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Jessica Joy

Knitwear designer, teacher and author

Hi! I’m Jess, a.k.a Jes­sica Joy. I live in the beau­ti­ful city of Bris­tol in the south west of Eng­land and I’m a knitwear designer and author. On this web­site you’ll find my knit­ting pat­terns and jew­ellery for sale, as well as a plethora of inspi­ra­tion, DIYs and video tuto­ri­als on my blog.

I began knit­ting in 2009 after feel­ing a huge urge to learn a tra­di­tional craft and make some­thing use­ful with my hands. I got this book as a birth­day present and that was it. I knew as soon as I held a pair of nee­dles for the first time that I’d found a new pas­sion. I spent every spare moment hoover­ing up morsels of infor­ma­tion I found on YouTube, in books and on blogs.

From the out­set I was fas­ci­nated with pat­tern design and know­ing how pieces were put together. I’ve recently fin­ished writ­ing my first book, Knit­ting Smit­ten, which will be pub­lished by Quadrille in April and is avail­able to pre-order now. I’m also hon­oured to have a pat­tern fea­tured in Kate Smith’s craft book, Mak­ery. Please see the press sec­tion for other national features.

In my spare time I like to run, eat por­ridge, grow veg­eta­bles (badly), take pho­tos, play my trum­pet and attempt to learn French. If you have any ques­tions, are inter­ested in a whole­sale order, or just want to say hi, pop me a mes­sage on my con­tact page. I love a friendly email!