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Military 'woolly pully' sweaters

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by Ticklishchap, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. Ticklishchap

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    I have just received a 15% discount offer from Outdoor Knitwear which I fully intend to use to add to my collection of military sweaters.
     
  2. STEVIEBOY1

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    That sounds a very good smart-casual look indeed.
     
  3. STEVIEBOY1

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    Which new one may you go for?
     
  4. Ticklishchap

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    Probably a Navy roll neck - as I already have such a large collection of the crew necks!
     
  5. Ticklishchap

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    And very satisfying to get to the time of year when I can wear it.
     
  6. Ticklishchap

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    I have just taken advantage of the 15% offer from OKW by placing an order for a Navy Woolly Pully Roll Neck.
     
  7. STEVIEBOY1

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    Well done, I hope you like it when it comes.
     
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  8. Ticklishchap

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    Thanks. I can’t wait!
     
  9. Ticklishchap

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    Very much Woolly Pully weather today and I have been enjoying my black Royal Tank Regt WP.
     
  10. STEVIEBOY1

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    I was wearing my black crew neck Woolly Pully on Saturday and Peat Brown on Friday, however with the sudden very odd weather over the past couple of days** it was far too mild, but it seems to have gone back to normal autumn weather today, I am in a Navy WP at the moment. By the way, "Ticklishchap", did you get the Navy Roll Neck Sweater you mentioned above?

    **Did anyone else in the UK see the very strange yellow sky and red sun yesterday afternoon. All caused by after effects of storm Ophelia, it was very eerie indeed.?
     
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  11. Musher

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    Indeed I put one on this morning. I bought 2 during my Army days at the PX at Weisbaden Air Force Base in 1976 and have always used and liked commando sweaters for over 40 years. I think I have about 6 or 7 now.
     
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  12. Musher

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    Sportsman Guide carries real military surplus commando sweaters from the U.S. Marines and various countries at very good prices.
     
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  13. Ticklishchap

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    You’re very much a man after my own heart. I’ve been wearing commando sweaters for over 40 years - had my first aged about 11 (and very interested in everything to do with the Army) and wore them both in leisure time and in the Corps at school from 14-18. Have enjoyed wearing them ever since and possess an embarrassing number - although in fact I’m proud of it. Have been wearing the Navy version today.
     
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  14. Ticklishchap

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    I am glad Ophelia has now gone along with her ghastly 1970s taste in colour. I hated the strange skies and the humidity.
    Also in Navy crew neck WP now. I have the roll neck Navy but it’s not been cold enough for it yet. I look forward. And I’ll post a photo as promised.
    Ticklishchap.
     
  15. Musher

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    I am surprised so many people share this passion. I have always loved them yet rarely see another person wearing one. Great thread!
     
  16. STEVIEBOY1

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    Yes it is interesting how many people do like these sweaters and you are correct, you do not seem to see many being worn when out & about these days. However there is obviously the high demand for these going by the number of firms that still make and sell them. I only like the pure wool versions, they are hard wearing, look and feel great and of course keep one warm.
     
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  17. Ticklishchap

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    I see quite a few men wearing them when I go hiking in the countryside outside London. They are ideal country wear both for outdoors and country pubs, etc. Certainly when I was younger most of my make friends had one or two of them and they are coming back gradually, as are wool sweaters generally. One of the reasons why commando sweaters (aka Woolly Pullies or WPs) might be less popular is that the Armed Forces have lost status because of funding cuts and political correctness: they would not now be able to defend us if we were under genuine threat of invasion. Wearing them often goes with an interest in the Armed Forces. I really like them because of their military associations and because they are extremely comfortable and have a rugged, manly quality. I also like the ribbed wool, turn-back cuffs and patches! I'm enjoying wearing one today (my Navy WP again).

    Do you have a particular favourite WP in terms of colour?
     
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  18. Ticklishchap

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    And, as mentioned in this thread, there is Outdoor Knitwear. www.outdoorknitwear.com They have a very good and varied range - and quite frequent special offers. (No, I don't work for them but they've been my supplier for years and many other chaps on this thread have used them.)
     
  19. Musher

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    Here in the U.S. there is more support for our military than at any other point in my lifetime, certainly a lot more than when I was in during the Vietnam Era. A lot of retailers and gyms offer veterans discounts now for the first time in my experience. I just think most Americans are probably not trim enough for a commando sweater. As for colors, I always liked the navy blue, and own a wool one, but since I am around Siberian huskies 24-7 the lighter colors I own in wool - beige, and oatmeal - get more use. The oatmeal is an old Cabelas Made in England version and is the oldest one I own. I have an Italian OD green military surplus wool blend that also gets a lot of use, and a khaki acrylic version by Rothco that is the one I wear most when doing my morning kennel duties. It's not as warm as a real wp but lower maintenance when working with dogs. Cabelas even came out with a cotton jersey "shooters sweater" with elbow and shoulder patches like a commando sweater. That one also gets a lot of use. Have a grey wool one too. I love them.
     
  20. STEVIEBOY1

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    You certainly have a fine collection of these sweaters. I do remember when I was staying in Boston Mass many years ago, taking the local Amtrack railway train to a town called Salem, it was not far from Boston, I noticed a surplus shop in the main street in Salem and they had a few army green military sweaters, wool/ribbed/round neck, looked very similar to those we have here in the UK.
     

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