Stefanie Japel
Craftsy Instructor

Denver, CO

Stefanie Japel learned to knit from her grandma when she was 8 years old. She grew up wearing her sweaters and borrowing the ones she made for other people. Most of these sweaters are raglans, knit in the round from the top. Stefanie continues this sweater-making tradition. A gifted designer, Stefanie has published three knitting books: Glam Knits, Fitted Knits and From the Top. Her work has appeared in books and publications including Big ... Read Full Bio »

Stefanie's Craftsy Classes


Knit Lab

This empowering class begins with essential lessons for new knitters: choosing supplies, casting on, knitting, purling and binding off. Learn how to increase, decrease, make a buttonhole, knit lace, block, seam and read patterns. Stefanie shares her "purls" of wisdom as she teaches you how to knit a scarf then ups the ante by demostrating a host of useful techniques that you can come back to again and again.

$14.99 $29.99


Hats Four Ways

Well-loved knitwear designer Stefanie Japel shares her "purls" of wisdom with you as she teaches you to knit three unique styles of hats. Circular Knit Lab begins with essential information about circular needles and knitting in the round, including choosing supplies and creating the perfect circumference for any size head. Learn how to increase and decrease in the round, blocking, making jogless joins, and adding fun embellishments like embroidery to your custom-fit hats. You'll learn to knit hats using four different circular knitting techniques. At the end of the course you'll have come full circle and have knitted three hats to wear or give as gifts.

$14.99 $29.99


Fit Your Knits

You've found the perfect sweater pattern and even bought the perfect yarn. Before you spend days, weeks, or even months knitting the sweater just to find that it's too tight in the bust, rides up in front, pulls across the hips or hangs like a sack, stop and get step-by-step help from Stefanie. Learn how to customize a sweater pattern to fit any body size and shape. See how to create bust darts, decrease stitches to show off a waistline, add stitches to fit anyone’s hips, and change the length and taper of sleeves for a truly personalized knitted garment.

$19.99 $39.99


Knit Lab: In the Round

Cast on with knitwear natural Stefanie Japel and master circular knitting skills as you make a headband, a hat with colorwork, a pair of fingerless mitts, and even a cable and lace cowl! First, knit a headband in the round using double-pointed needles, as well as a flower that makes a lovely accent. Then, Stefanie will teach you to use the magic loop method to knit a shaped hat with colorwork, while giving you tips for managing yarn in both hands. You'll even learn to knit a pair of fingerless mitts at the same time using two circular needles. For your final project, Stefanie will take you step-by-step through a breathtaking cable and lace cowl that uses the easiest technique you'll learn in class.

$14.99 $29.99

Stefanie Recommends


Crafty Crochet Embellishments

Anne Weil
taught by
Linda Permann

I've loved this class since day one. Linda is charming, and teaches how to make cute edgings that add a handmade pop to any store-bought or hand-made fabric items. I've edged pillows, tops, and the tiers of my daughters' tutus. What a great way to make everyday objects feel fancy!

$14.99 $29.99


Sew Little: Nursery Design

Anne Weil
taught by
Vanessa Wilson

Through working on Sew Little Nursery Decor with Vanessa (aka Crafty Gemini) I learned so much! I was always intimidated by ruffles, and now I know 3 new ways to make them! I also love that I can use what I've learned through this class to make valances, curtains, and cushions for my whole house. My dining room chairs are in for a makeover!

$9.99 $19.99

Meet Stefanie

What's New

New pattern to benefit breast cancer charities.
New Pattern Alert! Spice Islands Tee
Check out my most recent book, Mom & Me Knits!

Stefanie's Patterns

Spice Islands Tee


Feisty a child's Aran sweater


Leaf Face or Dish Cloths

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Stefanie's Projects

Late Summer Holden Shawlette
City Shawl
Schoolhouse Tunic
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