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Is there anything that you can’t pair with a sweater or a cardigan?
The number of styles, fabrics, colour and patterns present unlimited outfit options that can either make a cozy get-up look more homey or a casual ensemble look put-together in two seconds flat.
Sweaters and cardigans are truly the answer to all of your outfit woes: pull one over your shoulders or button one up and call it a day.
Handmade knits are heavy duty top layers that insulate you from the cold and they come with the sweet sentiment that only someone’s knitting needles and passion for crafting warm things for people to cuddle up in can produce.
That’s why we love shopping small on Etsy from designers that put a personal touch on their quality goods - you can literally feel the love when you put them on.
Etsy store owners are tuned-in to the importance of using sustainable textiles and processes, and their creations make special gifts at any time of the year. Plus, you won’t find them on other retail websites.
They say that the thrill is in the hunt for unique items, don’t they? If you don’t have the time to peruse, you’ve come to the right place.
Below you’ll find eight of the best handmade cardigans and sweaters you can buy on Etsy that we’ve rounded up for you.
Cheers to shopping small this Christmas.
Skimp on the scarf with this baby alpaca and merino wool turtleneck. Its buttery-soft, light, and feels silky smooth against the skin. It even keeps your hands warm with custom thumb holes which you can opt out of (if you wish) by writing a note to the seller when you place your order.
SHOP IT: Etsy, $233
The creamy oat colour of this chunky cotton cardigan is seasonless. It’s sweetly named after The Knotty Ones’ very first knitter, Marina, and each one can take between four to five days to craft.
SHOP IT: Etsy, $249 (originally $359)
This sweater is extra stretchy and the ruffled neck adds an eccentric touch.
SHOP IT: Etsy, $64
SHOP IT: Etsy, $65
Featuring a turtleneck, dropped shoulders, wide sleeves, and a loose-fitting bodice, this royal alpaca and merino wool sweater has no prickle-factor whatsoever - it feels like cashmere and is hypoallergenic too.
SHOP IT: Etsy, $251
This weighty pullover is made from baby alpaca wool which is soft, warm, and itch-free. It's loose fit and sculptural balloon sleeves make it a one-of-a kind piece by a women-run studio in Lithuania. Even the swing tag is tied on with leftover yarn that you can use to fix your sweater, making it a zero-waste product.
SHOP IT: Etsy, $339
Hand knit from 100 per cent merino wool, this oversized pullover’s dropped shoulders and relaxed sleeves take “boxy” to a whole new level. Each sweater takes three to five days to create and $10 is donated to Sistering - a multi-service agency for at-risk, socially isolated women and trans people in Toronto who are homeless or precariously housed - for every sweater sold.
SHOP IT: Etsy, $320
Ethically sewn in Calgary, Man., this luxurious, petal-coloured cardigan is durable, breathable, and sensuously silky. It layers well under winter coats and its large pockets can fit all your necessities while on the go.
SHOP IT: Etsy, $128
Looking for more cardigans that won’t break the bank? Check out these cold weather styles that are warm and stylish too.