Lambswool is luxuriously soft and warm yet breathable, perfect for the colder months. Here is a guide to caring for your lambswool garments so that they stay in the best condition for years to come.
ABOUT SUNSPEL’S SCOTTISH LAMBSWOOL
We source our Sunspel’s Scottish lambswool from the world’s leading specialists. Since 1897, Todd & Duncan have been spinning yarn on the banks of Loch Leven in Kinross, where they have a limitless supply of the softest, purest Scottish water. It is this water that helps to open up the wool fibres and gives the yarn its uniquely soft handfeel and exceptional comfort against the skin.
All the water used is cleaned and returned to the Loch, so no resources are wasted, and all wool comes from shepherds who show the highest standard of animal welfare.
Every batch of raw fibre is personally checked for quality, and all yarns are carded and spun on mules: a traditional process that is slow and painstaking, but which yields a uniquely rounded and voluminous yarn. The Scottish yarn pills less than any other and is famously durable, resulting in a luxury garment, made for everyday wear, that will last you for years to come.
LAMBSWOOL CARE TIPS
WASHING LAMBSWOOL GARMENTS
There is no need to wash a lambswool garment after every wear: wool fibres are naturally resistant to dirt. Hang your garment to ventilate it between most wears and wash just a few times each season. Not only is this better for the environment but it will help your lambswool clothes last longer.
The following tips apply to most Sunspel lambswool knitwear, but remember to always check the care label before washing, as instructions can vary between styles.
- Wash inside out – when washing turn the garment inside out. This will help the outer side keep its colour and texture for longer and avoid visible wear or fading.
- Carefully handwash in cool water – this is the safest way to wash wool.
- Use a specialist wool detergent – preferably one that is Woolmark-recommended (look for the Woolmark symbol on the bottle). Avoid Bio detergents.
- Avoid softener – it is not necessary to use softener on Sunspel lambswool garments, and doing so can cause piling (‘bobbles’ appearing on the wool).
- Use a bath towel to remove excess water – immediately after washing, gently squeeze out any excess water then lay the garment out flat on a bath towel, roll up the towel and press on to it (avoid wringing or twisting as this could misshape the garment).
- Lay the garment out flat to dry – lay the lambswool garment flat on a rack while damp and reshape it, removing as many folds and creases as possible, then leave to dry. Do not tumble dry and avoid drying on a line or hanger as the weight of a damp garment can cause it to lose shape. Avoid drying in direct sunlight or near heat as this can cause it to shrink.
IRONING LAMBSWOOL GARMENTS
Sunspel’s lambswool should not need to be ironed as it is naturally wrinkle-resistant. Just reshape after washing to keep garments looking at their best.
However, if you do need to remove stubborn crumples, use the iron’s wool setting and gently spray or steam the garment before lightly pressing with the iron.
REMOVING PILLING FROM LAMBSWOOL CLOTHES
Piling is the ‘bobbly’ effect that can occur when the shorter fibres in wool work their way to the surface. Sunspel’s Scottish lambswool is naturally more resistant to pilling than other wools, but if it does occur then carefully remove the bobbles by hand or use a pilling comb (available from any good haberdashery or online).
STORING LAMBSWOOL GARMENTS
The main thing to think about when storing lambswool knitwear is how best to retain the shape and appearance of the garments.
- Always store knitwear folded – avoid hanging wool garments in a wardrobe for too long as they can stretch and form hanger ‘humps’ at the shoulders.
- Make sure your lambswool garments are clean and dry before storing. Any small amount of moisture can encourage moths. Using breathable garment bags or folding with a layer of tissue paper are good for ordinary storage.
- Use an airtight plastic bag or container for long-term storage. However, vacuum packing can stretch the garments out of shape so is best avoided.
- Use natural moth-repellents – lavender, rosemary or cedar have a nicer odour than traditional mothballs.
SUNSPEL’S LAMBSWOOL RANGE
A selection of some of Sunspel’s most popular garments in lambswool: