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Get Cozy! Five Fabulous (and Fair) Fall Knits

What could be better than a cozy sweater in autumn? Nothing. I look forward to this time all year; the time when I put away my summer lights and brights and focus on the fuzzy, knitted things that drape and snuggle you tight—or voluminously. Here are my top faves right now, all ethically made, of course.

This zero-waste, made-in-California beauty by Michaela Greg (a sister-sister duo) features gloriously comfy batwing sleeves and geometric designs, for a modern take on the slouchy sweater. Available at Kaight.

Adie + George’s beautiful Lily sweater would perfectly top jeans, a long wool skirt, or a fun short-and-tights combo. Made from alpaca (a much lower impact yarn that’s as warm as or warmer than wool, and deliciously soft) that’s sustainably dyed—find the list of potential botanical dye colors on the site—this cardi is too perfect.

M. Patmos makes some of the sweetest knits around; her Nootka sweater is handloomed in the USA and features a unique back (shown here) that’s different from its front. I love pieces that focus on usually-ignored parts of the body.

This simple asymmetrical color-block sweater by Edun is also a hoodie, which takes it to a whole other level (don’t you think a hood makes any top more special? Not to mention practical.) Sleek, sexy and very cool, this piece is made in a third-party certified factory in China. Available at Juno & Jove.

This oversize tunic vest is made with snow-white alpaca wool by hand in Bulgaria. Available from Alex Knitwear on Etsy.

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.