About


It was a crisp autumn day 14 years ago when I picked up knitting needles and feverishly started making scarves for (almost) every single classmate in high school. A year later I started collecting 1960's & '70's vintage knitting magazines and made my first sweater. The knitting bug had bitten me. Hard. Through college I worked at a few knitting stores and began teaching other people how to knit. I wondered what it would be like to make my own patterns - I couldn't think of anything more exciting than combining fashion design, math, and knitting. From 2005-2011 my mother, sister, and I owned a yarn store together. We surrounded ourselves with luscious yarns and wonderful customers. Our specialty was custom designed and exclusive shop patterns. During that time was when I truly cultivated a love for sharing my knowledge, designs, and creativity with other knitters and crocheters.

I currently teach private and group knitting classes from my home studio and a few local yarn shops in New Jersey. Occasionally you'll find me teaching a workshop or two at a shop near you! In addition to teaching workshops & classes, I also design knitwear. My designs have been featured in Tahki/Stacy Charles Publications, Noro Magazine, Interweave Magazine, and Knitscene Magazine. 

I am a Craft Yarn Council Certified Knitting and Crochet Teacher and am a professional knitwear finisher. 

Some of my other interests are quilting, sewing, jigsaw puzzles, beading, painting, baking, cooking, and snuggling with my rescue dog, Katie.  

Please visit my

Ravelry store: http://www.ravelry.com/stores/shaina-bilow-designs

Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ShainaBilowDesigns

What people are saying about Shaina:

"I love Shaina's teaching style. I never felt like giving up!"

"Shaina was a great teacher with neverending patience."

 “Shaina’s style of teaching is so clear and precise; she gives you the confidence to try more complicated patterns and stitches. I was always amazed by fair isle knitting…I could never imagine knitting with 2 colors!  Shaina’s fair isle class broke down the “complexity” of fair isle knitting: exact needle placement, how to hold your fingers, the yarn, etc.  I was able to knit a complete hat within 24 hrs!  Her knowledge and passion for yarn is so exhilarating! Every class is always fun and filled with tips and techniques!” Cheryl J. 

 “Shaina Bilow brings knitting and crocheting into focus for her student.  Her detailed and patient approach to teaching arms the student with vital insight and expert technique.  She is a master of her craft and readily shares her passion and experience.” Carissa M., owner of Close Knit in Midland Park, NJ

“Shaina is an absolute joy!  Not only is she knowledgeable, talented, patient, and resourceful - she possesses excellent people skills and the ability to empower you to knit anything you desire.  This is indeed a rare talent. I just started knitting in August 2013.  I started knitting classes with her in September and I came away feeling confident and excited for all the possibilities ahead.  She will not disappoint. Do not let this great instructor get away - we are very lucky to have her in our midst.” Cindy C.