The knitwear thread

Johnny

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Just to add, those companies are very secretive where they have there stuff made. When checking online they never mention the country of manufacturer, that is why l revealed the secrets.

It is a good start with Mc George, but better if they increase the quality to highend. The top Italians do it, and hopefully they will to.
In general if they official sell in Italy or other european countries they are required by internal laws to specific wheres made, the composition and everything else must to be on point . But by now, by how its made and how its draped/shaped i can tell whats made in Scotland, Italy and whats made in China...the mess around the crew neck is China written all over it . Some people still believes that China has come very close to what the european makers are doing...its a true and a lie depends on how you spell it...it all depends on what you compare with...best out of China never and is still leagues behind of the best out of Scotland or Italy, and im not even talking about Grade A knit or Grade A+
 

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Any reason why? Other than the obvious that they use Hinchcliffe yarn and are made in Hawick.
from my point of view, is better made especially inside out, the style and fit tend to be for regular and slim fit, the other one on same size is a little bit baggy on our belly, the bottom connection with the vertical threads is better made on Mallochs. Again, that recommendation is if the user like both style and have to chose one of them, because if he likes something from Stanley Biggs , people goes for what they like to wear , how they fit in their life style wardrobe etc
The yarn are comparable, at least pre-pandemic around 4 years ago..
 

The Shooman

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A lovely Sulka shawl collar cardigan on ebay
Not cheap at $1500 for camel hair.. but these are not common for sure


Wow, such a beauty, but a touch too big for me. The issue l have with those Ballantyne 6 ply cardigans is that they stretch a lot; therefore if l pay big $$$$ for a new one, l am going to end up paying $$$ for alterations. Not buying much knitwear this year, l am focused on highend tailoring this year, but may buy a hat or two and a highend pair of shoes. Funny enough, since l have cut back on knitwear, all the best stuff has been available.
 

Swiss

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New vicuna addition
A darker (true vicuna?) color compared to the other Ballantyne vicuna cardigan I posted photos of recently
Interestingly, the N.Peal label is in 'secondary' position (at the bottom inside the button placket) whereas the Ballantyne vicuna label is in the 'primary' position in the collar.
Also, it is cut slightly shorter than the lighter color one (which is not ideal for me...)
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And this is a small size cream color shawl collar cardigan that will be used by Mrs Swiss.
Buttons are really ugly I think but that's easy to address.
Would anyone know who the maker is? The fabric tag does not look familiar to me...
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The Shooman

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New vicuna addition
A darker (true vicuna?) color compared to the other Ballantyne vicuna cardigan I posted photos of recently
Interestingly, the N.Peal label is in 'secondary' position (at the bottom inside the button placket) whereas the Ballantyne vicuna label is in the 'primary' position in the collar.
Also, it is cut slightly shorter than the lighter color one (which is not ideal for me...)
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Interesting that they use armpit protectors on these. Yes they put the N Peal before the Ballantyne. They did it with this one too.
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The Shooman

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And this is a small size cream color shawl collar cardigan that will be used by Mrs Swiss.
Buttons are really ugly I think but that's easy to address.
Would anyone know who the maker is? The fabric tag does not look familiar to me...
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I have seen these S Fisher knitwear sometimes, they are old as the hills. Who makes it? Could be it Pringle in the early days? Similar isn't it, when Pringle was still a strong company and when they haven't off shored their shawl collars to Hong Kong. Someone claims this label is from the 1950's, but l can't be sure.

I think l have seen that label before. Pringle label. I think this could be the same label as yours above, but an older one. This is said to be a 1950's Pringle according to a vintage collector. Maybe yours is a 1960's?? Just a guess.
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One lady claims hers are 1950's despite title saying 1960's

another lady claims most of hers are also 1950's, and same label l posted comes up posted on a 1950's Pringle (green one).
 
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Dropbear

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I’m still low-key browsing the winter sales. My new office is cold, so I should be able to wear lightweight knitwear for much of the year. What do you knit wits think about this:


Im also eying this one, which I would add if I buy the above. I think part of the reason is that it reminds me of something my grandfather used to wear:

 

Swiss

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Interesting that they use armpit protectors on these. Yes they put the N Peal before the Ballantyne. They did it with this one too.
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I really like these armpit protectors. It is a nice artisanal touch that shows those items were made with the customer and durability in mind.
My other Ballantyne vicuna cardigan has them too. Other than those I had only seen it on some vintage Hermes cardigans.
Regarding the labels, I was surprised at the fact that the one mentioning the retailer (Am I right in thinking N.Peal has only ever been a retailer and not manufacturer?) was not placed in the main sport (collar)
 

Swiss

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I have seen these S Fisher knitwear sometimes, they are old as the hills. Who makes it? Could be it Pringle in the early days? Similar isn't it, when Pringle was still a strong company and when they haven't off shored their shawl collars to Hong Kong. Someone claims this label is from the 1950's, but l can't be sure.

I think l have seen that label before. Pringle label. I think this could be the same label as yours above, but an older one. This is said to be a 1950's Pringle according to a vintage collector. Maybe yours is a 1960's?? Just a guess.
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One lady claims hers are 1950's despite title saying 1960's

another lady claims most of hers are also 1950's, and same label l posted comes up posted on a 1950's Pringle (green one).
I think you are most likely right, it must be Pringle. It feels similar in terms of construction to another old Pringle shawl collar I used to have. The cashmere is much less fluffy than than other Pringle though...
 
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