If you are wondering how to wash a handmade knitted or crochet garment, here is a simple guide. I know that after working on your blanket for many hours the last thing you want is to see your work ruined by mistake during washing it.

Every handmade item requires gentle and loving care. It might seem an intimidating task to wash your handmade knitted or crocheted item, but no worries! It is not as difficult as it seems.

It is important, though, to bear in mind some simple “rules” to follow on how to wash a handmade knitted or crocheted blanket.

Here are two major tips before you start.


I always recommend hand washing all handmade items, even though the label of some yarns (like cotton) says the yarn can be washed in the machine.

Why? The tension of a hand while making a garment is different than that of the machine. That is why it is better to avoid machine washing to preserve the original form and shape of your blanket or garment.

Tip 2:

Take off any jewelry (rings and bracelets) from your hands. They can accidentally scratch or unravel the blanket or garment.

How to wash a handmade knitted or crocheted items

Care Instructions

  • Wash items by hand, separately.
  • Use plenty of water, at a lukewarm temperature.
  • Don’t let the garment soak
  • Use neutral soap, half a dose you would normally use
  • Don’t use bleach or fabric softener
  • Measure the garment before washing to shape it correctly after the wash
  • Spin in the pillowcase or roll in the towel to press out moisture
  • Shape your item respecting original measurements on a thick towel
  • Air dry flat, away from the sun

Following these simple tips will help you to keep the original softness and look of your item.

More useful tips about supplies for knitting and crocheting can be found here.

Still, have questions or want to share your tips? Write them in the comments below!


How to wash a handmade knitted or crochet blanket

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