V-neck in four-ply cotton in soot grey

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£260.00 — ex VAT

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


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.

To fit chest 36 38 40 42 44
Pit-to-pit 21 22 23 24 25
Back length 24 25 26 27 28
Sleeve from centre-back 31½ 32 32½ 33 33½
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.
There are two shades of cotton yarn at play here — one mid-grey and one dark grey. They are evenly distributed throughout the knit, as the strands of yarn are twisted together 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

The gent here is 6'1", about 11 stone, and as standard a 38 chest as you could meet. He's wearing the v-neck over a matching polo shirt, and in size M for a slightly relaxed fit.
Same chap, size v-neck, same size.

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.

So they say

I received the v-neck today. It is an excellent piece of work: amazingly soft hand, great workmanship, lovely colour.

So typed a gent who bought the v-neck in geelong in October 2019.