Scarf in eight-ply geelong lambswool in asphalt grey

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Buying

£130.00 — ex VAT

Knitted scarf, hand-framed in the south-west of the British Isles, with grey geelong lambswool.

Sizing

The scarf is 6" (or 15cm) wide and 67" (5' 7", or 169cm) long — which is easily enough to go around necks of average girth at least twice.

The scarf here is eight-ply in knit-speak, which is more than moderately chunky. It is also more than moderately long — enough to go around most necks at least a couple of times. It is hand-framed: made by a single knitter, who controls with expertise quality and tension on hand-operated contraption.
The yarn is supremely fine, long-staple lambswool — ergo as soft as it is strong. And it is geelong lambswool, to be precise, which is the plushest of them all. It is spun in Scotland, and its cleaning and finishing involves today, as it has for centuries, the helpfully balanced waters of a local loch.
The bulk of the scarf is tuck-stitch, which is the undisputed champion, at least in these parts, of heartily textured knitwear. The ends, meanwhile, are rib, and are folded back on themselves, thus making them twice as thick and twice as heavy: a good weight for stopping the scarf loping around in the breeze.
One final 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 lambswool here, all grey, from derby to charcoal, and together creating quite a contrast. 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, is wearing the scarf once around his neck, meaning he has quite a lot of length front and back. The scarf could thus go around his neck one more time, or be tied in a French knot for a more tidy affect.

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.