78 thoughts on “Quality winter sweaters

    • Anonymous says:

      anything, from a shirt to a normal long sleeves t-shirt, anything that doesn’t let the wool through. They say good wools don’t itch but I disagree, especially some handmade/vintage stuff can be extremely itchy. And wearing nothing under a sweater is stupid anyway as you never want to wash it if possible. Going to buy some white wool blend undershirts for winter, the sweater and one of them should keep me very warm in theory

    • Anonymous says:

      If it’s quality you don’t even need to wear anything under. I still can’t believe I got some super soft made in Canada turtlenecks for $5 a pop that are hecking silky soft.

          • Anonymous says:

            not only about comfort which many times is still a factor. you shouldn’t do it beacuse
            1)sweaters are simply not designed for that, unless it’s those very thin "sweater" that aren’t actual sweaters. Like anon said, you could wear a jacked with nothing under it, but you are not supposed to, it’s not meant to be worn like that
            2) you will sweat (yeas, even in the cold) in it, and the only way to get the sweat out of it is by washing it. While you can do it if you spill something onto it or stain it, you should never wash a sweater if you can avoid it. Even the greatest 100% fine merino sweater will shrink at even mild temperatures, and in all sort of places, you will heck up its sizing in all its part, and you can hardly go back after you do so, the wool fibres simply curl and shorten. Bring it to a specialised place if you need it washed.

    • Anonymous says:

      that exact one is this
      https://arancrafts.com/product/merino-polo-neck-unisex-sweater-r1949/
      You can also check these other shops
      https://www.aran.com/
      https://aranislandsknitwear.com/
      Pic related is another one I would like to buy in the future if you are looking for something a little more modern
      https://arancrafts.com/product/submariner-rib-roll-neck-sweater-r761/

      • Anonymous says:

        tyvm brotha, how does the sweater fit? is the length too long, how’s the thickness of it? i’m about 5’5 and slim so idk.. a lot of sweaters now are hella long at the waist

          • Anonymous says:

            leave me alone haha, i say for what i lack in height i gained in charisma, God def threw all the points into personality

        • Anonymous says:

          will receive it in around 2 weeks unfortunately, I’ll post it if the thread is up but I doubt it. Lucky for you they have S and XS sizes, which are 25″ and 24" in length respectively.

          Irish knit > Cowichan/First Nation knit >Andean knit > all other knits

          how about icelandic knit? Aren’t they the warmest

      • Anonymous says:

        I’ve got myself Chamula Fair Isle couple years ago. They’re pricey but has nice "vintage" fit which goes well with high rise trousers. Personally not a fan of how boxy and stretched a lot of modern sweaters are. Something like looks straight up sloppy to me. Chamula also hand knitted which gives them subtle earthy aesthetics. Kind of "neo hippie post workout" look which I don’t mind at all. Easily my favorite piece.

        • Anonymous says:

          never paid any attention to Mexican sweaters, but given how cheaply a handknit Ecuadorian/Peruvian sweater can be had, I’d probably pass on these.

          some nice designs though.

        • Anonymous says:

          Yeah sweaters should not go down to the end of your crotch, ruins the proportions. Sadly most companies are too afraid to make clothes that wouldnt be long enough for the dumbhecks still wearing low-rise pants.

          • Anonymous says:

            genuine aran and other fisherman sweaters are so long because they’re supposed to be tucked into a sailors pants without fear of them coming free and letting wind and rain through.

            also if you were taller it wouldn’t matter.

          • Anonymous says:

            I can’t tell if you’re trolling or actually hecking stupid. You know clothing is scalable and comes in different sizes right? Just because you tall that doesn’t mean sweater won’t go all the way down to your balls.

          • Anonymous says:

            I’m saying it won’t look bad, even at your balls, if you’re tall.

            on shorter guys it looks like they’re in a sweater that is too long, and it’s understandable to want to avoid them, and get shorter sweaters.

          • Anonymous says:

            It would have same ratio in both cases. Long torso and short legs even if you’re 6+ feet. It’s a cope thinking height can salvage bad fit.

        • Anonymous says:

          the Aran islands are a place, so sweaters knitted there are Aran sweaters.
          these are just different companies that make Aran sweaters.

    • Anonymous says:

      Heimat is cool but for some reason I prefer my Inis Meain now. You get get a good IM on sale for about the same as Heimat. I’d wear my Heimat on a hike, but would wear anything else for fa.

        • Anonymous says:

          Cowichan is something you’d wear at home. They cost 500-700 these days from what I’ve seen anyways, more if you buy RRL.

          At that point you can just buy yourself a jacket like this:
          https://inismeain.ie/shop/winter-relaxed-jacket-tan-fleck/

          • Anonymous says:

            RRL doesn’t sell authentic Cowichan, which are the only ones you should buy, just like the only cableknits you should buy are Irish.

            you should expect to pay 150-300 on real Cowichan knit.

          • Anonymous says:

            okay, where man, where do I get a native granny to knit me a cowichan online.

            >At that point you can just buy yourself a jacket like this:
            at that point you learn to knit and to it yourself, wtf

            try to match Zegna fabrics. try to get that wool, try to knit it on that level. the only way you can get stuff cheap is by using cheap yet very killed labour and sourcing directly from a farm.
            that doesn’t even consider the time you would need to spend to get this good.
            I bought a sewing machine and really tried to make a good coat because I couldn’t afford a 1,5k coat up to my specs or buy vintage overpriced bullshit. I gave up a third of the way through, took the cost of the fabrics and returned the machine because I realized I wouldn’t get good enough and I’d just waste my time. I’d have to make a dozen coats to make it worth it. I need to make a dozen sweaters to make it worth it. And even then, you have an etsy shop’s worth of good copies of what you actually wanted. That is IFF you do get that good that fast. I realized I’d be better off just getting a job again and working a couple of days to buy it instead.

          • Anonymous says:

            https://kanataknits.com/

            Made by grannies in British Columbia. Bit pricey, but you get what you pay for

          • Anonymous says:

            >At that point you can just buy yourself a jacket like this:
            at that point you learn to knit and to it yourself, wtf

        • Anonymous says:

          I paid full price for Heimat. Decent wool, gets pretty soft but comes quite bristly.
          IM I got for 150 on sale, the crewneck. I didn’t have the money, but the discount was so insane that I had to get it. Defiantly worth it if you can get it on sale, but totally overpriced otherwise. (That is, If you’re trying to get your money’s worth, instead of getting something you want because you want it. That’s a valid reason, too, IMO.)
          But, yeah, Heimat is more of a submariner, naval, and continental style. It’s very neat, while IM is just classic Irish worker, artisanal, somewhat niche, selective about wool and weave. Heimat just takes some sheep’s wool, a kilo of it, that’ll keep you warm no matter what wool it is, and has that made with the same kind of mill Merz B Schwanen use.
          A 275 Euro Heimat sheeps wool sweater would be 450-500 in Merino just by materials alone and Inis Meain would take 600 for that+15 Euros shipping.

          I mean, I’d just recommend you get one Aran, oen IM, on Heimat and see which one you like best tbh. I was surprised at how good IM was. I thought it was overhyped. They’re very good. Surprisingly insulating and warm given the 600, 700ish grams for a 30/70 cash/merino crewneck?

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good score for the price but I hate turtlenecks for practical reasons. It drives me hecking insane to feel the material touching my neck.

    • Anonymous says:

      no joke, I did an autism test a couple of days ago and they asked 3 times if the tactile sensation of certain fabrics against your skin repulses/makes you feel uncomfortable. Are you perhaps autistic? I find them comfy and they make many simple fits stand out.

      This explains why autists are always comfycore, always wearing ugly but functional, warm and cozy clothes.

  2. Anonymous says:

    does anyone own a wool sweater from jpress? been tempted to pull the trigger on a shaggydog but not sure about fit/quality.

  3. Anonymous says:

    based aran knit enjoyer.
    you can get some nice aran jumpers here in ireland in charity shops pretty inexpensively. I have one just like yours OP.
    Theres a lot of really small businesses that make them and people buy them and toss em post haste but back in March I found a really nice black and multicoloured speckle Donegal Bay fishermans knit jumper for 8 quid.

  4. Anonymous says:

    What is the solution to wearing nice sweaters while being very sensitive to wool? I can tolerate thin merino wool sweaters and obvious 100% cotton sweaters and also synethic sweaters. I have a 60% Acrylic, 30% Nylon, 8% Wool, 2% Spandex "souffle" sweater from uniqlo but I’m returning it, not a fan of the synthetic feeling. I have picrel, it’s a 60% merino 40% nylon sweater from J.crew and I can only tolerate it sometimes usually with a long sleeve under it. I don’t want to have to wear a long sleeve. I’ve tried cashmere and I love it but good cashmere sweaters are way too expensive and I haven’t found any at the thrifts. I’ve heard of alpaca too but haven’t tried it.

    • Anonymous says:

      Inb4 um j.crew sucks and so much nylon blended in sucks. I got this j.crew sweater from goodwill I wouldn’t pay more than $6 for it and I bought it because it uncertain that’s why I made my post there

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