Loop & Weft

Loop & Weft Merino Lambswool Big Waffle Commando Sweater (Gray)

LWK1011

  • 100% Extra Fine Merino Geelong Lambswool
  • 1980s British Commando Sweater Motif
  • Wool woven by Kogane Woolen Mills
  • Raglan sleeve construction
  • Ribbed neckline construction
  • Linking seam construction
  • Intricate Ribbed shoulder, waistband and cuffs
  • Also available in Brown and Navy

Loop & Weft have a simple creed/slogan. It is simply, "Best Knitwear". Bold statement in an over saturated market of perfectly produced 'Made in Japan' knitwear and outerwear. But this was the piece that reminded us why Loop & Weft are so confident with their production. They really epitomize the Best Knitwear that is still Made in Japan.

These sweaters are produced by a single older gentlemen in his 70s, with decades of experience producing some of Japan's meticulously produced knitwear pieces out of a small factory near Yamanashi, Japan.

This year's Loop & Weft Merino Lambswool development pays homage to vintage British Military piece embraced by the S.A.S. during WWII as a layering piece to fight the brutal winters at battle. The iconic sweater steeped in British military history usually features shoulder and elbow patches of a cotton canvas or nylon fabric. Loop & Weft elevate the experience by weaving the commonly stitched on pads into the actual fabric weave. The level of expertise this requires in the production process in mind boggling. Consider this - the size of the respective shoulder and elbow panels which feature an alternate weave would be different for each size (S, M, L, etc). There was just enough fabric to produce a finite amount of sweaters, with each panel for each piece woven into the fabric on the loom, prior to the cutting and sewing process. So not only does the fabric feature an alternating pattern mid-weave (a process that can only be manually calibrated during the weaving process by individually placing each cotton yarn strategically on the loom), the seam construction on the shoulders is done using a meticulous old school method known as dial linking construction. 

Details make us love a garment, and this piece falls nothing short of spectacular. The Lambswool itself is from Australia, sourced from the Australian city of Geelong (a rich pasture area along the Southeastern Coast of Australia renowned for it's prized Lambswool).

The wool itself is shaved from a baby lamb, specifically lamb that is up to six months in age. Young lambs are selected in this scenario for two reasons. The first is the fabric - baby lambs provide exceptionally soft wool that feels simply incredible from the first wear. The other reason is the color, the depth and quality of the color of the wool is superior when compared to the wool of adult sheep.

As the wool is derived from a baby lamb, the microns of the wool are extremely small which allow for an incredibly soft feeling and particularly warm knit - hence the description, extra fine Merino wool.

*Model is pictured wearing a size S. He weighs 59kg (130 pounds) and is 178cm (5’11”) tall.

**Dry Clean only. Hand Wash or Tumble Dry are not recommended with this item.

Size - CM Chest Shoulder/Sleeve Centre Back
S 104 80 60
M 108 84 61.5
L 111 85 66
XL 120 89 67.5
Size - Inches Chest Shoulder/Sleeve Centre Back
S 40.9 31.5 23.6
M 42.5 33.1 24.2
L 43.7 33.5 26
XL 47.2 35 26.6
Made in Yamanashi, Japan

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