Traditional hand finished Guernsey Knitwear is only produced on the island by Le Tricoteur at Rocquaine Bay on the west coast of Guernsey in the British Channel Islands. Arthur Beale stock these famous knitted pullovers which are finished by hand. Each garment carries a label signed by the knitter responsible.
History Of Guernseys/Le Tricoteur
In an increasingly mechanised clothing world, hand crafted products have their own special attraction. It cannot be claimed that all such products are better than machine made lines but in some cases true quality will always win through, Le Tricoteur always strive to make a garment that can be classed as a quality garment and thus maintain the Islands knitting industry which can be traced back over 500 years. In the early 16th century licences were granted by the Crown to import wool from England , originally hand – knitted in one piece the Guernsey was a seamans garment designed to keep him warm and dry in all conditions,both Mary 1 and Elizabeth 1 owned articles of Guernsey Knitwear.Mary Queen of Scots wore Guernsey stockings to her execution. By the 19th century The Guernsey had become well known, Nelson had recommended the garment to the Admiralty as a valuable article of navel clothing and in 1857 soldiers of the garrison in Halifax,Nova Scotia were issued with Guernseys as part of their winter uniform. More recently the crew of The Virgin Atlantic Challenger power boat were kitted out with Le Tricoteur Guernseys and they have also been used by several of the teams who have been The British Challenge in Americas Cup events.