Scottish Knitwear Factory Visit
Recently, we took a trip way up north to see the factory where our Shawl Collar Cardigan was made this season. The factory, based in a small town just below Glasgow, has a strong focus on the craft of knitting itself, favouring hand-loomed knitwear over mass production.
Walking into the factory, machines line the walls and their heavy noises echo throughout the room. Everywhere you look there is another pair of hands looping wool through tiny metal hooks, forward and then back again.
Considering how tricky and delicate the hand-looming process is, their workers’ ability to produce one of our cardigans in 1 day alone is astonishing. Even then, the knitting process makes for just under 4 hours of this time. The pockets, made with a continuous stitch show their meticulous attention to detail, and leave a flawless finish.
"The pockets, made with a continuous stitch show their meticulous attention to detail, and leave a flawless finish..."
The contrasting yellow yarn is left on any garment sewn at the factory, allowing the end of the fabric to be seen more clearly for the following process of linking.
At this stage, the different parts of the cardigan are knitted together by hand on a large metal plate, with blunt needles fixed around the edge. Once all pieces of the garment are joined the cardigan is then hand-finished. Loose threads are trimmed and tied, raw edges hemmed and the buttons are sewn on.
Our factory shares the same water used to distill the famous whisky that is made nearby, and it is this water that washes the knitwear before being hung out to dry for a few hours.
Once dry, the cardigans are checked for quality, and any faults found are rectified. When this final stage is completed the cardigans are then packaged up, ready for sale. You can take a look at the finished article here and find more information on shipping, sizing and purchasing.
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