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A life-long knitter with wanderlust, Karen creates whimsical hand knitted children’s wear from luxury yarns

06 April 2018

Designer Spotlight: Krazy Knits by Karen

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Roving knitter of colourful kidswear, Karen: 'I think children’s wear should be bright and fun… something that makes you smile.'

My name is Karen and I am Krazy Knits by Karen. I live in Canberra with my extremely patient husband of 31 years and we have three wonderful adult children.

I make hand knitted little bits for babies and children using good quality and luxury yarns.

A stack of colourful children’s knits from Krazy Knits by Karen

I joined Madeit in 2009 only to leave and live in the United Kingdom shortly afterwards. On our return two years later, I really got the opportunity to use my store. I love it because it is Australian and has a lovely sense of community.

Karen’s ever expanding stash of colourful yarns and craft books overflows from shelves into large baskets

Karen’s comfy crafty corner: a cosy lounge and knitting project in progress, with the caravan cushion a nod to Karen’s love for travel

Every piece in my store is hand knitted by me. I have memories of my mum teaching me how to knit when I was about four or five. A skill that I have now passed on to my own daughters.

Whimsical knitted beanie and sock set in pastels, with sheep detail: “Every piece in my store is hand knitted”

I love colour and the different ways it can be combined. I think children’s wear should be bright and fun… something that makes you smile.

Whimsical knitted cargigan in brights, with sheep detail

My first little colourful cardigan came about from a bag of yarn oddments which I bought at a car boot sale whilst travelling around the UK in a caravan when our youngest were only two and three.

Karen’s first colourful cardigans sported by her daughters with the rest of the family in front of their caravan in 1994

I then spent my evenings knitting it up into cardigans that my girls absolutely lived in as they kept them lovely and warm.

A stack of Karen’s colourful knitted creations with quirky buttons: “I love to search out yarns and buttons everywhere we visit”

We travel quite a lot and I love to search out yarns and buttons everywhere we visit. This is also a great inspiration for my work.

Visit Krazy Knits by Karen to find more colourful handknits for kids: KrazyKnits

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