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Frisson Knits: Knitwear care

Charlotte Jennings of Frisson Knits and knitter extraordinaire shares with us her top tips for caring for your hand knitted pieces.

Words by CHARLOTTE JENNINGS Location AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

Charlotte started learning how to knit at around the age of seven when her Mum started teaching her the basics. She knitted about fifty half scarfs before finally finishing her first sweater. Years later, Charlotte is now the owner of Frisson Knits. Frisson Knits sells hand knitted sweaters and employs knitters nationwide.

Knitting has taught me a lot about patience as I’m not a patient person. It has taught me that good things take time and not to give up when something doesn’t go your way. You may drop stitches and have to unravel hours of work but if you keep at it you will have a beautiful finished product.
Charlotte Jennings

When you don't have a lint brush

My favourite trick is to wash your hands, leave them wet and use them as the lint brush. Then, brush the knit upwards on your pants. This will remove extra fluff.

When your knit starts to pill

If you feel like the fibres are starting to pill together, you can very gently use a suede brush to separate them.

Always fold your knits

This stops them from stretching out of shape. Coat hangers can make holes in the shoulders. If you want to stretch your knit out a little, use a padded hanger.

When you spill something on your knit

Simply dab it off – don’t rub! Knits will shed at the start, so wear them with similar colours of jeans. Mohair will not stick to satin or silk.

To wash

Gently immerse your knit in warm water with wool detergent, paying extra attention to the area you are trying to clean. I use a big bucket or laundry sink. Have two towels ready. Note, the knit will be super heavy when wet!

To dry

Squeeze out excess moisture without wringing it. Lay the knit gently on a towel, being careful not to stretch it. Place the other towel on top and push down lightly to remove excess moisture. Keep it flat to dry.

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