Aero's own classic off white Roll Neck Sweater, knitted in Hawick, the home of Scottish knitwear from 100% 4-ply Wool, this fine sweater recreates the classic mid 20th century stalwart. Ideal to wear with an Irvin, in typical RAF style, or under one of our bike jackets in the manner so popular during the 1950s and 1960s. These were also very popular with hikers and campers as the British public embraced the outdoor life inspired to get the tents and bicycles out with the opening of so many footpaths and camping sites during the early part of the 20th Century.
Our superb sweater is not replica of any particular original, instead our roll neck takes the best features of them all to offer this fine example designed to the standards required to comply with the 1940s CC41 regulations and bearing a perfect recreation of an original CC41 label for added authenticity.
Clothing rationing in The UK began in June 1st 1941 with no warning, it was announced out of the blue on the news at 9.00am mainly to prevent a rush of panic buying Due to the war effort there was a shortage of fabric Clothing Rations were controlled on a points system and the books contained coupons of various point values. Items of clothing were assigned point values. Each person was allowed sixty-six points a year, which was supposed to equal to one complete outfit of clothing for the average adult. Utility clothing had a special label to denote that it was an approved design. The CC41 stands for Controlled Commodity 1941. The striking design was created by Reginald Shipp and was used on all wartime utility clothing and also on furniture during WW2.
A sweater like ours would require five coupons leading to many turning to home knitting as the wool to knit one at home would required only one or two coupons leading to home knitting became even more popular than before in a bid to overcome the clothing rations. People were also encouraged to knit gloves, socks and scarves to send to the men in the armed forces while brightly coloured Fair Isle sweaters became a symbol of hope in a rather "black & white" World. Please check our range of Hand Knitted Fair Isle pullovers, all replicated from traditional patterns typical of those used during wartime which are perfect to team up with our CC41 cord trousers. Also worth checking is our range of knitwear hand knitted on The Isle of Harris all eminently suitable to wear with an Aero Leather jacket.