About Karkki Knits

Simple and slightly addictive sock patterns for busy knitters.

Bright colors, tutorials and moments worth remembering amidst family chaos.

About Me

My name is Paula Niskasaari. I am a small-town girl living in Finland and the designer behind Karkki Knits. I juggle being a solopreneur and a mom of two little girls – and whenever I have one or two minutes of spare time, I pick up my knitting.

I have been knitting since forever. Like most Finns, I learned to knit in school before I was even ten. However, it was only in 2019 that I came up with the idea of designing knitwear. One thing led to another, and now I find myself spending more and more time swatching, testing knitting techniques and matching colors. I have a background in engineering and IT, but life felt too short to be spent in the office – and now my workdays revolve around all things related to sock knitting.

I am enthusiastic about knitting techniques, and I love trying out new kinds of needles and other tools. However, whenever I want to stay in my comfort zone, I knit socks with stripes. Usually from cuff down, with a flap heel, using wooden DPNs and fingering weight yarn.

Should you be interested in knowing more about me, my designs, and the everyday chaos that we call family life, please follow me on Instagram.

About My Designs

If you take a look at my Instagram feed, you will probably be able to easily name some of my favorite things when it comes to knitting: socks, bright colors, slipped stitches and a little bit of playfulness.

I want my designs and patterns to be fun and easy to pick up.

That does not necessarily mean that they are super quick or easy, but the WIP is always small enough to be carried around in your bag (so that you can knit a row or two while picking up your kid from school or a dance class) and the stitch patterns are typically easy to memorize (because your head is exploding with everything you must remember anyway). And what’s important to me, is that it is possible to finish the item within a reasonable amount time, even when you are busy helping with homework, looking for mittens that have gone missing and trying to tame the laundry chaos.

I know for sure there are a thousand and one things demanding your attention. And unfortunately knitting almost never is on top of your list. I want to create patterns that you can knit for a little while after the kids have fallen asleep and that you can easily pick up from where you left. (Not on the couch though! Never leave your knitting anywhere where a toddler can reach it!)