We’re big scarf lovers in our house and I mean that literally. Mr DRG has so many, they’ve been assigned their own chair and I couldn’t survive the winter months without one of my many jumbo neck warmers to keep the chills away.
I like my scarves as wide as possible as I can’t bear any cool air blowing down the back of my neck. Cashmere is preferred – obvs – but I also have a much-loved hand knitted Fair Isle wool one and a merino or two. I like them long enough to double round the neck with room to spare. I tie them in a loose knot in front with the fringing splayed out. I tend to avoid light coloured scarves but I can’t resist a country check.
Begg & Co has been making cashmere scarves for 150 years and is celebrating this year with a special limited edition check scarf incorporating 150 different colours (below). It’s pretty special and involved an intricate manufacturing process in which six warp and 25 weft colours were required. That means that the cones of yarn had to be rapidly changed throughout the weaving process in order to incorporate so many shades.
I also love these understated two-tone ‘Arran’ scarves from Begg & Co. This is a style that’s extremely versatile for everyday wear….
I’m no stranger to Johnstons of Elgin scarves which are also Scottish-made – remember my trip to Elgin to see them being made? Johnstons makes scarves for a number of luxury brands. Most don’t like their competitors to know who makes their scarves but Vivienne Westwood is happy to trumpet the fact.
This year it has collaborated on a five piece tartan collection including a scarf, stole and blanket featuring the MacAndreas tartan (yes it’s a real tartan) in tribute to Andreas Kronthaler, Vivienne’s husband and design partner (below). If you look closely you can also see an embroidered bee next to the signature Westwood orb logo, a symbol of Johnstons of Elgin’s industrious craftsmen and women. Buy the collection here.
A new name for me is Three Gauge (below), which certainly satisfies my length criteria. Its superfine merino wool scarves are perfect in weight and width too, and I love the simple colour block design in dark neutrals or brighter pop of acid yellow and charcoal. As a small company with a no waste policy, Three Gauge makes its scarves to order. So expect a wait of two weeks from order date while it’s being knitted especially for you. Buy it here.
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