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A PRODUCT OF ISLAND LIFE

The traditional Guernsey sweater has a story to tell. The rib at the top of the sleeve is said to represent a sailing ship's rope ladder in the rigging, the raised seam across the shoulder a rope and the garter stitch panel, waves breaking upon the beach. The traditional Guernsey sweater was originally a local fisherman's working garment, hence the diamond under the arm for ease of movement and extra strength. It is knitted with close stitches from tightly twisted wool and this gives it its ability to withstand sea spray and rain.

Traditional Guernsey sweaters were knitted by the womenfolk of the fishing and farming families of the islands, when many earned their living from the sea or the land. The distinctive pattern was handed down from generation to generation and the knitting skillThe traditional Guernsey sweater has always been made from the best English worsted wool since the 16th century, when licenses were granted by the crown to import wool from England. Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots both owned Guernsey knitwear. Mary Queen of Scots even wore Guernsey stockings at her execution. Channel Jumper still only knit with the best English worsted wool and have presented their traditional Guernsey knitwear to several of today's British Royal Family as gifts when they have visited the island of Alderney.s passed on from mother to daughter.

To this day our traditional Guernsey knitwear is produced using age old techniques that have been tried and tested for more than a century.

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The traditional Guernsey sweater has always been made from the best English worsted wool since the 16th century, when licenses were granted by the crown to import wool from England. Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots both owned Guernsey knitwear. Mary Queen of Scots even wore Guernsey stockings at her execution. Channel Jumper still only knit with the best English worsted wool and have presented their traditional Guernsey knitwear to several of today's British Royal Family as gifts when they have visited the island of Alderney.

LORD NELSON AND THE GUERNSEY

The Guernsey had become well known by the 19th century. Nelson recommended it to the Admiralty as a valuable article of Naval clothing and, in 1857, the soldiers of the garrison in Halifax, Nova Scotia were issued with Guernseys as part of their winter equipment.

FINEST BRITISH WORSTED WOOL

Our wool starts it's life upon the fells and downs of the British countryside. The garments we produce use Worsted* wool which is hand graded for the finest quality and fibre thickness. The wool is then scoured, a cleaning operation that removes excess oils, dirt and dead fibres.

To remove any short fibres the wool is then combed. Removing these short fibres ensures the wool will be less likely to pill or ball-up on the finished garment. Combing also ensures the fibres are parallel and ready for spinning. The wool is then dyed in a very gentle process so as not to damage the fibres.

The next step is to draw the wool. This prepares the wool for the worsted spinning frame by determining a defined weight and levelness, allowing for a very even final yarn. The yarn is then spun and twisted on semi-automatic spinning frames with a vacuum extraction system to remove contamination. The twisting process ensures the yarns are at their optimum strength and softness for knitting.

Our traditional Guernsey sweaters are knitted with close stitches from tightly twisted wool and this gives it its ability to withstand sea spray and rain. The result is a strong, long lasting garment that will hold its shape better in both wear and washing.

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The Great British Shooting Show: 17th, 18th and 19th of February 2023.

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