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At White Stuff we love natural fibres as they give a luxurious feel to our knits. Some maintenance is needed to help keep the appearance and softness, but caring for your knits needn't be difficult; follow these tips and you'll be fine...

The friction of wear causes tiny bobbles of fluff to form on knitted garments; this 'pilling' is quite normal and does not necessarily indicate poor quality. Regular washing will help to prevent bobbly garments.

We recommend de-pilling knitwear before washing using a pilling comb or electric de-fuzzer. Glide it, gently but firmly, over the affected area to remove the pill bobbles. Once they are all removed, wash it as instructed.

After a few washes you should find the bobbles disappear if you continue to carefully wash your knitwear regularly.

Shedding may occur the first few times you wear a garment. This is due to the fine hairs in luxury yarns such as angora, alpaca and cashmere. To prevent excess shedding, use a lint brush or roller to frequently remove excess hair from your garment.

  • Always follow the care label for washing instructions
  • Remember to use a mild/non-biological detergent - biological detergents will break down the fibres
  • Treat stains with liquid detergent, never rub as this will encourage pilling
  • Re-shape the garment whilst damp, taking special care as wet knitwear fibres can stretch out of shape
  • Dry flat, away from sunlight or direct heat sources
  • Never tumble dry knitwear
  • Once dry, press lightly on the reverse side with a cool iron
  • Following the general washing instructions
  • Ensure you select the correct setting on your machine as stated on the care label. Always follow the correct temperature to ensure your garment keeps its shape and appearance
  • Remove from the washing machine immediately after the washing cycle has ended

And there you have it! If you have any more questions about caring for your White Stuff knits, get in touch with

  • Following the general washing instructions
  • Wash in cool water with a mild/non-biological detergent - biological detergents will break down the fibres. Never soak wool as this may cause your knitwear to shrink
  • Gently squish the water through the fabric, do not rub, wring or stretch the garment
  • Rinse thoroughly in clean cool water using the same squishing action until the water is clear
  • Gently squeeze out excess water (alternatively using the shortest, most delicate spin, in the washing machine), taking care not to stretch your garment

We know it's a pain, so we try not to use 'dry cleaning only' care instructions in our garments unless it's absolutely necessary, but occasionally some garments just can't be cleaned any other way. This may be due to the size of the garment or the type of knit structure.

Always store clean garments in cool, dry places. Moths aren't so much attracted to the fibre, but to the food, dirt, perspiration or body oils (mmm) on a garment.

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