Monday, October 18, 2010

The Guernsey Sweater


While there is no lack of classic sweaters, one of my favorites is still the Guernsey (named for, and coming from, the Bailiwick of Guernsey, one of the English Channel Islands).  This sweater was introduced to me by a friend who grew up on Herm, another of the Channel Islands.

Some of the great  features include a very tight weave (five ply yarn), distinctive shoulder stitching, and side vents.  It is a long sweater.  The length combined with the densely woven wool is formidable against the cold winds off the ocean.  And there is no front or back designation, to even out the wear and tear. 

This is a unisex item.  Back in the 80's one of our friends was regularly seen in one of his many Guernsey sweaters with khaki shorts on those chilly summer mornings on the Maine coast.



Our most recent Guernsey sweater came from The Royal Male.

14 comments:

Kathie Truitt said...

Love, love, love this sweater.

Growing up in the Ozarks and now living in Virginia near the water we're finding that we are definitely 'water' people. I can't imagine not living near the bay/ocean now.

j.mosby said...

Is there also a Guernsey pattern sweater with a boatneck finish?

John said...

Nice sweater, and loving the scrunchy white turtleneck underneath. That's one of those looks that always gives an authentic preppy away...it always makes me smile.

viv said...

Muffy, thank you for your advice on Bean tote sizing several weeks ago. I took your suggestion - thank you! - and am very pleased with the M with long handles.

Now, another question for you... I've been trying to figure out what size I would wear for Barbour. I live in the Finger Lakes region of New York and don't have access to any brick or mortar stores that carry Barbour jackets. What size is your Beaufort? I'm about your build and stand at 5'8".

Carole said...

You look FABULOUS. I love sweaters and own many, but not a Guernsey--yet!

Sam said...

Muffy: As you know, I am recent convert to your blog. As such, I have a request: is there any chance that you can pass along a couple of your favorite recipes? I am not much of a cook but I really fancy doing a three course for my wife on November 6th - our 23rd anniversary.

Pink One said...

Muffy, what are your favorite cookbooks to cook out of? I have a collection of cookbooks. My husband thinks it's funny that I can sit and read a cookbook like it's a novel. Some of my favorites are my vintage cookbooks. I have the Better Crocker Picture Cook book that you showed in a previous post. I made strawberry shortcake out of it as well. I also have the original first edition Betty Crocker Cook Book, not the reprint, the real deal. :)

Sam said...

Actually, I was thinking of doing a one-pot earthy dish - a good Irish stew perhaps? Followed by an apple crisp. Oh, for starters, a good soup.

John said...

You're so cool, Muffy! There really is an art to "scrunchiness."
Most people just don't get it.

Kari said...

You said you went through a lot of white turtlenecks before you found the right amount of scrunchiness. So, what kind of turtlenecks are they?

Mrs. Marciano said...

I just found and love your blog! I do wish you would include links for sites to purchase items you mention. I especially am yearning for one of those Guernsey sweaters. What size do you wear in that, and where can I get one? The Maine store you mentioned had no website.
Thanks!

miltonberlin said...

Your sweater is too nice and suits you! I think guernsey has comparatively more cool weather than other English channel islands, does it? None of my friends, family members or me have gone to Guernsey but all of us want to go, this year in the end of my march, we have booked very cheap fare air tickets, we will be eight or nine including two kids, so going to enjoy this wonderful place.

Anonymous said...

Where can I get one (for men)? Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this post and I love this sweater. I am in the market to purchase a Guernsey and was curious what size you wear.