Jill is a freelance graphic designer by day, and knitwear designer by night.

In 2000, while earning her BFA in Graphic Design from Western Michigan University, she found herself spending so much time in front of a computer that she missed her desire to create with her hands. After picking up a book on knitting, she quickly learned the craft and hasn’t put her needles down since!


Publishing her first pattern in 2009, (the Smocked Slouch), Jill continues to add to her growing line of knitting patterns. Mostly self-published but also for books, magazines, and yarn companies.


Jill’s graphic design background is evident in her unique designs and bold colorwork. Her designs range from simple accessories to uniquely constructed garments. Not limited to one design aesthetic; Jill designs patterns that are both simple and classic, as well as designs that are bold and colorful with a modern flair.

What she loves most about knitwear design, is seeing her vision come to life. And what she thinks is even better than that, is seeing others knit her patterns!


In 2021 her passion lead her to create her own yarn company, North Bay Fiber. Breed-specific yarns curated for modern knitting patterns and kits. 100% sourced, dyed and milled, and designed in the U.S.A. To shop North Bay Fiber yarns, visit www.northbayfiber.com


Knitting: www.knitterella.com
Graphic Design: www.jillzielinskidesigns.com



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Graphic Design

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I'm a Michigan based Graphic Designer with a passion to knit! Graphic Designer by day and Knitwear Designer by night.

I have a BFA in Graphic Design and over 20 years graphic design experience.

Below are a few of the services that are offered:

  • Logo Design

  • Ad Design

  • Pattern Layout

  • eBook Design

  • Custom Illustrations

  • Chart and Schematic Graphics

  • Photography Services

Please contact jillzielinski@gmail.com for rates and availability.