Outi Kater is one of the most influential, talented colourwork knitwear designers I know. Having lived for many years in Shetland, she works closely with Jamieson & Smith Shetland Wool Brokers, producing many of their in-house patterns.
Native of Finland, Outi draws inspiration for her designs from traditional crafts, like knitting and weaving, but likes to mix influences from different traditions. Her design process is driven by colour, at times producing designs that are minimalist and restrained, and on others full of colour, often in richly saturated jewel tones.
Outi now lives in County Sligo in Ireland
Outi pictured here at home in Sligo, Ireland. Surrounding herself with love, cuddles and colour.
Design and Inspiration
‘Inspired’ – inspired may be a term we use a lot in the craft world, however, when you look through the catalogue of Outi’s work you will be inspired. The inspiration Outi takes from the landscapes around her, her Nordic heritage and her deep passion for colour are a constant thread throughout her work.
Outi Kater Knitting Kits
New to colour work knitting or want to try something a little more challenging. We have the kit for you. We have put a few of Outi’s designs into kits for you. We have even had some input from Outi regarding colour ways.
Why Shetland Wool? We are proud stockists of Jamieson & Smith, the ideal yarn for your colour work project. J & S yarns are born and bred on Shetland. The unique climate on Shetland and the unique pasture that the sheep graze on help to produce this unique yarn, that is world famous and ideal for your project. . The colour palette is huge, with over 100 beautiful colours to choose from. Stuck for a colour, we can always send you samples out.
Follow Outi on Instagram @outikaterdesigns