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United States

Hand Knit Designer

Jessie Mae Martinson

Jessie Mae Martinson describes herself as 'a fat knitwear designer living on occupied indigenous land' in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

The daughter of a Filipina immigrant and an Ojibwe father, she's a member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe and grew up on her tribe's reservation in the Northwoods of Wisconsin where her love of making small things with her hands was born. She has degrees in Afro-American Studies & Intergroup Relations and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and combines her educational background and intersectional identities to inform her activism around race, class, and inclusion in the yarn crafts.

She focuses on creating modern, minimal designs and is renowned for writing size inclusive patterns for hand knitters that are available in PDF format from her pattern store on Ravelry.

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