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Woolly jumpers

(64 Posts)
watermeadow Thu 10-Sep-20 19:07:02

I buy most clothes from charity shops but woollies are hard to find without bobbles. I think it’s time to invest in some new ones, like from a real shop!
I gave up M&S because they don’t wash well. So where do others buy basic jumpers, not expensive, which can be machine washed and don’t go bobbly?

M0nica Thu 10-Sep-20 19:22:57

I buy mine from Woolovers - but I think you would consider them to be expensive.

GrannySomerset Thu 10-Sep-20 19:27:53

Woolovers for me too. They wash well so last quite a long time so not so expensive really.

Jaxjacky Thu 10-Sep-20 19:29:49


annodomini Thu 10-Sep-20 19:42:05

I have a lot of Woolovers jumpers. I'm wearing a cotton/cashmere one at the moment, just right for between-seasons wear. Their prices have gone up and their range has increased since I first started buying them and they have worn well, except for the cardigan that got left out of the big moth-proof bag I keep them in.sad

MissAdventure Thu 10-Sep-20 19:46:18

Sainsbury's clothes are good, I think, M & Co, and Asda's, for absolute bargains.

Jaxjacky Thu 10-Sep-20 19:47:22

I’ve just checked on Woolovers as not heard of them, a tad too expensive for me!

Largolass Thu 10-Sep-20 19:50:41

I buy my jumpers from House of Bruar they wash well so have them for years so not expensive

MawB2 Thu 10-Sep-20 20:05:22

I’m another Woolovers fan, also Seasalt and Joules (not stripy!) who all do real wool products which still manage not to be itchy.
I am also a total fan of Turtle Doves who make their jumpers, wraps, ponchos and jackets out of recycled cashmere.
Absolutely not cheap (!) so if your find Woolovers pricey you will find these much pricier, but they are ultimate in sustainable clothing. They also do fingerless gloves, neck warmers and cosy bed socks.

NotAGran55 Thu 10-Sep-20 20:08:31

Uniqlo fine merino are fabulous quality and great prices .

NotAGran55 Thu 10-Sep-20 20:10:37

Uniqlo link

EllanVannin Thu 10-Sep-20 20:21:47

Alpaca is warmer and hard wearing, more so than cashmere. You should find a decent jumper for around £30 if there's a sale on. A couple of those would see you through winter.

Chewbacca Thu 10-Sep-20 20:24:28

I've given up completely on M&S sweaters because they either bobble the first time you wear them, or they quickly lose their shape. Much better quality for wash and wear, and very reasonably priced is Sainsbury's Tu range. And they got some lovely items in stock for Autumn.

Doodledog Thu 10-Sep-20 20:46:51

You can buy shavers to de-pill wooden jumpers, and cashmere combs for finer fibres. They will increase the life of your jumpers, particularly if you if you hand wash them.

I knit my own, which means I can afford cashmere and other luxury yarns, as I don’t wear acrylic fibres - I don’t like the look of them and they are bad for the environment.

I have tried Woolovers, and like some of the styles, but find them too short, even though I am not long in the body.

Pure Collection also have some nice styles that aren’t made of acrylics. If they are out of budget it’s worth looking on eBay for them, as it’s possible to get nearly new ones very cheaply.

Fennel Fri 11-Sep-20 11:41:26

I buy from Woolovers too and have many winter jumpers that have lasted years. All cool machine wash using gentle detergent.

NfkDumpling Fri 11-Sep-20 13:15:17


Alpaca is warmer and hard wearing, more so than cashmere. You should find a decent jumper for around £30 if there's a sale on. A couple of those would see you through winter.

Is alpaca likely to be scratchy? I can't wear anything with even a little wool in. It's a pain as I really love chunky jumpers and the nice ones are always wool or wool mix.

Charleygirl5 Fri 11-Sep-20 13:29:28

I only buy Woolovers when there is a sale on. I also cannot tolerate wool or cashmere next to my skin so anything I have on has to be long-sleeved.

I must take another trip to Sainsbury's Tu section. I have bought night attire there which was great.

I would not pay Seasalt prices.

EllanVannin Fri 11-Sep-20 13:33:00

No, alpaca isn't scratchy. Some fabulous patterns too and as chunky as you want them, but the dearer they go.

toscalily Fri 11-Sep-20 17:29:43

I was wondering about Alpaca being scratchy as I have never had one, who sells Alpaca jumpers? I have a couple in on ordinary wool. I have had several jumpers/cardigans from the Tu range over the last few years, impulse buys in the sales and have to agree that they have washed & worn well, probably depends what blend of yarn you choose. I have gone into M&S the past two winters wanting to buy, tried on and not bought as they seem to be making them with sleeves that are too long or tight and funny body fit (that could be me grin ). I have some M&S jumpers/cardigans from several years ago which are still going strong so don't what they are doing now.

Callistemon Fri 11-Sep-20 17:43:42

I agree re M&S knitwear, it does go bubbly. The problem then is that, if debobbled, it loses its cosy woolliness and seems thin.

Alpaca should be very soft.

My friend always buys men's jumpers for herself, they're longer and seem to be better quality.

Callistemon Fri 11-Sep-20 17:44:55


Autocorrect changed every word in my 2nd sentence, which I changed back, but missed that one.

Callistemon Fri 11-Sep-20 17:45:17

It did it again!

BlueBelle Fri 11-Sep-20 17:51:35

Very disappointed with both MS and George at Asda as last year they bobbled terribly
I ve never heard of Woolovers is it an online shop ?

TwiceAsNice Fri 11-Sep-20 17:56:54

Bought a lovely jumper last year from Sainsbury’s it’s washed well and still looks good. It’s so comfy I hoped they did it in another colour bit it’s a one off In afraid. I’ve not heard of woolovers either I’ll have a look

TwiceAsNice Fri 11-Sep-20 17:57:36

But not bit sorry