Cashmere is the ultimate in luxury. A good cashmere sweater can last a lifetime if you follow a few buying rules.
You will need proof of material, 2-ply yarn, comparison sweaters, elasticity, Scottish or Italian-made sweaters, trusted sources, and a computer with internet access.
The first step you should do is buy a sweater made of 100 percent cashmere as indicated on the label, rather than a blend of fibers.
The real thing will be softer, lighter, lasts longer, and more importantly, be worth the money you’re paying.
The second step is to get a garment with 2-ply yarn, instead of a single ply for a sweater that is stronger and resist pilling.
If you can see your hand through one layer of the sweater, it’s probably one-ply.
Look for tightly knit sweaters, and beware of loosely knit ones.
Step three, get hands on and feel lots of different cashmere sweaters. Those with the best quality fibers are those that are soft, light, and have little or no pilling.
Avoid sweaters that feel fuzzy, stiff, scratchy, or that don’t bounce right back after you crinkle or pull the fabric.
Rub the fabric under your chin or on your neck–two especially sensitive spots.
Step 4, know that the best-quality cashmere sweaters are those made in Scotland or Italy as indicated on the tag.
Hand knit sweaters are the highest quality, but also the priciest.
Step 5 is to test dark-colored sweaters to make sure they are as soft as light-colored ones. Makers often use light-colored dyes for high quality cashmere, because it’s the only one that keeps the color.
Step 6, buy from trusted sources such as designers that specialize on cashmere.