10 of the best cosy winter garments made in Scotland

Scots know a thing or two about keeping warm and dry when the winter weather sweeps in, so where better to source your winter wear than from Scotland’s rich tapestry of makers and designers?

Stay cool in the cold with this 100 per cent Merino lambswool hat knitted in The Borders. The yarn is sourced from a mill that has been spinning since 1766 with the design brought to you by Green Thomas duo Emma Green and Alan Thomas Dibble.
Stay cool in the cold with this 100 per cent Merino lambswool hat knitted in The Borders. The yarn is sourced from a mill that has been spinning since 1766 with the design brought to you by Green Thomas duo Emma Green and Alan Thomas Dibble.

Across the country, tradition, technology and high design are meeting to produce some very special cosy garments indeed.

Scotland is of course famed for its textiles with design houses such as Green Thomas using knitters in Scotland to produce their products, including their super cool Love hat, which is made from 100 per cent Merino lambswool.

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Kitty Mackenzie, founder of the Scottish Textiles Showcase, which is based in Tron Kirk, has produced a very desirable 2020 twin set by combining a grey Harris Tweed scarf – lined with pink cashmere – with a matching facemask.

Light up the dark days in this belter of a shirt from Haar, who are based just north of Aberdeen. Inspired by the 1940’s ‘Spearpoint’ silhouette, this golden garement is sure to brighten even the bleakest winter.

Also available from the showcase studio is the tapestry throw by Andrew Elliot, a tweed weaver who uses offcuts from his cloth to make these unique and sustainable blankets.

Meanwhile, Amy Bond in Glasgow uses an antique floor loom to weave the the softest lambswool and cotton yarn to produce her super snug neck cosies.

Over in Waternish in Skye, SkyeSkyns are making the most glorious products from sheepskin, including a Yeti stole which can be dressed up for maximum glamour or dressed down for some laid back luxe. It could also be the perfect fix for a winter bride. Over in Kylesku in Sutherland, Catherine Sinclair, founder of Cove * designs, has produced a striking Coast blanket scarf that is so soft and ample that it would be a surprise if you ever leave the house.

In the North East, Haar menswear is producing some super smart, modern garments including a golden corduroy shirt which is sure to brighten up the dreichest of days. Further south and Montrose Rope & Sail is combining technology with style to create its highly coveted kitbags, with a special 230th anniversary edition of its classic Jura bag recently released.

Made in the Skyeskyns workshop at Waternish in Skye, these super soft scarves are fashioned by seamstresses using Tibetan Lambswool. Dress up or down - or even warm up a winter bride.

Over in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, Hilltrek has been making outdoor wear for 30 years, with its red Braemar smock jacket a star of winter 2020.

Obviously the cold season needs a chunky jumper to cocoon in and Anderson & Co of Shetland still produces Fair Isle designs at a good price. Their Yoke Lumbercoat is a thing of comfort and beauty.

Montrose Rope and Sail launched this bag to mark its 230th anniversary with the company having a long and proud history supporting the fishing industry and then oil and gas. Their hardwearing kitbags are engineered to perform outdoors and have become the bag of choice for many an offshore worker. The special editon Jura was developed using the registered ‘North Sea Oil Tartan’ with all products hand manufactured their Montrose workshop.
Woven by hand in Glasgow using the softest lambswool and cotton yarn on an antique floor loom.
Hilltrek have been making outdoor wear in Royal Deeside for the last 30 years with their well-regarded products sold around the world. This Braemar smock is bright red will help you stand out on the bleakest of winter afternoons and has a double-layered waterproof hood and shoulders to keep the rain at bay.
Stay warm and classy during the pandemic with this very 2020 twinset of a Grey Harris Tweed scarf, backed with soft pink cashmere, and a matching face mask. Available from the Scottish Textiles Showcase, Tron Kirk, Edinburgh.
Wrap up super snug in this blanket scarf which has been inspired by the bold, rugged coastline of the north of Scotland. It's ample enought to be worn as an extra long scarf, draped over the foot of your bed or wrapped around the body, curled up in your favourite chair. How will you ever take it off?
These throws are sustainably made and are created using the offcuts of yarn from tweed spun in the Borders. Everyone is unique. Available from Scottish Textiles Showcase, Tron Kirk, Edinburgh.
Anderson & Co in Shetland are still producing beautifully crafter knitwear at a decent price.