Scarf in cashmere-cotton in marine blue

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£190.00 — ex VAT

Knitted scarf, hand-framed with cashmere and cotton in the south-west of the British Isles.


The scarf is 7" (17½cm) wide by 48" (122cm).

What we have here is a small but deceptively warm little scarf. It is designed to wrap around the neck twice, or once if looped into a cow hitch. It is a single layer of tuck-stitch for much of its length, but its end are a double layer of rib, which help the scarf hang tidily at the front.
The yarn is a blend of cashmere and cotton — two-thirds the former and one-third the latter. It is spun by the most old and venerable spinner of cashmere in the British Isles, beside a loch in Scotland, fine to the tune of exactly 2/36 Nm. It is exquisitely soft and bouncy, warm and yet light and breathable.
It is hand-framed: made by a single knitter, who controls with expertise quality and tension on hand-operated contraption. You tend not to see this very often, these days, in the British Isles: it is a technique of the past, being slow and difficult and possible only through long experience and uncommon expertise.
One more knitwear term: it is hand-linked together. There is no stitching here. None at all. Instead, the little knitting loop at the end of each section are linked to the next by knitting needle and hand. By hand. Painfully slow and skilful work that equals seamlessness and, all being equal, superior knitwear.
There are three shades of cashmere-cotton at play here: a very dark navy and two other brighter, punchier blues. They are evenly distributed throughout the knit, as the yarn is twisted prior to knitting. You thus get a good, satisfying melange — enough to keep the eye occupied, but not so much as to distract.

As worn

Him, here, has a neck of entirely typical girth, and his cow hitch works just right.

Makers of

The scarf is made by knitters in the south of Britain. Founded 100 years ago, they work with small, hand-operated contraptions overseen by one person — rather than huge, automated machines. It is perhaps the only maker to do so in Britain: slow going, but results bearing out the toil involved.