Taking its cues from the thick, hard-wearing garments worn by fishermen of the British Isles, this sweater is a bolder, hardier cousin of the standard cable knit, featuring a pronounced honeycomb cable pattern for extra warmth and a dose of rugged charm.
It is made of a substantial 6-ply superfine lambswool yarn, weighing c. 550 grams, making it sumptuously thick, sturdy and warm. It is also remarkably soft, given that the superfine lambswool used is from Todd & Duncan's prestigious Lamaine collection, renowned for being the world's softest.
This piece will see many years of regular wear and quickly become a perennial "go to" for those chilly days when you need an exceptionally warm, practical sweater that goes with any outfit.
In a nod to the sweater's seafaring origins:
Body of sweater is knitted shorter and close to the body to avoid bagging and excess fabric which might weigh you down when wet
Ribbed cuffs and hem a touch longer and thicker than usual, to better trap heat and to keep the sweater tightly in place, allowing for greater mobility
Cuffs come up slightly shorter than usual, just touching the wrist bone - this was to avoid fishing nets being caught on the cuffs
Cuffs are long enough to be turned up allowing for sleeve adjustment
Slim modern fit but has a small amount of natural stretch and moulds to body over time
Body of sweater tapers slightly from the chest down to the hem for a more fitted look by minimising excess fabric often found around the waist of sweaters
Smaller armhole compared to traditional "baggy" sweaters, without being overly restrictive
The round neck opening is cut slightly smaller than usual for a smarter neckline and to prevent an undershirt from showing. It is reinforced with a strong ribbed trim to keep the neck from losing shape when stretched
We suggest sizing up from your usual size for a standard fit. Take your usual size for a snug fit.
Our friend Lit wears a size 38/S. He measures: chest circumference 37.8" (96cm); height 6"2 (188cm).
We are confident in bringing you the world's finest knitwear because we only use the very best at every stage of manufacture: Quality of fibre: 100% superfine lambswool of the highest quality, sourced from a special breed of South African sheep. Fibre diameter is c. 18.5 microns, making this the world's finest, softest lambswool (most lambswool averages 21 - 24 microns). Fibre length is c. 42mm - the longer staple length keeps the sweater in shape and avoids pilling. Quality of yarn: 6-ply superfine lambswool yarn produced by spinnersTodd & Duncanat their Loch Leven Mill in Kinross, Scotland, industry heavyweights who have been spinning yarn for 150 years - world renowned for their consistently high quality and strong yarns.
Quality of knit: knitted, hand-finished and washed by fourth generation heritage knitwear specialists in Hawick, the Scottish Borders,a region whose expertise in the trade is without compare. Garments are knitted tightly to minimise gaps and to ensure longevity.
Quality of finish: there is a high degree of hand-finishing. The sweater is "fully-fashioned". This makes the garment more well fitted, much like a bespoke suit. Individual pieces of the sweater are “hand-linked” - a meticulous process by which each tiny knit-loop at the end of each piece of the sweater is linked together by hand, ensuring the seams are the straightest and strongest.
Quality of wash: the finished product is carefully washed in pure Scottish waters with the precise balance of minerals, so that the garment is given its famous soft handle without compromising the integrity of the fibres. Scottish knitwear may feel a little stiff to begin with but will soften naturally with age.
Find out more about the quality of our garmentshere.
UK sizing is used for our garments. Please see the size conversion table below. We suggest taking your usual size for a snug fit, or sizing up for a more standard fit.
The precise measurements are set out below. To ensure you have the correct size, you may wish to take a measuring tape to one of your existing jumpers with the best fit and compare measurements:
Chest width (cm)
Body length (cm)
Hem width above rib trim (cm)
Sleeve (underarm) (cm)
If you would like to discuss sizing or any other aspects of the garment, please feel free to contact us.