Johnstons of Elgin Cashmere Classic V-Neck Cardigan Sweater - 21-Gauge (For Women)

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Information about Johnstons of Elgin Cashmere Classic V-Neck Cardigan Sweater - 21-Gauge (For Women)
Closeouts. The higher the gauge, the finer the yarn, the softer and lighter the sweater. Apply that logic to Johnstons of Elgin's classic cashmere cardigan sweater -- knit from superfine 21-gauge yarns -- and you have a blissfully soft sweater you can wear in almost any season.
  • Johnstons of Elgin is a centuries-old family firm doing business in the far North of Scotland since 1797
  • Using the finest cashmere and wool fibers imaginable, fabrics are dyed, spun and washed in supersoft Highlands water for irresistible softness
  • Slightly fitted
  • Length: 24" (based on size large)
  • Made in United Kingdom
  • Visit our Wool Guide
Specs about Johnstons of Elgin Cashmere Classic V-Neck Cardigan Sweater - 21-Gauge (For Women)
  • Closure: 8 Buttons
  • Length: 24" (based on size large)
  • Fabric: 100% cashmere
  • Care: Hand wash, dry flat
  • Made in United Kingdom
  • Visit our Wool Guide

General Women's Size Chart

For Alpha sizing, hover over "Sizes Available" shown above to determine the Numeric size conversion listed below.

0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24
Bust 31.5 32.5 33.5 34.5 35.5 36.5 38 39.5 41 43 45 47 49
Waist 23.5 24.5 25.5 26.5 27.5 28.5 30 31.5 33 35 37 39 41
Hip 33.5 34.5 35.5 36.5 37.5 38.5 40 41.5 43 45 47 49 51

Plus Sizing

16W 18W 20W 22W 24W 26W
Bust 42 44 46 48 50 52
Waist 34 36 38 40 42 44
Hip 46 48 49 51 53 55

Note: Please use the following sizing chart for general reference only. Sizes between different vendors and manufacturers do vary. Item specific sizing is best found in the item description.

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Reviewed by Dandy like a Dandelion from Texas on Monday, June 23, 2014
1. The higher the gauge number, the finer (as in “thinner”) the yarn. Gauge reflects how many stitches it takes to knit (usually) a 10 cm wide pattern; the thinner the yarn, the more stitches are required. This has nothing to do with softness of a yarn. This cardigan, being of 21-gauge, is a thin, l... Read More
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  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by 2 Happy from California on Thursday, March 12, 2015
    This sweater is lovely. And it is so soft. I love cashmere and this is the nicest cashmere sweater I have ever owned.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by islandlover from TX on Friday, January 9, 2015
    I was expecting something more luxurious than department store cashmere but I was disappointed. The dark grey color and cut were nice. However, for something this expensive the sweater feels very scratchy and not soft at all. It actually feels more like mediocre wool sweater. It went back to STP.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Aranella Farms from California on Sunday, December 7, 2014
    Sweater description says it all & accurately! This is a beautifully made stylish sweater I'll hope to enjoy for many years.
  • Reviewed by Dandy like a Dandelion from Texas on Monday, June 23, 2014
    1. The higher the gauge number, the finer (as in “thinner”) the yarn. Gauge reflects how many stitches it takes to knit (usually) a 10 cm wide pattern; the thinner the yarn, the more stitches are required. This has nothing to do with softness of a yarn. This cardigan, being of 21-gauge, is a thin, lightweight sweater (nothing to be considered for -20F winters but something to be enjoyed for layering in +60F).
    2. Johnstons of Elgin, through centuries of manufacturing, has earned its reputation as a maker of world’s finest cashmeres for a reason: its yarns are superior to others’. While, at first, this sweater may not resemble the softness in touch of the Chinese cashmere and it feels more like merino wool, that’s a good thing! Once you wash this JofE sweater (BTW wash it only by hand or in a true hand-wash cycle in lukewarm water with very delicate detergents and lie it flat to dry), these long strands of yarn will bloom afterwards (“blooming” is a knitting term for threads to loosen up, open up in a wash) giving you the softness expected from cashmere. Now, you can enjoy wearing (and washing) JofE sweaters for 10, even 20 years with them continue to look fine throughout the years, not pilling up, not stretching, not fading. Try doing that with lower-end cashmere – you’ll understand and appreciate the reasons why Johnstons of Elgin has the reputation it has.
    3. I think that these cardigans are made true to size – I’m speaking only about size XS and S, I don’t know how M, L, etc. measure. I’m 34”-25”-35” in chest, waist and hips respectively (5’4” and 100 lb) and I favor size XS but I’m equally comfortable wearing these cardigans in size S as layering over a blouse, etc.
    4. Colors are somewhat off from what they appear on Sierra’s site; midnight blue hints on gray-ink, sapphire is more of a jade (nothing of the purplish navy in it, unfortunately for me), marine is heathery strong aqua/watery color, and sand is simply the best: it’s a delicate camel color.
    5. I couldn’t be more thankful to Sierra for making these Johnstons of Elgin sweaters available at great discounts. 5***** for Sierra and 5***** for these JofE cardigans.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Nana from Wi. from Wisconsin. on Saturday, May 17, 2014
    This sweater is a beautiful color (marine) and a very soft and luxurious fabric. It was just the right weight for Wi. Spring and summer weather. I should have read the description more carefully, because it clearly stated this item was fitted! I ordered an extra large. Too snug for me, and sadly I had to return it!

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    • Answer I wish I could help but, unfortunately, I haven't bought this sweater in gray (not yet, at least :) so I don't know how it looks like but I wouldn't be surprised if this year's gray is somewhat different from the last year's (basing it on the navy from the last year and this year's navy).
      I noticed that this year's colors are somewhat more muted, not as intense as the last year's ones and I would be guessing (but that's only my guess) that this year's gray would also be more mellow, maybe a tet lighter than the last year's. And I would expect a little heathering in it as well. Best wishes,
      Answered on 6/29/2014 9:12:39 AM by Dandy like a Dandelion from Texas
    • Answer I often find the actual colors of the products are quite different from the catalog/email clothing shown, and just take my chances. If I don't like the color, I simply return the outfit.
      Answered on 6/29/2014 3:49:06 PM by lasjoyas from Oregon
    • Answer Yes, its he same colour.
      Answered on 6/29/2014 10:18:08 PM by wiz from ottawa
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