Like many of my generation, this designer’s story begin with when I first learned to knit at the age of six, when I tagged along to my sister’s Brownie troop. My mother (the troop leader) had arranged for the Brownies to learn at our LYS, The Knit Wit Shop. I knit a pair of rib slippers in a blue yarn that came out too large for a human foot. I didn’t like knitting at all and only finished because my mother made me. It completely eluded me why anyone would knit. I picked knitting up again off and on, when I saw a cute sweater I wanted to make, then again when I was quitting smoking. I got back into knitting as a machine knitter in 1993, and then started hand knitting on vacation. Once I could choose my own yarn and design my own patterns, I learned how addictive knitting can be!
2001 & Beyond
In 2001 my sister and I began Y2Knit, LLC. Through Y2Knit, I designed and published patterns, led online classes, and ran events and workshops in places from Washington, DC to Buffalo, Wyoming, to Tuscany, Italy. We published a book, YNotKnit: A Step-by-Step Instructions for Continental Knitting and Knitting Basics, as well as nearly 200 patterns. We ceased our joint endeavors in 2011, and brought Y2Knit to a close.
I’ve been pursuing Jill Wolcott Knits® ever since. I design, write patterns, write blogs and other things, teach classes, and pursue my passion for knitting and all things related to it.
Like most knitters, I love yarn and I’ve enjoyed the privilege of working with some wonderful companies. Until 2016 when I moved to Seattle, I taught at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in San Francisco. I primarily taught technical design and portfolio classes. One type of class is very technical and the other is very creative. I believe the combination of a “left brain/analytical” and “right brain/intuitive” approach comes through in my patterns as well. I strive to be creative, yet also well-organized and clear.
Content I Create & Share
Please don’t be alarmed by the length of my patterns. They’re often many, many pages long because I don’t believe in leaving your finished piece to chance. I don’t think it’s fair to tell you just to “cast-on” if there’s a specific cast-on I used. This attention allows you to get the final result that you saw in my piece. I include both written and charted instructions as well as instructions for special techniques, shaping (both right and left), or finishing and details I might call for in the pattern. You’ll also find every technique I use in my online database. Really, it’s more fun to learn a technique while knitting something beautiful at the same time! And if you ever wonder what my favorite technique is, I’ll let you in on a secret . . . it’s the one I’m currently using.
You’ll see the creative side of me coming out in my studio! I always have lots of paperwork, works-in-progress, swatches, yarn, photos for inspiration, and never enough desk space. I almost always carry a bit of knitting in my purse, although my favorite place to knit is my end of the couch in our living room. Like many of you, I like to knit while I listen to an audio book or while we watch TV in the evenings. That’s another reason I make sure my patterns are thorough and clear. We all know how easy it is to get distracted, and I want you to be able to jump right back into your project. My patterns are designed to help you enjoy your knitting—I’ve done the pattern work for you.