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!
Public Relations Events and Features
Featured in Coastside Magazine
So happy Studio Knit’s been included among the “Faces of Success” segment in my local Half Moon Bay Review 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.”
Featured in Blurb’s “Behind the Book”
Read the inside story of my self-published Knit Stitch book!
Behind the Book: Knit Stitch: 50 Knit + Purl Patterns by Kristen McDonnell
Featured on Television News – KTVU Channel 2 San Francisco
My knitted Pumpkin Patch Forest art installation in Salesforce Park is featured in today’s local San Francisco morning news!
Featured in Woman’s World Magazine
“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!
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!
Window Display at Imagiknit
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.
Featured in First for Women Magazine
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.
Book Release: Knit Stitch Book: 50 Knit + Purl Patterns by Author Kristen McDonnell
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!
Guest Speaker and Teacher at Pinterest Headquarters
Kristen taught knitting at the annual employee conference in its San Francisco headquarters.
Podcast Guest on Blogger Genius
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.
Podcast Guest on Simple Pin Media
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.
Knitting 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!
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.
Featured among Best YouTube Channel Ideas for Women by Video Influencers
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.”
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.”
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.”
Featured among Best Instructional YouTube Knitting Videos in YouTutorial Knitting Book by Tessa Evelegh, Carlton Publishing Group
“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.”