Pepperdine alumna Kendall Ross poses outside of Oklahoma City to celebrate her Instagram account, @id.knit.that, reaching 25k followers in June. Ross’ sweaters typically gain attention through her Instagram account.
Photos Courtesy of Kendall Ross
When Pepperdine alumna (2021) Kendall Ross was 11 years old, a local yarn store owner taught her how to knit in her hometown of Oklahoma City, sparking a lifelong passion and now, her own knitting business, ‘I’d Knit That.’
While she initially created her Instagram account, @id.knit.that, to share pieces she created for fun, Ross said she began to take her craft more seriously during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ross’ Instagram account started gaining a lot of traction in the spring of 2020, so she created a website to sell her designs.
Ross said ‘I’d Knit That’ was able to take off during quarantine because of the new free time she had to create clothing items and the rise in fast fashion awareness.
“People really don’t want fast fashion anymore,” Ross said. “People are buying handmade, thrifting and learning to make their own clothes. I love that. I think so much of that shift really helped my business because I sell things that I make myself. It’s not fast fashion, it’s just me.”
In a typical week, Ross said she makes two to three sweaters and often sets small goals for herself throughout the week so she can finish them on time. Ross hand-knits sweaters, cardigans and other clothing; she also creates patterns so her followers can recreate her designs on their own.
Her business gave her more confidence in her abilities and allowed her to take her passion and turn it into a larger operation. Ross said running ‘I’d Knit That’ showed her knitting can be so much more than just a hobby.
“When you think of knitting, you think of women doing it and I used to see it as unimportant because I would think it’s just girlies knitting, but I think for me, owning a business has reaffirmed the validity of knitting and a lot of really feminine things,” Ross said. “It’s really given me the opportunity to get to know a lot of other people who do things like this and see the value.”
Ross said she runs ‘I’d Knit That’ primarily through Instagram. ‘I’d Knit That’ originally gained a lot of attention from Pepperdine students on the app, and now people across the country are following her work, including Auliʻi Cravalho, the voice actress for Moana.
Although running her business through Instagram has been successful, Ross said it’s difficult not to base the quality of her work on the number of likes and comments her posts get.
“I’ll find myself thinking, ‘Oh, well, clearly this isn’t good because it didn’t get enough likes,’” Ross said. “So it’s having to navigate, ‘I know this is good. I like it, I made it and it’s my art,’ versus ‘This isn’t doing well on social media.’”
Her passion for knitting and sustainable fashion led Ross to write her senior thesis on the history of women knitting during World War I. After graduating as a History major in May, Ross said she is focusing on running ‘I’d Knit That’ from her hometown of Oklahoma City.
“I’m really excited to continue ‘I’d Knit That’ and see how it grows,” Ross said.
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