V-neck in cotton tuck in carbon grey

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Buying

£270.00

V-neck jumper, hand-framed with super-fine cotton in the south-west of the British Isles.

Sizing

The jumper 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 from side-neck 26 26½ 27 27½ 28
Back length 22½ 23 23½ 24 24½

Caring

The v-neck is machine-washable. You read that right. Wash it on a knitwear cycle or at a low temperature, and it will come out the same as it went in. However, let's not forget that washing by hand is always preferable, for this as any garment, since it will preserve the many qualities of the yarn for the very longest time.

The v-neck is made with remarkably soft cotton yarn. It is four-ply, thus light and airy enough to be worn under a jacket, but of sufficient substance to be worn with nowt else. It is hand-framed — i.e. made by a single skilled knitter on a hand-operated contraption: how things should be but extremely seldom are.
It is also hand-linked. This is knitwear-speak for the slow and painstaking method wherein each minuscule knit-loop at the end of each piece of the jumper is linked together by hand, rather than sewn with a machine. Some of these links are inverted — e.g. around the neck — to up the textural ante.
The v-neck has a saddle shoulder, which is in many ways the best of set-in and raglan sleeves. The assembly of this is an example of fully-fashioned knitwear, which is an approach to knitting where each piece of the garment is individually shaped and engineered — like a tailored jacket — for the best shape and fit.
The back of the v-neck is slightly thinner than the front — three-ply vs. four, and plain-stitch rather than tuck. The thicker front makes for an outward appearance of profound texture, and having things lighter in weight elsewhere makes sliding a coat or jacket over the top that little bit easier.
The neck, hem, and cuffs of the jumper are all rib-stitch, which keeps them nice and tight. The cuffs twice as long as usual so they can be turned back on themselves. Nice to play around with, this, and useful, too, in that the sleeves can be shortened or lengthened according to arm length and / or personal preference.
The yarn is cotton, but cotton of unchartered softness. Superlatives besides soft are second-best, but spongey is another good one. It makes for a jumper that has a warmth to it, so that it feels comforting on cooler days, but is also light and springy enough to have its uses through summer, too.
Two shades of yarn at play here — two greys of the darker order. They intermingle both in the plain-stitch of the back of the jumper (left) and the tuck-stitch of the front (above). The latter is the main event. It is a dense stitch, but also springy and breathable. And just look: marvellously textured is the tuck.

As worn

The gent here is 6'2", nearly 12 stone, and as standard a 38 chest as you could meet. He's wearing a size M in the jumper for a slightly more relaxed fit, and over, if you must know, a vest.
The same v-neck here — a lambswool version — also in M.

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.