Guest Interview: KT and the Squid

This month’s guest interview is with Katy from KT and the Squid. She is a crochet and knit designer, and she creates gorgeous hand-dyed yarn. Her sweater designs are some of the coziest crochet creations I’ve seen!

1. When/how did you learn to knit?

In high school I ended up with one of those Learn to Knit booklets so I taught myself.

2. How did you get into designing?

In 2009 I started selling finished pieces. People started asking for my patterns so I finally gave in a few years later and am so glad I did.

3. What about the craft do you find most rewarding?

I love seeing the finished piece. Especially if it’s a wearable item. That moment it goes on a model or on myself feels so good!

4. Are there any aspects of yarn-crafting that you avoid?

Not really but because I design I do try to keep things fairly simple. I want to create things others can easily create as well.

5. Is there one knitting/designing tip someone has given you that has stuck with you?

I don’t know if it was so much a tip, but a yarn executive at a yarn company quickly threw out some words she thought were my style. I wrote them down and keep them in mind with everything I do. I thought they were perfect and they really help me stay focused on what caught her attention.

6. What skill would you still like to learn?

I would love to master brioche one day. I know the basics but would love to learn more.

7. What/who is your greatest source of inspiration?

I do a lot of garments so I find a lot of inspiration from clothing stores/websites. I love Anthropologie.

8. If you could have a yarn superpower, what would it be? (Sewing in ends with the snap of your fingers, all your math always works out perfectly…you name it!)

I would take fast fingers so I can get more done!

Check out some of Katy’s patterns:

My Favorite Pullover

© KT and the Squid


Moya Shawl

© KT and the Squid


Two Stripe Beanie (FREE on blog or paid PDF)

© KT and the Squid


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