Our Story

Almost Unwearoutable began nearly 40 years ago as a shop selling hand-knitted socks and stockings in Watling Street, Corbridge, Northumberland. Victoria Craig took over the business from William Nichol, who had been trading in the same village since 1936. The newly branded Almost Unwearoutable became a mail order business which quickly flourished, then gained a worldwide reputation with the opening of a website in 2002. In 2014 Lucy Blackmore joined Victoria in the business. Under her watchful eye, Lucy has taken over and is moving the business forward for a new era.

The quirky designs, superb quality and long-lasting nature of the socks and stockings mean we are successful at shows throughout the UK and Europe and have a healthy number of loyal customers worldwide. The bespoke motifs and customised sizes offered by Almost Unwearoutable appeal to a broad market, and the company’s reputation has gone from strength to strength. Our original values of top quality hand knitted clothing and accessories, is as true today as it was when the business first began. We specialise in exclusive, custom-made accessories. Hats, socks and stockings can carry your personalised message as a one-off gift. However well developed or slim your legs, we can make socks to fit them.

We also specialise in making kilt hose to go with virtually every tartan. We can put three colours on the top of the stocking with the 'Coquet' pattern. If you are not sure what colours to use (colours often look different on the screen) you can send us a swatch of your tartan, or even just give us the name, and we will sort it out for you. 

 Unique pieces, each knitted in Northumberland or County Durham by a carefully chosen team of hand-knitting experts.

 Stylish, hard-wearing and created just for you. We care passionately about our garments, and everything is designed, handmade and checked by us to make sure you receive the best quality possible.

 Our socks, stockings, gloves and jumpers are famous throughout the country and overseas, chosen by the UK’s top London stores, and sought out by customers worldwide.

 All pieces are made from the same machine washable wool. 75% wool with 25% polyamide for strength. The socks have a reinforcing thread in the toes and heels making them almost unwearoutable!

 We are stockists for the Disabled Living Foundation as we can knit socks for very swollen feet and ankles. We can also give your socks different foot sizes.