ERIBÉ has had a dedicated hand-knitting team for over 15 years; we are committed to preserving this craft. We continue to create hand-knitted pieces as the versatility of the technique allows our designers to be incredibly inventive.
ERIBÉ work together with over a 100 hand-knitters across the UK to produce their hand-knit range. Their hand-knitters have a wealth of experience and craftsmanship.
In October 2012, Mulberry launched and interactive website called Brilliant Britain to showcase the best of what Britain has to offer in terms of design, food & drink, science, music etc. ERIBÉ was delighted to be included in their craft section. You can read their profile here.
For the website, Mulberry created a short documentary called Spinning a Yarn which focuses on two of ERIBÉ’s hand-knitters talking about their love of knitting and shows them knitting pieces from Mulberry’s Autumn Winter 2012 Catwalk Collection.
Margaret and Valerie, knitting veterans with 70 years experience under her needles, speak about how they got into knitting, and what it means to them.
In addition, ERIBÉ staff and their hand-knitters attended two launch events of Brilliant Britain in Harrods, London and House of Frasier, Glasgow. They participated in live knitting to show the event attendees the craftsmanship involved in creating these pieces and the joy of knitting.
We invited our hand-knitters from up and down the country to come together to celebrate 25 years of Eribé Knitwear Design being in business! It was heart-warming to find out how much they enjoyed knitting our garments and accessories. Enjoy our mini-video of the event:
Our hand-knitters lovingly craft these pieces by hand, using either two or four knitting needles. Making each piece truly unique! Lots of our hand-knitters knit simply for the pure joy of it:
“To hand-knit something, I get enjoyment from it and if somebody likes to buy it and wear it, it makes me feel good!” - Val
By the time your hand-knit pieces reach you they will have had a very rich and varied life. From village fêtes to WI meetings, church services to their living room. Each hand-knitted garment takes shape in many many different locations as our hand-knitters often use their skills wherever, and whenever they can; infusing each hand-knit garment with the love, laughter and warmth of these knitters’ lives.
Many of our ladies have been knitting since childhood and their zeal for knitting shows in the beautiful patterns and exquisitely fine detail they work into our garments. Some of our pieces can take up to a staggering 90 hours to make just one single piece.
Mrs Margaret MacIntyre aged 72, from a village on the Isle of Lewis is one of ERIBÉ knitters that produce the stunning hand knitted garments. “I love knitting, I knit all the time” she says. In fact, she’s been knitting ever since she was a small child. “It was part of the culture of long, dark evenings – we lived in a wee village in the country, and we all knitted alongside our mothers.”
Another ERIBÉ knitter, Ann Percy, explains how her skill was passed down through the family generations: “I come from a family of knitters. My father and his brother were taught to knit their own socks. I’ve been knitting since I was three, because my gran and great-gran did the socks and gloves and scarves for soldiers, sailors and airmen.”
Whenever you purchase a hand-knit Eribé garment, you are not only be investing in a truly luxurious garment that will make you look and feel fantastic for years to come, but also your own little piece of Scottish heritage.