No need to invest in a battery-powered sweater shaver. For less than $3—and a little elbow grease—a basic sweater comb is all you need to strip pills, fluff, and lint from your knitwear with aplomb.
NEEDLE FELTING KIT
Even someone who’s all thumbs can repair small rips, snags, and moth nibbles by “filling” them with matching wool roving. A needle-felting starter kit includes everything you need to salvage your sweater, including felting needles, a sponge or pad, and an assortment of batts in different colors.
To repair holes in cable- or chunky-knit sweaters, iron on a quirky patch for an instant revamp. Made from recycled cashmere, the appliques come in the shape of leaves, Band-Aids, and ironically, moths.
WASH & STAIN BAR
Pay no heed to care labels that say “dry clean only.” Most woolen knits can be hand-washed at home, sans chemical fumes. Try a nontoxic, no-rinse detergent by Eucalan, a favorite among knitters. Biodegradable with zero phosphates, the formula also includes lanolin, which keeps fibers conditioned and static-free.