The first memory I have of knitting is my Dad teaching me how to cast on when I was a child. I think it's the one and only time I ever saw him pick up needles, but that was all it took for the love of making to take hold.

Hello, I'm Katrina and I'm really passionate about empowering others to create beautiful items. Sure, I could just knit you a sweater myself, but then you’d be missing the self-satisfaction of doing it yourself … and that’s the best part. But I know it's not easy sometimes, so I'm not going to leave you hanging. Please message me if you're stuck or have any questions about techniques in my patterns.

I'm a life-long maker with a strong inner compulsion to create. After a stint as a sewing blogger (the site is sitting idle and neglected now but you can see my projects at, I worked for a sewing pattern company writing pattern instructions and tutorials where I quickly realised that knitting patterns was my next step. I wanted designs that could look store bought, timeless and tactile. The biggest compliment is when someone wants to touch something you've made. So taking my skills in instruction and tutorial writing along with an understanding of garment construction from sewing, I spent some time upskilling further and working with industry specialists before launching my first pattern in 2019.

I also believe our tools should be as beautiful as our yarn or patterns, so I aim to bring you functional and tactile items that your inner creative will love (and as plastic-free as possible). Purl Foundry is based in Nelson, New Zealand and all physical orders are shipped from there.

On a personal note, I live with my husband and two kids (and a pug). We all love good food, mini adventures and sunbeams. I love travel, hate spiders and have a weakness for salty chips. 

Thanks for choosing Purl Foundry and I hope you get many years of enjoyment from each garment you create. If you ever have a question, please get in touch!

Katrina x

These patterns are made in New Zealand and handcrafted by you.