Hand knitted products have been a staple part of Brora’s collection since Founder & Creative Director Victoria Stapleton started the label in 1993.
Having been introduced to skilled knitters so incredibly passionate about their craft, Victoria commissioned a small line of baby clothes, and 23 years later, the same hands (& some new ones!) still knit for us. By why knit by hand, you ask? Why not adopt the modern technologies and produce cardigans, hats and bootees en-masse?
Remember the scarves and jumpers Granny would knit you for Christmas when you were young? Remember how special you felt? Remember thinking about how many hours of her time she invested into making you a special gift? Our hand knitters do what no machine can - just that. Each and every garment is a labour of love, with hours of skilled work going into each one. This love and attention to detail is something that no machine can replicate; skills passed down through generations are showcased by the ladies who want to share them with the world, and bring a smile to your face whilst doing it.
With intricate patterns and detail work, and colour palettes suited to the complexity of fair isle knits, only the time and patience of hand knitting can produce the quality of garments we want to provide your bundles of joy with.
Want to meet the ladies behind your hand knits?
Nestled on a comfy sofa, and chatting away over tea and cakes, the ladies like to be social, and enjoy working together in a craft that used to be a necessary way of life for many. “Young people aren’t taught these skills any more” they say, “so it’s important that we keep this going and tell everyone why we love it so much. We work as much or as little as we want to, and aren’t pressured into mass-producing these, and that’s nice; it makes each one so much more special, and it ensures we keep enjoying what we do. We meet and sit together once or twice a week to knit; we take turns to host or if it’s a nice day love to go and sit in the sunshine. Knitting is a very social thing, and we feel privileged to be creating cosy garments for precious newborns."
Brora hasn’t lost its sense of luxury with these exclusive hand-knits, so why not treat the small people in your life to a matching set? Where your newborns and babies are concerned, you expect nothing but the best. You want to snuggle them up in cosy cashmere and let them drift off to sleep. Whether looking for congratulatory or birthday gifts, or something for a special occasion such as a christening, our team of hand knitters have you covered. Bramble the Rabbit is the perfect gift for all ages, with its adorable miniature hand-knitted jumper, and for small people just that little bit older, why not try our Cashmere Stripy Jumper and Cashmere Icelandic Jumper?