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About Studio Knit

Meet Kristen from Studio Knit

Hello! I’m Kristen and welcome to Studio Knit, my joyful knitting home that ignites a creative spark and can-do attitude for all knitters. Through all of my stitch patterns, video tutorials, and projects, I strive to empower and encourage knitters to get inspired, try new things, and celebrate the singularity of every piece of work created with your own two hands.

My technical knowledge and cheerful nature make my tutorials and projects easy to follow and fun to execute. No two projects and no two students are alike, and I delight in the journey of becoming a confident, proud knitter. New creators embrace the connection and community I’ve created and celebrate the hope and love created by each and every piece of handwork.

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E-mail Address: kristen at studioknitsf.com

Please do not email directly for knitting and craft questions. Unfortunately, I am unable to respond to the influx of pattern requests, suggestions, and questions individually. 


Knit Stitch Pattern Book

My latest published book, Knit Stitch: 50 Knit + Purl Patterns, gives you 50 unique hand-knit designs. Easily understand exactly how to create each texture stitch-by-stitch with chart diagrams and written instructions to knit both flat and in the round. Rated 5 Stars on Amazon, Etsy, and my Studio Knit Shop!

Knit Stitch Pattern Book with Lay Flat Wire-O Binding and Knitted Swatch on Green Background.

Public Relations Events and Features

August 2022
So happy Studio Knit’s been included among the “Faces of Success” segment in my local Half Moon Bay Review Coastside magazine!

Kristen McDonnell in Faces of Success 2022 issue of Coastside magazine.

Kristen McDonnell created her joyful knitting company when she published her first video in early 2014. An avid knitter, she immediately became enamored with the process of teaching online.

She creates her lessons from her vibrant video production studio in El Granada’s Liberty Court building, then distributes them to a worldwide audience. Her popular YouTube channel “Studio Knit” offers over 400 videos with over 30 million views. Kristen says, “I love seeing my knitters succeed, acting as their cheerleader to try new techniques and projects. These inquisitive, artistic, and ambitious students fill my heart with pride.”

Read the full article >

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August 2022
Read the inside story of my self-published Knit Stitch book!

Behind the Book: Knit Stitch: 50 Knit + Purl Patterns by Kristen McDonnell

Behind the Book with Kristen McDonnell featured in Blurb Book's article.

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October 2019
My knitted Pumpkin Patch Forest art installation in Salesforce Park is featured in today’s local San Francisco morning news!

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June 2021
“I love creating videos, and when people email me their feedback and success stories, it warms my heart!” ~Kristen McDonnell

So happy to see my Studio Knit business featured in another mainstream publication. It’s a special issue from Women’s World magazine, dedicated to inspiring income ideas from fellow women in the US. Check it out… on newsstands now!

Women's World magazine featuring Kristen McDonnell from Studio Knit.

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BOOK SIGNING: Meet Studio Knit at Stitches West

DATE: Saturday, February 22, 2020
TIME: 1pm – 2pm
LOCATION: STITCHES WEST – Imagiknit’s Booth #317
Santa Clara Convention Center – 5001 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA 95054

I’m excited to announce my first Book Signing at Stitches West! My favorite local yarn shop Imagiknit invited me to sign copies of my new Knit Stitch Pattern Book at their booth. Please let me know if you plan to attend so we can take selfies together!

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Window Display at Imagiknit

November 2019
My Pumpkin Patch Forest enjoyed its second life as a harvest window display in my favorite local yarn shop ImagiKnit in San Francisco throughout the month of November.

Pumpkin Patch Forest Window Display at Yarn Shop Imagiknit in San Francisco by Kristen McDonnell from Studio Knit_____

October 2019
It was so much fun to be visited by First for Women magazine here at Studio Knit. As an independent knitting teacher and YouTuber, receiving mainstream national press goes beyond my wildest dreams for my professional adventures. 

Studio Knit Magazine Article

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Book Release: Knit Stitch Book: 50 Knit + Purl Patterns by Author Kristen McDonnell

September 2019
My new Knit Stitch Book gives you 50 unique hand-knit designs. Easily understand exactly how to create each texture stitch-by-stitch with chart diagrams and written pattern instructions to knit both flat and in the round. Now available with free shipping worldwide!

Knit Stitch: 50 Knit + Purl Patterns book cover by Kristen McDonnell.

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Guest Speaker and Teacher at Pinterest Headquarters

May 2019
Kristen taught knitting at the annual employee conference in its San Francisco headquarters. 

Studio Knit at Pinterest

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Podcast Guest on Blogger Genius

May 2019
Interview with Kristen McDonnell on How to Use Video on Pinterest

My guest is Kristen McDonnell, and she has a very successful YouTube channel called Studio Knit where she teaches people how to knit. Kristen has been experimenting with video on Pinterest; what’s working for her, what’s not. People complain that they get a lot of exposure with video on Pinterest but not necessarily clicks over to their site.

Well, Kristen is going to share what she’s been able to discover. I think this is a really cool interview.

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Podcast Guest on Simple Pin Media

April 2019
Does Video Work on Pinterest? (Spoiler Alert: You Betcha!

This Simple Pin Media episode sets out to answer the question: Does video work on Pinterest? The case study we are going to be talking about today will completely blow your mind! Hopefully, this example will also motivate you to start using videos on Pinterest if you aren’t already.

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Join the Bernat Stitch Along with Studio Knit and The Crochet Crowd Fall 2018Knitting Host of Bernat Stitch Along

Fall 2018 Bernat Stitch Along with JOANN
I’m excited to be the new Knitting Host of the Bernat Stitch Along with JOANN. I’ve been looking to share some larger projects as a community and this is the perfect opportunity for us to create three wonderful knitting projects together!

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Studio Knit YouTube NextUp 2016 Win

Winner of YouTube’s NextUp Class of 2016

April 2016 – #YTNextUp Playlist
Kristen was selected among hundreds of channels to train hands-on with the experts at YouTube Space LA.

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Logo of Vido Influencers, influence, income, impact

May 17, 2017
“Kristen has put an awesome channel together here all about knitting. And we love these types of channels because again it illustrates the power of focus.”

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Named among Best Knitting Feeds on Instagram & YouTube by Mashfeed

October 27, 2015
“Studio Knit posts cute and fun videos, highlighting knitting how-tos, tips and fun projects. Knitting is certainly less intimidating with this channel.”

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Named among Five Emerging Crafts/DIY Channels on YouTube by Video Ink

February 15, 2015
“A member of the Knitting Guild Association and The American Craft Council, Kristen, who runs this channel, shows viewers how to make anything from a knitted calendar to a yarn wreath. She also features videos that lay out the basics of knitting.”

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February 2015
“This tutorial shows how easy, fun and quick i-cords are to knit. They turn out as tiny tubes that you can knit as long as you want. Although they are technically knitted in the round, this video shows how they are worked on just two double-pointed needles.”