Spring Break in Featherweight Sweater

Light and Breezy Knitwear

I'm rather taken with the featherweight summer cashmere cable ribbed sweater towards the end of the jolly little video by Johnston's of Elgin below.

No need to replace everything with cotton in spring and summer, just go a bit lighter with the fabrics. This sweater would be perfect for the city (Madrid) or the beach (Llanes) during my usual Spanish Easter break.

I have to put a collar underneath or a silk scarf cravat-style around my neck with a sweater. I can't wear them 'loose'. I have a nice Madras check scarf that would go well with this sweater. But Johnston's also have some cracking check scarves for this season, like the lightweight Merino Cruise Check Scarf  below, which is built for summer cruising with a smooth handle and a lightness created by 'spinning, custom scouring and air blasting' no less.

All woven in Elgin, Scotland.

Sad News: Incidentally, it was disappointing to hear that Hawick Knitwear went into administration this year. Whatever the cause, if we don't support our manufacturers, disappear they will, along with the heritage, know-how and craftsmanship. I mean, look at the quality of the stuff we make. A Hong Kong-based buyer (Artwell) bought the name and the intellectual property of Hawick last week. Sounds like asset stripping and appropriation of a brand name to me. I'm not entirely convinced this is any real reason for our Scottish brethren to celebrate. What are your thoughts?


  1. Regarding Hawick; very sad indeed! There are but a few good manufacturers left in the Borders region! Luckily Peter Scott, William Lockie and Johnstons are hanging in there!

    1. Thanks Anon. And we will continue to fight their corner. Best wishes, Tweedy.


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