HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR HANDCRAFTED PIECES

skeino care for your handicraft pieces

We often receive emails from SKEINO customers who are unsure about how to care for their knitted or crocheted pieces. Oh, it seems so complicated! All these different fibers need their special care! But have no fear, help is near. In this post we’ll give you an overview that should help making you feel more comfortable about caring for your finished projects.

So It’s very important to know, how to care for knitted, crochet or handwoven pieces. You’ve spent your money to buy the yarn and you’ve spent many hours using your talent to create these wonderful pieces. If you take good care of them you’ll have enjoyment for years to come.

 Here at SKEINO we do not like pressing, except for Lace Pieces – We like all pieces to be fluffy and cuddle soft.

It’s not very difficult to do so, no matter which fiber you used.

In general to hand wash your piece is never wrong. Use the detergent of your choice but don’t be too harsh. You can high spin (!) all your pieces, because the drum will run in one direction, this means NO felting. Here at SKEINO we do not like pressing, except for Lace Pieces – We like all pieces to be fluffy and cuddle soft.

Now let’s get a little more specific and jump into the different kinds of fibers.

Pieces made from PLANT FIBER (cotton, linen, rayon, bamboo, etc.):

  • Hand wash or gentle machine wash; rinse and high spin; dryer medium to medium high – damp dry; drying your final piece flat on a towel outside is the best, shape your piece perfectly
SKEINO tencel sock in la boheme colorway

These socks are made using our Tencel Sock yarn which is based on plant fibers

Pieces made from SILK:

  • Hand wash; high spin; dryer medium to medium high – damp dry, no more than 3 min by themselves; drying your final piece flat on a towel outside is the best, shape your piece perfectly
Our Scarf-In-A-Scarf Knitting Kit comes with a silk scarf

Our Scarf-In-A-Scarf Knitting Kit comes with a silk scarf

Pieces made from ANIMAL FIBER – not superwash treated (merino, alpaca, mohair, lama, all other sheep wools, etc.):

  • Hand wash in warm water with a mild detergent or use your own shampoo (all animal fibers and human hair are made from protein); let your piece soak and just squeeze it; rinse well with less movements; high spin; dry with low heat and no more than 2 minutes in your dryer, it will fluff up your piece with NO felting; drying your final piece flat on a towel outside is the best, shape your piece perfectly
SKEINO ALPACA SHAWL

The Alpaca Shawl uses Alpaca and Merino yarn

Pieces made from ANIMAL FIBER –superwash treated (mainly merino and other sheep wools, etc.):

  • Machine wash in warm water with a mild detergent or use your own shampoo (all animal fibers and human hair are made from protein); let your piece soak and use the gentle cycle; do NOT use the rinse cycle, instead fill the machine with cold water and move the pieces by hand, then high spin, maybe repeat the rinse process a second time; dry with low heat and no more than 3 minutes in your dryer, it will fluff up your piece with NO felting; dry final (outside is the best) flat on a towel, shape your piece perfectly; NOTE: if you don’t have a top loader, you’ll need to consider to hand wash your piece
  • REMEMBER: Superwash yarns do NOT provide a complete “NO FELTING” tag. To be careful is always the best way to go. It is your piece and you’ve put your talent and money into it.
SKEINO Arabella Shawl

Our bestseller Arabella Shawl is made using 100% Extra Fine Merino Superwash yarn

Want to know more about fiber types? Read a related blog post: SKEINO EXPLAINS: HANDPAINTED PROTEIN FIBERS VS. PLANT FIBERS

So that wasn’t too hard after all, right? Feel free to re-browse this blogpost anytime you are unsure about how to care for your handcrafted pieces. Make sure to spread the word in your family & friends if they are unsure. As always please feel free to ask us anything or share your thoughts in the comment section.

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5 thoughts on “HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR HANDCRAFTED PIECES

      • Thank you. One more question–is that color for the paoli yarn still available. I couldn’t find it in the little color boxes. Thank you. Sally

        Also–love the blog!

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