The characteristic two-coloured pattern known as "Sanquhar knitting" has become world-famous over the past years.
There are about a dozen known, named, traditional Sanquhar knitting patterns. Original colours were generally black and white or navy and natural. Traditionally, it was common to make a pair of gloves with initials or a full name worked at the wrist.
Sanquhar's most famous knitting pattern, its name refers to the Dukes of Queensberry and Buccleuch, the region's nobility and benefactors of Sanquhar's knitting industry.
The Duke pattern has many variations including the Cornet, Cornet and Drum, Drum, Drum and Trellis, Rose, Rose and Trellis, and Glendyne:
In Sanquhar's annual Riding of the Marches celebration, the Cornet is the principal horseman who leads all the horseriders of Sanquhar around the Marches of the burgh. The Cornet pattern adds a square with a diagonal cross to represent the Scottish cross of St Andrew.
In Sanquhar, the presentation of traditional Sanquhar gloves is still an important symbol and part of local celebrations even today. Traditional Sanquhar gloves are given to international celebrities visiting the town, and they are worn at rites of passage, such as weddings and graduations, and are treasured by ordinary folk, each of whom has a story to tell about them.