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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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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 and Etsy!

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


E-mail Address: kristen at

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. 


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


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.


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

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


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.


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


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!


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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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.”


The Daily Basics names Studio Knit among 7 Great DIY YouTube Channels to Follow

Named among the 7 Great DIY YouTube Channels to Follow by The Daily Basics

February 21, 2016
“Kristen and her channel Studio Knit feature easy-to-follow instructions, quick knit projects, and some fun crafty ideas everyone can make!”


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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.”


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.”