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{Crochet Business Interview} Karli of KarliBoutique on Etsy

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.

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Sara Duggan is a Wife and Mom enjoys crocheting and writing. She joined the crochet blogging community in 2007 as Momwithahook. In 2008 she toyed with designing patterns and shares her creations with you. Connect with Sara on Twitter and Pinterest.

  • What lovely infinity scarves she makes!! I DEFINITELY need to learn to crochet!
    Thanks for sharing, Carrie

    • They are lovely aren’t they? Thanks for stopping by Carrie.

  • Nicole

    What a great feature – and Karli is awesome, isn’t she 🙂

  • what a cool write up on Karli.
    Her shop is full of great crochet!
    Congrats Karli on being featured here.

    Great Blog here Sara

    • Karli does deserve it. Her work is fantastic and on trend too. Love how she makes chunky cowls and infinity scarves look so comfy. Thank you Junquete.

    • Enjoyed knowing the personal side of crochet, living in Canada, coming home from grad school to the soft yarn. Can feel it.

      • Yes, Claudia. I enjoyed learning that too about Karli. It is the back story that connects us to businesses isn’t it?

  • Dinesh

    What fantastic scarves she makes. Plus she gives a discount too! I hope she does amazing, she really deserves it!

    • Yes she does make lovely scarves. That is what caught my eye when I was browsing Etsy.

  • I’ve always knitted but never crocheted, guess it’s about time I learnt. Love the things that are being created.

    • I’m the opposite. I started out crocheting and it my preferred craft whereas knitting comes in second.

  • Not a crocheter …have friends that do and know Laurie Wheeler via FB etc. A very well written article. Your love and passion is exuded in your writing.

    • Thank you Liz. Laurie is a great lady isn’t she?