Always read and use the care instructions on your yarn's label. If you need help interpreting the symbols used on the label, check our Yarn Label Symbols page.
Generally, you should hand wash linens, but machine drying gives linen extra drape and softness. It will not shrink, but if the fabric has "grown" any from wear, a quick tumble dry on low heat will help bring it back to original measurements. As always, check your yarn label for specific care instructions.
Skein Lane recommends using a "wool wash" product such as Eucalan, and tepid water (not cold); it's not just for wools. Never use Woolite, as it contains a bleaching agent that can discolor your yarn. You may also add touch of hair conditioner to rinse water for extra softness.
While linen is very strong, do not wring or twist the wet item. Wrap in a towel and gently squeeze out the excess water before laying flat or machine drying.
Linen may be ironed if you use a towel between the iron and the garment. This will bring out extra shine in the yarn.