The temperature is dropping so to help you keep cosy warm we’ve rounded up a few knitwear pieces to add to your dapper winter wardrobe.
Prices correct at time of writing.
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The Cable Guy
Originally knitted from untreated yarn to make them water repellent for the rugged fisherman on the Aran Islands, the cable knit has reinvented itself into the modern chunky classic.
Look Cool in Joe Brown’s Cool Cable Cardigan. With a shawl collar, this will bring the smart casual to the office over a shirt and tie.
In a copper colour described as Autumn. Made from 70% Acrylic; 15% Polyester; 13% Wool; 2% Elastane.
Polo Ralph Lauren pushed the boat out with their Fisherman’s jumper and its stitching. Not only does it have the cable stitch which represents the fisherman’s ropes but the basket stitch (the fisherman’s basket) zig zag stitch (the twisting cliff paths) and the diamond stitch (the fishing nets).
Made from 90% wool and 10% cashmere, it comes in a snowy shade of Andover Cream. Price £349.
Au Naturel with Merino and Cashmere
The wool from Merino sheep is a natural fibre so soft and clever that if worn next to the skin it can help regulate your body temperature, plus keep you dry as it changes sweat into vapour and traps the odour smell. Smart hey?
D-Robe’s Merino Zip Collar Jumper is made from 100% extra-fine merino wool. Merino is super fine so wear under a suit jacket for the smart casual look or be extra cosy and layer with a merino cardigan. Don’t layer with synthetic wool though, as this will prevent the merino from doing its amazing work.
Available in Desert Sande or maroon red for that festive look. Price £79.
Wool from the Cashmere goat is another natural fibre. It has a soft silky feel and also has insulating properties but is very fine and delicate so doesn’t stand up to hard wear.
The Chinti & Parker’s Cashmere hoodie was made in Inner Mongolia where the purest cashmere is. The start to finish process which is from goat herding, dyeing the yarn and knitting the final style, is carried out by the same supplier, resulting in a low carbon footprint.
Comprising 100% cashmere in fine knit. The hoodie sports contrasting colour elbow patches. Colours available are green with navy patches, black with red patches, and soft truffle with grey patches. Price £350.
The Scottish Sweater
Shetland Sheep have been noted for their very soft and well crimped fleece, making the sweater warm yet airy with a dense weave without weighing you down.
Benetton Striped Shetland Sweater’s striped motif is available in four multicolour choices. Made from 100% Shetland wool, spun in Italy and made in Croatia.
The presence of the Woolmark logo guarantees the high quality of the garments through the application and monitoring of specific standards in the production of wool, from breeding to the final product. Price £75.95.
Fair Isle knitting originated on the tiny Scottish island Fair Isle and now its style of pattern is copied worldwide.
You won’t feel blue in Polo Ralph Lauren’s Fair Isle jumper. A jacquard knit technique with four wool yarns creates the classic Fair Isle motif whilst the use of multi shades of blue spins a modern touch. 100% wool. Price £229.
Jumpers with a Twist
Two jumpers in one with Benetton’s Reversible Sweater, which has a reversible design with wavy two-tone motif. Available in dark blue and green or dark brown and cream.
The long sleeve crew neck sweater is in pure cotton. Price £79.95.
For those John Lennon fans, Ben Sherman has partnered with the John Lennon Estate to create a limited edition collection including the Lennon Stripe Crew Jumper.
Made from a lambswool blend, this knitted crew features two contrast jacquard chest stripes and artwork on the left chest.
Comprising 70% Lambswool, 30% Nylon. Price £120.
Gresham Blake’s mohair jumper makes a fluffy statement with its lime green large checks set against a rich midnight blue backdrop. Crafted from the finest mohair, the fabric’s natural stretch ensures a comfortable fit.
Mohair is not actually wool but is a yarn made from the hair of the Angora goat. It is stronger than wool but also softer with a silky lustre.
Comprising 98% Mohair Wool, 2% Elastane. Price £175.
New this season, Polo Ralph Lauren’s Textured crewneck jumper is knit from a blend that includes wool and alpaca hair for a soft, fuzzy feel. Comprising 42% wool, 38% alpaca hair, 20% nylon.
Available in vibrant shades of green, red and blaze ocean blue as well as classic black and cream. Price £229.
Karen Grace studied Personal Styling at the London College of Fashion and is Eclipse Magazine’s Fashion & Beauty Editor.
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