Five Plus One is our weekly series of buyer’s guides. We pick a specific category and dig up five great options along with one that’s a little outside the norm.
Shawl collars are one way to add a bit of variety to your sweater game, and it’s a feature that is arguably most at home on a cardigan. Whether you’re looking for a warm, fuzzy sweater or just a light layer, we hope you find what you’re looking for on this list.
1) Loop & Weft: Herringbone Pile Shawl Collar Cardigan
If you’re looking for a lightweight or vegan shawl cardigan, then Loop & Weft’s Herringbone Pile Cardigan is a standout option. Made in Japan from 100% cotton, this sweater is inspired by 1960s sweaters and features a raglan sleeves, yoked back, and double/triple needle stitching.
Available for $221 ($198.90 for Heddels+ subscribers) from Redcast Heritage Co.
2) Scott & Charters: Shawl collar cardigan
If you want to go the lambswool route you can’t go wrong with Scott & Charters’ Shawl collar cardigan. Made in Scotland from 100% lambswool, this sweater is available in a ton of different colors. Each is made with fantastic attention to detail, including set-in shoulders and horn buttons.
Available for $297 from No Man Walks Alone. I’m
3) L.L. Bean: Signature Cotton Fisherman Sweater, Shawl-Collar Cardigan
L.L. Bean’s Signature Fisherman Sweater is a great, inexpensive option if you want to enter the wonder world of shawl-collar cardigans. It features a chunky knit style, but with 100% cotton that keeps warmth and itch levels down for warmer weather. Available in five colorways, it’s easy to work on one of these sweaters into your wardrobe. Good ol’ Bean.
Available for $159 from L.L. Bean.
4) Heimat: Eigar Cardigan Schwarz/Safety Red
Another attractive and well-built option for a chunky sweater is Heimat’s Eigar Cardigan. Made in Germany from 100% virgin wool in a 5 gauge knit, this sweater is completed with oversized cuffs, two hand pockets, and hand-finished detailing. While definitely not a summer sweater, this sweater will be there for the chillier months or more frigid spring evenings.
Available for $335 ($301.50 for Heddels+ members) from Clutch Cafe.
5) The Strike Gold: Indigo Loopwheeled Shawl Collar Cardigan
If you’re looking to get a shawl collar cardigan but don’t want to give up those sweet fades, then The Strike Gold’s Indigo Loopwheel Shawl Collar Cardigan is a phenomenal choice. Made in Japan from 100% 12 oz. indigo dyed cotton yarn, this cardigan features three pockets, a brushed interior, elbow patch reinforcements, and more fade potential than you cake shake a stick at.
Available for $263 ($236.70 for Heddels+ members) from Redcast Heritage Co.
Plus One – RRL: Patchwork Shawl Cardigan – Indigo Multi
RRL releases memorable sweaters every year, but their Patchwork Shawl Cardigan is really a site to behold. Made from a 74%/13%/9%/4% linen/cotton/mulberry silk/other fibers blend, this sweater is patchworked together from many knits in various indigo hues. It’s finished with two hand pockets, horn buttons, and whipstitched details. If you only want to own one shawl cardigan forever more and don’t mind what you spend, why not this one?
Available for $1800 from RRL.