Tag: WWII Mechanic’s sweater
I have to admit I have a weakness for a good sweater. In fact, I have one or two that have seen their better days, but they are so comfortable and warm I just can’t part with them.
Here are a few new entries into the potential “Sweater-of-a-lifetime” competition. Selections this post are from Hammacher Schlemmer so you know the value is there…
The Irish Basket Weave Sweater is woven from a rare blend of Italian cashmere and merino wool that are so perfectly color matched they are left undyed so as not to diminish the fiber’s extraordinary natural softness.
The interlocking open weave used in this garment is believed to represent the ancient stone walls that criss-cross the island, while its natural color evokes images of the island’s imposing limestone cliffs. Blessed with rugged natural beauty, the island’s remoteness has enabled a centuries-old knitting tradition to survive to this day.
This WWII Mechanic’s Sweater is the sweater reminiscent of the original A-1 mechanic’s sweater worn by USAAF ground crews during World War II.
Favored for its overlapping v-neck that pulled easily over mechanics’ overalls, it was originally made from worsted wool, but this one is improved by using 100% cotton for comfort. Like the original, it uses a rib-and-rack weave on the cuffs and waistband that provides a relaxed fit, allowing ease-of-movement, one of the reasons it was worn by wartime mechanics as well as the pilots they supported.
Enhanced for modern wear, the sweater includes suede elbow patches for durability and a button-down shawl collar for locking out the cold.
Traditionally synonymous with Ireland’s fishing trade, this crew-neck sweater is knitted in County Kildare from 100% wool with a generous rib stitch, forming a naturally lofty cable pattern that keeps out the cold while evoking a centuries-old Irish maritime motif of a wish of safety and good luck for fishermen. Its suede shoulder and elbow patches are faithful to the self-reliant, resourceful nature of the country’s fisherfolk, who were known to sew patches onto their “jumpers” for reinforcement against the wear and tear of hauling ropes and nets over the shoulders.
Time for a new sweater for those long walks in the country?