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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, The Welsh Girl works with the cloth in a unique and contemporary way.
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.
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.
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.
Making beautiful sustainable knitwear, adopting a ‘cradle to cradle’ commitment to fashion. Ally Bee seeks out natural fibres with care for the land and animal welfare and adopt the cleanest processing and dying.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Founded in Glasgow by designer Jennifer Kent, the studio specialises in creating modern UK-made knitwear.
The collections are thoughtfully curated and reflect Jennifer’s minimal aesthetic and impeccable attention to detail. The brand is not driven by seasonal trends but instead places a strong focus on ensuring its beautifully made products are timeless and can be enjoyed and appreciated year after year.
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.
An award-winning design house and manufacturer based in Melrose, Scotland. Established in 1986, Eribé are world-famous for putting an innovative spin on traditional Scottish knitwear.
A sustainable fashion brand founded by fashion designer Jelena Faergemann. Made with consideration and care for the environment; from the materials they use, 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 is possible with various colour combinations to suit your choice. Special orders on request are also available to accomplish your wish for a knitted outfit.
Established in 1976, Channel Jumper 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An English Heritage clothing brand with British Heritage Merino wool jumpers and cardigans.
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!