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Festival Fashion: How to DeBobble a Jumper

Posted by SJP Oxfam Fashion blogger

2nd Aug 2012

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Arun jumpers and chunky knit cardigans that your granddad would be proud of are so popular at festivals, and it's not hard to see why. A heavyweight piece of knitwear is a practical addition to any festival wardrobe; perfect for keeping you warm around the campfire and dancing in fields. 

Charity shops, vintage fairs and festival shops are great places to look for vintage and pre-loved jumpers, but more often than not they are blighted by unsightly bobbling. Bobbles are a natural by-product of a well-worn garment and if you wear yours a lot, it's only a matter of time before your jumper succumbs to the telltale signs of bobbling.

I found this maroon Max Taylor jumper at the Oxfam Festival Shop at Kendal Calling. At just £4 it was a bargain and perfect for keeping out the chilly Northern air, but it was covered in pesky bobbles. If you have a jumper you love that's covered with bobbles, try this simple technique to give your knitwear a new lease of life.

You will need:


A jumper that's seen better days

One disposable razor

1) This technique is simple and easy to do; just take a disposable razor and glide it carefully across your woollen jumper or cardigan. If your jumper is made of fine or delicate wool, be sure to conduct a patch test on an inconspicuous area of the jumper first.

2) Work under good light so you can see clearly, and be careful not to over do it, as excessive scraping could damage your jumper. Work down the jumper, following contours and carefully plucking off the bobbles that accumulate at the cuffs and hem with your fingers.

3) Work the razor across each section of the garment and voilà , your good-as-new jumper is now ready to wear! Try this technique out on any bobbled clothes you have to give them a new lease of life.

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