DO A CASHMERE QUALITY TEST

• The thicker the knit, the denser its gauge, which means there is more cashmere in it.
• Gently stretch the body of the sweater to test if it snaps back. A lower-quality cashmere won’t.
• While some great cashmere is milled in the U.S. and in China, a label that says “Made in Scotland” or “Made in Italy” often indicates a superior weave.

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