Cocoknits

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COCO Knits products are beautifully designed, premium craft tools for Makers because they believe every part of the creative process should be a delightful experience.

We absolutely love these tools and know you will too! Tools we carry:

Bamboo Cable Needles: Julie likes to use bamboo double-pointed needles for two things, when working cables and when picking up stitches to create the shoulders of a Cocoknits Method sweater. She likes that bamboo is “stickier” than metal so the needle doesn’t slip out of her stitches as easily. She wanted a bamboo needle that would stick to my Maker’s Keep while not in use and not wind up down the sofa or lost on the floor of an airplane. It took years to get it just right – the metal band around the center of the Cocoknits bamboo cable needles is slightly raised to help keep the needle from slipping out of your stitches while cabling or picking up stitches. The points are purposely blunt so that you can use a fingernail file or pencil sharpener to customize your preferred sharpness on the tips. 

Details:

  • Material: bamboo and nickel plated steel so they stick to magnets
  • Blunt ends for customizable sharpness

Set includes one each of five sizes: 

  • US 2/2.75mm
  • US 4/3.5 mm
  • US 6/4 mm
  • US 9/5.5 mm
  • US 10.75/6.75 mm

Curved Cable Needles (metal): Most knitters are familiar with the metal needle with the dip in the middle for holding stitches while working a cable. Coco wanted to be sure these were available in a length that is perfect to go on the Cocoknits Maker’s Keep – not too long that it will stab your arm, not too short that they’re too hard to use. Includes 2 needles per pack.

Details: 

  • Size US 1.5 / 2.5mm
  • 3.25" long
  • They are nickel-plated steel so will cling to your Maker's Keep!

Colored Ring Markers (small or large): Julie loves a stitch marker that alerts her that she needs to do something in her knitting – either for a stitch pattern, an increase or decrease, or beginning of round… but stitch markers get lost! Down the cracks of the sofa, dropped on an airplane or bus, never to be seen again – so frustrating! She worked to create a super smooth, steel based, nylon coated marker in a rainbow of colors – that also stick to the Maker’s Keep or any magnet. And now they are an integral part of the Cocoknits Method, in which the knitter uses specific colors to mark sleeves, body, front left, front right, etc. which correspond to the same colors on the Cocoknits Method Worksheet. Includes 10 each of 6 colors.

Details: 

  • Made of nylon coated steel
  • Original stitch markers accommodate up to US 13 / 9mm needle.
  • Small stitch markers accommodate up to US 7 / 4.5mm needles.

Yarn Snips: Forged iron snips are an ancient concept – you may have seen larger ones once used for sheep shearing. These are the same concept, but much smaller. So many snips have razor-sharp blades with plastic handles, a no-go for me. These are rustically forged from one piece of steel so they will never break. They are slim, don’t require you to unfold or get your fingers through openings, and are approved for TSA travel through security (a blade less than 3" long). Streamlined and good for only one thing – snipping yarn. Each snip comes with a natural vegetable-tanned leather protective cover.

Stitch Fixer: It’s terrible when you are knitting along and suddenly notice that little stitch you dropped a few rows back. Never fear, Cocoknits to the rescue! She created a two-ended hook tool which makes it easier to pull a stitch up in garter or seed or any pattern with alternating knit and purl rows. The stitch fixer is made of steel so it will always be nearby on your Maker’s Keep or Magnetic Concrete Tray.

Details: 

  • Double-ended crochet hook
  • US size D / 3 mm
  • Length: 4" / 10 cm
  • Made of nickel plated steel

Precious Metal Stitch Markers: The first set of stitch markers Julie came out with were all nickel, but sometimes you just want a little more bling! She asked about other finishes and found they could get gold and copper – and still maintain the steel base. And as long as they were doing precious metal colors, why not a sweet little box to contain them? The inspiration was an adorable little magnetic-lidded box that contained one chocolate truffle from the amazing Patrick Roger Chocolate shop in Paris – only the best for Cocoknits customers!

Details:

  • Large and round stitch markers in gold, silver and copper colors that accommodate up to US 9 and up to US 15 needles
  • Opening stitch markers that can accommodate up to US 11 needles

Include:

  • 6 gold, silver, copper large round stitch markers
  • 6 gold, silver, copper small round stitch markers
  • 6 gold, silver, copper opening stitch markers
  • Kraft box secured with click of a magnet

Maker's Keep: One of the many advantages to knitting is that you can take it with you everywhere! And, in the process, lose little knitting notions everywhere! Julie wanted a way to truly contain all my knitting tools while traveling – so she came up with the Maker’s Keep magnetic bracelet. It is a slap-bracelet so it fits everyone (one size truly fits all here). You can wear it, or simply drop it in your knitting tool bag to keep all the tools together – or even unfurl it and push the magnet to one end to use it as a straight edge while reading down a pattern. 

In addition to knitting, Coco uses hers for sewing (it’s great for holding pins!) and they have heard from customers who have used their MK for holding paper clips at work, hairpins (especially while doing hair for weddings!), nails and screws while working around the house, and even for fly fishing!

Row Counter: Julie tries hard to elevate the perception of knitting in the wider world. She wanted a high-quality row counter that I wouldn’t be embarrassed to use in public and worked with an engineer to create the Cocoknits translucent, matte-finish counter with magnified numbers, a lock, and a steel backing so it sticks to the Maker’s Keep.

Colorful Opening Stitch Markers: These opening markers are perfect for tracking row counts, number of stitches when casting on, and so many other uses. The thin metal keeps them flexible as a ‘safety pin’ style marker, and since they’re steel they cling to the Maker’s Keep or any magnet. They accommodate up to US 11 needle. Includes 10 each of 6 colors.

Colorful Stitch Stoppers: Julie has never been a fan of knitting needle tip protectors – how many times have you found that the force of the stitches on your needle have popped the guard off the end, or they simply fall off from the friction of being carried in a bag? She wanted a soft flexible something that would actually slide onto her needle and keep the stitches from sliding off. At first, she used earplugs with a hole poked in them – they would go onto the needle and do the trick, but they only come in ear sizes. So she had cylinders made of durable, EVA foam in a variety of sizes with an opening in the middle that accommodate everything from size 0 (or the cord of an interchangeable needle set) to a US 15. Problem solved!

Details: 

  • Accommodate needle sizes US 0–15 (2–10 mm)
  • 4 each of 6 sizes
  • 24 pieces total
  • Made of EVA foam

Stitch Holder Kit: When knitting top-down, seamless sweaters, there comes a point when you need to take your sleeve stitches off onto a holder. Safety-pin type stitch holders don’t work for this. Scrap yarn works, but tends to slip up into the stitches, making the job of getting each stitch back onto a needle laborious. You can leave them on a spare circular needle or cord – but it’s challenging to have needles and cord hanging everywhere. I found that a leather cord had the flexibility of yarn, but was firm enough to keep the stitches from disappearing up into themselves. The interior-threaded needle means you can knit onto and off of the cord – like a leather circular needle. The needles screw onto, and off of, the leather cord.

Includes:

  • Two interior-threaded needles
  • Three lengths of leather cord
    • one long (59"/150 cm)
    • two short (29.5"/75 cm)

Sweater Workshop: Julie has been sharing her passion for all things knitting for 30 years. The book came about after helping hundreds of women knit for their body type – and knitting ability. The Cocoknits Method brings together a distinct system for knitting top-down, seamless sweaters with streamlined designs that women will actually wear – and have the time to knit.

Details: With over 30 years of knitting, designing, and teaching experience – Julie Weisenberger presents her first book: Cocoknits Sweater Workshop which includes nine new designs. The book expands on the simple, seamless, top-down styling we’ve come to expect from Cocoknits.

More than just a collection, however, this book explains the Cocoknits Method – a system of tracking knitting progress in your own easy to follow customized worksheet. Unlike most traditional patterns that create flat shapes, the tailored style of construction in these patterns creates truly three dimensional garments that impart a great fit upon completion.

All designs are worked from the neckline down, so once the neck and yoke area are established, the knitter can just cruise through generating the sweater and not worry about counting or losing track of their place in the pattern. Another advantage of knitting top-down is the ability to try on your garment as you work, to ensure the fit is right.

In addition to all new patterns, Julie has dedicated a section of the book to an in-depth guide to choosing the right patterns for your figure type with considerations for colorwork, textured stitches, and hemlines all working in concert to create the right silhouette for you.

Sweater Worksheet Journal: The Sweater Worksheet is an integral part of the COCOKNITS METHOD. In order to track the creation and progress of a seamless yoke, the knitter fills in the increases as instructed in the pattern, then knits from the Worksheet. The Worksheet has areas for additional information such as the pattern name, size you knitted, gauge, needles and yarn used. The COCOKNITS SWEATER WORKSHOP book includes one Worksheet in the back which you can photograph, store, and print as a jpeg. The advantage of the Worksheet Journal is that it creates a history of all the sweaters you make, including any customizations or tweaks. This way, you end up with a whole collection of sweater patterns customized just for you – and if you decide to knit another, your worksheet is already filled out and ready to knit!

Knitter's Block: First-time blockers are always amazed by the difference blocking makes to the final appearance of their knitting. After blocking, sweater parts lay flat, stitches even out, and what looked like a wild mess now behaves nicely. It’s like magic! What started as special tiles custom made for blocking, ended as Coco's Knitter’s Block Kit.

Details:

  • Very low, lightly barbed pile
    • fabric covering gently grips your knitting without pilling or leaving fibers
  • Versatile
    • can be assembled in a variety of sizes from a square for sweater pieces, a long rectangle for scarves or a triangle for shawls
  • Thick backing of waterproof EVA
    • suitable for use on any surface since moisture won’t seep through
    • holds pins firmly in place
    • blocked items dry faster than with towels because the tiles don't absorb water
  • Heat resistant/Compact
    • essential for steam blocking
    • blocks are stored in a sturdy 14”x14” bag

Includes:

  • 18 interlocking EVA foam tiles, each measuring 12"x12"
  • 40 Stainless steel t-pins
  • 48" square cotton cloth woven with 1" square gingham to help measure your finished piece
  • Jute bag to contain kit

T-Pins: T-pins are an essential part of our Knitter’s Block Kit. These are extra T-pins in case you find you need more. If you aren’t sure if your T-pins are stainless, soak them overnight in a shallow dish of water. If they rust, do not use them! Cocoknits T-pins are stainless steel – which means they won’t rust when they get wet during blocking – very important after you’ve spent many hours and dollars on a project! Includes a tin to keep your 40 Stainless Steel T-pins in when you aren't using them.