Please note: this online item is deposit for a preordered Heirloom Sweater. The full price is $295 for the new Coastline Cardigan, $295 for the Button Front Waffleknit Cardigan and $285 for the Shawl Cardigan.
The Heirloom Cardigan has been one of our most popular pieces for five years running. For this coming season, we've developed a brand new cardigan with a beautiful Herringbone knit pattern called the "Coastline Cardigan". We're offering this pre-order for 1 week.
All of the sweaters are crafted in 100% wool. The Full Button Waffleknit and the Coastline Cardigan have a lighter, more open construction - and can be better suited for warmer climates. They allow air-flow when worn on their own, but will still be very warm if layered under a coat.
Our pre-order terms are below, followed by descriptions of each sweater, and a full measurement chart. These sweaters run true to size and are very consistent with Epaulet shirting. If you take a Small Epaulet shirt, then we advise a size 36. For a Medium Epaulet shirt, we advise a 38. And so on. If you're in doubt than size up to the bigger of the two sizes.
Be sure click through to our feature on medium.com to see additional hi-res images and details.
The Heirloom sweaters are a great product, made by a wonderful family-owned firm, and available now in an awesome range of options and at a killer price. It doesn't get much better than that! Remember: orders will be accepted until Tuesday, April 26th
DEPOSIT AND PRE-ORDER TERMS
1) Your preorder is held with a $110 non-refundable, non-transferrable deposit.
2) Preorders will be accepted until midnight EST Tuesday, September 19th or when all units are claimed for a given color, whichever occurs first. Size, color, and detail changes can be made before Tuesday Sept. 19th, but not afterwards.
3) Delivery is scheduled to Epaulet between November and December 2016
4) Once the sweaters are received, you will be notified via email and the balance may be paid online. Final payment must be received within 14 days of notification, or your deposit will be forfeit and the sweaters will be put up for general sale.
5) Shipping to US addresses is included in the price. For International customers, we request that you choose "Store Pickup" as your shipping option (resulting in no shipping fee charged now).
6) Canadian customers can opt to have the product drop-shipped to them directly from the factory. You'll still be responsible for a Canadian shipping fee (this covers shipping and handling charges imposed by the factory), but you will not have to import it across the border.
7) We reserve the right to limit or refuse any order
8) All preorder sales are final. When the sweaters are delivered, we regretfully cannot accept any returns or exchanges on these purchases.
Crafted out of hefty 2-ply virgin British lambswool and tailored in slim silhouette, these classic heavy-knit sweaters will add warmth and sophistication to any outfit. Each piece is knit lovingly by hand by one of two people from a small, seven-person workshop on Prince Edward Island, Canada.If taken care of properly, this sweater will last a lifetime. It includes a lifetime warranty for any needed repairs.
Note: All measurements are shown in inches. "Chest" is measured from one armpit seam to the other. "Sleeve" is measured from the collar to the cuff (it's very long because of the raglan shoulder design). Length is measured from the base of the rear collar to the bottom of the garment.
Measuring thick knits like this is a little difficult. And both the sleeve and body length can be stretched out up to an inch or so if you require it. Overall, the piece fits very true to size - and the fit is consistent with our shirts. If you're in doubt than size up to the bigger of the two sizes.
THE CREATION OF A SWEATER:
Each cardigan is made on an antique Swiss knitting loom. These looms have two beds of needles that face each other, each containing one hundred latch-hooking needles. To make a stitch, the loom operator passes a carriage (the piece through which the yarn is thread) between these two needle beds, and the latch hooks raise and lower, pulling and yarn upwards and downwards.
As she makes the stitch, the knitter simultaneously directs them, forming the pattern; thus the knitter makes the pattern entirely by hand every time without the aid of mechanical guides. She constructs eight fully formed panels in this manner, all raglans with the exception of the pockets. The panels are then laid on a steam table, and the steam "sets" or pre-shrinks the yarn. Then the panels are measured for size.
Next, a second craftsman assembles these panels together, like she would eight large puzzle pieces. For this task, she uses a second piece of antique equipment, this time of Italian origin, called an “Exacta.” She links the panels together with the aid of the Exacta’s one hundred and eighty points, making one stitch per point, and doing so with the same yarn with which knitter knit the panels. This way, no cutting and, with the exception of buttons and labels, no sewing ever occurs anywhere on the sweater.
After the panels have been linked, the shoulder and body ribs are reinforced with a sturdy zigzag stitch, to ensure their integrity, and the finisher darns the remaining ends of wool into the seams and sews the labels and buttons on by hand. Lastly, the sweater undergoes a final quality control check performed by the president of the company, wherein every seam is scrutinized.
Hand wash in cold water and lay flat to dry. If washed in hot water, the sweater will felt and shrink; if hung up when wet, it will stretch. The Northern Watters Knitwear Guarantee: Northern Watters Knitwear offers a maintenance program, whereby if your sweater ever pills, or if you get a pull in it, the company will fix it free of charge, for life.