“Scotland: The land of a thousand knitters. Or at least, we used to be.”
It might not be the most appealing tourism slogan, but the truth rarely is. With cheaper prices and shorter lead-times lying further to the East, countless brands have exported their knitwear production to Asia, leaving many Scottish factories without enough orders to stay afloat. The knitwear industry reaches back to the late 1700’s, when the first framing guides arrived in Scotland allowing craftspeople to churn out their fine knits at a faster pace. Scotland once had over two thousand knitwear manufacturers, today that figure is closer to a couple hundred, if that.