They are simple to follow and the knitwear you purchase from Hobbie's House of Wizard Wear will look good for years to come.
We use quality wool and acrylic fibers but these same care instructions can be applied to any sweater, vest or cardigan.
Our knitwear falls into two categories:
This is as good a place as any on this page to state, emphatically, that sweaters should never be stored on a hanger...even the non-slip, so called "sweater" hangers. Over time, the weight of a sweater will pull it down and stretch it out of shape. Just get into the habit of folding the sweater, with the fewest possible folds.
How to fold a sweater. How to store wool sweaters. How to wash your wool sweater instead of having it dry cleaned as recommended. What if...your wool sweater stretched out of shape? How to repair a snag in your sweater fabric.
Hobbie's House of Wizard Wear is not responsible for damage due to shrinkage or felting if the garment is not cleaned using our recommended care method.However, if you have hand-washed a wool sweater or scarf in the past and feel totally comfortable doing this then by all means, hand wash your garment but please note that we still recommend dry cleaning for all our wool garments, and we will not assume responsibility for damage or shrinkage.
Dry cleaning by a quality dry cleaning establishment prevents even the slightest shrinkage and preserves the finish or hand of the knit fabric. What are the characteristics of high quality wool?
Listed below are care instructions for hand washing a wool sweater.
Luxurious with a soft hand; Versatile and lightweight; A good insulator; It can be "washable" - we take this feature with a grain of salt. Although washable wool has been treated to prevent shrinkage, we would still prefer to dry clean the garment and avoid unpleasant surprises. Wrinkle-resistant; and absorbs moisture.
Listed below are the care instructions for your acrylic sweater:
Great wash and wear characteristics Super color fastness Soft to the touch Easy to care for Keeps its shape Quick drying Durability - it is resistant to shrinkage, fading, and moths!
Care Instructions - The Wizard Scarf
Place the scarf in a mesh laundry bag to prevent fringe from tangling with other items in the washer, such as the School Sweater. If possible, wash the scarf by itself.
Machine wash the scarf in cold water and the gentle cycle using a mild liquid detergent.
Dry on low heat [knit or delicate setting - with or without a dryer sheet] and remove promptly. Do not wring or iron.
Care Instructions - Team Socks
The Team socks are knit in 100% acrylic. The heel and toe are reinforced with nylon thread.
Machine wash and rinse in cold water/gentle cycle. Dry on delicate/low heat. Remove promptly. Do not wring or iron.
Care Instructions - The RENT© Sweater
The RENT© sweater is knit in 100% acrylic.
Turn the sweater inside out before washing and preferably by wash the sweater by itself so that friction from other garments does not damage the surface of the stitches.
Machine wash in cold water/gentle cycle, with liquid detergent. Pass trough spin cycle and then dry on delicate cycle [about 15 minutes] with low heat.
Remove promptly. If the sweater still feels damp to the touch, place back in dryer and run through the same cycle again, checking every five minutes to ensure the sweater is dry.
Acrylic is notorious for stretching out of shape if handled when wet, even when damp. This is particularly true for this sweater as the weight of the sweater alone would stretch it when damp.
It also goes without saying that you do not wring or iron this sweater. Ribbed stitches will spring back to size and shape quite nicely as long as the sweater is dried completely.
Click HERE to access our collection of Wizard Wear knitting patterns.
We recommend professional care aka the dry cleaner but leave it to Martha to provide us with a "how-to" on how to hand wash a wool sweater.
Our preferred storage method? Cedar chests, shelves, sachets and cedar blocks...anywhere we store our woolens. Cedar smells so much better than moth balls.