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WOOL KNIT GARMENT CARE INFORMATION
CARING FOR SHEEP’S WOOL KNIT GARMENTS
Sheep ‘s wool has got to be one of God’s greatest gifts to man. It is an amazing
endowment that has properties unequaled by any man-made products. For centuries
the dessert tribes used wool in the apparel they made to wear in the dessert. Wool is
cool in the summer but warm in the winter. Wool is a wonderful natural renewable
fiber that is environmentally friendly.
There are a few misconceptions when it comes to wool. There are those who believe
that all wool itches. The itchiness of wool is usually associated with its fiber diameter
and the scales found on the wool fiber. Discomfort may be noticed by some whenever
a piece of apparel is produced from wool where 3 to 4 percent of the fibers are over
28 microns thick. A micron is one millionth of a meter thick. Normally, garments that
are worn next to the skin should be limited to 28 microns or less to afford greater
comfort. Finer fibers produced from the fine wool breeds such as the Merino sheep
afford great comfort.
Those who think they are allergic to wool sometimes are actually allergic to the dyes
or chemicals used to process the wool to produce woven wool pieces of apparel.
Often allergies to woven wool are not seen in natural knitted wool. Some
manufacturers treat their woolen products with shrink proofing or moth proofing.
These are chemicals not naturally found as a part of a naturally produced woolen
piece of apparel. *If you find that wool causes itchiness or rash, try purchasing only
products made from natural undyed sheep’s wool from a fine wool breed such as
many of the products created from Irish wool.
Natural sheep's wool hand knitted garments contain natural oils, which make
hand knitted wool apparel water resistant. Sheep wool used in a loom
has to be stripped of most of its oil, therefore loomed sheep's wool
garments are not as waterproof as hand knitted sheep's wool garments.
Stripping the oil out of the wool also makes hand loomed garments less
dense, heavy and warm
Bainin wool is untreated white natural wool directly from the sheep and
colored wools that come from “black sheep”. Rarely does the black wool
of a black sheep actually look black. Instead, it may be heather gray,
gray, or brown. Garments that are jet black arenot authentic Aran
products because the oil has been stripped from the wool to absorb dye.
*Instructions For Wool Knit Care
Wool knit garments need special care and with the proper care, wool can last a
Make a pattern of the garment by laying the sweater, vest, gloves, mittens or hat on a
clean sheet of paper. Draw an outline of the piece of apparel.
Hand wash the garment gently in cool water and baby shampoo. Baby shampoo is
very gentle to the fibers, rinses out easily, and helps to keep the colors as vibrant after
as before washing. Be gentle with the garment, do not rub it.
Rinse the item with cool water until the water runs clear. You can add a capfull of
cream hair conditioner to the rinse water to soften the garment if you so wish.
Squeeze do not wring the water from the garment and then roll it in a towel to absorb
the excess moisture. This may require a second towel if the item is large.
Lay the garment back on the paper with the drawn outline. Gently stretch and form the
garment to the previously drawn outline. Pat the sweater into the shape with a clean
The garment should be dried flat out of direct sunlight and in cool air. Turn the item
over from time to time to speed up the drying process.
*Tips & Warnings
Never store a soiled wool garment. It attracts moths and insects and can cause
deterioration at the site of the stain.
Do not use products with ammonia, enzyme detergents, alcohol, or chlorine bleach
on wool knit garments because it can damage them.
Store wool knit folded or flat as hanging knits on hangers can cause many knits to