Here at The Sporting Lodge we source the finest socks for hunting, shooting, fishing and country pursuits with comfort and practicality in mind. We have been working with the House of Cheviot for many years.
The company is based in Hawick, the world-renowned home of luxury knitwear, where tradition stretches back to 1771. Bailie John Hardie introduced the first four stocking frames to Hawick, which was to become a world renowned centre for sock production. House of Cheviot are proud to incorporate traditional knitting skills first developed over 200 years ago, paired with new levels of creativity in design and the very latest knitting technology.
It takes around two hours to hand make each pair of shooting or kilt socks, and the small factor nestled in the Scottish Borders crafts between 60,000 to 70,000 pairs a year using traditional knitting techniques that have been handed down over centuries.
Sadly, few woollen mills have survived, due to significant changes in technology and production. However, House of Cheviot grow from strength to strength and The Sporting Lodge will continue to support them for many years to come, as our customers love the socks!
Below: House of Cheviot technology director Robin Deas ensures each pair is individually checked.
Below: Machines in the House of Cheviot mill range from traditional pieces more than 80 years old to the latest cutting-edge technology. While some of the process has been mechanised, socks are crafted in the same traditional way, staying true to the company heritage.