Working with naturally hypoallergenic Peruvian alpaca and polyester fleece, the small, independent manufacturer Wild Mantle knits these pullover mantles to keep your head and neck toasty. When you don’t want a head covering, the hood can be rolled down like an oversize cowl scarf or left hanging free for a sporty look, indoors or out.
The most economical model is the Minky, made with a double layer of cuddly black or navy polyester fleece, with cotton drawstrings for extra windproofing. For the luxurious feel of wool minus the itch, choose the slightly stretchier Alpaca model, available in ribbed charcoal gray, black or deep red, and lined with Minky polyester fleece.
The Wild Mantle Minky Polyester Fleece Hooded Scarf with drawstring costs $99; the Alpaca hooded scarf with fleece lining, with or without front buttons, is $295. Info: www.wildmantle.com.
Judi Dash is a freelancer.