Meet the Knitter: Jill Wright

Jill’s mother taught her to knit and sew at the age of six, and she learned to crochet at age eight. Jill learned to make her own clothes early on and has experience in machine sewing and machine knitting, rubber stamping, beadwork, spinning, cross stitch, felting, and a multitude of other crafts. She began designing in 2007 and has been published in several knitting and crochet magazines, as well as having designed for many yarn companies. She is the author of the book Take the Fear Out of Cables and has contributed designs to several other books.

Jill’s websites are Woolcrafting.com (dedicated to teaching beginners crochet and felting) and Scarffinity.com (all about scarves). Jill also is enthusiastic about Jazzercise and has been a regular instructor since 2014, at her local Jazzercise studio in Conifer, Colorado.

The Knitting Circle: When and how did you get started with knitting?
Jill Wright:My mom taught me to knit at age 6. By age 8 I was knitting baby clothes for my brownie badge, and by about 13 I was designing my own tops, etc.

TKC: What is your favorite thing to design and why?
JW: I’m not sure I have a favorite thing to design. I just love the whole design process from concept/inspiration, through sketches, to swatches, and finally creating the finished piece.

TKC: What does your day look like as a knitwear designer and maker?
JW: Well, first of all I’m a mom to 3 boys (including 2 teenagers), so my day consists of making sure that they are where they need to be at the right times, feeding them copious amounts of food, and driving the youngest to soccer practice. Once at soccer I can pull out whatever I’m working on as it’s not worth driving home due to long distances. I usually am knitting at night while the tv is on, as depending on the stitch pattern I’m using I may or may not need to look at what I’m doing.

TKC: What’s your favorite type of yarn? Why do you love it?
JW: I do love the natural fibers. I think my absolute favorite would have to be merino for its amazing stitch definition whatever the stitch pattern or technique, but I do have a soft spot for the handle of alpaca (they’re so cute) and cashmere.

TKC: If you could only use one knitting technique for the rest of your life, what would it be?
JW: I’d have to say cables would be my one and only. Having been raised in the UK and seen the inspiration of the Celtic crosses, etc., and having had my mom and grandma knit me Aran sweaters as a child, I just had to learn the technique and was bitten by the bug. The combination of stitches I find so interesting and the possibilities for stitch combinations are simply endless.

TKC: What other crafts or hobbies do you enjoy?
JW: I have a vast store of crafting supplies! My husband says he could never provide enough storage for me! I’d have to say I must have tried pretty much all the crafts you can imagine. If the kids come to me & say they have an art project to do, I can gladly provide inspiration and supplies for whatever they need. If I have time, I might do some simple weaving, beading, quilting, make cards, pencil sketch, sew something, macrame, woodwork…you name it. I also make lip balms and other balms with essential oils. I’d really like to try soapmaking!

TKC: Any quick tips/knitting hacks to share?
JW:Oh, my…too many to list, but here’s a quick one. If you have a lot of stitches on an interchangeable circular needle, you can prevent the stitches from slipping off during travel by switching the needle ends to a larger size, just don’t forget to switch back to the size you need to knit with before you start again. And, here’s a bonus one…To avoid the loopy last stitch at bind off, knit the last 2 bind off stitches together, then pull the yarn end through! Boom! Neat edge! Also – SWATCH – ALWAYS!

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13 Responses to “Meet the Knitter: Jill Wright”

  1. Margo French
    Margo French

    You sound like me with all your hobbies except essential oils. I just started knitting this winter and I’m hooked. I read somewhere that you can run a chain stitch up the side of your item but can’t find it now. Can you tell me ? Also would love to learn cables. Thankyou

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  2. Jessie Walsh
    Jessie Walsh

    My mom was an excellent knitter. We were never short of scarves, mittens, and hats growing up and neither were her grandchildren. She knit dresses for my girls and sweaters for the boys. I want to knit like that. I have knit a couple of scarves and headbands for the granddaughters and even a couple of hats on the flat. I can’t get used to 4 needles nor can i figure out the circular needle and how to knit anything in the round. I definitely need some instruction on that. Hoping I can do better. Also I want to be able to knit things with charactors on them such as a puppy dog or any cartoon character which I know need a graph but can’t figure out how to join the different colour wools. its very confusing. Do you have any step by step videos of those types of things.

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  3. Aquila Clark
    Aquila Clark

    Hi; I enjoyed your story–my mother taught me how to crochet at 6–and I had to learn how to knit and darn socks over a light bulb to get out of the 4th grade. I will never stop thanking my 4th grade teacher for teaching this craft to us. One trick I learned about the foundation row–always knit the last stitch in the back loop–this keeps the last stitch from having a whole in it–actually I start knitting the last 4 stitches in the back loop to really tighten up the gap on the foundation row 1–I liked your story–it was very interesting–I also like some of those other crafts you named such as making cards and macrame–thanks

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  4. Jennifer Worley
    Jennifer Worley

    I’m learning to colorblock a scarf in garter stitch and wanted to know how to do it. Do you have any video ideas? I’m relatively new to knitting and want to expand. Thanks so much!

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