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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Hand washing lopi sweaters

Lopi sweaters can be quite sensitive to washing and should only be washed by hand. A few washing machines have very good wool programs (mine actually does) but I still wouldn't risk it.

My best method for washing goes like this:
  1. Fill a tub with lukewarm water and a nice smelling shampoo (yes just your regular hair shampoo) and soak your sweater in it.
  2. Gently squeeze and swirl the sweater around.
  3. Remove the water and fill the tub again with clean water and conditioner (yes, again just your regular conditioner).
  4. Gently squeeze and swirl the sweater around for a few minutes.
  5. Repeat step 4 and 5 if the water is dirty until it becomes clean.
  6. Squeeze most of the water from the sweater and put it in the washing machine for a slow spin for a few minutes. You can skip this step but drying time will be longer.
  7. Lay the sweater on a towel to dry.
Most lopi sweaters don't need washing that often and sometimes it's enough to just "freshen" them outside.

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