Hilary Grant Knitwear

 While typically I use my own words to share a product or brand here on Makers Workshop, today I am going to do things a bit differently. The artist statement by Hilary Grant spoke so much to me and to the core of what Makers Workshop is about, I do not want to alter it in any way. I found Hilary Grant Knitwear a few months ago and have been smitten ever since. Of course I have a sincere love of most things Scottish, but Hilary's genuine craftsmanship stands alone and is something to be admired. While February is (sometimes) the only cold month here at home, I long for her mushroom and ember colored pom hat to warm my head even if I have to pretend its chilly out.

Hilary Grant is a luxury Scottish knitwear label creating staple winter accessories with craftsmanship, style and distinct personality.

We believe that everyday items should be beautifully made. Designed, knitted and hand finished in Scotland, Hilary Grant’s collection of scarves, hats and gloves combine simple, classic styles with bold patterns in sophisticated and compelling tones. Made from a soft 2 ply lambswool, Hilary Grant’s pieces are wearable, practical, playful and of the utmost quality; designed to be cherished and enjoyed winter after winter.

Drawing on the rich heritage of Scottish knitwear, Hilary’s pieces feel familiar; their classic shapes and designs evoking a sense of winter-time nostalgia with a contemporary overtone. The patterns, in a rich palette of tones, hold a modern graphic quality while maintaining a timeless charm. The shapes, although simple, have been carefully considered with purpose and wearability being key in their construction; scarves are wide and long, designed to be wrapped around multiple times for maximum warmth.

Hilary Grant’s pieces offer the perfect unity between beauty and utility. Wearable, well-crafted and designed to bring some joy to even the most gloomy of winter days.

Hilary studied Textile Design at Duncan of Jordanstone, College of Art & Design in Dundee. She used her earnings from her first proper job to buy a knitting machine and some yarns and would make prototypes and scarves, sell them to friends and family and then realized that she wanted to start her own label.
"I always knew I wanted to have my own business, ever since reading a book called, "Fashion Market" by Yi-Ying Yang about designers and artists who sold their work at the design markets in London."
The company uses yarns from a spinner based in Huddersfield, North England that has been in business for over 200 years and the wool itself comes from the Geelong part of Australia, which is known for producing very high quality lambswool. 
"It's really important the the yarns we use are great quality and soft against the skin. It's really important to me that all of the knitwear is made is made in Scotland, and all our suppliers as as local as possible.All our knitwear is finished to a very specific standard, so that the luster and qualities of the lambswool are enhanced to achieve the most durable and luxurious handle."
Hilary draws her inspiration from everywhere. She says even the feeling of a place, the colours and the people can be inspiring.
 "Scottish textiles have always been a huge inspiration and it's something I've been interested in for years so sometimes those influences just seep in to what you're doing."

You can shop Hilary's hats, scarves, and gloves HERE.
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