Scarf in lambswool tuck-stitch in grey and charcoal

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Scarf, made in the south-west of the Isles, with one half a lambswool tuck-stitch of light and mid-grey, and the other half mid and dark grey.


The scarf will wrap around necks of average girth once, and with a loose knot at the front.

This is a knitted scarf, middling of weight. "Five-ply", as those in the knitwear game say. It is also hand-framed — meaning that it is made by a single skilful knitter, who controls with expertise quality and tension of the knit on an old, hand-operated contraption. Rare indeed, these days — especially in Britain.
It is incumbent on a scarf to be kind to necks, and crikey — is this scarf ever kind. It is a washed geelong which is the softer brother of merino. It is so very soft, it makes most cashmere wonder where it all went wrong, but is also breathable and surprisingly adept at regulating its own temperature, too.
The scarf is a two-tone affair, with one half a mix of light and mid-grey yarn, and the other, mid-grey and dark. 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 scarf is hand-linked together. No stitching join the main part of the scarf to its ribbed ends, in other words. Instead, each little knitting loop, of each section, is 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.
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.

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.