Gallery: SUSTAINABLE STYLE WARM UP: The best knit gifts


Its hard to buy gifts for certain people in your life, but you can never go wrong with knit accessories like gloves, hats and scarves. Everyone likes to keep their appendages warm in the winter: men, women, young and old – and you’ll be hard pressed to find something that will be more appreciated than a cozy scarf on chilly winter days. Happily there are a lot of stylish and sustainable options out there in the realm of knit accessories. Here are our top picks:

OEUF CONNECTED KNITWEAR – $33 – $48 Oeuf is a line of sustainable products for babies and small children. The company tagline is “good design for all ages”, and some of their precious essential knits are designed around the concept of knitting people together through clothing. The ‘hug me’ sweater and ‘squeeze me’ mittens, which feature child-size mitten pockets sewn into the garment, are the perfect designs for connecting parent and child. Oeuf’s knitwear is made from azo-free dyed alpaca wool, hand knit in a fair trade relationship between the NYC based company and a group of knitters in Bolivia.

DOWNBOUND HEMP SCARVES – $35 All Downbound’s products are vegan, organic, and sweatshop-free, and in addition to this, really cute and affordable as well. An organic hemp scarf or shawl would make a great gift for that eco-conscious special someone in your life.

F+BP DIE-CUT FELT SCARVES – $100+ Starting at $100, these scarves are crafted from die-cut wool felt coins and rings, structurally stitched together. Made from an imported premium 100% wool felt.

ALYSON FOX HANDMADE VINTAGE SCARVES – $64 Alyson Fox’s scarves exhibit a fresh sense of shape, using recycled materials and a unique attention to detail. Each scarf is hand-made from boiled wool and vintage fabrics. We love the eclectic-yet-polished look of these gorgeously unique scarves. $64 from Greenergrassdesign

FELT FAUX FOX STOLE BY MVOS – $80 We love this alternative for the fur fox shawl. No foxes were harmed in the making of this scarf – it’s made entirely out of 4mm brown felt. $80 from Greenergrassdesign

VIVATERRA LAMBSWOOL KNITWEAR $62 – $139 Created by artisans in Uruguay, these shawls and scarves are knitted from 100% lamb’s wool, which has been meticulously combed and spun by hand to give them their remarkable, cloud-soft texture. Silky to the touch, the undyed merino and corriedale wool blend’s hollow fibers form a thermal layer that helps maintain even body temperature. $62 and up from Vivaterra

STEWART & BROWN CASHMERE MITTENS – $71.50 These luxurious cashmere knit mittens are practical, yet novel. Stewart+Brown cashmere is purchased and crafted in Mongolia by herders and weavers who continue to practice their centuries-old way of life.

GAIAM ORGANIC COTTON SCARVES – $19 These classic simple organic cotton scarves are a great deal at $28, but on sale for $19, they are an absolute steal. $19 from Gaiam

GAYLA ROSENFELD MODULAR SCARVES – $224 Gayla Rosenfeld’s modular scarves are wearable sculptures hand made from reclaimed ultrasuede. $224 from Branch

VARGA’S HANDKNITS -$20-$35 Over at online craft market Etsy you can find great deals on hand made, one-of-kind knit items, such as Varga’s eco-chic knit scarves made out of bamboo and organic cotton. $20-$35 from Etsy


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  1. arunthe December 8, 2010 at 12:50 am

    This is a light and airy lady’s scarf for fall or spring knitted diagonally. Stunning color, with a touch of golden sparkle.

  2. Juddie June 24, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    ….. swoon! …..

    * gorgeous stuff!*

  3. Simran December 11, 2006 at 12:04 pm

    Another great knit choice is Joanna Notkin’s compostable scarves.
    Loolo scarves are
    made from organic wool, ramie (in the linen family), viscose and zero impact dyes and cost between $150-250. They are one of my favorite examples of cradle-to-cradle design and so stylish I would never compost them (though if I did they would fully biodegrade in one year)

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