sure how to wash a knitted blanket or garment, check the yarn label and laundry tags to determine the appropriate washing method. If machine washing is recommended, use a gentle cycle and cold water and consider placing delicate or loosely knit items in a laundry bag to help minimize stretching. If there are no care tags, when in doubt, hand wash your garment.
The Whirlpool® Washer with 2 in 1 Removable Agitator is designed to provide a gentle wash for delicate hand-knitted items. By removing the agitator, the washer creates more space in the drum, allowing delicate items to be washed with less friction and stretching.
For more delicate or intricate items, like a knitted blanket with attached embellishments, hand washing in cool water with a gentle detergent is usually the safest choice to help minimize any damage to the knit or embellishments. Swash® Free & Clear Laundry Detergent1 is designed to protect your delicate garments by using precisely the right amount of detergent, without any excess. It is phosphate-free, 8x concentrated and the Precision Pour Cap means less waste and less dulling residue.
It’s also advisable to avoid hot water, to help minimize the shrinking or felting of the fibers. With proper care and attention, your hand-knitted items can look good and last for longer.