reThank you for visiting from Instagram; I enjoy posting to Instagram, and am constantly trying to make use of my camera roll. If you want to find this page again, it is under About and can be found by searching Instagram.
When you go here (my front page) the three most recent blogs are easy to access. After a very long hiatus, and then a false start, I’m back on track on doing blogs. They will appear bi-monthly, and a newsletter will come out on opposite weeks. I write about whatever I want on the blog but I am more focused in the newsletter. All good things come to those who subscribe. Everything gets announced on Instagram, but you could get it first!
4/30/19 Link to How Much Yarn Will That Take?
Want to get to my Introduction Videos? This is a quick link to the Introduction Videos on Vimeo. I don’t put things on YouTube generally because I’m not a big fan of Google. Sorry if that is an inconvenience for you.
I also have created a page for these Introduction Videos so that you can bookmark it if you want. I provide some background, links, etc. I’ve got one or two “in the can”, and I just need time to get them ready to upload.
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Interesting Things on Jill Wolcott Knits
If you want to read about the price-point of my patterns, here’s the quick link. It also exists in my main menu in two places: Under Shop/Patterns/Why Jill Wolcott Knits Patterns are Expensive and under Learning/Why Jill Wolcott Knits Patterns are Expensive. I hope being a little more transparent about the engine that drives things will be useful to you. Don’t forget, if you sign up for my newsletter, I usually do a reduced price, soft release of my patterns, and everything else. I love my subscribers!
How long since my last blog and my most recent blog? Well, it didn’t seem like five months, but it was. My last blog post on March 19. After months of thought, I realized that I spend much of my days doing something I don’t really enjoy, in the interests of producing a product, which few people buy. I’ll be focusing on other directions I enjoy a bit more. Design, teaching, writing. If you want patterns you will have to watch for when I offer them.
New Pattern Releases
Use this to find out more about special offers. I only offer discounts on my patterns on release, so check this out when you see a new release. If these don’t appeal to you, stay tuned! More patterns are in the pipeline. Discounts only apply on my website.
Did you know that any time a pattern is updated that pattern purchasers automatically get a new pattern? This can pay dividends later on — like for these re-released patterns! The patterns have been updated, put into my newest format, and re-tech-edited.
- Granite Cowl in Powder River DK. Horizontal ribs make for a squishy cowl, and with a single moebius round of eyelets, there is a slight difference in how the stitch pattern plays out. Knit this to see what that difference is.
- Limestone Scarf in Powder River DK. A uniquely shaped, horizontally knitted, scarf with optional “leaves” (mitered squares) that give it additional movement and interest. I’ve updated the short rows to German short rows, and updated the charts.
- Taos has been updated and is now accessible too! This is a re-release, so keep reading! I have another update for the fall!
- Intrigued by the Ashland Collar, Shawlette, & Shawl pattern? This too is a re-release, that netted a third size!
- Looking for the link for Belon? There is now a second size, Narrow Belon, for those looking for a little less knitting, but the same great shape and stitch pattern. Instructions for beading the outside edge are included.
I love techniques and so am always exploring ways to use them and make the descriptions of them better. Here’s the link to my techniques library. There is always a little lag between techniques being put out in patterns and them showing up online. Here’s a list of some recent/favorites!
- dec12 or decrease 12
- 1/2 cables or 1/2 crossed stitches
- duplicate stitch
- flexible long-tail cast on
The green search button (it is currently not green but I’m hoping it will be fixed soon) on my website is the fastest way to get to a technique if it isn’t linked here or in the pattern.
Jill Wolcott Knits Patterns
Did you know that almost all of my patterns are named after geographic locations? I love travel, and am fascinated by physical geography. Cleveland’s Convention Center was near the waterfront, but tucked in amongst an array of beautiful old buildings, and beautiful new buildings. I’m always struck by how any public space is used in urban areas, and this was no exception! We added a couple of moments of glamour and interest for other users of the space during our photo shoot.
Ha! Belon is a pattern name the isn’t an actual place name (I don’t think). It is named after the preferred type of French Oyster! I have had the Belon Shawl in my catalog for a while, but I added the Narrow Belon, redid the entire pattern, and now it is re-released. If you purchased the pattern previously, you’ll get a link to the new pattern to update your copy.
These model photos feature me — Jill Wolcott — wearing my favorite knits. I’m not always the best person to model, but I work cheap and was available. I think I have a special affinity for accessories, so it worked nicely.
Photos, from above left: Belon and 2-color Tangiers. The feature photo is me in the Taos Shawlette. The photos were taken in Cleveland, by Kellie Nuss Photography. On my head form below, is an example of decorative duplicate stitch. I made it look like a patch (a la visible mending) using a coordinated color. Duplicate stitch is in my Techniques Library.
What Jill Wolcott Knits Does On Instagram
I haven’t been showing up on Instagram as much lately. My daily color posts got disconnected, and I have just not felt the love for social media over the summer. I’ve also been working on other things. My blog explains in many words what conclusions I’ve come to. The hours in a day are limited, and it is easy for social things to slip by. I hope you find me in your feed (be sure to follow me if you don’t already!).
- My current knitting, or what I have been knitting. These are generally spontaneous.
- Random photos tend to go in my Instagram Story, but I do sometimes put up things in my feed that have nothing to do with knitting.
- [currently not working, but soon] When it is functioning, a Color of the Day post goes up on Instagram using the Colorstrology book by Michele Bernhardt and Pantone® colors. I love color and have found putting these posts together a pleasure as well as being a wonderful learning experience! Sign up for my newsletter, and at that time, choose to get these posts in your inbox daily to make sure you never miss one!
- For September 2019 I have been taking photos of what I wear daily and posting them. In part it is because I love fashion and think what you wear can make your day better, but also because I am celebrating losing almost 15 pounds. I’m currently at a weight I haven’t seen since before menopause. I used Noom, and I was quite disciplined! I’m keeping it up although I’ve been below my target wait for a month.
What Jill Wolcott Knits Does Besides Instagram
Looking for other content from Jill Wolcott Knits? Blog post content is deep (probably 575+ posts); you can find them here. I like to write, and I’m constantly thinking about things, so my blog posts can be long. I use Pocket to save things I need to read later.
It turns out I really don’t have time to do everything. It has taken me years to accept that, and as a result, I just cannot keep up the multiple types of content as I have in the past. Look for new things soon!
Are you looking for other content? Check the Learning tab.
- What is an Action Chart
- Techniques Library: What’s in There?
- Sizing Charts & Guidelines
- Pattern Difficulty Levels / Types of Knitting
- Inside a Jill Wolcott Knits Patterns
- How-to Videos
- Jill Wolcott Knits: A Fit Background
- A System of Grading, Course Overview
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Photos: bottom photo here was taken by my husband, Mitch, when we were spending a few days in Cabo del San Jose, Mexico. The middle is a photo of my paper stitches: I use them for showing how stitches work together; the colors relate to the colors used in Action charts for knit and purl. The top photo was a selfie showing what I look like most days in my studio/office. The scarf is vintage, but it was new when given to me as a gift.