Crewneck in lambswool tuck-stitch in molasses

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Garment

£320.00

Heavy crewneck, hand-framed with geelong lambswool in the south-west of the British Isles — and horn buttons from the West Midlands.

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Sizing

The crewneck fits true to size, and thus the mannequin — a standard 38 — is wearing S. The sleeves are meant to be turned back when worn — reflected in the measurements below.

XS S M L XL
To fit chest 36 38 40 42 44
Pit-to-pit 20 21 22 23 24
Sleeve over shoulder 26 26½ 27 27½ 28
Back length 22½ 23 23½ 24 24½
The crewneck is ten-ply, which means it is preposterously thick. Wear one and it'll feel like summer no matter the true climate. It is hand-framed — i.e. made by a single skilful knitter, who controls the quality and tension of the stitch on an old and hand-operated contraption. A true rarity, this, these days.
The crewneck can make another boast in the world of luxury-grade knitwear bingo: it is fully-fashioned. That is to say, the sleeve and body are individually shaped and engineered — just like a tailored jacket, say — to achieve the best shape. This is not ordinary; it demands knitting expertise of black-belt standard.
The density of the crewneck — comparable to heavy seafaring gear — does not come at the expense of comfort. It is made from luxury geelong lambswool — merino's even softer brother — and is thus incomparably cosy and comfortable. If one were prone to superlatives, it could be called sumptuous.
Tucked into the side-seams, down by the waist, are pockets which fasten with a button and loop. Surprisingly capacious, these pockets — with plenty of room for hands and change and so on. And thus, such is the warmth of the jumper itself, that it obviates the need for a coat, at least in dry weather.
The back of the body and the sleeves are thinner than the front: they're six-ply, compared to ten. The thinking is that this frees up some space for wearing jacket or coat over the top. The sleeves are also raglan, which means no shoulder seam, which means even more space and freedom of movement.
It is hand-linked — i.e. body and sleeve, or sleeve and cuff, are not stitched together. Instead, the tiny knit loops of each part are linked together, with a knitting needle, by hand. Painfully slow work, as you might imagine — but the only way to achieve a soft, seamless finish. The seam here, for example: where is it?
The neck, hem, and cuffs of the jumper are all rib-stitch, which keeps them nice and tight. The cuffs are turn-back: twice as long as usual, so they can be turned back on themselves. It is a nice thing to play around with — and useful, too, in that the sleeves can be shortened or lengthened at the behest of the wearer.
There are two shades of yarn at play here — a dark brown and a lighter shade, in a ratio of three to one. The yarn is knitted into a tuck-stitch, which has a layered, textured appearance. It is dense, on the one hand, but springy and breathable on the other. And just look at it — marvellously textured, the tuck.

As worn

The gentleman here is 6'2", 38 in the chest, and there are reports — neither confirmed nor denied — that he tips the scales at 12 stone. He's here wearing a size S in the jumper, for a slim fit, but a size M wouldn't be too bad a fit, either.

Makers of

The garment is hand-framed by a knitwear maker founded 100 years ago. They work with small, hand-operated machines overseen by one person, rather than automated machines, making them one of the last makers still to do so in Britain. It is slow going, but the results always bear out the work put in.
The horn buttons were cut, shaped, and polished by the last such factory in Britain (now defunct). It was part of a tradition in the Midlands first linked to the meat industry of the 18th century. "It is no easy task," said William Hutton in 1780, "to enumerate the infinite diversity of buttons here in Birmingham."

So they say

Excuse my language, but it's flipping incredible.

Kind words — paraphrased: this is a family website — by a man in the States who purchased the crewneck in navy-charcoal in March 2017.

The heavy crewneck has completely surpassed my expectations. The workmanship is superb. The wool is incredibly soft and the colour / texture definitely holds one's interest. Fit is perfect, and even allows for playing around with the sleeve-length given that it does stretch.

So fed back a gentleman who bought the crewneck in navy in February of 2018.