Cocoknits is based in Oakland, California. We are a small team of women who love to make things and love supporting other creative people and businesses. We believe all Makers should have beautiful, high-quality, tools to use in their craft. See our Company Statements for more about our mission and values.

Meet Julie

Cocoknits founder, Julie Weisenberger, learned to knit and completed her first sweater in college while studying abroad in Salzburg, Austria. She has been knitting and designing ever since. In the 1980s she ran her own knitwear company; in the 1990s she designed sweaters for yarn companies and magazines; and in 2007 she founded Cocoknits.com, her own pattern and tool company.

Over the years she has developed and perfected a unique top-down, seamless method of sweater knitting called the Cocoknits Method, and created a line of tools that make the process of knitting and Making easier and more beautiful. For the past decade Julie has been teaching classes throughout the United States and in Europe on the Cocoknits Method and selecting flattering knitwear styles for different body proportions. She lives in Oakland, California.

A Chat with Julie

Learn more about Julie in her interviews with the Fruity Knitting podcast,  Kelbourne Woolens, on the Knit Collage Podcast, in her Monarch interview, or on the Vogue Knitting podcast

The Team

The Cocoknits Team works together on the day-to-day details and broader vision of the company. Our collaborative dynamic is a creative process – like knitting, but with spreadsheets and stuff.


Jessica Culligan


Jessica lives in New York, has been knitting for over 15 years, and loves trying new fiber arts. She has an MBA, geeks out about spreadsheets, and writes about books and television in her spare time. You can hear interviews with her on the podcasts, Catalyst Conversations and Elderly Millenial with Bobble Club House.

Jennifer Hughes


Jennifer comes from a long line of Makers and has been knitting since she learned from her mom at the age of eight. She holds a BFA in Fibers from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and may hold the land speed record for knitting in Berkeley, California. Jennifer also makes interesting objects that can be found at GreenWork Handmade

Jane Veitenheimer

Marketing Manager

Jane lives in Minneapolis, MN with her husband, two dogs, and two cats. She's been an avid knitter for 10 years and designs patterns in her spare time. In the rare event she's not knitting, she's out camping, at a museum, working on her photography skills or doing yoga. 

Find your local shop

Our community is our source of inspiration. We support independently-owned shops and craft businesses in the Making community, and are proud to feature our products in unique shops all over the world.