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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Guernseys: Le Tricoteur and Guernsey Woollens

Photos by Salt Water New England
Le Tricoteur and Guernsey Woollens each produce Guernsey jumpers.  While I like both, there are differences.

Le Tricoteur,  using English worsted wool,  is more tightly woven and the cuffs keep their shape better. 

Guernsey Woollens has a softer (British sourced) wool, which does not keep its shape as well and the cuffs do get baggy, but their shade of Navy is a bit brighter which is slightly more preferable.  They also offer them in tall sizes.

While both are terrific, if I could only choose one, it would be Le Tricoteur.  It feels the most durable and somewhat more authentic, even though both are made on Guernsey.  Flattering, warm, and tough, these are core items that are worn often.

Le Tricoteur

Guernsey Woollens


  1. Muffy, I bought gurnseys for the kids from your suggested Woolovers two years ago because of finances and practicality. I didn't want to have to worry about expensive sweaters going missing. Now they are older I will definitely go with these suggestions. I'm sure the quality is great. Going to treat myself to one now. Will also have a look at Cordings. Thanks for the tip Ken.

  2. I have one Guernsey from each purveyor, and I love them equally, different but both very worthwhile.

  3. Do any retailers in the Northeast carry these sweaters? Many thanks!

  4. Thanks for the tip!

  5. Many thanks for your guidance. Your descriptions suggest that my local retailer (about 15 miles away) sources the jumpers from Guernsey Woollens. It's website, unlike Guernsey Jumpers, offers to supply in bulk to trade customers Alternatively, it could be an unknown British supplier.

    I would prefer to buy an authentic Guernsey and the Le Tricoteur garment sounds perfect. The best solution could be to buy wool jumpers from Le Tricoteur and cotton jumpers (good quality is hard to find) from Guernsey Woollens. I'll update you later.

  6. The sweater that I tried was apparently made in Cornwall and had a local Cornish pattern. It is very misleading to market it as a "Guernsey". It was good value for money but the fit was not right for me. I'll try to find a Le Tricoteur retailer, most likely Chandlery on the south coast. It may, however, be easier to get a Guernsey Woollens jumper.

  7. I saw just now that Guernsey Woollens are more authentic according to their video because they knit 'in the round' without forming a seam. Both companies deny each other exist and both despise Channel Jumper in Aldernay.

  8. I have one of each. I like them both. Le Tric feels a bit more dense - I think the wool may be a 'harder' or more worsted wool. It has turn back cuffs and if you ask them they will extend the sleeves if like me you have longer arms. The Le Tric also has side seems inside the jumer so is not knitted in the round. Guernsey woollens will also do you a be spoke sleeve length. The wool feels slightly softer on the jumper from GW and I think the jumper fits me just a touch more sleekly due perhaps to there not being side seams on the body. Size wise both are almost identical e.g a 40 inch chest is the same on both just about. The quality on both is very very good. Superb in fact. Its a real bonus being able to get body and sleeve length to your specification. The customer service from both companies is really excellent. In short you cant go wrong with either. For the price of an imported jumper of uncertain provenance bought on the high street you are getting a UK made, jumper made from top quality materials from a proper company that pays people the proper rate for the job. It sustains British sheep farming, is environementally much better than a nylon fleece, will last for years and looks corking! So either is good - or even better get both and support two really nice companies. Le Tric will even refurbish old jumpers by reknitting the neck and cuffs. I really cannot recommend either company or product highly enough. I never fill in these reviews but ion this occasion I am because I love excellence and in a world of over priced, throw away products these two companies offer a refreshing alternative. JB