KNITWEAR CARE

Caring

Quality has been a central value at b&t from professional expertise combined with grand-mother tips. To ensure b&t knits remain soft and hard-wearing, these clothes must be properly cared for by favoring gentle washing. It is important to always read the instructions on the composition and care labels.

In order to preserve the beauty of your b&t knits, turn them inside out when washing to prevent snagging and avoid damaging fasteners. In case of machine washing, use a mesh laundry bag.

Washing cashmere knits 

Our cashmere has been selected with great care but sometimes pilling might happen because of a coat or bag rubbing it. After the first two or three wears, we would advise that you hand wash your knitwear. As it is a newly made piece of knitwear, hand washing it will help to settle the fibers and minimize the chance of pilling. 

From that point on, you should wash your knitwear 2~3 times a year (one of these times should be before you store the garment away for a long period of time, for example, over summer - please see our advice on storage below). This will prolong the life of your garment. 

You can wash cashmere by hand in cold water or by washing machine in wool program using cold cycle. Dry it flat on a towel away from the heat and light. Finally iron on a low heat without pulling or stretching.

Other considerations

With cashmere and to some extent, wool knitwear, it is inevitable that you will encounter some pilling (bobbles) on your sweater during its life. This is entirely normal given that cashmere and wool are natural fibers.

With higher quality cashmere or (wool knitwear), you may find that this happens more in the beginning but, if washed regularly according to the instructions above, this should reduce over time as the shorter fibers are brought to the surface and removed, leaving the longer fibers. Washing, therefore, remains the best way to minimize pilling over the long run. 

If you are short of time and you want to remove pilling quickly, pilling razors are very effective and do not damage the beauty and soft texture of garments. Be careful not to overdo it or use too much force on the sweater as the fibers are delicate. 

To fix snags, small, easy-to-use crochet hooks can be used to pull the threads through to the other side of the damaged garments.

Storing

For day-to-day storage of your knitwear, simply fold your knitwear and put it inside your drawer. Do not hang your knitwear as this will cause it to be stretched out. 

Before you store your knitwear away for a long period of time (for example, over summer), make sure that you wash it first. This is important to keep moths away as they are attracted to dirt and moisture.

Once you have washed it, make sure that it is completely dry. Then put it inside a zip lock bag which is the best way of keeping moths out and keeping your knitwear clean from dust until the next autumn.