We employ time-honoured techniques that have been long abandoned by the mass production of today's throwaway culture as each piece requires hours of skilful manual work, an unforgiving level of precision and relentless attention to detail.
Our garments are knit with high tension on a straight bar Bentley Cotton knitting machine. Straight bar means that all needles move together during the knit (as opposed to a flatbed knitting machine where they each work sequentially). This, coupled with the fine yarn we use and the 27 Gauge we knit in (i.e. we use 27 needles every inch and a half), results in a knit that is both fine and pleasantly dense, that will hold the shape better and pill significantly less in time.
Hand linking is a laborious, manually intensive process, in which each small loop on the edge of a knit piece (e.g. a sleeve) is matched to the corresponding loop on the edge of the knit it is being linked to (e.g. the body). The rimagliatrice (hand linker) links the loops using a circular knitting machine and painstakingly ensures that each individual loop is correctly placed on a single consecutive needle, paying particular attention that stitches are not overlapped or missed.
The seams resulting from hand-linking are considerably flatter than in normal knitwear. Still, where multiple seams meet, e.g. where the shoulder and the two sides of the sleeve meet (pictured - the photo shows the seams on the inside), most average knitwear typically has little knots where the yarn is folded back on itself, which can be felt on the body and may even be visible. With Filofino knitwear, this point is flatted out and hand stitched to remove the knot, ensuring the seam stays flat throghout.
Most V-neck sweaters often exhibit a small but palpable bulge where the tip of the V is formed. This is because the ribbed collar is knitted as a rectangle and the edges folded inside to form the V - this is done to save time and money. In our V-neck the ribbed border is fully-fashioned, i.e. it is knitted with the slanted edges, so there's no extra material that needs to be tucked away - and, consequently, no bulge is formed.
Our labels are attached with two hand stitches at each top corner. Applying them by hand makes for overall stronger stitches and ensures the the label stays firmly in place for longer.
Cashwool® is compliant with the REACH regulation and is Oekotex Standard 100 certified.