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Free virtual meet-up and MAL with EMBODY designer Jacqueline Cieslak!

Cover of EMBODY by Jacqueline Cieslak

Join designer and author Jacqueline Cieslak on Saturday, May 1 from 11:00 - 11:45 am CST for a virtual meet-up and Q&A about her new book, EMBODY!

Northfield Yarn's FREE meet-up with Jacqueline will take place on Zoom. A link to join will be sent out via our e-mail newsletter on morning of the event. To attend, sign up for the Northfield Yarn newsletter here



Jacqui is hosting an EMBODY make-along (MAL) from March 29 - May 10 with fun prizes every week! Check out her blog post for MAL rules and FAQ. We encourage you to work on your EMBODY projects along with us during our weekly online Open Stitch sessions and bring your FOs and WIPs to our meet-up with Jacqui on May 1!

EMBODY includes three adaptable patterns — two knitting, one sewing — with instructions to create customized, perfectly fitted garments. You can create as many as 25 unique pieces from these three cornerstone patterns.

Deren Sweater from EMBODY by Jacqueline Cieslak

Knitters can choose to make the Deren sweater as a pullover, tee, cardigan or vest. The pattern is written for fingering-weight yarn held together with lace-weight, but can also be made with a single strand of sport-weight yarn.


We think that Rylie by HiKoo, Remix Light by Berroco (in our shop now, online soon!), Mojave by Kelbourne Woolens, or Silky Wool by elsebeth lavold would all make outstanding warm-weather versions of Deren (these yarns are all sport or light-DK weight; be sure to swatch to find out which one works best for you!).


Elsom shawl by Jacqueline Cieslak

Sweaters not your thing? Join in with the beautiful and versatile Elsom shawl (Ravelry link). Although the pattern for this generously-sized trapezoid-shaped shawl is written for fingering-weight yarn (Jacqueline recommends Malabrigo Mechita as one of her choices), it includes instructions for adapting the pattern to your yarn weight, gauge and yardage -- perfect for stash-busting!


Get your copy of EMBODY at Northfield Yarn, and check out Jacqueline's website for resources to help you get started on the patterns.



About Jacqueline:

I am a cultural anthropologist turned knitting pattern designer, teacher, and maker. My training as an anthropologist shapes my work as a fiber artist, which I approach with a critical, intersectional body positive agenda. My pronouns are she/her.

As a designer, I am deeply invested in creating patterns that are inclusive and accessible for a wide range of body types and abilities. I believe that creating clothes to fit your own body is a practice of self-care, and for those in the most marginalized bodies, it can be an act of resistance. Whatever their circumstances, I hope my designs empower makers to realize they (and their bodies) are worthy of comfortable, well-fitted clothes that reflect their personal style.