How to Wash Handmade Knits and Crochet too!

How to wash your knit and crochet pieces, a tutorial by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Washing handmade knit and crochet items

Crocheters and knitters, you will need to wash your lovely handmade items at least once in awhile. Do you know how to wash your handmade knits? What about your crocheters, do you know how to wash your handmade delicate items? Some yarn labels will tell you that you can wash and dry your items by machine, but if not, you’ll need to wash them by hand. In this post, I’ll show you how to do it, using Eucalan delicate wash.

The scarf pictured here is my knitĀ Coral Current Cowl. The Pattern is available on Ravelry andĀ Etsy.

Coral Current Cowl knitting pattern, a cable knit infinity scarf pattern from Banana Moon Studio

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A little back story

Go with me back in time to the end of May. I traveled to Columbus, and stayed for less than 24 hours. I attended my first ever Marly Bird Designer Dinner during the weekend of the TNNA show. It was fun, I met new and wonderful designers and publishers, and I got a BIG. BAG. OF SWAG.

One of the goodies in that bag was a small bottle of Wrapture by Kristin Omdahl and Eucalan, as well as a sample of the grapefruit scented Eucalan. Lucky for me, this was not my first opportunity to try Eucalan. I have a big bottle of it that I use for my handmades. Get your own bottle of Eucalan here.

How to wash handmade knits with Eucalan

I want to tell you about the awesomeness that is Eucalan. First, so easy to wash your handmades with Eucalan, it really does not take any longer than loading up your washing machine, seriously.

First, fill a wash basin with cool water, and add the Eucalan. Believe it or not the small bottle they gave me will last through several washes. In fact the large bottle I have is not even half empty and I bought it 2 or 3 years ago. This is because you only need 1 teaspoon, or 5 mL, of Eucalan per gallon of water.

How to wash your knit and crochet pieces, a tutorial by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Next, place your handmade item into the water, press it down a little to make sure it all gets wet, and let it soak for at least 15 minutes.

How to wash your knit and crochet pieces, a tutorial by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Then, when it is finished soaking…here is the really fantastic part…don’t rinse. Just gently press out some of the extra water. Then roll it in a towel and press out some more extra water.

Last, lay it flat to dry. So easy. And that is how you wash your handmade knits and crochet items!

One thing I love about Eucalan that I didn’t even know until receiving this sample is that the wonderful scent of Eucalan is not achieved with any artificial perfumes. The smell comes from natural essential oils. Well, this just makes me super happy. I love essential oils!

How to wash your knit and crochet pieces, a tutorial by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Is Eucalan just for handmade items?

Eucalan isn’t just for your handmade items. It is really for anything that you wash by hand, so you can use it for many things. The available scents are eucalyptus, lavender, grapefruit, unscented, and jasmine (that’s the Wrapture variety that is jasmine scented). It comes in single use 5mL sizes, as well as 100 mL, 500 mL, and 1 gallon sizes.

Get your own bottle of Eucalan here!

Happy stitching!


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  1. Thank you so much for the offer! I've been wanting to try Eucalan for some time now on my recycled yarns and finished projects.

  2. Hi Lisa, You are my winner! Congrats! Please send an email to bananamoonstudio @ gmail . com (take out the spaces) with your address so that I can forward it to Eucalan. They will mail you your Getaway Gang. Thanks for reading!