Guide to Hand Washing a Knitted Blanket: Easy Steps for Safely Cleaning Your Handmade Blanket

When it comes to keeping your beloved hand-knitted blanket looking good, proper washing techniques are essential. We’ll guide you through the process.

Firstly, remember that these delicate creations require gentle handling. Read the care instructions provided by the creator or manufacturer.

  1. Fill a basin or sink with lukewarm water and add a mild detergent for delicate fabrics. Gently submerge your blanket. Don’t rub or twist it.
  2. Let it soak for around 15 mins, then carefully drain the soapy water while supporting the weight. Rinse thoroughly until all detergent is gone, using cold water to maintain the fibers.
  3. Remove excess water without causing damage. Lay the blanket on a clean towel and roll it up, pressing down lightly.
  4. Unfold it onto another dry towel on a flat surface. Gently reshape it, so all edges are aligned correctly.
  5. Allow it to air dry away from direct sunlight or heat sources.

By following these steps, you’ll preserve its quality and beauty – and extend its life. Give your treasured creation the care it deserves.

Gathering the necessary materials

For successfully washing a hand-knitted blanket, you need materials. This will make the process efficient and effective. Follow these steps for giving your blanket the care it deserves:

  1. Fill a basin or sink with lukewarm water.
  2. Add detergent designed for delicate fabrics.
  3. Place the blanket in the water without twisting or wringing.
  4. Let the blanket soak for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Carefully remove and squeeze out excess moisture.

Also, when gathering materials, choose a detergent suitable for hand-knitted items. This preserves the fabric and prevents damage. Use lukewarm water instead of hot water, to avoid shrinking or stretching.

As an example, a friend had to clean her grandmother’s blanket. She gathered all the necessary materials before starting. The result was amazing – the blanket was thoroughly cleaned, and its beauty and stitching were preserved.

When cleaning a hand-knitted blanket, pay attention to detail and consider the materials used. Gather all supplies beforehand to ensure proper care while maintaining quality and charm.

Preparing the blanket for washing

  1. Inspect the blanket carefully. Look for any loose threads or damaged areas. Mend any tears or snags gently, to avoid further harm during washing.
  2. Check the label for directions. Different yarn types and knitting patterns may require distinct washing methods.
  3. Put the blanket in a mesh laundry bag. This will help keep its shape and stop stretching in the wash.
  4. For optimal results, use mild detergent particularly designed for delicate fabrics. Follow the recommended temperature on the label, or use cold water to stop shrinking or felting.
  5. Set your washing machine to a gentle cycle, or wash by hand, to reduce friction and potential damage to fibers.
  6. By doing this, you can prepare your hand-knitted blanket for washing, whilst preserving its quality and prolonging its lifespan.

Hand washing the blanket

To keep your hand knitted blanket looking its best, it must be hand washed with care. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Fill a basin or sink with lukewarm water.
  2. Add a gentle wool detergent and mix.
  3. Submerge the blanket and agitate for a few minutes.
  4. Rinse completely until no soap remains.
  5. Squeeze out excess water, lay flat to air dry.

Plus, hot water and harsh detergents can damage the fibers, so never use them on delicate knitted blankets. My friend learned this the hard way – she used a washing machine on her hand knitted blanket and it shrank and stretched.

By taking good care of your hand knitted blankets, you can enjoy their warmth and charm for years to come.

Drying the blanket

  1. Gently squeeze out moisture from your blanket.
  2. Put it flat on a clean towel, retaining its shape.
  3. No direct sunlight or heat sources! Drying naturally is key.
  4. Flip it occasionally for evenness.
  5. Excessive wringing or drying machines can ruin the fibers.
  6. Don’t hang it wet either or it will stretch and deform.

My grandmother knitted me a blanket before she passed. As I dried it, I felt her love and warmth. Now, it’s my most beloved possession. Every time I wrap myself in its softness, her love surrounds me.

Treat your hand-knitted blankets with care. They will bring comfort and cherished memories for years!

Final steps and care tips

Ensure the longevity and softness of your hand-knitted blanket with these simple steps:

  1. Soak it in lukewarm water mixed with mild wool detergent, using your hands to agitate the water.
  2. Rinse it with cold water to remove all detergent.

Avoid wringing/twisting during drying; press out excess water with towels or fabric softeners. Lay it flat, away from sun/heat. Store it in a cool, dry place. Never hang it wet.

For pilling, use a fabric shaver or sweater stone to restore original appearance. Follow these tips for years of beautiful handiwork!


When washing a hand knitted blanket, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Firstly, follow the care instructions provided.
  2. Secondly, use gentle handling to avoid damaging any delicate threads or patterns.
  3. Thirdly, use a mild detergent that is safe for delicate fabrics. Avoid harsh chemicals or bleach.

Here is a step-by-step guide to washing a hand knitted blanket:

  1. Fill a basin or sink with cool water and add the detergent, agitating lightly to create suds.
  2. Place the blanket in the water and gently swish it around.
  3. Rinse, drain the soapy water and refill with clean, cool water.
  4. Gently swish the blanket again to remove any remaining soap residue.
  5. Repeat this rinsing process several times until the water runs clear.
  6. Carefully lift the blanket out of the water and gently squeeze out any excess moisture. Avoid wringing or twisting as this can distort its shape.
  7. Instead, lay the damp blanket flat on a clean towel and roll it up tightly to absorb even more moisture.
  8. Unroll it and transfer it to another dry towel, shaping it back into its original size if necessary.
  9. Allow the hand knitted blanket to air dry completely before storing or using again.
  10. Lay it flat on another clean towel in a well-ventilated area away from direct heat or sunlight.

For long-term maintenance, store the blanket folded neatly in a cool, dry place when not in use. Avoid hanging as this can cause stretching and sagging.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs: How to Wash a Hand Knitted Blanket

Q1: Can I machine wash my hand knitted blanket?

A1: It is generally recommended to avoid machine washing hand knitted blankets. Hand-knitted items are delicate, and the agitation and spinning in a washing machine may cause them to lose their shape or even unravel.

Q2: How should I hand wash my hand knitted blanket?

A2: Fill a basin or sink with lukewarm water and add a gentle detergent suitable for wool or delicate fabrics. Gently agitate the blanket in the water for a few minutes, avoiding any harsh rubbing or scrubbing. Rinse it thoroughly and carefully squeeze out the excess water.

Q3: Can I use a washing machine’s gentle cycle?

A3: While using a washing machine’s gentle cycle may seem like a safer option, it is still not recommended for hand knitted blankets. The agitation and spinning motion can cause damage. It is best to hand wash them to ensure their longevity.

Q4: How should I dry my hand knitted blanket?

A4: Lay your hand knitted blanket flat on a clean towel, and roll it up gently to remove excess water. Then reshape the blanket to its original dimensions, laying it flat on a dry towel or a mesh drying rack. Avoid hanging it, as this can cause the blanket to stretch or lose shape.

Q5: Can I use a dryer to speed up the drying process?

A5: It is generally not recommended to use a dryer for hand knitted blankets. The heat and tumbling motion can cause the fibers to shrink, felt, or become misshapen. Air drying is the safest and most effective method.

Q6: How often should I wash my hand knitted blanket?

A6: Hand knitted blankets typically do not require frequent washing unless they become soiled or stained. Instead, occasional airing out or spot cleaning is usually sufficient. Washing too often can lead to unnecessary wear and tear.

Kimberly Harness
Kimberly Harness

Kimberly Harness, a passionate sleep aficionado and accomplished writer, lends her expertise to Starlight Blankets, a premier blog in the bedding niche. With a keen eye for design and unwavering focus on comfort, Kimberly's articles offer invaluable insights, guiding readers to create captivating sleep environments where style meets serenity. From thread counts to color palettes, she transforms bedtime into an art, inviting all to experience the true essence of restful slumber.

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