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Expert Knit Teachers

Take a class with talented group of industry-renowned knit teachers with experience as designers, authors and instructors.


Susanne Allen
PhotoSusanne Allen is a physical therapist by day and a knit and crochet wear designer by night! She uses her working knowledge of the body to help plan her designs and how they flow on the body. Susanne is inspired by the natural world around her, especially by texture and color which is often incorporated into her designs. When not knitting or crocheting, she can be found being a mom and wife or indulging my passions for hiking and running. 

Susanne is an extroverted, social person who can be found teaching at many of your favorite local yarn shops such as The Village Knitter in Babylon, NY, Altman’s Needle Arts in Matituck, NY, Knit New Haven in New Haven, CT or at the Green Mountain Knitters Weekend in Putney, VT. She has also taught at the TKGA/CGOA National Conference. Susanne loves to share her passion of knitting and crocheting, and loves to hear your stories about how you became a passionate needlework artist as well. She is also the Vice President and active member of her local guild Eastern Long Island Knitters Guild.


Gwen Bortner
PhotoGwen Bortner is a Craft Yarn Council Certified Teacher, teaching at knitting at venues throughout the country, is the author of Entrée to Entrelac and is half of brains behind Two Sides – Two Points and Gwen's passion is teaching and enjoys every opportunity she has to share her love of knitting with others. Whether teaching through the local community education program, at a national knitting convention, or through her new online venture EduKnit, meeting new people and sharing the love of knitting is one of her greatest joys. 

Gwen’s teaching philosophy can be summed up in the following quote, “My job is to make the students’ toolbox bigger. If all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail! In the process of providing options, more skills are developed and a better knitter is the result. My mantra is knitting is fun, if you added something to your knitting toolbox and had fun doing it, then I consider that a successful class.”

Beth Brown-Reinsel
Photo Beth Brown-Reinsel has been passionately teaching historic knitting workshops nationally, as well as internationally, for over 25 years. Her book Knitting Ganseys has been deemed a classic. She has completed three DVDs: Knitting Ganseys with Beth Brown-Reinsel, Color Stranded Knitting Techniques, and Sanquhar Gloves.

She loves to prowl the storage section of museums around the world to look at old knitted things for inspiration for her patterns and classes. Her articles and designs have appeared in Threads, Cast On, Interweave Knits, Knitting Traditions, Piecework, Shuttle, SpindleDye Pot, Vogue Knitting, and Knitters magazines. She continues to design for her own pattern line Knitting Traditions. Beth's website, blog, and eNewsletter can be found at She lives in Vermont and loves winter!


Edie Eckman
Photo Edie Eckman is a designer, author, teacher and editor who loves both knitting and crochet. She teaches at conventions, shops and guilds around the country and online at and

She is the author of a number of best-selling crochet and knitting titles including The Crochet Answer Book, Around the Corner Crochet Borders, Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs and others. As a teacher, designer and technical editor, she is on a mission to ensure that patterns and techniques are as clear and accessible as possible to everyone. And she loves to learn from her students!


Margaret Fisher
Photo A TKGA Master Knitter and past co-chair of the Master Hand Knitting Committee, Margaret is a nationally known knitting instructor and a designer of one-of-a kind garments and accessories. 

She learned to knit at the age of ten and was self-taught for many years, driven by her teenage enthusiasm for knitting colorful, stylish and trendy clothing. She is still passionate about knitting garments, focusing on well-made, well-fitting, contemporary clothing that has a timeless appeal. Many of Margaret’s classes give students practical skills and techniques used in garment-knitting.

She believes that when knitters understand the “how” and the “why” of techniques, it allows them to make choices in their own projects. Her classes focus on teaching techniques that empower knitters and increase their confidence. 

Margaret is the author of Seven Things that can “Make or Break” a Sweater® a knitting technique book.


Leslie Gonzalez
Photo Leslie Gonzalez is a TKGA Master Knitter and a current Co-chair of the Master Hand Knitting Review Committee. She has been teaching knitting to students at all levels for over 15 years and is a regular contributor of designs, lessons and technical articles to Cast On magazine. Leslie has a special love for traditional color and lace knitting and is always exploring new methods and techniques. 

Her blog White Horse Knitting is dedicated to knitting and her second passion, Lipizzan Horses,


Arenda Holladay
Photo Arenda Holladay is the Executive Director of TKGA and Advisor to the Master Hand Committee. She is the instructor of several correspondence courses.


Galina Khmeleva
Photo Galina has earned the reputation as one of the most respected and knowledgable lace knitting instructors in the country. As a former clothing and costume designer who worked with the 'aristocracy' of St. Petersburg's music and theatre society, Galina was a pioneer in breaking down barriers in the 'new' Russia that allowed Russian women the opportunity to achieve ownership status in private companies.

As the principal student to Orenburg's lace knitting elite, Galina brings the classic style and revered traditional knitting techniques of Russian lace to her classes. Her unique, inspirational, and fun-loving teaching style has made her the guru of lace enthusiasts across the US. And as an extra bonus, Galina's classes are an awesome, unforgettable cultural experience.


Kyle Kunnecke

Photo San Francisco designer Kyle Kunnecke has a not-so-secret passion for colorwork. Tirelessly creative, he puts himself to sleep at night dreaming of new design concepts, collaborations and outreach projects.

Through his fiber workshops he provides inspiration to his students; exploring the skills necessary to continue their personal knitting journeys.

His patterns are published in numerous knitting books and magazines, by yarn companies, and under his label, Kyle William. Learn more about Kyle and his work:



Binka Schwan
Photo Binka is a Master Knitter and a Co-Chair of the TKGA Master Hand Knitting Committee. She has enjoyed knitting for many years and plans to continue to knit until her stash runs out!

Binka currently writes the “Knitting 911” series of articles that appear in Cast On magazine and she also teaches a correspondence course called “Taming Tension” that is offered through TKGA.



Heather Storta
Photo Heather is a TKGA Master Knitter, and a current member of the TKGA Master Hand Knitting committee. She has been designing knitwear and teaching knitting for over 8 years. Her designs have been published in Cast On magazine, as well as Knitty and elsewhere.

When not knitting, designing, or teaching she homeschools her two boys - and loves every minute of it!

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