SQ’s Ultimate Sustainable Knitwear Guide

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Summer is winding down and the leaves have already started to change in many regions. Autumn will soon arrive, bringing with it relaxing evenings by the fireside and breathtaking sunsets. When the temperature starts to drop, nothing is more comforting than enveloping yourself in a soft, cozy knit. Luckily, there are many great knitwear brands out there that are dedicated to sustainability. Here we have selected our favorites this season, creating the ultimate sustainable knitwear guide for our readers.

Maiami is a Berlin-based knitwear brand that has hand-knitted sweaters, cardigans and accessories woven with thick, warm and soft natural yarns. The label uses virgin wool, cotton and mohair fibers to create their wares. The pieces come in cheerful colors and unique motifs that help liven up the dreary season. The knits are chunky and inviting, with classic shapes that have a contemporary edge. Some of the pieces have an open weave so you can easily wear them between seasons. The brand also has scarves and hats, in addition to fun home interior items.

Muriée is a German knitwear brand for men and women that uses only the highest quality yarns including Inner Mongolian cashmere from Italy, wool from Argentina and Uruguay, and organic cotton from Turkey. The yarns are spun and knit in Germany, and then dyed in Italy and Austria with a high-tech process that uses organic ingredients like leaves, flowers and seeds. This allows for one-of-a-kind colors that are custom-developed each season. The brand also uses organic cotton fabric labels, and recycled, recyclable or post-consumer packaging materials.

ESK Cashmere is a Scottish knitwear brand that uses only natural fibers for their selection of knits for men and women. The label has a classic collection made with two and four ply cashmeres, while their seasonal collection has more contemporary shapes made using cashmere, merino wool, Scottish Shetland wool and Geelong lambswool. Everything is made and milled in Scotland, while the yarns are sourced from small-scale Scottish and Italian producers. The brand also has itemss for the home including knitted throw blankets and pillow covers.

Nido is an Argentinian brand that offers knitwear and accessories for men and women. The wool and mohair fibers are sheared from merino and Corriedale sheep, llamas and goats. The fibers are then hand-spun into yarns by spinners from the provinces of Santa Fe, Entre Ríos and Córdoba using wooden spinning wheels. Afterward the yarns are hand-dyed with mostly natural products. Then women in Buenos Aires knit the garments using a traditional process that highlights the tools and knowledge that they have inherited from their grandmothers.

Knitbrary is a Spanish label that offers chic sweaters for men and women. The label offers both chunky and fine knits, in pullover and cardigan styles. The pieces feature classic and timeless shapes, and they are designed to last for many, many years. The brand also has coordinating seasonal accessories such as scarves and hats. The pieces are hand-knitted in the Peruvian Andes by local craftsmen. The artisans work with plush yarns that are hand-spun from vicuña, baby and royal alpaca, pima cotton and merino wool, and then hand-dyed with natural pigments.

Spratters & Jayne is an American knitwear label whose yarns are made from warm Peruvian highland wool, soft alpaca, and an exclusive hand-spun blend of acrylic and alpaca. The brand works with an artist owned group in Peru whose members keep the tradition of South American handcrafts alive, while providing for their own economic security. The label also works with a group of women knitters in India, providing them with financial independence. The knitters individually handcraft each piece to exacting standards using traditional techniques.

Hilary Grant offers a collection of scarves, hats and mittens that are designed, knitted and hand finished in Scotland. Everything is made from a fine lambswool that is spun in the North of England, and the knitting process preserves the natural luster of the fibers. The high quality knit accessories draw on the rich heritage of Scottish knitwear with their classic shapes and patterns. The charming and practical designs will help to keep you warm in the winter. The scarves are wide and long, so they can be wrapped around multiple times for maximum warmth.