kate&boyssquareKate Oates is the designer for Tot Toppers & When I Grow Up and the author of a new book, Knits for Boys and before that Knitting Clothes Kids Love.  She enjoys designing hats and garments for babies and children in particular, these projects often reflect a whimsical spirit. Kate’s When I Grow Up line is for those of us who are not tots, featuring a modern classic style. 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.

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, boys Jesse, Charlie, Oliver & Eliot (4 very handsome Tot Topper’s models)  and beloved dogs Cooper and Lou. You might also see the Oates’ clan at a Clemson football game. Go Tigers!