Meet Karli of KarliBoutique
I often find myself browsing crochet on etsy admiring all the lovely work that designers come up with. A few weeks ago I came across some lovely cowls and scarves by Karli.
She’s fairly new to Etsy having only opened up her shop in January but I know you will all enjoy getting to know her as much as I did.
Why do you crochet?
Well, I’ve been knitting since I was a small girl; my mom taught me because she was an avid knitter. It wasn’t until recently I switched over to crochet because I realized it was more versatile to create the styles that I like. I love the bulky, chunky, oversized look of scarves and crochet stitches work up so well for that!
What Inspired You To Sell Your Crochet?
I was inspired to start my shop when I took a work trip to New York City in 2011 and I spent my free hours scouring hordes of fashion boutiques, from SoHo to Times Square.
To my dismay, I realized that even in the fashion capital of North America, it was really hard to find that specific handmade, fine quality look of an oversized scarf, or button-up cowl without it looking all gawdy and garage-sale like.
I decided to spend the next year or so crocheting away to my heart’s content and making things exactly as I would want to wear them.
I’m inspired by dressy casual trends (chunky, oversized, wood buttons, clean lines and earthy tones), but one-of-a-kind fashion. Since I work in a school, I usually wear trendy sets but also functional materials.
I also live in Alberta, Canada where it snows about 11 months of the year, give or take so I wanted to create items that could keep me warm from the harsh Canadian winters without looking bulky or mass-manufactured. There is nothing worse than finding a funky ruffle-y scarf at some box store and seeing another person on the street rocking it too!
Also, I’m a graduate student, in research, so my day job is very logical and fact-based so…BORING on most days. I love coming home to a fresh skein of soft yarn and fashioning something chic and unique. I never make anything I would be ashamed to wear as a contemporary 20-something.
My Etsy shop is my creative outlet and I hope more and more people can share my love for handmade fashion through my little corner of the web.