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Throughout the years, you have amassed dozens of light sweaters, wool jumpers, and cashmere cardigans. Now, you don’t know what to do with them all. You have a problem with sweater organisation. Don’t worry, we’ve experienced this too—and luckily, it’s not a huge issue. At first, you might’ve thought slipping a jumper on a hanger was a fantastic idea, but now they have unsightly shoulder bumps. So, you need a solution, one that doesn’t ruin them.
We have one problem-solving way to hang a sweater that you’re going to love.
No, we didn’t just trick you by saying you can only ever fold them. Yes, folding a pullover is the best for prolonging its life and keeping it looking new. Heavier knits are most susceptible to stretching and shoulder bumps, since gravity will pull them down when on a hanger. Spring sweaters and cardigans also experience the same stretching after a while. So, when in doubt, fold them.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t hang your sweaters. You just need to do something extra, which we’ll get to in a minute.
How do you know which pullovers can be hung and which ones should always be folded? There are two points to keep in mind: weight of the garment and material.
Lighter sweaters, like those made for late spring and summer, can usually be hung normally with little to no stretching. Since there is little weight for gravity to play on, you don’t need to worry about damage to the shoulders either. The best materials for this include light cotton and thin cashmere.
Heavier sweaters for the winter or ones that include thick knits of wool, high quality cashmere, angora, and even linen should all be folded. Store them on a shelf or in a bin. You can also utilise a special folding method that will allow you to hang heavier garments without ruining them.
You probably already have a stack of sweaters deemed ready for hanging. There are two methods that will come in handy and for both of these I would highly recommend using knitwear hangers as the coating works perfectly to grip the wool and stop them from slipping off the hanger. The last thing you want is for your nice clean jumper to end up falling on the floor.
This one is relatively straightforward. Use it for lightweight knits and cardigans.
To begin, spread your sweater or cardigan on a clean flat surface.
Think of this one as sweater origami. You’ll be doing a lot more folding.
Ta-da! You’ve just hang-folded your first jumper.
As mentioned earlier, folding is the best way to store your sweaters; that doesn’t mean that hanging is out of the picture. All you need to do is fold it around the hanger then store your knits and cardigans in the wardrobe. Not only do you save a load of space on your shelves, but you prevent shoulder bumps and stretching!
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