I’m Jacki, a knitting teacher and knitwear designer based in Bristol, UK.
I’m all about encouraging knitters to try the things that scared them; whether that’s stranded colourwork, lace knitting, adjusting knitting patterns to fit better, or anything else. It’s all way easier than it looks.
My knitting patterns are easy to follow, professionally tech-edited, and thoroughly test knitted, so you know you’re getting a lovely, straightforward knit.
I also teach knitting workshops, both online, and in-person in Bristol, UK. I’m friendly, fuss-free, and all about helping people to increase their knitting confidence and learn new skills.
The Max Actually hat is here!
My latest knitting pattern, the Max Actually hat is live now on Ravelry and Payhip. It’s a quick knit, sized from baby to adult, and uses sport or DK-weight yarn.
Watch the Woolly Badger knitting podcast on YouTube
I’m now a YouTuber! Yes, the Woolly Badger podcast features my latest WIPs, previews of designs, chat about yarns I love, and the odd “educational” aside where I go off on a tangent about history.
Friendly, faff-free knitting workshops in lovely Bristol
Join me at wonderful local yarn store No Frills Knitting for a knitting class. Whether you’re a total beginner wanting to learn to knit for the first time, are looking to knit your first jumper, or are a long-time knitter looking to learn advanced skills like steeking your colourwork knits, I’ve got a class for everyone.
NEW bring your baby knitting classes in Bedminster, Bristol
Babies. Cute as heck, but not always the best knitting companions. Unless you come to one of my lovely new bring your baby knitting sessions.
Running on Wednesday mornings at No Frills Knitting, there’s a 3-week baby friendly beginners knitting course, or a pay as you go improvers session. Get help with your knitwear, with someone to entertain your baby, or just enjoy actually doing something for yourself. And have I mentioned the massive mental health benefits of knitting? And the tea and biscuits?
Yeah. The sessions are The Good Stuff.
Boob-friendly knitting patterns
After well over a decade of ill-fitting knitwear, I’ve put a ridiculous amount of effort and maths into working out how to make fitted knitting patterns that actually fit big boobs.
And so my garment knitting patterns now include an optional full bust adjustment, so you can make room for the girls without sacrificing fit elsewhere. I’ve got bust adjustments added into patterns for sweaters, cardigans, and tees – so you’ll be able to create a handknitted wardrobe that really fits.
Knitting patterns that are way easier than they look
Do you know what absolutely is not scary at all? Knitting.
Sure, a lot of finished knitwear looks fancy as all heck, but I promise you that almost all of it is far easier to knit than you think it is. My knitting patterns are a great way to learn to knit – they’re easy to understand, clearly written, and most of all very good fun to knit.
And I’ve got knitting patterns for all the family, so whether you’re after a baby cardigan or a pair of gigantic bed socks, I’ve got you covered. As in literally covered in yarn, which is the best place to be.
Knits for Kids
Hats, jumpers, cardigans, even socks – I’ve got lots of patterns to keep little ones toasty.
Garment knitting patterns
Get the “this? Oh, I knitted it myself” smugness with easy to follow garment patterns.
Sock knitting patterns
Toasty toes are guaranteed with my sock patterns. From classic 4ply socks to chunky bed socks, there’s plenty of options.
Shawl knitting patterns
Man, I just love an enormous, blanket-like shawl. You should too. Check out my shawl knitting patterns now.