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Archival Cardigan Review

Cardigans are photogenic Welt pockets & knit cuffs Contrasting trim? High buttoning neck (6, 7 or 8 buttons?) As outerwear (but not bulky) Machine knit in the U.S.A. Sleeve sizing is tricky (no balloon arms) 100% Worsted Wool Color or Grayscale? Coming soon: Archival Buttons Addendum: A letterman style sweater worn by a University of …

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Shawl Collar Review

“Durable as Grandma’s Knitting” Montgomery Ward Winner I’m moving into the planning phase of my all wool sweater project. Based on blog and email feedback, I’m working on a collaborative design for a shawl collar cardigan. As part of my research, I’m collecting images of model shawl collar styles and sweaters (from image archives, film …

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Archival Review: Filson Knitwear

Scale Model Perfection: Style 710 Outfitter Sweater Discontinued Filson Cardigan If I ever earn a spot on Filson’s Council for Women (an advisory and field testing group), I’d recommend that Filson introduce a line of made-in-USA knitwear for women (and slim-framed gents). Filson currently offers only one sweater for women–the snowflake and deer patterned Cowichan. …

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Archival Commerce: All Wool Sweaters

More from the Montgomery Ward 1949-1950 catalog: Montgomery Ward Catalog, Fall & Winter 1949-1950 See catalog blank in Army Twills post below to place an order. At some point, I hope to put some of these past images into future production (through Centralia Knitting Mills?). Which sweater would be your top candidate for modern revival? …

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Shopping from 2005: EG Shooting Cardigan

Knit cardigan (Engineered Garments 2005 Fall/Winter) Wool remnants at Centralia Knitting Mills I tend to dodge the release of current clothing lines since most of the items are beyond my price point (Barbour x designer collaborations), are only available in Japan/Italy/UK or end up being total design disappointments. In the last decade, however, there are …

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Archival Knitwear: Rivendell Cycling Sweaters

Button-up neck (for on-bike temperature regulation) Rear carrying pocket Long sleeved version (photographed during mixte test ride at RBW) Rivendell Bicycle Works used to sell a wonderful derby tweed sweater which they referred to as a long sleeved cycling jersey. The knit sweaters/jerseys were made by the British knitwear firm Outdoor Knitwear/Woolyback. They came in …

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Shopping for "Cashmere-Nostalgia" from AvonCelli

I’m pretty much opposed to luxury knitwear, especially cashmere. I cannot imagine paying six hundred dollars or more for a mid-layer garment so vulnerable to moths, pilling and shrinkage. But if I were going to make a decadent knitwear expenditure, I’d definitely order a sweater from the 02-03 Avon Celli Winter catalog. The current, flash …

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Shopping from Japan: William Lockie knitwear

WILLIAM LOCKIE SLIP-OVER FAIR ISLE VEST Sara Krulwich/The New York Times If only in my dreams, I’m giving up on Eugene Holiday Market shopping and ordering up William Lockie luxury knitwear from my favorite online Japanese web shop, Explorer Import Select. A snippet of the Lockie sweater’s product description, courtesy Google Translate: Shetland have a …

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