Friday, March 10, 2017

Guernsey Jumper Arrival

Hand Stitching of the Traditional Guernsey Knitwear by Le Tricoteur
The authentic Guernsey Jumper is comfortable to wear, exceptional at blocking wind, and will last for decades.   Real Guernseys are only made on the English Channel Island of Guernsey.

From the Le Tricoteur site <http://www.guernseyjumpers.com/shop/?ItemId=36>:
The pieces of each Traditional Guernsey are machine knitted on 6 gauge flat bed knitting machines using English Worsted Wool. These pieces then go out to our Hand Knitters who work in their own homes, these ladies knit the raised shoulder seam which runs across the top of the shoulders and joins the two body pieces together, they then knit the neck around and up finishing up with a cast off stitch,effectively making the 2 body pieces and the neck one knitted piece of fabric with no seam.

From the Le Tricoteur site <http://www.guernseyjumpers.com/shop/?ItemId=36>:
In the early 16th century licences were granted by the Crown to import wool from England , originally hand – knitted in one piece the Guernsey was a seamans garment designed to keep him warm and dry in all conditions,both Mary 1 and Elizabeth 1 owned articles of Guernsey Knitwear.Mary Queen of Scots wore Guernsey stockings to her execution. 
By the 19th century The Guernsey had become well known, Nelson had recommended the garment to the Admiralty as a valuable article of naval clothing...


This Le Tricoteur Guernsey is Three Decades Old

5 comments:

  1. Thanks to this blog for introducing me to this remarkable garment, featured in the BBC's "History of the World in 100 Objects". Tough, water-resistant and warm, this sweater is ideal for when the weather gets rough. The Brigadier of the British 7th Armored Division commissioned hundreds of Guernseys in Khaki for the current generation of the famed 'Desert Rats' in Iraq. The Royal Tank Command wears them in Black. Of course, the Royal Navy favors the original color, worn by some of Admiral Nelson's crew at Trafalgar.

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  2. That is a nice item. However, if it were made with your own hands that would be especially standout.

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  3. We'll be going to Guernsey as part of our two-week Brittany tour this summer, and this will definitely be on our list of "must haves".

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  4. Thank you for highlighting such wonderful and durable garments.

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  5. One of my favorite items of clothing! However, I live in Texas and don't get to wear it often enough. Weird Texas weather.

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