Swiss Merino Beanie
The world's first garment made from the finest Swiss Merino wool! This cap is a real rarity: for 2 years the first Swiss Merino sheep let their hair grow, so that we could produce a limited edition of 350 caps. These are perfect for everyday wear: wear it how it fits you - folded over once, twice or not at all.
Note: The Swiss Merino Beanie is available unisex in two sizes. If the head circumference is larger than 58 cm we recommend size L, otherwise S.
The Story of your Swiss Merino Beanie
100% Swiss merino wool from the Emmental, Jura and Thurgau - system change at its best
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Home: Emmental, Jura and Thurgau
Merino wool usually comes from far away: from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or South America. The Swiss Merino Superfino project by Cécile Aschwanden and Alexander Grädel aims to change this. In 2017 the two of them therefore bought some merino sheep in England in order to establish a high-quality breeding line in Switzerland. These merino sheep produce wool of 'Superfine' quality.
The aim of Alexander and Cécile is to spread merino in Switzerland and, together with partners, to enable the production chain from sheep to yarn for fine merino wool. Merino sheep are currently grazing in various places throughout Switzerland: in Emmental on the farm of the Spycher Handwerk under the care of Alexander, on Mont Soleil in the Jura near Silas, and in Thurgau.
The Swiss Merino Superfino sheep are descended from the "Saxon Merinos" breed. 200 years ago, Saxon Merinos were bred in Saxony, i.e. in northern Germany, and were gradually exported all over the world, including to Australia. Today they are an important supplier of wool and are known for their fine wool. Saxon Merinos give two to three kilos of the finest wool every year.
About every 10 months the sheep are shorn. Then the wool has exactly the right length. Shearing is an art in itself: all the wool fleece of the sheep must be sheared in one piece. This requires a skilled shearer, because the fleece is very dense and the animals must not be injured. For this reason, Alexander and Cecile have brought Andy, the son of shearing world champion Jim Murray from Australia to Switzerland to pass on his know-how to his Swiss colleagues.
Spun in Alle
finest yarn from the Jura
After shearing, the Swiss merino wool is washed and combed by the traditional company Pettinatura di Verrone in Northern Italy. Unfortunately, this step can no longer be carried out in Switzerland. All local combing factories have closed their doors for good over the past decades. After combing, the valuable Swiss merino wool is equipped with the environmentally friendly EXP process at our long-standing partner Schoeller Wool on Lake Constance to make it machine washable. From Lake Constance the wool is then transported to another traditional company in the Jura - the FLASA spinning mill.
The Filature de Laine Peignée d'Ajoie, or FLASA for short, is the last worsted spinning mill that can spin pure wool into yarns in Switzerland. The spinning mill was founded in 1934 and is still owned by the Six family. FLASA has made a name for itself worldwide with the production of high-quality wool yarns. Over time, however, more and more synthetic yarns were spun in the Jura mountains - an economic necessity, as the market is extremely tough for this small Swiss spinning mill.
We are very proud to be a partner of Swiss Merino Superfino and to launch the first products made of superfine Swiss merino wool.
Knitted at Herr Urs
learn how your beanie is made in the trainstation of Turgi
Knitting is done in Aargau. Herr Urs is young, courageous and knits everything that can be knitted in the former service building of Turgi railway station with enormous dedication, from the yachting carpet to the ROTAUF knitted jumper to our new Swiss Merino cap. Urs Landis originally trained as a typeface and advertising designer.
After working in various jobs, including as a truck driver, he began studying Fashion Design & Technology in 2009 and discovered his passion for knitting. In 2014 he started his own business and knits as Herr Urs everything that fits on his Stoll knitting machines.
Our cooperation with Herr Urs began in 2016 with the development of the first knitted jumper. Meanwhile we are the biggest customer of this small but fine company and we are happy about the great cooperation with Urs Landis and his team.