Knitting has become a profitable pastime for many stay-at-home women. Apart from giving away their beautiful knitted creations as presents to loved ones, many knitters have ventured into selling their hand-crafted wearables via the internet.
Demand for knitwear are usually high during the fall and winter seasons, when the cold weather calls for warm clothing. These wearables come in a variety of forms such as sweaters, cardigans, scarves, shawls, gloves and bonnets. Knitted infant wear are also very popular. Knitwear can be affordable or expensive depending on the fiber used. Cashmere, for instance, is known for its soft, luxurious feel and high price tag.
Improper handling of knitwear can cause it to get deformed or shrink. Another a possible cause of damage on knitted items is “pull” or when a strand of the yarn has caught on something. To avoid these kind of damages, knitwear must be packed appropriately before shipping. Here are some tips on how to properly pack and ship knitted items so that they arrive in good condition.
Neatly fold a knitted item. Small items like infant hats, mitts and booties can be placed in a Ziploc bag and shipped in a padded envelope or small shipping box.
Larger knitwear such as sweaters, cardigans and shawls must be folded properly and wrapped in tissue paper to make it look presentable especially if sending as a gift or as a sold merchandise. Secure the tissue paper in place with clear tape to prevent it from unfurling.
Place the wrapped knitwear in a shipping box with a layer of bubble wrap on the bottom. Fill remaining empty spaces on the sides with more bubble wrap to prevent the item from moving or shifting during transit. Place a final layer of bubble wrap on top and close the box.
When shipping several pieces in one package, fold the items properly, wrap in tissue paper individually and stack neatly in a shipping box. Fill empty spaces with bubble wrap to keep the items in place.
Close the package and seal securely with heavy duty packing tape to ensure that it will not burst open during transit. Attach appropriate address and labels to the package. Take it to your local post office or shipping company.