Scarf in cotton-cashmere tuck in blue and navy

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Scarf blue navy
Scarf
Price: £190.00

£160.00 — ex VAT

Scarf, hand-framed with a blend of cashmere and cotton in the south-west of the British Isles.

Sizing

The scarf is 6" wide and 50" long — enough to go around necks of average girth once, with a loose knot tied at the front, or to go around the back of the neck and hang down to belt level.

The scarf is four-ply, in knitwear-speak, which is of middling weight — but the trick here is that the scarf has a tubular construction, so is double-layered, and is thus eight-ply in total. This tubularity also provides more substance than a single-layer, so it will hold its shape rather than curl up on itself.
The scarf is made with cashmere-cotton yarn. That's cashmere as in the softest — seriously, the very softest — fibres from the throat and belly of goats in the Gobi desert; and cotton as in Egyptian cotton of the very longest staple. It is pleasantly cool to the touch, feathery soft and slinky, yet durable.
The scarf is a two-tone affair, with one half a mix of light and mid-blue yarn, and the other, mid-blue and navy. A world of possibility thus awaits in how to wear it. Wrap it around twice for a layered mixture of the two ends; drape it over the shoulder, on the other hand, and affect a subtly asymmetric look.
The ends of the scarf are plain-stitch, and like the rest of the scarf, are double-layered. They're thick, in other words, so jut out when the scarf is tied in, say, a tight French knot, rather than flopping around in a forgettable and apologetic manner.
The tuck-stitch — what a wonderfully textured thing. The ends of yarn are folded in on each other, in a layered pattern, looking sometimes folded over in a criss-cross manner, and at other times, like extruding bobbles. Dense, yes, but also springy, and open enough to let the breeze come and go.
It is hand-framed — i.e. made by a single skilful knitter, who controls quality and tension of the stitch on an old, hand-operated contraption. It is hand-linked, too, which is a painstaking undertaking wherein the scarf is, yes, linked together by hand, without so much as a needle and thread — let alone a machine.

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.