Anne Hanson
Craftsy Instructor


I am the owner of Knitspot - knitting patterns, clubs, and artisan yarns. I am a life-long knitter with a background in the fashion and graphic design fields, and began designing clothing, knitwear and accessories during the 1970s. I teach and write about knitting, spinning, and designing at my blog, Knitspot. I live and work in Ohio with David, who loves wool, too. My design work/profile has been included in Knitty, The Knitter, Interweave ... Read Full Bio »

Anne's Craftsy Classes


Improve Your Knitting: Designer Tips & Tricks

Start learning designer knitting techniques and get the professional results you've been wishing for by joining lifelong knitter Anne Hanson. With a background in knitwear design, she'll help you take control of your knitting from cast-on to bind-off. Begin by discovering new ways to read a knitting pattern, check gauge and troubleshoot tricky fibers. Once you have the fundamentals down, you'll take ultimate control of your fiber with smart yarn substitutions and winding the perfect yarn cake. Love starting a project? Anne will share her tips for better cast-ons and bind-offs before teaching you the handy Grandma's cast-on. Move on to more designer tricks for shaping with increases and decreases, creating cables without a cable needle and troubleshooting as you go. Wrap up class with Anne's favorite finishing tips, and her textured and lace blocking techniques for beautiful knits that keep their structure.


$14.99 $29.99


Essential Skills for Sweater Knitting

Find the sweater pattern that's right for you and follow it accurately to knit a piece that makes you proud. Join instructor and designer Anne Hanson and learn fundamental techniques and tips for perfect handknit sweaters. During class, Anne will set you up for success by teaching you how to choose and follow the sweater pattern that's right for your skill level and style preference. Then, you'll find out how to select the yarn and tools you need for the results you want, and Anne will teach you how to modify the fit of your sweater. Once you know how to adjust for fit, you'll discover how to knit your pieces and seam them together cleanly. Anne will even finish up class by providing some fabulous finishing tips that will make for polished projects.

$14.99 $29.99


The Essential Guide to Finishing Handknits

Achieve a flawless finish for your handknits alongside Knitspot owner Anne Hanson. Set yourself up for effortless finishing with proper preparation. Weave in ends the right way on textured, smooth and sheer fabrics. Choose the best blocking technique for silky results with flat edges and beautiful drape. Create smooth seams with mattress stitch, finish flat pieces with whipstitch, match patterns with the three-needle bind-off, graft invisible seams and tackle curved seams with confidence. Finish edges with beautifully balanced button and neck bands. Apply the perfect zipper by hand or with a sewing machine. Work gorgeous hems for top-down and bottom-up garments. Become an authority on finishing handknits!

$19.99 $39.99


Button Bands & Buttonholes

Upgrade your knitting skills from pullovers to cardigans with designer Anne’s help. Learn to knit perfect button bands and create sublime buttonholes. Understand how button choices affect the look and use of your sweater. Anne, a lifelong knitter who practices the fine art of finishing, will guide you through the calculation for picking up stitches and help you execute beautiful bind-offs.

$19.99 $44.99


Ins & Outs of Grafting

You’ll learn grafting techniques to unite stockinette, seed and garter stitches, making your fabric flow. Anne demonstrates how to graft (Kitchener stitch) an invisible join with lace-weight knits, and across cables and ribbing. Knit along with Anne as she teaches you "the song of the knitting graft," which will help you remember when to knit and when to purl. In no time you’ll be tucking toe ends together, attaching edgings and aligning infinity scarf ends! 


What's New

Aug 17, 2016
Did you hear about my new shawl design, Edmonia, that was published in the fall anniversary issue of Interweave knits? Click here for full details or to purchase pattern: This asymmetrical triangle is knit with just two skeins of Bare Naked Wools Stone Soup Fingering yarn ( to make a large, light, cuddly shawl to wrap around yourself when the fall winds begin to blow. Easy and fun to knit, it is a wonderfully portable project to whip up during these last ays of summer.
Jun 24, 2016
I've had lots of queries lately about where to find my patterns?thank you for your interest in my designs! my patterns are easy to purchase online at the following venues: these and all of my patterns can be purchased in several places: my online store (printed patterns also available here): my craftsy pattern shop:,manage and my ravelry pattern shop:
May 21, 2016
Our 2016 Spring Ensemble collection has been released! I hope you'll take a minute to view this beautiful collection of new designs in Bare Naked Wools yarns, which includes some beautiful spring/summer sweaters and tops, a few shawls, some terrific socks, and an adorable skirt, designed by myself, Bristol Ivy, Andrea Rangel, Rich Ensor, Janelle Martin, and General Hogbuffer. Please come by and enjoy our look book!

Anne's Patterns



Mayan Puzzle



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Anne's Projects

Ondulé Sweater
Button Bands
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