Fair Isle vs. Intarsia vs. Stranded Knitting

By: Orvis Staff
Fair Isle Cardigan (left) and Celtic Knot Intarsia Pullover Photos via orvis.com
Sweater knits create the distinct style and pattern of your favorite cozy winter pullovers and cardigans. Change up the type of stitch, and the weight and type of yarn, and you change . . .
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What Are Moleskin Pants?

By: Amber Roberts

Moleskin, not to be confused with the Italian paper and journal manufacturer ‘Moleskine,’ is a durable, densely woven material made of pure cotton. Similar to corduroy and velvet, a high-quality yarn is tightly woven to create the hardy textile. While corduroy is trimmed to create ribs, moleskin is sheared close over the whole of one side for a suede-like feel. The rich nap of the soft-brushed fabric hints at luxury, though the tough material began as rugged working wear.


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Fleece vs. Wool: Which Offers the Best Protection From the Elements?

By: Orvis Staff
Should you wear a fleece or a wool layer when you head out on your next cool-weather adventure? As you’re pondering which sweater or sweatshirt to grab in preparation, you may well wonder whether fleece or wool promises the most benefits....
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Why Do Clothes Shrink?

There’s no single reason clothing shrinks, but the simplest answer may be as close as the label in your favorite top. It all depends on fabrics, washing methods, and drying temperatures. . . .


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