Designer Interview! Katie Canavan

It’s time to get to know the Holla Knits designers! All week I’m featuring interviews with the designers that have contributed to the Spring Summer Holla Knits collection, and today it’s Katie Canavan, designer of Finishing School.

Katie Canavan

1. When did you first fall in love with knitting?

During my Junior year in college, I really started getting into knitting. This was the time that Knitty was just starting, and knitting blogs were really taking off. Designers were just starting to publish their own patterns online, and so many of them were so cute and modern! It was like knitting patterns took a leap with the internet, and it was an exciting time to be a young knitter.

2. What made you want to start designing?

I have a pretty unique sense of style, and I loved the idea of making my own clothes that no one else would have, that were a true reflection of me.

Katie in Her First Sweater

3. What was the best design you’ve ever knit?

I would have to say Beatnik, by Norah Gaughan. Knitting it was awesome and engaging, and it’s definitely my most-worn handknit, it fits perfectly.

Katie in Her Beatnik

4. Who are some of your favorite designers?

Stephanie Japel and Ysolda Teague were the very first designers I followed back in college, and continue to love their work today. Lately, I’ve loved everything from Jane Richmond and Cirilia Rose.

5. If you weren’t a knitter/knitwear designer, what would you be doing?

Well, I’d be Acting, which is what I do when I’m not knitting. Actually, sometimes I do it while knitting! I’ve incorporated knitting into a few characters I’ve played onstage. There’s no better stage-business than knitting!

Katie as Olivia, Knitting (of course!)

2 responses to “Designer Interview! Katie Canavan


  2. Elizabeth Busch

    Your work is beautiful! You have always been so creative and fresh! The Midwest’s loss is L.A.’s gain!