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Episode 1: Hello World – Show Notes

Hello world! My name is Jess. I’m a wife, a mother, and an avid knitter. Welcome to the first episode of my new podcast for my JessKnits pattern designs. You can listen to this episode on the Anchor app or the Anchor website HERE. In this episode I talked about who I am and gave a little insight to my knitting background. I also talked about what I am currently knitting on and my new pattern I recently published in my JessKnits Ravelry shop.

I’ve been knitting for 20 plus years and now I am designing my own knitting patterns. My mom taught me how to knit when I was a freshman in college. I started out with dishcloths and moved to fuzzy scarves with the fun fur yarn. I started designing in 2015 and published my first pattern called Lazy Blocks Cowl. My shop mostly consists of accessories at this time. I’m working on expanding the patterns I offer in my shop. I have my first sweater pattern that I have been working on for a while now. I’ll go into more detail about it in another episode as I move closer to being ready to publish it.

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In this episode I announced my latest pattern that I published in my Ravelry Shop. It is a cowl pattern titled “Rhythm in the Needles” and I am offering it for free. It is knit in the round using sock or fingering weight yarn. It is knit entirely in the brioche stitch, which I know can be intimidating. I also used to be intimidated by brioche. Once I figured it out, with the help of YouTube, I fell in love with it. It is so much easier than it looks, I promise. I designed this cowl to be super beginner friendly, I included the YouTube tutorial video that really helped me and I know it will help you too. I really hope that you will give it a try.

The first brioche project I ever attempted was the Harlow Hat by Andrea Mowry. I found her YouTube tutorials on brioche to be extremely helpful in learning to knit brioche. I included a link to the tutorial in my cowl pattern. I want every to get to enjoy brioche knitting. It is so much fun and very relaxing once you get the rhythm down, which is why I titled the pattern Rhythm in the Needles. (Don’t forget it is a free pattern!)

In addition to designing my own patterns, I enjoy knitting designs from other designers. Right now I am working on a beautiful mosaic shawl from Ambah on Ravelry. The shawl pattern is called Kirra Shawl. It is so pretty! I love Ambah’s patterns and especially her shawls. Her patterns are so clean and easy to follow. They are easy to knit and always knit up so beautifully. I adore her patterns.

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In this episode I also gave a sneak peek into the next pattern I am working on to publish in my shop soon. It is another cowl pattern that calls for two complementing colors of fingering weight or sock weight yarn. It uses the stranded knitting technique. I am so proud of how the sample I knitted turned out. I love wearing this cowl. The pattern is called Mountaineer Cowl and will be published soon.

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I really enjoyed making this first episode of my JessKnits podcast and I hope you enjoyed listening to it. I’m looking forward to sharing my knitting and designing adventures with you. Follow me on your favorite podcast listening app to be notified of future episodes when they are published.

Until next time; Happy Knitting!

Jess

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JessKnits Podcast

Hello friends! I am so excited to share with you my new podcast coming soon. I am creating a JessKnits podcast so that I can share with you my passion for knitting and pattern designing, and maybe spinning and weaving too. I’ll be sharing my success stories as well as lessons learned as I navigate the world of pattern design. My goal is to produce episodes that are easy to knit along while you listen.

JessKnits Podcast is hosted on the Anchor platform for podcasts. You can listen to me on the web at https://anchor.fm/jessknits . You can also listen on the Anchor and Spotify apps as well. We are working on expanding the where you can find the JessKnits Podcast I will be sure to provide updates as new listening opportunities are made available.

After each podcast episode you will be able to come visit here to find show notes for that episode along with any links mentioned and possibly some photos of items I talked about.

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Right now the trailer for the podcast is live on Anchor and Spotify. I encourage you to go give it a listen and a follow to be updated when new episodes are published. Also, a really neat feature of the Anchor platform is that you can record and leave me voice messages that I can respond to. Who knows maybe you might make it into one of my shows. Episode 1 is currently in the works so stayed tuned.

Until next time ~Happy Knitting~

Jess

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New Pattern: Rhythm in the Needles Cowl

Hello Knitter Friends! It’s been a while I know. I’d be a liar if I said that 2020 has not been completely insane and upside down! So far this year I’ve gone from working in an Office at my place of employment, to working from home, to schools closing for the remainder of the school year, to navigating the distance learning for my 2nd grader, to not knowing what day it is or who I am. Ha ha ha!

On the upside of all the crazy in the world, because I have to look for a silver lining, I’ve been able to finish drafting and publishing a new pattern for my JessKnits Ravlery Shop. The pattern is Rhythm in the Needles, it is a brioche knit cowl that can be knit with one color or two contrasting colors of either sock or fingering weight yarn. It is suitable for both solid and variegated yarns. It knits up wonderfully squishy and cozy and perfect for fall and winter seasons. Here’s the super exciting part! This pattern is FREE! You read that right….FREE!!! You can’t beat that price! I really wanted to create a fun and free pattern for my knitters. 

Rhythm in the Needles Cowl

I know brioche seems hard and scary and just way to complicated to try. Trust me, it is not near as hard as it looks. I also use to feel this way. I admired brioche projects but was way too intimidated to actually try it. But, one I felt adventurous and gave it a try. I found an excellent YouTube tutorial (hint – I included a link in the pattern to this vary tutorial) that made everything click for me. I became obsessed with brioche!

I named this pattern Rhythm in the Needles because brioche knitting has a very soothing rhythm to each round that instantly transports me into a zen mode. I could knit brioche hats with matching cowls (Rhythm in the Needles cowls of course) all day long. Once you get the hang of it you’ll be able to add this pattern to your “mindless” knitting category for tv knitting, travel knitting, lunch break knitting, the possibilities are endless. You can go directly to the pattern page HERE. I really hope you will download this pattern and give it a go. It is so much fun to knit and wear.

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In other new and super exciting news. I am working on a new knitting podcast called JessKnits Podcast. Original right?! You can find the podcast and listen to the trailer HERE. Podcasting is very new to me so and I am getting used to hearing my own voice. I’m working on the first episode and hope to publish it soon. You can listen to the podcast on the Anchor app or website, or just about anywhere you can listen to podcasts. Right now I know it is available on Spotify for sure. I am working on getting it available on other podcast platforms like Apple podcast. Keep an eye out for a blog post all about the new podcast.

Until next time,

~Happy Knitting~

Jess