How To Store Your Knitwear

As the warmer months start to approach, now comes the time when our wardrobe shifts from winter coats, jackets and heavy jumpers to more lightweight pieces, such as dresses, tops, cardigans and skirts


When it comes to knitwear, you will have warm and thick knitwear pieces, perfect for the winter months, and then lighter knitwear pieces for the summer months.

When storing your clothes and organising your wardrobe – whether you’re putting them away for next year, or getting them out to wear right now, we’re posed with the question - what is the best way to store your knitwear?


Reviving Your Summer Knitwear Wardrobe & Storage

In spring and summer, there is still a cold breeze at night, especially if you live in Melbourne, so it is always a good idea to arrange your wardrobe for the season. This makes it easier to find appropriate outfits and the clothes you want, so they are right at your fingertips.

Here are Cable’s top tips for storing summer knitwear pieces in your wardrobe, that you’ll be wearing over the coming months:

  • - Work out if a particular knitwear piece needs to be folded, or whether it should be hung. Some heavier soft knitwear pieces are too heavy for hangers and will stretch out if hung up. In order to keep the original shape of your jumper or cardigan, these pieces are best folded and stored on a shelf or in a draw.
  • - If your drawer space is limited, some lighter knitwear pieces such as cotton and cashmere blends can be hung. We recommend using a felt flocked hanger or sturdy wooden hanger as opposed to a wire hanger. This will preserve the shape of the shoulder.
  • - If you want to hang up your knitwear and avoid your sweaters, cardigans and other knits from stretching, an easy solution is to fold your sweaters and put them through the bar at the bottom of the hanger.
  • - When storing your spring and summer knitwear in your closet, consider placing these light sweaters next to your favourite capsule pieces. This will inspire even more outfit creations and you will get more user out of your knitwear in the warmer months.


So, what happens when your winter knitwear needs to be packed away, keeping it safe until the cold returns? And how to do you store your lighter knitwear pieces for the warmer months to come?

Storing Your Winter Knitwear

To ensure you’re saying “see you later” and not “goodbye” to your favourite cosy winter knitwear pieces, we have compiled our top tips for storing knitwear that you won’t be wearing for a while:

  • - To preserve the quality of your knitwear in storage it is important to clean your knitwear before to storing away. Refer to the easy steps that we have outlined in our Knitwear Care Guide for a hassle-free knitwear washing experience.
  • - Let your knitwear pieces dry completely to avoid moisture impacting the quality of these items and other clothes stored in the same place.
  • - Fold knitwear pieces and store in an air-tight container or space bag. This storage method is particularly important if you are storing these knitwear pieces in a damper area of your house as this will help prevent mildew (e.g., storage room or garage).
  • - Alternatively, if you are storing your winter knitwear such as jumpers, sweaters, and cardigans in your room, you can use a fabric storage box. This will allow for the fabric of your clothes to breathe which helps prevent any unwanted odours.
  • - Store by the specific type of material. As these materials have similar properties and it will prevent any moisture building up which could compromise the quality of each knitwear clothing piece. 
  • - Store similar colours together so when you change your seasonal wardrobe as autumn and winter kick in, it’s easier to find and match clothing pieces together.
  • - Use moth protector to protect your clothes and extend their lifetime. We highly recommend including a Thurlby Anti-Moth Protector, which can be found in our Cable Melbourne stores.
  • - Store your containers out of direct sunlight to protect the fibres of your knitwear and their colour from lightening up.
  • - For extra delicate knitwear pieces, consider using tissue paper to separate different clothes from touching and potentially impacting the quality of these pieces.


With the above tips, you will become an expert at seasonal storage for your clothes. You will also find that when you take your knitwear pieces out of storage, they will be ready-to-wear without needing any further care.

If you’re looking to embrace new knitwear colours and breathable materials, shop our new spring and summer collection today.