Wool used to be synonymous with itchy skin, thick unruly yarns, and dry clean only tags. Fortunately, the wool of today is nothing like that of the past. That said, not all wool is created equal – that’s why Krimson Klover chooses the finest Merino wool yarns and blends to craft our extremely comfortable, extremely durable, extremely sustainable knits and baselayers. If you don’t know yet, let’s give a little 411 on Krimson Klover Merino Wool.
Where does Merino Wool come from?
New Zealand, Australia, and South America are all known for their Merino sheep, which dot the countryside like little white cotton balls against rich green hills. Merino sheep are famous for their wool, and since it comes from a natural source, it’s naturally renewable and sustainable, and biodegradable. Only Merino sheep can boast wearing Merino wool!
What’s so great about Merino?
So much! First off, Merino is thermo regulating and breathable, which keeps you cool when you’re hot and hot when you’re cold - that’s why it makes great base layers. It’s also antimicrobial, so you don’t need to wash it as much as you might other baselayers or tops. This makes it good for the environment and good for our water bill! If you’re looking for a perfect travel material, look no further than Merino wool – it’s wrinkle resistant, dirt/water repellent and stain resistant, which means you’ll show up at arrivals as fresh as you did at departures.
Is all Merino Wool created equally?
No – just because you happen to use Merino wool doesn’t mean that all Merino is of the same quality. Here at Krimson Klover, we use ultra-fine merino wool, which mean it’s softer on your skin and has a nicer hand feel. Also, and even more importantly, our Merino is sourced from farmers who treat their sheep responsible and ethically.
Can I wear Merino all year round?
Yes! Merino is a year round fabric that is equally at home in the summer as it is in the winter. This is due to Merino’s excellent moisture transfer and temperature regulating abilities. Grab a short sleeve or sleeveless Merino top in the summer to stay just as cool as you do warm with a long sleeve top in the winter time.
What do Merino sheep look like?
They look like this! Aren’t they adorable?
How long does Merino last?
If property stored and taken care of, Merino fabrics can last long enough to be passed down through the generations - so choose your sweater wisely, because your grand kid might inherit it one day!
It's that time of year again! Our Fall/Winter 2019 collection has dropped in stores and online even though the temperature hasn't yet. It isn't quite sweater weather, but these new arrivals are too beautiful to keep to ourselves. Your favorite Krimson Klover styles are back again in new bold colors and patterns. The Krimson Klover team has also created some new styles you are sure to fall in love with! Here's a brief introduction to our Fall New Arrivals:
Transition from cold summer breezes into crisp autumn days with a collection of sweaters, dresses, and skirts. Looks are enriched with distinctive patterns, soft waffle-knits and alluring color stories. This group features a few of our favorite lightweight pieces.
Envelop yourself in our luxurious collection of cozy knits inspired by relaxing next to a crackling fire. Stay comfortable and warm in stylish pieces, celebrating our finest yarns and jacquards.
The inspiration for this collection stemmed from the team’s travels and adventures. Mid and base layers with seamless technology for comfort, contour, and performance without sacrificing style. Perfect on and off the slopes, this innovative group offers the ideal balance of stretch and soft compression to be flattering in all the right places.
Krimson Klover has expanded the successful vintage inspired base layer collection. Each unique piece features original artwork from a Colorado artist, with a modern twist on retro ski fashion. The vibrant designs featured on this year's collection of base layers were inspired by Nordic folklore, Peru and our very own Rocky Mountains!
Fun vintage inspired designs on hats, gaiters, and bags add a touch of whimsy to every outfit.
Our Mountain Elegance collection combines buttery-soft viscose stretch yarn with distinctive patterns and knit techniques, to give you style and natural performance without wool. This group's favorite styles feature classic styles for the slopes or apres.
Born in the mountains of Colorado, ski culture runs deep in our veins. Our colorful and innovative sweater designs in luxurious merino blends are as perfect on the slopes as they are for your apres-ski merriments.
This collection is a contemporary take on traditional, beloved knits. We combined classic silhouettes and timeless desings with bold colors and extra-fine merino yarns.
The Delicate Cycle Isn’t So Delicate – 10 Tips for Sweater Care
In today’s wash and wear world, we often forget that beautiful fibers like Merino wool need a little special care to ensure they last a lifetime.
1. Smelling pretty.
Merino wool is coated in natural lanolin, this lanolin acts as a barrier to odor and is a natural stain repellent. Unless your garment is visibly stained, you really don’t need to wash it. You can wear your wool items many times before they need a little sprucing up. This isn’t just a great time saver – but it’s also super friendly to the environment. Less washing means less water and electricity used for cleaning.
After wearing, just hang your items to let them air out and they are ready to be added back into your wardrobe rotation. If you are around smoke or had a little spill, you might need to give your sweater a little extra attention.
2. Spot Check.
If you need a little more sprucing up, we recommend dry cleaning or using the at home dry cleaning sheets (like Dryel). We don’t recommend putting any of your wool items in the washer or dryer! You’ll end up with beautiful tiny versions of your favorite knitted items for sure. Even the “delicate” cycle will render your favorite sweater unwearable.
3. Give Them a Hand.
First, make sure to read the care tag on your garment. Some sweaters have special knit techniques and designs and may stretch/shrink differently after being submerged in water. If you are unsure, using Dryel or dry cleaning is your safest bet.
Here’s how to hand wash like a pro: Fill a sink or large plastic container with as much cool water as you can. Add a few squirts of a gentle detergent like Woolite. Submerge your sweater and swish it around. Let it soak for 30 minutes, then rinse it well under cool water.
4. Get Horizontal.
Never wring or twist a sweater to get the water out after hand washing. Gently squeeze as much water as you can out of your sweater then lay it flat on a towel and roll it up like a sushi roll to soak up any excess water. Lay it flat on a clean dry towel or sweater dryer.
Please don’t hang your wet sweaters, the weight of the water will stretch out your sweater while it dries and all of your hard work will be for naught.
5. Sometimes shrinking isn’t the problem.
If you leave your knitted garments hanging all year long, the weight of the sweater or dress will stretch your garment after time. This is especially true for those that have a looser weave. It’s best to store your heavier and knitted items folded. However, if you do want to hang them, the best way to hang your sweaters is by folding them over the hanger. This will prevent stretching as well as the “bumps” you get in the shoulders of the sweater from the hanger.
6. Moth Holes are Really a Thing.
Moths are very sneaky little critters, they love natural fibers and the moth larvae will chew little holes in wool, silk and sometimes cotton. You won’t typically see the moths hanging around, but you’ll know they were in your closet when you find a hole in your favorite sweater. The best way to prevent your sweaters from becoming a midnight snack is to store them in mothproof containers (sweater bags, plastic bins) with a few cedar chips thrown in for good measure.
7. Bumpy situation.
Pilling or the little bumps on your sweater is caused by friction, from things like seatbelts, purses, and arms. Most sweaters, when subjected to friction, will pill, you can easily and gently remove them by holding the sweater flat and slicing the pills off one at a time with a razor. There are sweater “shavers” that use abrasive stones and convenient battery operated versions as well. This dress has pilling, most likely from crossed legs rubbing under a desk or table.
8. Snags Happen.
Inevitably you’ll have a purse or piece of furniture that pulls a snag in your sweater. Lightly stretch the garment around the snag to decrease any puckering. You can pull the extra yarn through to the inside of the garment. Please don’t cut the yarn off, you will end up with a hole.
9. Wrinkle in Time.
If your sweater has been crammed in a storage container for a season or at the bottom of the pile on a shelf, don’t plug in your iron just yet. Some fabrics, such as cashmere, are especially susceptible to heat and require special care.
Lay your sweater flat on your ironing board and lay a thin dish towel on top of your sweater, this will protect your sweater from the extra moisture. Note: Don’t use a colored towel, the dye may transfer to your sweater.
Using the steam setting on your iron, lay the iron on top of the towel without applying additional pressure and move it quickly over the sweater. Do not stop the iron or leave it in one place for long. Remove the towel and leave your sweater on the ironing board for a few minutes to let the fibers cool down.
10. End Game.
At the end of the season, clean or air out your sweaters and it’s best to fold up your sweaters and store them in breathable-bug-proof containers in the off-season. You can easily find these at home stores or Amazon.