The Angel’s Scarf – The Story Behind Its Development

The Angel’s Scarf – The Story Behind Its Development

The Angel’s Scarf is UTO’s most popular product. Many people are surprised by how soft and comfortable it feels when they touch it for the first time. When we decided to develop the Angel’s Line in 1994, we wanted to make it very unique and something only UTO could achieve. Through trial and error, we created a line that we believe has the most appreciated cashmere texture. It is even better than people can imagine.

Yarn

As we placed importance on softness, knitting fine yarn deliberately loose was the way to go. We knitted 5-gauge plain stitch with 2 ply 26’s yarn. When fine yarn is knitted loose, it often becomes harder to maintain the shape, and it also can end up looking “skimpy,” so we faced a difficult challenge. Expert Shozo Uchida, who worked with us during the development process, said that not even all yarn with the same yarn count can be successfully knitted and that the same yarn count from a different spinner may produce different sizing. At the time, we were trying to choose yarn for all of production, so it was also good timing to test quality and suitability.

Although struggling with fund, we ordered only the best cashmere yarn that could be obtained domestically and internationally, from a total of 8 companies, including the Japanese spinners Fujii Coporation, Toyoboshi Yarns, Fukaki, Kogane Keori, the Italian companies Loro Piana and Carriaggii, and U.K Todd & Duncan, the highest rated company at that time, and Consinee from China for reference purposes.

Knitting

Knitting fine yarn using a thick needle was also an unusual task. The flat knitting machine used in development knits fabric by having a person manually move the handle, and unlike with automatic machine knitting using a computer, the delicate condition of the thread directly communicates itself to the hands. This makes it possible to recognize subtle differences as if you are having a conversation with the machine, saying, “This thread is a little stiff,” “This will break easily,” or “This stretches well.” Delicate cashmere thread breaks easily if the tension is even a little too strong.

Additionally, with a flat knitting machine, you knit while pulling the knitted part with an appropriate spindle weight attached, but since the fabric was so delicate, we had to remove the weight to avoid deforming the cashmere, all the while paying attention to every detail of the process. With threads such as synthetic fibers, cotton, or combed wool with strong tension, it is possible to knit with an automatic machine, and even producing complex knitted fabrics is not such a difficult process.

We finally finished the tests with all of the yarns, and we knew which one to use: Toyoboshi’s TZ yarn. We were relieved to have found the perfect material, but at the same time, our happiness was tempered by the fact that it was the most expensive thread. However, this level of quality was essential for UTO in our aim to be a top-level cashmere knit manufacturer. Since testing, UTO has been using Toyoboshi’s yarns not only for our scarves but also for our sweaters.

We created the Angel’s Line with the image in mind of a sweet, soft angel dancing in the heavens. Warm and light, these products make the perfect gift for men or women, and we have many customers who buy the same item but in different colors every year. It makes us very proud and happy to see how much they like our scarves. The scarf is very soft and light but also lasts long. Cleaned in the right way for cashmere, it can be washed at home. We hope you will use this product for a long time.

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