Just a quick fyi-- Costco currently has merino wool cardigans, long, with pockets, that are really good layering pieces. I wore a black one often during my last trip. It was perfect over a short sleeved tshirt, and under a rain jacket. And warmer over a CuddlDuds long sleeved shirt. They have 5 colors and I just bought a teal one. :)
There are merino sweaters, and then there are merino sweaters. I got a good merino wool sweater from an online store in the UK specializing in sweaters, and have also purchased them from other higher end stores. These are warm without being bulky. Last year I purchased '100%' merino' wool sweaters from a discount store in town and they were no where near as warm. One needs to ensure there is close knitting as well as fiber content to make it warm. If it isn't opaque when looking through one layer, it won't be warm enough for me to take as a warm layer traveling.
Thanks for letting us know. If these are the correct ones, I love the colors and will look for them in the store.
Yes, these are the sweaters. Definitely opaque and a quite close knit, maybe even better than one I bought for a lot more money from Banana Republic.
I also bought one of the Costco merino wool sweaters in a beautiful plum color. The knit is opaque and feels very nice. I plan to wear it for a late October trip to Brittany and think it will be perfect under a windproof rain jacket. Looks great with gray and black as well as jeans. I went up a size so that it would not be too "clingy" and like the looser look while not too baggy.
Got one yesterday. I went with your basic black!
Hille and Carol
Got a black one today. They only had one medium left!
Thanks for this tip. I detoured down the clothing aisle at a Costco today specifically to look for this cardigan. Found it! So light and comfy - and cheap. I bought both gray and black, would have purchased the beautiful blue one if they had had a medium. I think they will be perfect for off season travel. As light as they are, it might still be a bit much for Italy in August. The quality looks good on the seams and shaping.
I was able to find them in my local store too. I settled for the grey as I have a few black and the blue didn't appeal. However, I'll have to wash it as it has some chemical smell or transport smell that gives me a head ache. It was warm though and I have switched my navy cardi for this one for my upcoming Spain trip. I am glad I thought to look for it on my last visit. I don't shop there all that often.
I also stopped in at Costco to try on this sweater -- find it hard to make choices so I got both black AND gray, and was severely tempted by the blue/teal (maybe if it's there in my size on my next Costco run I'll take it as an omen and buy the blue one too.) Will be wearing this 2017 sweater under my 2015 Costco rain jacket and with my Costco merino wool socks on my December trip. Probably packing my Costco packable down vest (2016) as well.
Thanks for the tip Hille! I am sitting in my London hotel room with my Costco travel pants on (working out well, lol) so I’ll look for this when I get back.
Lynda it will be perfect for Brittany. You might have light gloves and a warm hat as well. I found Brittany windy when I was there in May.
Laura...I am all about Costco omens, hahaha!!
I was at Costco just last week. I picked up both the packable down jacket and the raincoat and another pack of smartwool socks. They will be along for the ride on our Ireland trip next spring. I had the cardi in the cart, but decided I just didn't need it since I already have perfectly acceptable cashmere hoodie. Costco is the best!!
It's fun seeing the responses! Son and family visited from Utah last week; ended up buying DIL a gray, a black and a burgundy. ;)