The Cotton Silk Crew Care Guide
At a glance, caring for knitwear can be confusing, especially with conflicting and alarmist opinions like "don't wash!" or "don't dry!". Yes, knits do need a little more TLC, but caring for your clothes doesn't have to be this complicated. To prove that, we've pulled together a simple guide on how you can keep your knits looking fresh wear after wear.
2 years ago, we felt it was time to update our knitwear offering and reckon we have landed on something pretty special. We adjusted the fit on our knitted crew to be slightly slimmer and strengthened the rib construction to protect its elasticity. We then knitted it with a yarn consisting of 70% cotton,10% silk and 20% nylon. Silk is the strongest natural fibre available, and nylon is a filament fibre (meaning the fibres are long) so blending the two with a predominantly cotton yarn created a knit that was far more durable, less susceptible to pilling and an excellent insulator; The Cotton Silk Crew was born, and it remains a perfect wardrobe staple for the chilly winter months.
Here's how to take care of it:
We'd encourage you to hand-wash your Cotton Silk Crew. The easiest way to do this would be to use a liquid detergent like SoakWash (also available in store from Wixii), which doesn't require rinsing after soaking, and is gentle on the knit. This is the better option as continuous machine cycles can damage the garment over time, because silk (as a fibre) loses up to 20% of its strength while wet. This is also a great way to avoid pilling, as pills are formed by the friction that happens inside a washing machine - another strong case for hand-washing your knits.
In a perfect world, you'd hand-wash your Cotton Silk Crew. But we know life gets in the way, and you’re probably going to chuck it in the machine from time to time; so it’s important to use short, gentle cycles if you are machine washing this garment. Use cold water when washing - be it by hand or machine. Both Cotton and Silk may shrink if washed at high temperatures, so its important to keep the temperature low (below 30ºC).
Drying, steaming, ironing
Because of its knitted structure, hanging the Cotton Silk Crew out to dry may cause it to warp and lose its shape, so we recommend drying while flat in shade, or in the dryer on a low temperature.
If you've been keeping up, you'll know that we are big advocates of using a steamer to soften creases on garments. The same can be done on our Cotton Silk Crew. If you’re using an iron, avoid using the steam function because the combination of pressure, direct heat, and steam may damage the silk component. It pays to either steam, or iron - but not both at once.
It’s ideal to keep your knits folded as they can stretch in the shoulder, and may lose their shape when hung conventionally on a hanger.
If you’re low on space for storing folded knits, you can hang them folded in half over the bottom rung of a hanger to prevent warping during storage. There are many ways to do this, but this method seems to work best:
1. Fold the garment in half vertically.
2. Pull both sleeves over the bodice of one side of the garment
3. Hold sleeves in place, and pull from the neckline to slide over the rung of a hanger.
Need some knitwear?
What our members say
"The team always provide first rate service and the quality of the pieces are amazing! Having been a long time member, it’s also been great to see a continuous and improving range of items being rolled out! Highly recommend subscribing! Cheers team!"
Great concept, super fast delivery to Aus.
So easy to ensure you keep up with the staples in your wardrobe. Just make your selections and wait for them to turn up. Brilliant!!!
The clothes are well designed and well made. And the customer service team is The Best. Very helpful
I am down with the whole experience and rate the brand, people and overall experience highly
All items have been great. Excellent customer service and communication.
These guys are awesome!
I've been a subscription member for a couple of years now, no more shopping worries, the wardrobe is always up to date for the season and style. Extremely well priced, fantastic quality, a perfect fit, coupled with excellent customer service and communication - Asuwere makes life more simple.
This will not be a subscription that is cancelled when the wife goes on about spending - even if interest rates hit 10%!
The staff are great and the ease of exchanges and general helpfulness of the geezers is spot on
Excellent service and the products are good quality
Great clothes, at great prices and I don't have to think about it OR go shopping.
The service in store, online and over the phone is fantastic. Changing items and being a pain (which I’m really good at) isn’t a bother for the team
Style of clothing is great and I love the fact everything is easily mixed and matched!
Great clean basics. Good colour palate.
I just really enjoy feeling well-dressed for the first time in a longtime, without the need to go out to clothes shops for a massive buying spree
Whenever I have needed something, the response has been prompt, and excellent.