Feeling the chill? We’ve got it wrapped up with our top 40 British-made knitted accessories brands.
We bring you the definitive list of British-made knitted accessories brands. Including hats, scarves and gloves. This is all you need to choose your winter warmers.
Ally Bee Knitwear stands for outstanding knitwear crafted from sustainably sourced natural fibre. In 2017 Ally Bee introduced to the collection the world’s only Cradle to Cradle certified cashmere and merino yarn.
BBCo is a headwear brand producing headgear for those with the spirit of adventure and who love the great outdoors, their products are shaped by our time spent on the mountains and by the sea. All of their headwear is designed in house in the UK products are produced in the most sustainable and responsible way as possible, and they have introduced a range of 100% British headwear using British wool and local manufacturers here in the UK.
Why have one bobble when you can have three? Why choose between a natural or a bright when you can have both? Bobbl has grown into a successful brand, having been featured in Vogue, Tatler and Sunday Times Style. They’ve now introduced berets, baseball caps and the biggest fluffy keyrings you’ve ever seen!
Eco Chic Millinery – which doesn’t cost the earth, Chloe Haywood in a ‘Made in Britain’ Fashion Accessory Designer of the Year 2015 and Ethical Fashion Forum 500 Member.
Collingwood-Norris is a luxury knitwear company based in the Scottish Borders, founded in 2016 by Scottish knitwear designer Flora Collingwood-Norris. All their knitwear is designed and made in the UK, on site in their small studio by Flora, using hand powered knitting machines and traditional skills such as hand knitting and crochet.
Cragg and Tail
Cragg and Tail don’t believe tartan is only for kilts. They want you to embrace the beautiful pattern of so many varieties and look smart every day without looking too formal. They use UK manufacturers and suppliers to make high standard, high quality designed products.
Crystal Knitwear Limited was formed in 1990, it is a family-run business, the owners reside in Mansfield and employ staff from the town. It is an independent British textile manufacturer which specialises particularly in the manufacturer of bespoke British Wool knitwear.
Based in Kegworth Village, which has a deep rooted history in framework knitting, Detta Textiles produce fairisle and chunky knit scarves, knitted in 100% lambswool on vintage knitting machines, powered and designed by hand. They also make knitted cotton/linen mix scarves and snoods for Spring/Summer.
Originally from Scotland, Donna runs a studio and workshop in London. Her hardworking team knit, sew, pack and send out products to individuals and design shops around the world. They use UK based manufacturers and suppliers wherever possible to keep craftsmanship alive.
Finesse Knits is all about handcrafted bespoke artisan knitwear. All items are made by the owner and designer, Ulla, on a domestic knitting machine using British spun merino lambswool.
Fraser headbands, scarves, cowls and wraps are knitted in Shetland using pure high quality yarns for a smooth and luxurious texture. They wash everything by hand in soft Shetland water, bringing out the natural softness of the wool.
Gabrielle Vary designs and creates every piece with the help from a small team of knitters who all work on vintage knitting machines using traditional hand crafted techniques. Each piece of knitwear is inspired by memories and nature, living between the beautiful seaside and rugged south downs means Gabrielle is never short of inspiration!
Made exclusively in the UK, Genevieve Sweeney marries contemporary design with exceptional hand finishes. Indebted to the time-honoured techniques of artisan makers, the brand has reimagined the possibilities of knitwear.
Gilbert Wilson of Hawick
Gilbert Wilson Hawick Ltd is based in the Borders of Scotland (the home of the Scottish Knitwear Industry) and manufactures knitted hats, scarves, gloves and other fashion accessories.
Hawick Knitwear can trace our proud history of manufacturing back to 1874. All their garments are made in their own factory by skilled craftsmen and craftswomen with decades of experience behind them. They have a private well that pumps pure, crisp, Scottish water into the factory from a burn that runs nearby. This purity of water is important it’s for washing the sweaters to release their natural softness during the manufacturing process. This ensures that you get a jumper that stays soft and comfortable for years to come.ﾠ
Hilary Grant is a luxury knitwear label that focusses on craftsmanship, create beautiful and practical Scottish knitwear. Based on the remote archipelago of Orkney, they work with a family-run, knitwear manufacturer in the Scottish Borders to produce all of the collections from high-grade lambswool yarns, spun and dyed in the UK.
Hume Sweet Hume
Hume Sweet Hume was established to enable the owners to live and work on their Island home of Westray in the Orkney Isles. They design and manufacture an range of knitted interior and fashion accessories which can be seen in their shop in Pierowall Village, Westray.
Jennifer Heilbronn is a knitted textiles designer with a love for playful patterns and colours. Inspired by her surroundings and textures, colours, and patterns her enthusiasm for intricate design and innovative manipulation has enabled her to create a range of exciting constructed fabrics focusing heavily on hybrid textural manipulation, contrasting scale, and structure for a unique range of tactile and interactive fabrics.
Johnstons of Elgin
Jo Storie is a Scottish designer with a wealth of experience designing for world class brands. Her goal is to make catwalk quality knitwear design, accessible to all by helping knitters of different abilities to knit designer garments and accessories using quality yarns at a range of price points.
Many Of Jules Hogan’s pieces are produced on re-conditioned, knitting machines. They are then pressed, carefully washed to slightly felt, dried, pressed again and then sewn to make each individual item resulting in a premium hand-finished product. With a commitment to quality the finest British materials are used including super soft Scottish spun lambs wool sourced from a family mill that has been spinning yarn in Scotland since 1766.
Katie Victoria works at her studio in Swansea, South West Wales where she creates her collections. Working on a hand powered domestic knitting machine she creates a variety of fabrics and products from cushions and handbags to upholstered furniture, combining high quality merino lambswool, bamboo and cotton yarns.
King and Eye Crochet
KingAndEyeCrochet are the home of chunky knits and modern crochet for you and your home. All of their products are bespoke and are handmade.
K-nit began back in the Spring of 2013 in a garden cabin full of old domestic knitting machines and assorted surplus wool. Rather than give the wool away a working machine was set up and hours later there was a small stack of hats -K-nit was born. K-nit’s customisable hats are produced in the UK.
Merry Berries hats are the perfect gift for a newborn baby at any time of year and our hats are available in four sizes to grow with baby until they are 24 months. Hand loomed and hand finished in the UK. 100% cotton.
Olive Pearson Designs
Olive Pearson is a designer-maker, based in Glasgow, specialising in contemporary knitted accessories for fashion and interiors. Everything is hand made and focuses on slow-fashion, ethical and sustainable products with zero-waste.
Oubas Knitwear is a luxury knitwear label, using yarns of the highest quality, from carefully sourced British and Italian mills. Oubas pieces combine traditional craft methods with contemporary style and pattern. Pieces are either made by hand in Cumbria, or in Scottish knitwear mills.
Paul James is a British heritage label, producing original knitwear and accessories. Established in 1976, the brand is contemporary and classic while maintaining its traditional roots, and is at the forefront of promoting ethically sourced products and British manufacturing.
Beautiful hand made knitwear and accessories for babies and children aged 0-10yrs. They use British farmed Merino, Alpaca, Corriedale and Bowmont wools, that they have commission spun and dyed with GOTS approved dyes, in Cornwall. All items are hand knitted in the UK by their small team.
Pink and Ginger
Pink and Ginger, is a new luxury cashmere brand forged in the north of England in 2013. They aim to produce the finest, on trend, cashmere products in the UK.
Quinton & Chadwick
Design duo Jane Chadwick and Jess Quinton came together with a mutual vision to launch their knitwear label using only British manufacturers. Their quirky accessories are now stocked in boutiques stores around the world. Attention to detail in their design aesthetic is not enough: they also hunt out the highest quality yarns in order to satisfy their own unique take on colour and texture.
Ramnation is founded on the belief that what you wear matters – and so does its provenance. Ramnation mens outerwear and accessories are made from the wool of Britain’s traditional and rare breed sheep – British from sheep to shop.
R–E is a contemporary menswear brand. Building collections inspired by the findings uncovered from the Imperial War Museums archives. They engineer garments that are built to last and to age with character.
Robert Mackie of Scotland, established in 1845, is renowned for quality knitwear. The company has a long history of manufacturing knitted hats, scarves, gloves and garments for ladies, gents and children. Plain, ribs, jacquard and stripes are all available and their extensive range of machinery means they can manufacture a wide variety of products.
Rose B. Brown is a high end British knitwear label specialising in stylish, well-crafted winter accessories and unique homeware.
Sian designs and hand makes each product personally ensuring unsurpassed attention to the smallest of details. Using hand powered knitting machines and an industrial knitting machine and quality geelong lambswool and cashmere. Each knitted piece is carefully washed and dried giving a beautifully soft and tactile fabric. All materials are sourced in the UK and customers can be assured that sustainability and traceability has and will always be paramount in Sian’s choices.
So Satsuma is a contemporary hand knit company and independent local business. They work with pure yarns to create beautiful, not found in the shops, pieces that will last.
Knitwear accessories & homeware handmade in the UK, designed and produced inspired by the studios countryside surroundings. Colour and Fair Isle patterns are a key element, using high quality 100% natural fibres. They make all are items in England, and have a business run by a family who have passed down the knitting tradition.
Terri Laura is a young knit designer from Shetland who designs, makes and teaches using Shetland techniques in Shetland wool.
Promote the use of natural fibres everything from The Lace Knittery is designed and made using the most eco friendly techniques possible. Materials are sourced from friends, shows, and two responsible suppliers who have developed relationships with local farmers, never from abattoir by product yarn.
The Vintage Baby Company
With over 40 years experience in hand knitting and over 200 vintage patterns to choose from we hope we have every baby covered. All their products are hand knitted using the traditional needle method and all made in Scotland.
Tom Lane is a lifestyle brand proudly designing and manufacturing clothing & accessories in Britain. Their aim is to create timeless products with durability and high performance.
Turtle Doves is a Shropshire based company specialising in hand-made recycled cashmere accessories. They use jumpers which have been discarded to make practical and sytlish accessories ranging from a unique fingerless glove design to a cosy and versatile wrap and lots more. Turtle Doves have recently started making beautiful patchwork throws too. They believe passionately in manufacturing in Britain and have worked hard to build a sustainable and ethical business.
We Are Rushworth is an evolving, Scottish Borders based knitwear brand. Designed at home and knitted in a traditional knitwear factory based in Hawick. Their range includes accessories for men and women in Merino Wool, Lambswool and Cashmere.
Since 2010 Wonky Woolies have been knitting vibrant Wonky designs and customised bobble hats, which is a lot of hats! Originally starting as a hobby, their knitted hats are now stocked in UK and their custom design portfolio extends from global brands such as Warner Records & Hope Technology to Visit Scotland & Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club.
Woollywonder Knits creates luxury hand knitted accessories. Designs include vintage style baby bonnets and pixie hats for babies and luxury boot cuffs for women. All our products are individually hand knitted using the highest quality yarns including merino & cashmere wools.
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