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.

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  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Aranella 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!
  • Reviewed by lasjoyas from Oregon on Wednesday, January 15, 2014
    It feels so soft; is warm, and I really like the color. It goes with a lot of my clothes.
  • Reviewed by wiz from ottawa on Monday, January 6, 2014
    Beautiful lines, exactly as the photo shows; but if you know really good cashmere you will not be impressed with the quality of this garment--somewhat harsh to the touch for such a fine wool. Surprising given all the fuss in the description.
  • Reviewed by Boston lady 2014 from Boston on Tuesday, December 10, 2013
    I ordered this in a sz. Large. I wouldn't really be able to wear it comfortably over a long-sleeved shirt but that is not what I got it for, so the fit is perfect for me. The length of the sleeve is good and it fits as in the picture. It is not oversized at all, so you might want to order size up unless you want it snug. It is nice and dressy looking and dresses up what you wear with it.
  • Reviewed by yooper by choice from Escanaba, MI on Tuesday, December 10, 2013
    I own two of these. I bought the charcoal grey this last winter and loved it as soon as I put it on. Same with the camel. If you are looking for a sweater that is soft to the touch then this is NOT the sweater for you. It definitely is a little heavier and doesn't have that 'soft' cashmere feel. But I think the fabric is great and if I could afford it I would own all the colors.
  • Reviewed by lasjoyas from Oregon on Saturday, November 16, 2013
    While I wanted the color back, the ash greay will still be useful. Have not used yet, but fits nicely.
  • Reviewed by MTBer from Santa Cruz on Thursday, November 14, 2013
    I am a huge fan of Johnstons and this sweater is the best fitting one of the bunch. Excellent finish, nicely detailed placket, beautiful buttons. This one will be a staple in my wardrobe for many years.
  • Reviewed by cashmere lover from washington on Friday, September 13, 2013
    This Johnston of Elgin cashmere is disappointing; it is not as soft as other Johnston of Elgin cashmere sweaters I bought from STP and love. This one is going back.
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