As a specialist luxury hosiery and knitwear manufacturer, we use only the very finest yarns in our all our products. We only use the best Himalayan cashmere taken from the underbelly of goats living high in the mountains, where their coats grow very fine to give them extra warmth. The fibres we use are the finest available, averaging only 16 microns in diameter, or one quarter the diameter of a human hair. The yarn is then processed and dyed in the UK by the world’s leading cashmere yarn manufacturer before we knit it into our garments. Unless clearly stated on our labels, we never blend or mix cashmere fibres with other materials in our yarn.
Likewise we only use the very best quality pure wools and cottons, always looking for the softest and most luxurious handle.
Knitwear and handmade cashmere socks
Every garment is made individually on a hand knitting machine by a highly skilled worker at our factory in Wales, UK; on average a single sweater will take up to a day to produce. The knitting patterns for all our knitwear are written by our designers in the factory using a method passed down from generation to generation, thereby ensuring everything is perfectly shaped and of the highest quality. Each garment is made from a number of fully fashioned pieces (front, back, sleeves etc.) that are carefully hand knitted on flat bed knitting machines. These pieces are then linked together by our team of highly skilled hand linkers before being passed to the hand sewers who finish the garments, attaching buttons and zips, and then carefully hand sewing all ends to give a very high quality finish. All garments are then carefully laundered before being labeled, packed and shipped to our customers..
The toe of every sock we make is closed using the traditional method of hand linking, described more fully below. This extra care during the finishing process results in a completely flat seam ensuring maximum comfort during wear. All our socks are designed at our factory in Wales, before being knitted on a variety of specialized knitting machines; one machine we still use for some styles is a one hundred year old hand operated Grizwald machine (pictured).
The socks are knitted as long tubes with the toe section open, and then passed to our hand linkers to have the toes closed by the same hand techniques used for over one hundred years. The linkers carefully line up the stitches on the front and back of each toe before stitching them together. This is a highly skilled operation that takes several months to learn. The socks are then washed and dried, before being hand turned. This involves each sock being carefully checked, and all yarn ends being tightened and trimmed.
This can take up to twenty minutes per pair. Then the socks are pressed on wooden size boards in a traditional press, the same one that has been used at Corgi for the past 60 years. Finally each pair of socks is labeled by hand before being packed and shipped to the customer.