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Top 25 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.

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.

Britannical

Britannical children's UK-made knitwear
Blackshore Coastal Clothing

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Welsh Girl

The Welsh Girl UK-made knitwear
The Welsh Girl

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ally Bee

Ally Bee Scottish made knitwear
Ally Bee

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Jennifer Kent

Jennifer Kent Scottish made knitwear
Jennifer Kent

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.

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.

Eribé Knitwear

Eribé Knitwear

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.

Jelena Faergemann

Jelena Faergemann UK-made knitwear
Jelena Faergemann

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.

Channel Jumper Co.

Channel Jumper

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Peregrine

Peregrine British knitwear
Peregrine

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

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!

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

18 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.

  15. Eric Musgrave on October 8, 2021 at 6:37 am

    A lovely selection of British makers, Kate, to which I’d like to add two more from Scotland.
    Scott & Charters in Hawick is now owned by Alex Begg of Ayr and makes that firm’s knitwear, as seen here: http://www.beggxco.com.
    The http://www.scottcharters.com website shows what it does for itself. It’s superb quality.
    In Annan in south-west Scotland, Esk Valley Knitwear is the company many premium British heritage brands (and top names in Europe and beyond) turn to for high-quality knitwear. The company is also behind a brilliant new initiative called Skippers Mill that sees a Shetland-style sweater made on Japanese seamless knitting machines, meaning no waste. These superb sweaters – in 31 excellent colours – retail for only £89 via http://www.skippersmill.com. Highly recommended.

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