Teachers

Our expert teachers cover topics from casting on to binding off and everything in between! Learn more about the knitterati who will guide you through a new technique or skill this weekend.
Amy Detjen
Amy Detjen was the “List Mom” of the original Knit List for more than four years, then started KnitU. She’s very proud to have been Meg Swansen’s assistant at Meg’s Knitting Camp for more than fifteen years. Teaching knitting and helping people learn about their knitting options is something Amy is passionate about; she loves helping people solve problems.

Amy Herzog
Amy Herzog loves helping knitters create garments they love to wear. She’s the creator of the CustomFit pattern generator and the author of Knit to Flatter, Knit Wear Love, and You Can Knit That (all published with Abrams). She teaches across the country and on Craftsy.com, and her designs have been published in Rowan, Interweave Knits, and more. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two boys, two cats, and the button stash she collects instead of yarn. Find out more at www.amyherzogdesigns.com.

Anna Maltz
Anna Maltz is an avid "sweaterspotter" and knit detective who sees the world through yarn-tinted spectacles. She is an independent knitting pattern designer with a background in fine art. She writes a regular column (and the occasional pattern) for Pom Pom Magazine. She has published two books, Penguin: A Knit Collection, and Marlisle: A New Direction in Knitting, as well as contributing to other publications such as A Stash of One’s Own, compiled by Clara Parkes and Making Magazine. She lives in London and teaches all over the world.

Arne & Carlos
Scandinavians Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison are highly regarded designers, textile artists, and authors. They are best known for their original, colorful, and visually striking designs as well as their craft books. Their work is highly influenced by their Scandinavian background and their everyday life in rural Norway. They work under their artist name ARNE & CARLOS, which they established in 2002. In 2010, ARNE & CARLOS’s first craft book, Julekuler (55 Christmas Balls to Knit), became an immediate Norwegian bestseller and consequently went on to become a bestselling book in North America, Europe and Asia. Today, ARNE & CARLOS have published 10 books that are enjoyed by people all over the world. Their books are available in Norwegian as well as English, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.

The two Scandinavian designers have collaborated with many prestigious international brands, including Urban Outfitters (2009) and high-end Japanese fashion label Comme des Garçons (2008). Today, they design for and work closely with Rowan, Regia, and Schachenmayr yarns. ARNE & CARLOS’s creative base is located 170 kilometers north of Oslo, Norway, in the mountainous region known as Valdres.

Carla Scott
Carla Scott is currently editor in chief of Knit Simple magazine and executive editor of Vogue Knitting magazine. She has been working with Vogue Knitting since 1982 and has enjoyed hosting the VK tours for the past ten years. She created and edited the Vogue Knitting Stitchionary book series and is closely involved in the various knitting books published by Sixth&Spring Books. A knitter since the age of seven, Carla has had a career in the hand-knitting industry spanning more than thirty years, working for various yarn companies, knitting magazines, and book publishers in New York City. Carla lives in Manhattan with her husband and daughter (who is also a knitter).

Catherine Lowe
Catherine Lowe is known for her original and unique construction techniques and her pairing of luxury fiber with elegant design. She has developed an approach to hand-knitting that rethinks the traditional technical and design vocabularies of the hand-knitter and translates the distinctive elements of haute couture dressmaking into refined techniques. Her designs have appeared in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, and knit.wear. Her articles on couture knitting technique have been featured in Vogue Knitting; she has been profiled in Interweave Knits, Knitting Lessons by Lela Nargi, KnitKnit: Profiles + Projects from Knitting’s New Wave by Sabrina Gschwandtner, and in knit.wear. For more information, visit catherine-lowe.com and knittingwithcompany.com.

Cecelia Campochiaro
Cecelia Campochiaro started knitting at age twelve as a hobby. She has a doctorate in physical chemistry and has lived and worked in Silicon Valley for more than twenty years, developing different kinds of microscopes for finding problems with computer chips. Cecelia began experimenting with new ways to create fabric when flying on business trips. These ideas grew, and eventually the book Sequence Knitting was born. Textiles, photography, and the arts have been lifelong passions, and she loves thinking about how these different creative areas intersect with math and science.​

Courtney Kelley
Courtney Kelley is the co-owner of Kelbourne Woolens, a yarn company with a focus on high quality, natural fiber yarns for the dedicated crafter. She graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2001 with a focus in Fiber and Material Studies and immediately began working in a knitting shop while attempting to become an artist. She stayed in the knitting world after a brief foray into the world of fine art, and founded Kelbourne Woolens along with her business partner, Kate Gagnon Osborn, in 2008. A designer at heart, she loves knitting and designing lace as well as making as many sweaters as possible. Courtney lives in Philadelphia with her partner and four children.

Debbie Stoller
Debbie is the author of the New York Times–bestselling Stitch ’n Bitch series of knitting and crocheting books. She is also the Editor in Chief of BUST Magazine. Debbie began knitting when she was only six years old, but it took thirty years before she actually learned to enjoy it. Once she became obsessed, in 1999, she started a Stitch ’n Bitch group in a cafe in NYC’s Lower East Side, and it became the inspiration for thousands of Stitch ’n Bitch groups that have formed all across the country in the years since. She has written five books in the Stitch ’n Bitch series and has her own line of yarn, Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller. She lives in Brooklyn with one crazy cat, 2 weird dogs, and way too much yarn.

Faina Goberstein
Faina Goberstein is a prolific knitwear designer, author, and a professional teacher. She is the coauthor of the bestselling books The Art of Slip Stitch and The Art of Seamless Knitting, and her designs can be found in Vogue Knitting, Rowan Magazine, Interweave Knits, Knit.Purl, Knitscene, Twist Collective, and various books. Faina is best known for her elegant and well-fitted classic designs that show off textures that use and combine cables, brioche, and slip-stitch patterns. She is fascinated with many knitting and finishing techniques and loves to share her expertise and excitement with her students. Developing new slip-stitch and brioche patterns for her new designs keeps Faina’s love for math and knitting merged.
She teaches in person at various venues nationally and abroad as well as online.

Franklin Habit
Designer, teacher, writer, and illustrator Franklin Habit is the author of I Dream of Yarn (Sixth&Spring Books), It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons (Interweave Press, 2008) and proprietor of The Panopticon (the-panopticon.blogspot.com), one of the most popular knitting blogs on the Internet. On an average day, upward of 2,500 readers worldwide drop in for a mix of essays, cartoons, and the continuing adventures of Dolores the Sheep.

Franklin’s varied experience in the fiber world includes contributions of writing and design to Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, PieceWork, Twist Collective; and a regular columns and cartoons for Knitty.com, Ply magazine, Skacel Yarns (Fridays with Franklin), and Lion Brand Yarns. Several of his independently published designs are available via Ravelry.com.

He travels constantly to teach knitters at shops and guilds across the country and internationally, and he has been a popular member of the faculties of such festivals as Vogue Knitting LIVE!, Stitches Midwest and East, and the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat.

Jennifer Steingass
Jenn Steingass is a Maine-based knitwear designer in love with all things knitting, color, wool, and circular yoke sweaters. She started knitting for her son when he was a baby and hasn’t been able to put the needles down since. She strives for her designs to be simple yet beautiful while being easy to make and flattering to wear. Jenn believes that knitting is empowering and that knitting is a must-have life skill. You can follow her design endeavors and soon-to-be tiny house building adventures on Instagram: @knit.love.wool

Josh Bennett
Josh Bennett grew up in Pennsylvania, where he learned to knit from his grandmother when he was 8 years old. After a short time, he stopped, because boys don’t knit. Then he got interested in musical theater, because all boys sing and dance. In 2000, Josh worked at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT, where he picked up knitting again from the cast members in the show, and he hasn’t stopped since.

After moving to New York City in 2001 and knitting constantly, Josh worked at a yarn shop on the Upper West Side that wrote custom patterns for their customers. Noticing the lack of menswear patterns being designed and published, he decided to use his pattern-writing skills to change that. Since, Josh has collaborated with CFDA Award winner Michael Bastian on a hand-knitted line, Michael Bastian by Josh Bennett sold at Bergdorf Goodman, Saks 5th Avenue, and stores worldwide. They have also worked together on projects for the Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art at the American Folk Art Museum, Le Cabinet de Curiosités of Thomas Erber, and a fashion helmet for the NFL/Bloomindale/CFDA Super Bowl XLVIII collaboration, which was auctioned off for the NFL Foundation.

He was the Men’s Sweater Designer at Tommy Hilfiger and has also worked with and designed for GANT by Michael Bastian, Perry Ellis, Alexander Wang, Rowan Magazine, Vogue Knitting, and other knitting publications. He is the designer of his own exclusive capsule collection of men’s hand knitted sweaters at Bergdorf Goodman, Josh Bennett + Goodman’s.

Josh is currently working on his collaboration with Marvel, Marvel x Josh Bennett, which is a hand-knitted, limited-edition sweater collection inspired by Marvel Studios films and characters.

He also hosts the popular Knit@Nite event, a weekly fiber arts party, every Tuesday at actor Alan Cumming’s popular East Village hotspot, Club Cumming.
Josh studied Menswear Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).

For more info, www.JoshBennettNYC.com.

Josh Ryks-Robinsky
Josh Ryks-Robinsky is the designer behind geoknittrix designs. He is a color-obsessed knitter and designer from Minnesota. As a self-taught knitter, Josh has been altering patterns and challenging himself to learn since the moment a pair of sticks and string were put in his hands. After learning the basics, Josh decided to jump right in and explore all the knitting world had to offer! He loves short rows, color, lines, squishy garter stitch, and graphic PUNCH—and he’ll always have at least one shawl in his project bag! Geometric lines and graphic color combos are two of his favorite things! He lives with his amazing husband in Minneapolis and their two adorably cute su-purr-visors.

Keith Leonard
Keith Leonard gained a love for knitting at the age of eleven, when he joined a lunchtime knitting program in his hometown of Haworth, New Jersey. After working at four major knitting stores in Upstate New York, New Jersey, and New York City, he realized there was no specialized service for knitwear finishing and took the initiative to start his own business, called Knits All Done (a service for knitters to outsource their knits for professional finishing). Keith understands the fine difference between a “hand made” and “home made” finished garment. He now travels the country teaching classes while selling his custom Zen Yarn Garden yarns and colors. He is the American distributer for Soulwool, hand dyed yarn from Israel. knitsalldone.com

Kyle Kunnecke
Kyle Kunnecke is most renowned for his unique approach to stranded knitting and the related technique of locked floats. From his most simple designs to the most ambitious, his approach reminds us that there is a huge difference between a project being “difficult” as opposed to being one that might take a little more time but have a result that is of better quality and superior fit and appearance.

You’re likely already familiar with his stunning but approachable patterns, published in numerous knitting books and magazines, by yarn companies, and under his own label, Kyle William. His book, Urban Knit Collection: 18 City-Inspired Patterns for the Modern Wardrobe celebrates his love for pattern and color and is available wherever books are sold. Through his fiber workshops he provides inspiration to his students, helping them build the skills necessary to continue their personal knitting journeys. His charming, patient, and upbeat style of teaching has made him a favorite among students worldwide.

Find him on Instagram @sf_kylewilliam or at www.kylewilliam.com.

Marie Greene
Marie Greene is a lifelong knitter, international teacher and knitwear designer known to many as Olive Knits, with recent work featured in Laine Magazine. Marie's minimalist style and love for seamless sweaters (that fit!) have inspired her collection of wearable pieces for real bodies. Her goal as an instructor is to both educate and inspire, and to ensure that her students have a great time while they learn. Before her life as a designer, Marie was a freelance writer and hospital finance project manager. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, where she knits, designs and teaches knitting full-time. Marie is currently writing a book of seamless knits, due out February 2019. You can find her on Instagram @oliveknits or at www.oliveknits.com.

Melissa Leapman
A popular teacher and one of the most prolific American designers at work today, Melissa Leapman is the author of several bestselling knitting and crocheting books. Her most recent titles are Knitting the Perfect Fit and The Knit Stitch Pattern Handbook. Her latest book, 6000+ Pullover Possibilities, launched in February.

Nathan Taylor
Nathan Taylor (Sockmatician) is known as the DarK Lord of Double Knitting, and he has a dastardly plan to take over the world, one double knitter at a time. He is a fanatical teacher, giving entertaining and inspiring classes in this beautiful and impressive technique all over the world. His patterns have been featured in Vogue Knitting, Knit Now! Magazine, Rib Magazine, The Knitter, Vogue Knitting Shawls and Wraps II, among others, and on Ravelry. Nathan hosts a very popular knitting podcast (www.YouTube.com/sockmatician), discussing all aspects of his life: the knitting, the designing, his career in musical theatre, and his work as an advocate for HIV awareness and the quest to reduce the stigma that still surrounds people living with HIV today. He is passionate about championing male knitters, and his first book, a beginners’ knitting manual aimed specifically at men, is due for release in October this year.


Patty Lyons
Patty Lyons (pattylyons.com) is a nationally recognized knitting teacher who is known for teaching the “why,” not just the “how,” in her pursuit of training the “mindful knitter.” Patty teaches nationally at guilds and knitting shows around the country such as Vogue Knitting LIVE, Stitches, and the Knit and Crochet Show, and her popular classes can also be found online at Interweave, Annie’s, and Craftsy, where her “Improve Your Knitting Class” was named Craftsy’s most popular class of 2013! Patty’s designs and knitting skill articles have been published in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knit Purl, Knitter’s Magazine, Cast On, Knit Style, Creative Knitting, and Twist Collective magazines, where she also writes a knitter’s advice column called “Patty’s Purls of Wisdom.” Patty’s designs have also been included in pattern collections from Classic Elite Yarns, Kollage, Takhi Stacy Charles, Cascade, Universal, and Noro.

Rhonda Fargnoli
Rhonda Fargnoli studied fashion and textile design at Chamberlain School of Design and has taught art and studio art for more than 25 years. Rhonda was the Faculty Advisor to the Hand Knitting Certificate Program at Rhode Island School of Design/CE. She has been featured in articles about teaching knitting design courses for RISD/CE in Yarn Market News and Vogue Knitting, for her Vogue Knitting Challenge class for teens, which included the winning student’s design. Rhonda’s recent RISD graduates have been published in several magazines and books, something she is most proud of. Fargnoli has also designed for several yarn companies, and her knitting designs are published in Noro magazine and Knit Simple. Rhonda has spent her recent years botanically dyeing yarn for 30 yarn shops nationwide and now works for Eileen Fisher, where she continues to combine her love of sustainable fashion and rediscovering way to re-purpose fabric and fiber.

Steven Berg
Steven Berg is a fiber artisan armed with a wealth of experience, a daring sense of style, and a firm belief in the transformative power of creativity that knitting or crocheting offers to all who are brave enough to push the boundaries. After an eventful career in the fashion industry, his creative work brought him back to his favorite medium, the one that always inspired him the most: the imaginative world of fiber arts.

Today you will find Steven in his Minneapolis store, StevenBe: a 6,000-square foot nineteenth-century firehouse adorned with chandeliers, animal prints, and his eclectic collection of objets d’art. His knitwear designs, chunky creations, and signature multi-stranded knitting style have caught the attention of Hollywood celebrities and stylists and have been featured in national publications. Steven reminds all fiber aficionados: “There are no mistakes, only variations.”

Susan B. Anderson
Susan B. Anderson has been knitting for more than 30 years. She has authored five popular knitting books: Itty-Bitty Hats, Itty-Bitty Nursery, Itty-Bitty Toys, Spud & Chloe at the Farm, and Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys. Along the way Susan has designed for many magazines and commercial and independent yarn companies as well as self-publishing. She has been writing her popular and award-winning knitting blog, www.susanbanderson.blogspot.com, for the last nine years. She has two online workshops on Craftsy.com. Susan’s true passion is teaching knitting workshops, which she is honored to do both nationally and beyond.

Tracy Purtscher
Tracy Purtscher is the author of Dimensional Tuck Knitting: An Innovative Technique for Creating Surface Design (Sixth&Spring, 2017). Her designs have appeared in Vogue Knitting, knit.purl, Noro Knitting Magazine, and Simply Knitting. She runs the knitting blog Stringativity, and in 2013, she was a finalist on the Fiber Factor, a Project Runway–esque knitwear design reality web series created by Skacel. In 2015, she won a design contest in Vogue Knitting magazine.