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Top 40 British-made Knitwear Brands

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

British 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 British knitwear brands, you’ll love our ultimate list.

Blackshore Coastal Clothing

Blackshore Coastal Clothing

Warmth, comfort, durability, wind and weather protection! All these are essential qualities of true working knitwear. And all are qualities you’ll find in Blackshore sweaters.

They’ve partnered with two family knitting factories in the heart of England, and a traditional workshop in the Channel Islands, to create outstanding sweaters worthy of serving the same fishermen who inspired their entire company.

Glenbrae

Glenbrae
Glenbrae

Glenbrae are known for producing the finest British knitwear. Their 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.

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.

KNITTON

Knitton
KNITTON

Knitton is a sustainable fashion brand made with consideration and care for the environment; from the materials they choose to use to create clothes and accessories, to waste production and only using environmentally friendly packaging. All items are made in the United Kingdom with limited stock availability and a pre-order option possible with various colour combinations to suit your choice. Special orders on request are also available to accomplish your wish for a knitted outfit.

Mars Knitwear

Mars Knitwear

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

Paul James Knitwear

Paul James Knitwear
Paul James

Paul James is a luxury, Leicestershire-based knitwear manufacturer. They take yarns from all over the world and knit them into stylish, functional garments that are made to last.

The Cotton London

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.

The Welsh Girl

The Welsh Girl

The Welsh Girl was founded by Julie Leonard in 2015 on returning to her Welsh roots after 25 years in the fashion and photographic industry in London. With a passion for wool and a vision to re-ignite and celebrate the heritage textiles of Wales, she works with the cloth in a unique and contemporary way.

Waring Brooke

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.

Ally Bee

Ally Bee British knitwear
Ally Bee

Ally Bee makes beautiful sustainable knitwear, adopting a ‘cradle to cradle’ commitment to fashion. They seek out natural fibres with care for the land and animal welfare and adopt the cleanest processing and dying.

Celtic & Co.

Celtic & Co.

Celtic & Co. is a luxury British brand, offering a wide range of footwear, clothing, outerwear and accessories made exclusively from the finest, all-natural fibres, predominantly produced in the UK. 

Channel Jumper Co.

Channel Jumper

Established in 1976, Channel Jumper was started as a Cottage Industry with the intention to revive the Alderney jumper which had not been seen for decades and to establish a knitting industry on the island. Today, Channel Jumper produces a range of different designs, many of which are unique to them.

Eribé Knitwear

Eribé Knitwear

ERIBÉ Knitwear is an award-winning design house and manufacturer based in Melrose, Scotland. Established in 1986, they are world-famous for putting an innovative spin on traditional Scottish knitwear.

Genevieve Sweeney

Genevieve Sweeney

Genevieve Sweeney launched her eponymous knitwear brand in 2015. 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.

Glencroft

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 knitwear pieces.

Oubas Knitwear

Oubas Knitwear British-made scarves
Oubas Knitwear

Oubas Knitwear create 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.

Ramnation

Ramnation

As well as making very nice knitwear, Ramnation are passionate about provenance and supply chain, insisting that their wool is British, their dyes natural and non-toxic, a Cornish mill and a factory in Nottinghamshire.

Valentina Karellas

Valentina Karellas

Welcome to Valentina Karellas, where every piece of knitwear is one-of-a kind. That’s because we 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. We continue London’s rich heritage of quality making.

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!

Turtle Doves

Turtle Doves British Knitwear
Turtle Doves

Nestled in the heart of Shropshire the Turtle Doves team specialises in turning pre-loved cashmere jumpers into practical and gorgeously soft new accessories.

We are Rushworth

We are Rushworth British knitwear
We are Rushworth

We are Rushworth are a Scottish borders based clothing label started in 2012. All of their knitwear is made in Scotland.

Charles Kirk

Charles Kirk

Charles Kirk make bespoke school knitwear, all made in the UK, in their factory in Worthing, West Sussex to your precise specifications. Customise one of their standard styles or work with them to produce an entirely unique garment. They can also colour match to co-ordinate with your other garments and offer options for those with allergies or requiring smaller/larger than average sizes.

John Smedley

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.

Johnstons of Elgin

Johnstons of Elgin cashmere 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.

&Daughter

and daughter british knitwear brand

Luxury women’s knitwear & accessories made in Scotland & Ireland. Aran knit & cable wool jumpers, cardigans and hand-finished cashmere.

Barrie

barrie knitwear
Barrie

An historic manufacturer of premium cashmere, established in the Scottish Borders in 1903. Barrie Knitwear is renowned for its outstanding, traditional expertise.

Brora

British British knitwear brand
Brora

Brora are known for their luxury, Scottish cashmere knitwear.

Collingwood-Norris

Collingwood Norris British knitwear brand
Collingwood-Norris

Knitted jumpers and accessories for men and women, designed and made in their small studio in the Scottish Borders. Using the finest lambswool, each scarf, hat, wrap, and jumper is individually knitted by Flora in her studio.

Cooking Apple

Cooking Apple knitwear
Cooking Apple

Traditional yet wearable clothes for children and adults. Cooking Apple designs are inspired by forgotten patterns and styles, which are then knitted up in beautiful colours. Each piece is hand-knitted in the Cotswolds by a small team.

Eleven Everything

Eleven Everything knitwear
Eleven Everything

Eleven Everything creates luxury fashion knitwear designed in London, knitted in Britain and completed with foiling and hand finishing back in London in an east end artisan studio.

Esk

Esk British Knitwear
Esk

Esk combine style and luxury in their knitwear. They make and mill everything in Scotland under the same roof and source their yarns with care and integrity, trying to use the small but rich seam of spinners in Britain.

Fanclub

Fanclub British knitwear
Fanclub

Fanclub is a London based knitwear brand. Yarns are sourced from Britain’s premium suppliers, spun in England and Scotland.

Glenbrae

Glenbrae British knitwear
Glenbrae

With a heritage born in the mill town of Slaithwaite, Huddersfield, and a reputation renowned the world over, Glenbrae’s history is rich in developing technical yarns.

Glenevan Mill

Glenevan mill British cashmere knitwear
Glenevan Mill

Since its foundation in 1978 on the hills of the Scottish Borders, Glenevan Mill has been producing exclusive handmade Cashmere knitwear for its discerning clientele around the world.

Harley of Scotland

Harley of Scotland

Harley of Scotland have produced quality knitwear for 87 years. Their ideas and inspiration,  eclectic blends of the highest quality fibres, textures and patterns, and pairing their traditional techniques with highly sophisticated technology ensures the perfect balance between old and new.

Last of England

Last of England knitwear
Last of England

Last Of England is a clothing brand which is led by design. Last Of England takes stylistic inspiration from the past to create items that will endure in the future and use the manufacturing talents of British industry.

Leith Clothing

Leith clothing sweater
Leith Clothing

Leith clothing is a British menswear brand whose range includes cable knit jumpers crafted on the Shetland islands using 100% Shetland wool from the Jamiesons mill – a company who have been supplying yarn since the 1890s.

Peregrine

Peregrine British knitwear
Peregrine

Peregrine is an English Heritage clothing brand with British Heritage Merino wool jumpers and cardigans.

Plum of London

Plum of London British knitwear
Plum of London

Luxury knitwear brand Plum of London makes its entire range within these shores meaning that they can support local, highly-skilled industries whilst keeping their carbon footprint to a minimum!

Richmond Knitwear

Richmond British Knitwear
Richmond Knitwear

Richmond Knitwear is country, cricket, work and schoolwear knitted by Crystal Knitwear since 1990.

The Tailor Retailored

The Tailor Retailored

Designer men’s luxury Scottish cashmere knitwear combining modern fits and design with traditional artisanal construction.

Unmade

Unmade British knitwear
Unmade

UMd is an experimental fashion label from the team behind Unmade. Everything produced by UMd is powered by Unmade technology, made to order and unique to the customer. UMd works in collaboration with other innovative global brands, reflecting Unmade’s desire to transform fashion by working with the industry.

Valentina Karellas

Valentina Karellas knitwear
Valentina Karellas

At Valentina Karellas every piece of knitwear is one-of-a kind. Valentina uses surplus yarn from large factories that would otherwise have gone to waste. The result: each piece of knitwear is a lifelong-lasting, entirely unique London original.

William Lockie

William Lockie Scottish knitwear
William Lockie

William Lockie is one of the oldest family run luxury knitwear businesses based in the Scottish Borders.
They specialise in knitwear made from natural fibres such as Cashmere, Camelhair, Merino, Geelong & Lambswool using traditional techniques that have been passed down for generations.

Wonderers

Wonderers British knitwear for kids
Wonderers

Wonderers makes knitwear for 3 to 10 year olds. All Wonderers knits are made in the UK using 100% natural fibres.

Please leave a comment below if you enjoyed this article about British Knitwear. You can also see which Make it British members make knitwear in our directory here

Comments

17 Comments

  1. Christine Tierney on September 22, 2017 at 11:40 am

    There is no doubt that English knitwear is the best in the world.

    • Ann Moore on August 30, 2019 at 11:01 am

      Why English and not British. We do make very good knitwear in Scotland and i’m sure Ireland and Wales do too

    • Madeleine on November 21, 2019 at 10:50 pm

      Absolutely 🙂 uniqueness is irreplaceable

  2. john prichard on January 8, 2018 at 8:24 am

    Where can you buy Ross Bar in London?

  3. Leila Thornton on June 23, 2018 at 11:52 am

    British manufacturers please contact me on leila@kingfox.co.uk if after looking at my Instagram/facebook @kingfoxmenswear you think you’d fit in.

    Thanks so much.

  4. Devin Reed on January 30, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    Good selection of knitwear companies, nice to see traditional styles represented as well as new designs.

  5. John on February 5, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    We would love to buy some sweaters here but we are in the USA and do not know what the customs duty would be. Any advice? Thanks

  6. TZel on August 11, 2019 at 4:14 am

    Do any of these manufacture cardigans for men with detail like the stripe around the Vneck as per gucci designs and similar. I want to support ethical manufacture but struggle to find non solid colour boring garments from many of these manufacturers

  7. Danielle on September 2, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    If you can, please let me know of British knitwear which is NOT woolen, as my daughter is quite allergic to all wools. Thanks,
    Danielle J.

  8. Chelsea on September 11, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    Love this and great info for a recent graduate like myself

  9. J Capstick on November 10, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    Good to see British Companies still producing quality items.

  10. Tim on December 2, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    Do you have any idea of what’s going on with Leith Clothing? Website down, Instagram account down, …. – out of business? Would be a shame since they made some fine jumpers.

  11. Graham Murray on June 27, 2020 at 12:10 am

    Whatever happened to Sabre? I used to buy their knitwear in the 1980s.

  12. Sue waites on September 10, 2020 at 7:25 am

    Looking to support British knitwear like we all should be doing, will check with all these web sites with view to Christmas shopping, Scotland seems a good place to start. At the moment British farm are having to nearly give their fleeces away, so sad. Sue w

  13. Hils Jago on September 27, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    Brilliant that there is a source with so much useful information in one place – well done. I have been trying for a while to locate supplier/retailers of a wonderful particular woollen jumper that suffered a severe moth attack, and thanks to this site I believe I have. Thank you

  14. Rosy Jones on October 8, 2020 at 10:57 am

    Thanks for the list of real wool products. Fed up with so-called ‘wool’ jumpers, which are a mix of stuff. Look forward to buying from British firms who make really decent wool jumpers.

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