How do I look after my guernsey?
Guernsey jumpers from Le Tricoteur are made to be long lasting & are knitted to a tight weave that aids their wind and water proofing ability.
Wool also doesn’t need to be washed nearly as much as synthetic man made fibres. It self-regulates its moisture levels too - which helps stop the build-up of soggy bacteria (and nasty smells ) and as a result it stays fresher longer.
Their unique design means they can be worn either way and we recommend you wear it front to back, then back to front on rotation.
Do not hang it up on a hanger. Because they are a 100% wool garment they are best stored folded so the natural yarn doesn’t stretch.
We use premium 100% worsted wool from our mill in the Pennines and we hand-finish every single garment but should your guernsey come a little frayed or unstitched we are happy to offer a mending service. Please take a picture and send us a photo here explaining what needs a bit of TLC.
Moth babies can be known to feast on wool so if you want to avoid a scattering of half eaten holes, Please use a bag of cedar wood balls to store alongside your favourite sweaters.
Can I put my guernsey in the washing machine?
We certainly don’t recommend it but we have known brave souls try a very gentle wool wash.
In our opinion all our Le Tricoteur knitwear is best hand washed in warm water (not hot) with a washing detergent that’s specifically designed for wool, then rinsed clean in hand temperature water and dried flat.
Do not rub or wring.
When the water has run clean of bubbles, you can put it on a spin cycle (no more than 600 will do) to get the bulk of the water out before spreading it out flat to dry.
Do not leave it drying in direct sun / draped over a radiator or drip dryed on a hanger.
Back in the day It was not uncommon to see guernseys draped over shady hedgerows to dry.
If you prefer, you can also dry-clean our knitwear.