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Is a lambswool or Merino wool v neck jumper more desirable?

VictorC

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I am looking for a wool sweater and i couldnt decide between a v neck lambswool or merino wool one. The lambswool one could only be drycleaned it said so put me off. So i think i will buy the meriono one even though i think the lambswool looks better.

But are there any advantages or disadvantages between the 2? Im sure ive got a lambswool jumper from years ago that was allowed to be machine washed? What do you think?
 

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lambswool: itchier, warmer, looks better
merino: thinner, cooler, less pilling
 

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Originally Posted by VictorC
I am looking for a wool sweater and i couldnt decide between a v neck lambswool or merino wool one. The lambswool one could only be drycleaned it said so put me off. So i think i will buy the meriono one even though i think the lambswool looks better. What do you think?
I prefer the lambswool over the merino wool...I own several of both but prefer lambswool. You have to dryclean other garments, so what's one or two more items added to the list? If the additional expense breaks you, you were overextended already...but that's just me being me.
 

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My vote goes to merino for thinner, softer, durable (ie does not pile as easily). I think the most recent esquire black/purple book did a piece on this, though I haven't read it.

btw - first post
 

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You rarely need to dry clean, so that's not really an issue. If you take care of it, store it in cedar, and have it air out every once in a while, you should be fine. As for the pilling, just get a sweater comb. Those should take care of any pilling you get.

These aren't the only considerations though. You should decide based on how warm you want the sweater to be, how how thick you want it (sometimes you don't want that much bulk on you), and what kind of layering you plan to do. They're different sweaters and they should be worn in different conditions, with different types of layering.
 

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They were both from uniqlo. The merino one was very thin and almost see thru. The lambswool looked more substancial like a jumper should look and was cheaper at £20 while the merino one was £25
 

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If they're not $300 sweaters, don't dry clean them. Soak in a wool wash like Kookaburra, and then lay flat to dry. Done.
 

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Originally Posted by Schorsch
If they're not $300 sweaters, don't dry clean them. Soak in a wool wash like Kookaburra, and then lay flat to dry. Done.

This is the answer. I will buy the lambswool because it looks a bit better. And even though it says dryclean, i wont. I will wash it in the washing machine with the handwash cycle.
 

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I prefer Merino because it's a lot more comfortable and thinner, but on a really cold day it doesn't do nearly as well.
 

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Uniqlo merino is even thinner and lighter than other merinos. It's like cotton or low grade silk
 

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Originally Posted by pebblegrain
Uniqlo merino is even thinner and lighter than other merinos. It's like cotton or low grade silk

What is the fit like on Uniqlo jumpers? ie do they have a taper on the waist and relatively slim sleeves?
 

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