A Guide to Layering KnitwearView
World's finest knitwear
made in Scotland
We champion the dignity of craft, and the return to an older philosophy of garment making which puts quality above all else. Partnering with master knitters from Scotland renowned for setting the world's highest standards, we create knitwear that combine a modern aesthetic with heirloom quality - quality that gets better with age and sees you through years of wear if looked after.
Common in a bygone era, though rare today.
Formal vs. Informal Knitwear
View our latest style journal article for a guide on how to determine a piece of knitwear's formality according to three dials:
Thick v. Thin
Patterned v. Plain
Light v. Dark
We hope this guide will help you more easily judge where in the formality spectrum a piece of knitwear lies and make an informed decision about what pieces to invest in so that you can maximise wear.
"Certainly, if you’re looking for investment-grade quality, Colhay's knits are superb." - Robb Report
A Guide to Layering Knitwear
Double the comfort, double the warmth.
Whilst the knitwear and tailored jacket combination is tried and tested, tailoring can still look and feel too rigid. Swapping that out for another piece of knitwear makes the outfit even more relaxed, whilst also achieving extra warmth and comfort.
View our latest style journal on an easy to follow formula we came up with to help you best combine knitwear.
“Colhay’s has gone to great lengths to ensure that every step of its production upholds the manufacturing calibre that it has been founded upon. It even lists the provenance of much of its yarn online - a refreshing approach in an industry that is often hazy on details.” - Brummell Magazine
“Over at Colhay’s, you can find a really chunky, super-fine lambswool rib-stitch model [of the shawl collar cardigan] that comes in a variety of colours, and a cashmere version in navy, ecru and olive. These are definitely more jacket - or even coat - than knitwear.” - The Times
Shawl Collar Cardigan Collection
The shawl collar style is an icon of Colhay's and we have designed and launched a number of variations over the years, each variation fulfilling a different purpose. We believe the shawl collar is a flattering feature as it frames the face, and creates an inverted v shape that broadens one's shoulder and nips in the waist.
Explore our full suite of shawl collar models here:
"Colhays, with their Scottish knitted garments, are at the forefront of the kind of quality we want to see more of." - Plaza Uomo
A rollneck sweater is a convenient option to keep the neck warm, dispensing the need for a scarf, and carries a sophistication that sets you apart stylistically without drawing too much attention.
Whether it's for a casual office setting or on the weekend, we have rollneck sweaters fit for any occasion.
"The brand, its product and presentation, are executed very well. The knitwear is great, the taste level spot on, and the information well done. Those things mean that this could become a reliable place for a Permanent Style reader to consistently get their quality knitwear" - Permanent Style
"I’ve always been drawn to companies that make traditional men’s style feel relevant in today’s age. Colhay’s is reframing Scottish knitwear without diluting what makes these sweaters so great in the first place." - Die, workwear!
Scotland has long been regarded as home to the world’s finest craftsmen of cashmere. High tension knitting and Scottish water combine to create the world’s softest yet most robust cashmere garments. Made for passing on.
Superfine lambswool collection
Our superfine lambswool is the world’s softest, yet the most hand-wearing. Made in Scotland and washed in Scottish water for its famous soft, substantial and luscious hand feel.
Cashmere wool collection
The supreme softness of cashmere, laced with the robustness and resilience of merino wool, our cashmere wool collection is designed to combine the best of both worlds, making the blend particularly suitable for our vintage activewear inspired sweaters - the chalet cable sweater and the captain's funnel neck.