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Our favourite designers who knit

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Our favourite designers who knit

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wonderful weighted weaves girl in napper red

Happy New Year from the Bearaby Team!

Our top resolutions for 2020 include befriending our alarm clock, making time for self-care, and looking sharp while staying sustainable. Luckily, two out of three of these have been made much easier, with special thanks to our chunky-knit weighted blankets.

And while you could choose to use a Cotton Napper as a very breathable and fashionable statement piece (they do come in five different colours, after all), we’re sure you’ll want some lighter fashion options to keep you toasty this season. With this in mind, we’ve gathered some of our favourite fashion finds, so you can leave a good night’s sleep with us, and the rest to the experts.

Sustainable materials are back in fashion

Gone are the days when you had to pretend to be excited by that well-meaning but shockingly itchy scarf your favorite aunt gifted you each Christmas. Wool, yarn, and cashmere are natural products that can be produced sustainably with minimal environmental impact. They’ve also made a massive come-back, with designers refocusing on how they can integrate sustainable materials and unique design practices with what’s trending and in-style.

At a time when the production of fast-fashion textiles has produced a high dependence on petrochemicals that are non-recyclable and end up populating landfills, it really is in our best interest to find alternatives that are high-quality and low-waste. Here’s a look at some of our favourite designers making waves (or is it weaves?) in sustainable knitwear today:

Hannah Stote

Sometimes, the secret to sustainability is right in front of you. Thinking local is exactly what award-winning designer Stote tries to integrate into her work. Inspired by the traditional knitwear of British fishing villages, Hannah sources her yarn from farms in Yorkshire, supporting local businesses and minimising her carbon footprint at the same time.

The most impressive part, you ask? Hannah learned how to knit in all of four weeks at university before having to produce an entire collection as part of her final project, and recycled all the material she used from local charity shops in the process. Pretty great inspiration for those of us looking to follow through on some of our more challenging new year’s resolutions.

Ryan Roche

Known for her signature shade of soft pink (one that reminds us of a certain something), our favourite thing about Roche is her choice to curate a brand that keeps sustainability and empowerment as the key focus of its mission.

All of her raw material is sourced from women’s welfare organisations in Nepal, and the dyes for her knits are naturally sourced. In fact, you can thank recycled avocado pits and skins for the pink colour she’s become so famous for. That’s one way to up your veggie intake this year!

Leutton Postle

Sam Leutton & Jenny Postle met at university before they discovered the joy of knitting needles. The duo play with the natural texture of yarn and contrasting materials to create clothes that are as cool and colourful as they are comfy. What’s more, all their textiles are made from scratch, ensuring a low-waste process that is entirely design focused.

And we’re not their only fans - celebrities like Bjork and Lady Gaga having been seen sporting their designs, so this is definitely a brand for the adventurous. Sustainable and planet-conscious, but make it fashion.

Buffy Reid

Buffy Reid founded her slow knitwear brand, &Daughter, with a focus on high-quality, long-lasting pieces. All her knitwear is carefully woven and sourced across five yarn-makers based in Scotland and Ireland, keeping materials that are ethically sourced and considerately woven.

If that doesn’t convince you to get one of &Daughter’s dream-like wooly sweaters, perhaps Reid’s no-waste ethos will: when asked about her favourite jumper, she describes a knit her grandmother made her for her first birthday, one she’s passed on to her son. Talk about practicing what you preach, at its cosiest.

Annie Larson

Larson is the founder of ALL Knitwear, a brand she founded after purchasing a second-hand knitting machine while working as a designer at Target. Inspired by the patterns and design possibilities a simple sewing machine offered, she left her job and found her brand shortly after. The rest, as they say, is history.

All the pieces displayed on ALL Knitwear are made to order - which not only does ensures a zero-waste production process, it also means any piece you purchase is one of a kind. Using colours and patterns that are impossible to miss, these are show-stopping clothes in every sense of the word.

Laura Theiss

Theiss uses innovative crochet and knit-focused patterns to produce dresses that are fit for any night out on the town. Unlike most of the designers on this list, Theiss actually picked up knitting as a child, surrounded by family members who had an appreciation for the craft of stitching. After graduating from University in London, she began looking to make designs that were equal parts trendy and earth-conscious.

Her bold yet feminine designs have caught worldwide acclaim, and she recently created the costumes for a show put on at the Saarbrucken Opera House in Germany. Looking chic and staying warm are no longer mutually exclusive.

Did you know?
Not only is it fashionable, but knitting can help ease anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and helps protect the brain from aging.


• Knitting allows designers to get creative with eco-friendly materials such as wool, yarn, and sustainably sourced cotton. It’s making a (long overdue!) comeback in fashion.

• Fast fashion is responsible for 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2 production in a year, as well as 20% of the earth’s wastewater. Designers have a newfound focus on creating sustainable production processes and ensuring their material stays as unique as possible, and are straying away from factory driven ways of styling.

• Ensuring you’re doing your research on the clothes you wear not only means you’re helping support local businesses, but also means you’re more conscious about how your purchasing decisions can help the environment!


Did you know?
Not only is it fashionable, but knitting can help ease anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and helps protect the brain from aging.

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