The sweater is popular round the world because it flatters a good figure: women wear it, and men approve of it. This past summer SPORTS ILLUSTRATED conducted an Old World sweater survey. Some of the world's best sweaters and prettiest girls are shown on this and the following pages. While a collector might journey from the Highlands to the steppes, it isn't necessary: all these sweaters are obtainable at fine American stores which make a specialty of imports. Each country has its own specialty: Scotland its cashmeres and this year the creamiest of them all—vicuna; France exquisitely shaped and finished merino knits; Italy ingenious sports sweaters; Austria doll-pretty peasant sweaters; Germany intricate intarsia knits; and Russia sweaters that you have to knit yourself.
From Germany Helga Allgauer (at upper left) wears pullover with intarsia pattern of circles on Dresden blue ($25, Jack Frost Shop, Jackson, N.H.).
From Scotland (left), softer than even cashmere—a vicuna sweater, worn by Helen Bunney in field of heather (Ballantyne, $90, at Marshall Field).
From France (opposite), a Left Banker's turtle-neck sweater converts to a hooded one, worn by Margareta Printz (Korrigan-Lesur, $27, at I. Magnin).
From Austria, an after-ski sweater with pompons is worn by Ingrid Funkier of Salzburg in a sunny Tyrolean meadow (about $30, at B. Altman, New York).
From Italy, a new popcorn-stitch pullover by Mirsa, Italy's Marchesa Olga di Gresy, is worn by Anna Filippi in Piazza della Signoria (about $35, I. Magnin).
From Russia comes a ski sweater originated by Moscow's "House of Fashion." It is worn by Tamara Konstantivnovna, who puts on one-girl fashion shows. The styles are not for sale, but women buy patterns and, if they can find materials, make them.
From England, a cowl-collar sweater is worn by Rona John in English garden (Dorville, $25, at Saks Fifth Avenue).
From Ireland, a bainin sweater in a fisherman's pattern, "Red Hugh," is worn by Sarah LeBrocquy ($46, at I. Magnin).