So first I want to thank everyone who has voted so far in my "What to get next from Everlane" poll (the poll is now closed, but I also did a second order that includes the lux double knit dress and lux double knit mockneck so that review coming soon). The top 2 most voted items were the marled wool crew neck sweater and the donegal sweater. So that's what I'll be doing a review on today.
First, the chunky wool knit in grey marled. I never would have ordered this item if it wasn't for the poll because of my whole "chunky knits will make you look chunkier" theory. But I'm so glad you guys voted on this (about a third of you guys) and that I tried it out. First the marled wool has a beautiful texture and a really tight knit. I think compared to the chunky knit cardigan I reviewed, the marled chunky knit does feel a little less droopy and heavy (though that could be from the fact that it's a sweater and not a large cardigan). It definitely feels as warm as the chunky knit cardigan (I wore it for a couple minutes indoors and was immediately feeling a bit toasty). But what I loved most about this chunky knit sweater was the knit pattern (kind of like a diamond shape in the front and back) and the side slits, which help make the sweater look a little less bulky. I got a size small and it fit perfectly except for the sleeves which were a bit long (but easy to roll up). I actually really like this sweater (and so did my husband, who liked this one way more than the donegal sweater I'll be reviewing next).
I ended up returning it for now because when I purchased the sweater, Everlane was selling it for $110. But now it's selling for $78 which is a much more tempting price. I'm thinking of rebuying the sweater at the now reduced price or buying the chunky knit cardigan in marled wool, which is also now selling at a reduced price (it went from $140 to $110). I guess Everlane decided to cut their margins to help move the merch. A reader commented that the marled wool chunky knit cardigan might actually look a little more slimming than the grey one I ordered due to both the wool type and the seemingly tighter knit, but I guess the only way I can know for sure is to buy the cardigan in marled wool (should I buy that next too?).
Even before the poll I was itching to try the new donegal wool sweater, especially in light rose. I ended up getting the cropped cashmere crew because I thought the modern cut would look fresh with the muted color (plus I had already ordered 2 regular crew neck cashmere sweater for my Everlane cashmere review and didn't think I wanted 3). My husband called the donegal wool in light rose a sweater an old lady would wear. But I think with some high-waisted pants, the cropped donegal sweater looks young and modern to me (I think the donegal is such a fun interesting knit). But the donegal knit, though sold with all the other cashmere sweaters on Everlane, is not as soft as the pure cashmere sweaters. The tiny flecks of wool adds texture but is also a bit scratchy. So if you're looking for the the softest cashmere sweater out there I would recommend a lighter solid color sweater (here's why). I ordered the small and the fit is like the other cropped cashmere sweater I reviewed: very cropped and slightly boxy.