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Re: Andersen-Andersen knitwear
« Reply #30 on: April 14, 2021, 01:21:54 pm »
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Re: Andersen-Andersen knitwear
« Reply #31 on: November 30, 2021, 06:06:51 pm »
Hi all,

I am new to the knitwear thing, however I am learning the warmth of wool when it gets cold (and wetter).

I like the look at the Andersen-Anderson sweaters and I think I have narrowed it down to the Seaman and Sailor Crewneck styles.

I will be layering the sweater with a jacket or vest so, I am looking at these models rather than Navy Crewneck or Navy Full-Zip, which look cool but perhaps are a bit too much weight and bulk, especially for packing when travelling.

For those that have the Seaman and or Sailor Crewneck, what are your thoughts about:
•   Fit (I prefer a slimmer fit)
•   Warmth and ability/need to layer
•   Durability (does it get pulled threads easily)

Many thanks and I look forward to your comments.

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Re: Andersen-Andersen knitwear
« Reply #32 on: November 30, 2021, 09:06:52 pm »
@Bridger -  If you look at the description, you'll see that the Seaman is knitted "on a 7 gauge flat knitting machine with 2 threads extra spun", whereas the Sailor is "on a 7 gauge flat knitting machine with 4 threads extra spun".

I have the Sailor and it's quite thick and warm. It can certainly be worn under an outer coat but I would not layer it otherwise. I suspect the Seaman is much lighter (you should email A-A how much). So far my stuff has been completely impervious to normal daily life.

Note that the round neck sweaters are symmetrical, which means that the neck feels a bit differently than on sweaters that are fashioned with a front and a back. Personally I'd have preferred if it were not symmetrical, but it has not stoped me from wearing it.

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Re: Andersen-Andersen knitwear
« Reply #33 on: December 01, 2021, 03:15:19 pm »
Hi @JDelage

Thanks very much for your response – that is very helpful.

I was particularly interested in your note about the neck being symmetrical. Perhaps that is where the zip up versions come into their own. I would be curious how other owners of the symmetrical sweater feel about the fit.

How does the Sailor pack down in your luggage? I mostly travel carry-on only, so bigger items really need to earn their keep.

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Re: Andersen-Andersen knitwear
« Reply #34 on: December 01, 2021, 05:39:41 pm »
It's a big sweater. Its bulk is similar to, say, that of an Irish Aran sweater maybe? So will obviously fit in a carry on but will use a good deal of space.

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Re: Andersen-Andersen knitwear
« Reply #35 on: December 01, 2021, 05:56:09 pm »
I have 2 A&A and love them both, but, I would not consider buying one if you travel just with a carry-on, in fact, I would not travel with one at all.  When I need warmth and don't have much space, I will pack/wear an IH Primaloft or a PataGucci down shirt or jacket.

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Re: Andersen-Andersen knitwear
« Reply #36 on: December 01, 2021, 06:42:08 pm »
Thank you both for your feedback. That is good to know about the size of the Sailor. In this case I might try the Seaman, as it should have less bulk and provide more laying options.

As background, I was recently in the artic circle and it got down to minus 18. I had a number of layers, which included a lightish Merz b Schwanen merino sweater underneath a IH N1 deck jacket and it was a great combination and surprising warm. However, the Merz started beading and had pulled threads only after a couple of wears. This is why I am looking for a better quality wool sweater.

As an aside, I have a new found love of the IH N1 deck jacket – it held up well to the wind and temperatures. It is also hardy enough to through a duffle bag on your back without worrying about it. While it doesn’t pack down to fit in carry-on luggage, I think it earns its keep for trips to colder places.

[Nb I also took a Patagonia Nano Puff and other technical layers with me but they did not perform as well as the wool sweater and N1 combo. Having said that I have been looking at the more technical IH warm jackets/parkas since this trip.]

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Re: Andersen-Andersen knitwear
« Reply #37 on: December 01, 2021, 07:47:35 pm »
Nothing beats high loft goose down for warmth per gram as long as it stays dry, and high loft / fill power will pack down very well and be lightweight for travel. I agree though that a good alpaca deck jacket does incredibly well as long as you don’t need something technical for precipitation or even greater wind resistance (e.g., a hard shell).

Personally, when I find myself in extreme cold, I reach for a down parka with a hard shell and technical layers that are warm, wick moisture, and dry quickly. In a survival situation I’d probably opt for synthetic insulation just in case things got wet.
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Re: Andersen-Andersen knitwear
« Reply #38 on: December 10, 2021, 11:01:22 pm »
Seeing this pop back up has rekindled my interest in AA... I still might pick up a sailor turtleneck one of these days. I love the natural taupe color.

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Re: Andersen-Andersen knitwear
« Reply #39 on: December 14, 2021, 04:48:02 pm »
I have just received a Seaman. I haven’t worn it in anger yet, but so far I am happy. It feels much more durable than Merz b Schwanen merino sweater it is replacing, however it is not soft to the touch (and may even prove to be a little rough on the skin).

As JDelage pointed out, the symmetrical neck feels a bit odd - although perhaps that will be handy if I am in a rush ;)

The Seaman appears to be the right pick for me rather than the Sailor. The Seaman feels like a good thickness for layering with a coat or vest, and it packs down pretty well for travel (smaller than a hoodie).

I am very glad I sized down – as they are a Danish brand and have viking sizing. Although, I was a little surprised it is made in Italy, which isn’t a bad thing.