An Alternative to Sheep's Wool
These Mohair Sweaters Deserve a Spot in Your Wardrobe
While sweaters made with sheep’s wool dominate are ubiquitous, a number of menswear designers are turning to mohair in this season’s knits. The silk-like yarn made from the hair of the Angora goat is a luxury fiber like cashmere and has a number of noticeable qualities that set it apart from tradition wool yarns. It is both very soft and durable and it exhibits a unique sheen.
Naturally elastic, the fiber is both insulating and moisture wicking. Because you can dye mohair easily, sweaters made from the fiber come in an array of colors. But in most cases, it is blended with other fibers to help retain shape when spun into yarn. Sweaters made with mohair feature traditional designs and patterns, but the unique fiber makes them instantly recognizable. Check out a few of our favorites below.
Todd Snyder Brushed Italian Wool Sweater
This classic crew neck style is made from a blend that includes 50 percent mohair. That means you get the luxe texture of the fiber without the price tag associated with full-mohair knits.
Howlin’ Before the Snowfall Sweater
This traditional Fair Isle sweater is made with a 30 percent mohair blend that feels heavy. Made in Ireland, it features raglan sleeves and a ribbed hem and cuffs.
John Elliott Mohair Blend Sweater
This emerald sweater is knit with a 65-percent mohair blend. The green color feels rich and distinct, and the sweater features a classic fit, and a ribbed neck, hem and cuffs.
Mr P. Striped Mohair Sweater
Made in Italy, this sweater features a 67 percent mohair knit. The horizontally striped style fits true to size and includes traditional ribbing around the neck and hem.
Simon Miller Mohair Blend Sweater
This chunky sweater is made with a unique blend of mohair, wool, paper and silk. That means it’s incredibly soft, yet still durable. It has a relaxed fit and ribbed trims.
Saint Laurent Distressed Mohair Sweater
The mohair-blend sweater is made in Italy and features subtle open-knit distressing. Designed with a regular fit, it is noticeably lightweight and warm.
Berluti Ribbed Mock-Neck Sweater
On the upper end of the spectrum, Berluti blends 15 percent mohair into a cashmere yarn for its mock-neck sweater. Designed with a regular fit, this Italian-made sweater features a ribbed knit throughout.
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