Our Story

The Knotty Ones was founded by three best friends — Sandra, Danute and Akvile — who believed that it’s nice to be cool, but it’s cooler to be nice. 

The three, like many of us, spent their early twenties chasing latest fashion trends and fads. This quickly started to change back in 2014 as they took time off to travel around South East Asia where they learned about the dark side of the fast fashion industry.

Back in Europe  after not being able to find a knit that was sustainable, had a contemporary feel and empowered people making it  they set out to create one themselves. Today, based between Brooklyn, New York, and Vilnius, Lithuania, the three young women are in pursuit of changing the industry one knit at a time.


At The Knotty Ones, we’re big believers in shopping less, but better.
We celebrate quality garments that will last you for many seasons, hence focus on creating individual pieces rather than collections. 
We source only natural and sustainable fabrics while incorporating better practices throughout our supply chain to make beautiful knitwear at a fraction of the environmental impact of fast fashion.


Because good for the globe doesn't have to mean ugly.
Inspired by old-school Northern craft such as knitting, we focus on contemporary aesthetics and minimal designs.


There are millions of garment workers around the world. Roughly 85% of them are women. Many of them face inhumane working conditions and earn below a living wage.

We wanted to create something that made you feel good wearing it. Not only because you looked great, but also because you knew that women who made your sweater got paid fairly, worked in a safe environment, and enjoyed themselves in the process. We employ craftswomen, mostly stay-at-home moms, around Lithuania. The majority of them live in villages and small towns where jobs are extremely scarce. It’s a great way for women to earn fair wages and provide for themselves and their beautiful families.

Watch an interview with Danute, one of our co-founders, to learn more about The Knotty Ones. Contact: hello@theknottyones.com