Back in 1981, the then Lady Diana Spencer wore our Black Sheep jumper to a polo match. It was a VERY big surprise to find our jumper on the front pages of the Sunday newspapers . She was given it by the mother of one of her pageboys and impressively she had the sense of humour to wear it. We’re forever grateful to her, her unwitting support tranformed our fledging business and we were having our 15 minute moment. More royal support followed, our jumpers were sort after and People magazine whisked us off to a sheep sheering competition where we coyly sat wearing sheep jumpers amongst hundreds of sheep.

In the late eighties we were asked to contribute to a knitwear show at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, jumped (ha ha) at the chance and the jumper is now part of the permanent collection. And here’s Princess Diana, a few years later , transformed and looking very glam.

Woman’s Weekly have kindly published a handknit pattern in this week’s issue, it’s quite complicated, will take some patience but rewarding in the end, the original was made on a handworked knitting machine. If you miss this issue, the pattern will be available on their website.

I wonder if she was making a statement in her black sheep jumper…