Le Tricoteur Guernsey
The idea for Le Tricoteur came to Robert on a trip to USA in 1963, organised by the student's union of Trinity College Dublin, where he was an undergraduate. His hand-knitted guernsey was much admired by his American hosts. A year later he purchased a 40-year-old hand knitting machine equipped with a power drive and installed it in an old cobbler's shop at 5 Lower Vauvert, St Peter Port.
There was one employee and six hand knitters all working from home. Over the years the company had grown but in the 1980's the move towards man made fleece hit the business hard. Robert eventually sold the business in 1984 and has been through many owners since. But in the summer of 2018 Rachael Lainé (Robert's second cousin, once removed) decided that the business should become family owned again and in 2020 completed the takeover.
Le Tricoteur are committed to crafting traditional Guernseys once again on the island of Guernsey.