About Julia Riede

About Julia RiedeJulia is a nuclear engineer teaching knitting and knitwear design. She approaches knitwear design in a logical and analytical way to identify shortcuts to better written knitting patterns and advanced knitting techniques. Her extensive series about shawl design is the top reference on the subject and are available as both paper and Kindle editions on Amazon as well as PDF ebooks.

Besides knitting, she is studying medicine at U Regensburg, Germany.

The Personal Origin Story

Hi, I’m Julia, a regular girl who used to have a regular job. I love the little things in life and try hard not to take myself too seriously. Laughing with friends, knitting and enjoying my family are three of my favorite things.

Neon yellow tulle skirt with cat

My grandmother taught me how to knit when I was eight years old. After a long break, I picked up knitting again during the pregnancy with my second child and have not stopped since.

Creating patterns has always been more interesting than following them for me. Being a nuclear physicist, the math involved was a challenge rather than being problematic, as it is for most knitters.

I focus on the design of socks, shawls and traditional Alpine stockings (Trachtenstutzen). Following my heritage as an Austrian, the rich tradition of Alpine knitting has always been close to my heart. As this tradition fades, like so many others do, it’s my mission to preserve traditional Alpine knitting and turn the concepts into knitting patterns for fashionable items wearable in the 21st century.

At the moment, I’m working on my upcoming book series on knitwear design (Volumes one and two of Shawl Design in Plain English have been published already, Volume three will be published in a few days!) and knitting patterns for more stockings, socks, shawls and garments.

And I applied for Med School. And I got in! Who knows, maybe I’ll be knitting in Med School soon! I’ll be Knitting in Med School starting in October 2015 in Regensburg, Germany and document my journey into a new life at knittinginmedschool.com.

Want to get in touch? Feel free to send me an email anytime or meet me on Twitter or Ravelry. If you happen to be on Facebook, join us at the Jriede Knitwear Design Facebook page!


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  1. Finde ich ganz toll das Du Dich für Tradition und Trachten interessierst. Ich liebe Trachten. Und deine Socken sind wunderschön. Ja, das ist alles Kulturgut und sollte unbedingt bewahrt bleiben.
    Liebe Grüße und viel Freude und Kraft für deine Vorhaben

    • Julia says:


      Ich komm jetzt – nach meiner Kündigung und meinem Plan, nur noch im textilen Bereich zu arbeiten (mehr dazu bald im Blog) – hoffentlich wieder mehr dazu, mich um meine Stricksachen zu kümmern.

      Eure Kommentare motivieren mich da immer sehr. :)

  2. Mari says:

    Congratulations on med school. You have such a good heart, your patients will be very lucky to have you care for them. I still remember your kindness to me when my friend was ill and you sent me a shawl pattern to make for her. Fyi, she survived, and is in remission, and loves the shawl,,wearing it frequently. It was my first attempt at a faro island shawl. Since then, I have made a number of intricate lace shawls, trying different techniques. Blessings as you begin your journey into the world of medicine. After twenty years in that field, I can tell you its equally fascinating and frustrating, but always rewarding.
    Peace, Mari

  3. Julia Hempstead says:

    I just stumbled upon your website and I was very happy to find instructions on knitting that actually make sense. Thank you!! I had been researching the German short row heel and found you! Don’t know where you find the time to do all you do…
    I taught myself to knit last year and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I can’t stop knitting. I wish I had found this site sooner but so happy I did! Is there a video tutorial section coming soon??? I think it would be a tremendous addition. Of course, all in your “spare” time.

  4. Kathleen Crapse says:

    Am working on your Adjustable Greenie shawl and have run into problems with
    1. not enough stitches to start the Setup Chart (pattern says to start at 5 sts and you need 9 sts), and
    2. too many stitches on the Main Chart (first half) – I have an extra stitch on each side in every repeat, except the first one.

    Is there a corrected version of this pattern?

  5. Carole Wyatt says:

    Hello Julia

    I am very excited to have ordered your book of patterns inspired by Nehemiah Grew today. I have just retired after a 30-year career as a doctor, and yes, I knitted my way through medical school. Our final year book had short quotes about all of my fellow students, and mine was “Knit 1, purl 1”!

    Now, many years later, my younger daughter is studying for an MA in English Literature and her dissertation is based on the works of Grew and some research via Google brought up your book, so she immediately sent me the Amazon link.

    I have now moved from the UK to France, where I am running a little B&B and doing lots of knitting.
    I am so happy that women like you exist.

    All good wishes
    Carole Wyatt

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