- Wash it in cold water (tap water is fine unless you have very hard water. If you do then we recommend using distilled water). Make sure the sink and/or any containers you use are clean prior to washing.
- Pre-rinse the piece under cold running water.
- Mix in a small amount of mild detergent or dishwashing liquid. DO NOT use specially formulated wool wash, harsh detergents, or chlorine bleach. Wash gently.
- Rinse piece several times in cold water until suds disappear.
- Gently remove excess water and lay your crochet item flat on a dry, absorbent towel. Roll the piece up in the towel, pressing firmly as you roll. Do not wring the towel out.
- Lay a dry bath towel on a flat surface large enough to hold your crochet piece (with arms extended if appropriate). Note: A card table is the perfect size for air-drying sweaters, and typically has a protective vinyl top. If using a wood surface, always remember to protect it with a vinyl tablecloth under the towel.
- Place the crocheted item on the dry towel and reshape it into its original shape. Pat it into form while avoiding tugging or pulling. Gently push the ribbing together at the neckline, wrists, and waist. Fasten buttons. Fold the collar.
- Allow the item to dry for 24 hours.
- If it’s not completely dry after 24 hours, flip it over onto a dry towel. Arrange it into shape again (the shape will have set by now but you don’t want to cause wrinkles or slow down the drying process). Dry it for another 24 hours.
Not sure how to clean that crochet piece? You’ve come to the right place! Here is a step-by-step guide:
There you have it!