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Lifestyle image of a man and a dog in a field in front of the Eildon Hills, Scottish Borders.

About us

Wonky Woolies is a family run business based in Kelso, Scottish Borders.  Established in 2012 by Alison and her mum Carol, the company has grown from their love of making garments on their domestic knitting machines, to operating a small batch manufacturing workshop.  Joined by husband and designer Graham in 2017 and Heriot Watt textile graduate Helena in 2022, Team Wonky blend their combined knowledge of knitwear and technology to create the highest quality of products in a sustainably conscious manner.

Ruaridh Dog is the real boss!

Wonky Woolies Stockists

Support your local high street and try before you buy at one of our stockists listed here.  Click on the highlighted ones to read our blog and find out a bit more about them.

If you are interested in becoming a stockist of our knitted accessories, please click this link to get in touch for more information and trade prices.

Our story

From the initial concept to the present day, follow the timeline of our family business.

Alison (Chief Wonky) attempted to hand knit a scarf,
it turned out pretty Wonky and was christened her Wonky Woolie.

Guided by her mum Carol (Maw Wonky),
the knitting got better, the name stuck.

Wonky Woolies became a business, launching with a small
collection of hats at Scotland’s Autumn trade fair in Glasgow.


The business moved into its first workshop in Central Chambers on
Hope Street, Glasgow, where more knitters joined to form #teamwonky

Wonky Woolies won the RBS award ‘most enterprising business
of the year’ for their bespoke design and knitting service.

Chosen to design a collection for the National Trust of Scotland,
focused on nature, wildlife, and Scotland’s built heritage.


A mentorship with the iconic knitwear brand Johnsons of Elgin introduced
Chief Wonky to modern knitting machine wizardry, a seed was planted.

Invested in machinery and premises for a small batch production facility in the picturesque town of Kelso, Alison’s home region of the Scottish Borders.

Wonky Woolies featured in The Times, The Herald and The Scotsman
which highlighted their job creation and investment in the sustainability of UK manufacturing.


Shortlisted for ‘manufacturer of the year’ at the Scottish Borders
business excellence awards held at Cardrona.

Restructured the workshop and manufacturing methods enabling
Team Wonky to remain safe and work from home during the pandemic.

Developed a collection of knitted wool hats and headbands,
using supersoft new wool and merino wool, as well as phasing out
all plastic packaging.



Graduate designer Helena Coman from Heriot-Watt University joins the team via the Graduate Career Advantage Scotland (GCAS) programme.

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