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The Ultimate Guide to UK-made Knitwear Brands.
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The Ultimate Guide to UK-made Knitwear Brands.

The Ultimate Guide to UK-made Knitwear Brands

The ultimate guide to British knitwear brands – all made in the UK

UK-made knitwear is world-renowned. It’s no wonder – the mechanical knitting machine was invented in England and the oldest operating factory in the world is owned by a knitwear manufacturer – John Smedley.

When it comes to quality, British knitwear can’t be beaten. Whether it’s menswear, womenswear or childrenswear; hand or machine knitted; cashmere, wool or cotton; heritage brand or start-up; there’s a British knit for everyone.

If you’re looking for the best UK-made knitwear brands, you’ll love our ultimate list.

After something to keep your hands, head and neck warm? Then why not check out our Best of British Knitted Accessories post!

Britannical

Britannical

Treat your child to something they can treasure forever with a personalized, pure cashmere sweater from Britannical. Hand made in Britain using the very highest grade cashmere yarn available, these are a delight to wear and behold.

Shop the Britannical collection here

The Cotton London

The Cotton London UK-made knitwear
The Cotton London

Designed and knitted in Scotland from the finest quality wool and cotton, the Cotton knitwear collection offers style in an array of seasonal colours and luxurious soft blends. Their super-soft knitwear collection is a perfect combination of comfort and style.

Shop The Cotton London collection here

Paul James Knitwear

Paul James Knitwear
Paul James

Since 1976, Paul James Knitwear has focused on the art of producing beautifully handcrafted knitwear for prestigious brands and influential boutiques. Using yarns from all over the world, they knit stylish, functional garments that are made to last.

Shop the Paul James collection here*

*Not all of Paul James collection is made in the UK.

Waring Brooke

Waring Brooke UK-made knitwear
Waring Brooke

British knitwear designer Samantha Brooke, founder of the luxury ‘Waring Brooke’ takes a multi-pronged approach to reducing fashion waste with a vision of the future firmly in mind for creating her womenswear, menswear and personalised accessories.

As seen in Vogue and billed as one to watch in the fashion industry, talented Samantha creates luxury knitwear with ethically sourced biodegradable materials designed for those who share their love of the outdoors and who have an interest in protecting the British countryside.

Shop the Waring Brooke collection here

Mars Knitwear

Mars Knitwear

A Leicester based knitwear manufacturer that has been producing the finest quality knitwear since 1994. All of Mars Knitwear’s products are designed, manufactured, and carefully inspected in-house by their team of experts.

Shop the Mars Knitwear collection here

Glenbrae

Glenbrae
Glenbrae

Known for producing the finest British knitwear. Glenbrae garments are a unique blend of style and substance, and the technology that goes into crafting each item of knitwear is truly revolutionary.

They select only the best wool and fibres, apply unsurpassed knowledge, skill and craft, and use time-honoured techniques. The result is a product that is not only luxurious but also practical and beautifully hard-wearing.

Shop the Glenbrae collection here

Harley of Scotland

Harley of Scotland
Harley of Scotland

Synonymous with high quality Scottish knitwear, Harley of Scotland is recognised worldwide for excellence and forward thinking knit technology. Using the highest quality natural yarns and ethical Scottish production – Harley of Scotland offers a quality standard and meticulous attention to detail that is unsurpassed.

Shop the Harley of Scotland collection here

Oubas Knitwear

Oubas Knitwear British-made scarves
Oubas Knitwear

Creating beautiful and timeless knitted pieces from natural fibres. Oubas values made in Britain; drawing on the rich history that surrounds them to bring contemporary products with high end craftsmanship.

Shop the Oubas Knitwear collection here

Genevieve Sweeney

Genevieve Sweeney

Made exclusively in the UK, Genevieve Sweeney is writing a new chapter for the knitwear industry, marrying contemporary design with exceptional hand finishes. Indebted to the time-honoured techniques of artisan makers, the brand has reimagined the possibilities of knitwear.

Shop the Genevieve Sweeney collection here

Celtic & Co.

Celtic & Co.

A luxury British brand based in Cornwall, Celtic & Co offers a range of UK-made knitwear made exclusively from the finest, all-natural fibres, predominantly produced in the UK.

Shop the Celtic & Co collection here

Glencroft

Glencroft UK-made knitwear
Glencroft

Richard Sexton & Co is a family-run British clothing company based in Clapham, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Since 1987 they have been supplying wholesale with their quality ‘Glencroft’ brand which includes some beautiful UK-made knitwear pieces.

Shop the Glencroft collection here

Foxology

Foxology UK-made knitwear
Foxology

Born out of its founder, Dawn Foxall’s passion for knitwear, heritage and quality, coupled with a desire to communicate the urgent need to slow fashion down. Foxology was launched as a proactive brand – part of the wave of brands supporting slow fashion.

This is why Foxology does not do seasons. They add to the range what they believe their customers want and need and sell through those styles and colours that become less popular.

Shop the Foxology collection here

Valentina Karellas

Valentina Karellas

Welcome to Valentina Karellas, where every piece of knitwear is one-of-a-kind. That’s because they use surplus yarn from large factories that would otherwise have gone to waste. The result: each one is a lifelong-lasting, entirely unique London original. They’re continuing London’s rich heritage of quality making.

Shop the Valentina Karellas collection here

British Alpaca Fashion Company

British Alpaca Fashion Company knitwear
British Alpaca Fashion Company

The only alpaca breeder with a design studio and production facility directly on their farm in the whole of the UK. The British Alpaca Fashion Company produce high-end knitwear from their own alpaca fleece in the hills of Exmoor.

Shop the British Alpaca Fashion Company collection here

Justine Tabak

Justine Tabak knitwear
Justine Tabak

Made entirely in the UK, Justine Tabak sources fine British fabrics where possible. They produce their garments with small local manufacturers where they work together to create beautiful products. Quality and care are utmost.

Shop the Justine Tabak collection here

ROVE Knitwear

UK-made Knitwear Brand ROVE Knitwear
Rove Knitwear

The sustainable, slow fashion label was born from a desire to find quality, long lasting knitwear made in Britain using British spun wool. The brand has evolved with the modern day need for low impact clothing by offering organic, natural materials as well as traceable production process.

Shop the Rove Knitwear collection here

John Smedley

John Smedley knitwear
John Smedley

Established in 1784, John Smedley are the oldest manufacturing factory in the world, crafting beautiful, high quality garments that are designed to last, made in Britain and distributed the world over.

Shop the John Smedley collection here

Johnstons of Elgin

Johnstons of Elgin knitwear
Johnstons of Elgin

Founded in 1797, the Johnstons knitting mill in Hawick, has a team of highly skilled designers and craftspeople working together to create their wonderful knitwear.

Shop the Johnstons of Elgin collection here

Peregrine

Peregrine British knitwear
Peregrine

An English Heritage clothing brand with British Heritage Merino wool jumpers and cardigans.

Shop the Peregrine collection here

Bonus entry!

British Christmas Jumpers

British Christmas Jumpers
British Christmas Jumpers

At Make it British we love a Christmas Jumper and British Christmas Jumpers offer a huge range of designs, all made in the UK of course!

Shop British Christmas Jumpers collection here

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When it comes to knitwear, shopping ethically and supporting local businesses has never been easier – especially when it comes to brands with UK-made products. From thick, woolly jumpers to lightweight scarves, there are a host of UK-made brands producing top-quality knitted goods. To make shopping ethically a breeze, we’ve put together our ultimate guide to the best UK-made knitwear brands out there.

First up, we have Cornish-based brand Thought Clothing. Thought produce eco-friendly pieces of all shapes, sizes and colours – perfect for chilly winter days. Not only do they keep you suitably warm, but the sustainable materials and processes used mean that you can sleep soundly knowing that your purchases are kind to the environment.

For classic British style and contemporary fits, look no further than James & Rose. Taking inspiration from Italy, James & Rose’s design team combine traditional techniques and the finest British wool to create a range of stylish and timeless garments, including a selection of cable knit sweaters produced in Scotland.

If you’re after a brand with a more earthy feel, Chunky Chunky might be the one for you. Specialising in natural, chunky pieces, Chunky Chunky’s designs centre around their core statement – “coziness and comfort”, each piece comes with a unique twist at an affordable price.

Finally, there’s Brora – the go-to for classic, luxury knitted garments. Brora have been producing their items right here in the UK since 1993, with everything skilfully crafted in traditional knitwear factories in the Borders. Whether you’re after a cashmere jumper to get you through a chilly evening or a lightweight summer scarf, Brora is sure to have something that you love.

With so many amazing British brands to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice when shopping for knitted products from the UK. And, when you know that each purchase is helping to support and promote local businesses and the environment, there’s no better way to shop.

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