JC Briar

In a nutshell, I’m a technique freak and a skill junkie. I collect knitting techniques and skills like other people collect patterns and yarn.

Teaching is an excuse to go collecting: I get to spend time researching sock heels, mitten thumbs, cast-ons, disaster recovery techniques, seamless sweater construction styles, or whatever. And then I get to teach. I love watching the little light bulbs go off, as students grasp a new idea.

A classroom isn’t the only teaching option. Charts Made Simple teaches knitters how to read charts—and better yet, how to make the most of them. Ditto my Knitting Charts DVD. Other videos also teach chart literacy. And at Craftsy, Socks My Way: Stitch Pattern Savvy teaches knitters to design custom socks with “socktastic” stitch patterns.

My current obsession is Stitch-Maps.com, a website for viewing and creating grid-free charts called ”stitch maps.”

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You can check out the site itself, or its Ravelry group.

No surprise here: I also collect stitch patterns. Sometimes they turn into designs. Mostly they wait while I find the time to turn them into designs.

original designs  

from Creative Knitting, Winter 2014
from Creative Knitting, Winter 2014
from Dreaming of Shetland
from Blue Moon Fiber Arts
from Knit Purl Sock Club
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from INKnitters Magazine, Spring 2004
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from JCBriar Knitting
from Beyond Toes: Knitting Adventures with...
from Blue Moon Fiber Arts
from JC Briar's Class Handouts
from JCBriar Knitting
from Blue Moon Fiber Arts
from Year of Lace
from JCBriar Knitting
from JCBriar Knitting
from Dye Dreams Four Seasons Sock Club
from Needlecraft University
from Shelridge Farm
from JCBriar Knitting
from JCBriar Knitting
from JCBriar Knitting
from INKnitters Magazine, Summer 2005
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from Blue Moon Fiber Arts
from Twists and Turns, Fall 2006
from Blue Moon Fiber Arts
from Needlecraft University
from Blue Moon Fiber Arts
from JCBriar Knitting
from Blue Moon Fiber Arts
from Blue Moon Fiber Arts
from Blue Moon Fiber Arts
from Twists and Turns, Spring 2007
from INKnitters Magazine, Winter 2004
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from Creative Knitting, September 2004