Scott Officer founded his namesake knitwear company in 1981 with a local approach and a commitment to detail that begins with the yarn itself. Although Scott Officer sweaters may travel far and wide, production takes place exclusively in Scotland, in and nearby the company’s Haddington workshop, which is housed in a Victorian mill next to the River Tyne.
Scott designs his own yarn and has it made exclusively for him in Scotland by a bespoke mill. All the yarns used in Scott Officer sweaters are 100% natural and made from 100% British wool, sometimes blended with silk for an even more luxurious feel. However, custom yarn is just the beginning. The greatest detail comes from the specialized knitting process itself.
Scott Officer sweaters are produced using a knitting technique known as intarsia, literally meaning inlay. Intarsia is the technique of laying individual yarns onto specific needles on a traditional hand frame knitting machine in exactly the position required to create complex patterns. As seen in the video above, each color in every row has to be placed by hand, then knit into the fabric. Although this process is very time consuming, it allows for intricate patterns to be produced without adding bulk to the finished garment.
Since intarsia knitting requires a high level of concentration, Scott implemented a flexible work scheme where craftsmen can work from home, allowing the knitters to work around family and other commitments.
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