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You Will Need
- Proof of material
- 2-ply yarn
- Comparison sweaters
- Scottish or Italian-made sweaters
- Trusted sources
- Internet access
Buy the real thing
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, last longer, and more important, be worth the money you're paying.
Get a garment with two-ply yarn instead of a single ply for a sweater that will be stronger and resist pilling. If you can see your hand through one layer of the sweater, it's probably one-ply.
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.
Know the best
Know that the best-quality cashmere sweaters are those made in Scotland and Italy, as indicated on the tag. Hand knit sweaters are the highest quality, but also the priciest.
Test dark colors
Test dark-colored sweaters to make sure they are as soft as lighter-colored ones. Makers sometimes use lower-quality yarn for dark-colored dyes, saving the better-quality yarn for lighter colors, as lighter dyes will only take to higher-quality yarn.
Use trusted sources
Buy from trusted sources, such as designers and labels that specialize in cashmere, or large department stores, which employ quality control testing. Shop online to compare prices but buy in person to feel the quality.