Rollneck in six-ply putty geelong lambswool

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Garment

£265.00

Heavy knitted rollneck, hand-framed in a south-west corner of the Isles, with a stitch combining two colours of the most fine geelong lambswool.

Sizing

The rollneck fits true to size, and thus the mannequin — the most standard 38 in all the world — is wearing a size S. The body is slim, and the sleeves are a little longer than usual because of the traditional "turn-back" cuffs.

XS S M L XL
To fit chest 36 38 40 42 44
Pit-to-pit 19 20 21 22 23
Shoulder 16½ 17 17½ 18 18½
Sleeves 24 24½ 24½ 25 25½
Back length 26 26½ 26½ 27 27½
The jumper is six-ply: a sensible winter weight. It is "hand-framed" — i.e. made by a single skilful knitter, who controls quality and tension on an old and hand-operated contraption. It is also "fully fashioned" — i.e. body and arms are individually shaped and engineered to achieve the best fit.
The warmth of the rollneck — not to mention its neck-hugging aspect — does not come at the expense of comfort. It is made from luxury geelong lambswool — merino's softer brother — and is thus incomparably cosy and comfortable. If one were prone to superlatives, it could be called sumptuous.
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 colours of yarn here: one mid-brown and one dark. Once the pieces of the jumper are knitted, they are linked together by hand: a slow and tricky task. It means the seams do not stick out in any perceptible sense, do not press into the skin, and do not disrupt in any way the shape of the garment.

As worn

The gent here is 5'9" and is wearing size S. He has a chest size of 38", and there are reports — neither confirmed nor denied — that he weighs in just below 12 stone.

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.