Kate Oates is a knitting pattern designer and author of several books: Grown, Knits for Boys and Knitting Clothes Kids Love. Under her own name, she creates a line of modern and stylish knits for adults. Her other line, Tot Toppers, features whimsically wearable garments and accessories for babies and children. Kate also strives to add specifically to the growing body of knits for boys as she has four of her own! You can find her patterns at your local yarn store or online. She also does freelance work for a variety of publications and yarn companies.

In her non-knitting life, Kate holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Florida. She lives with her family in South Carolina, which includes husband Ryan and boys Jesse, Charlie, Oliver & Eliot (4 very handsome Tot Toppers models). You might also see the Oates clan at a Clemson football game. Go Tigers!

My customers love Kate's designs! The Tot Toppers collection is adorable and whimsical, and her adult designs are beautiful and wearable. And all Kate's patterns are well-written and easy to follow.
- Craig Rosenfeld, Owner, Loop (Philadelphia, PA)

Kate’s patterns are well-written, thorough, and have been quite popular in our shop. She includes helpful tips, clear instructions, and her photos are quite inspiring!
-Mindy Owen, Owner, A Yarn Less Raveled (Danville, CA)

We want to create quality yarn, patterns and knitting products that will stand the test of time. Kate Oates not only partners with us in creating some of our most favorite and thoughtfully written knitting patterns using our yarns, but is also a true pleasure to work with on so many levels. Her skills and knitting experience are beyond compare and we treasure our friendship with Kate in this lovely knitting community of ours.
-Ve, Big Sister of YOTH Yarns