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Elizabeth Zimmermann
Meg Swansen

Welcome to Schoolhouse Press

Schoolhouse Press is a publisher of knitting books, patterns, and instructional videos, the home of Knitting Camp, and a knitting supply business founded in the mid-1950s by British-born master knitter Elizabeth Zimmermann. Today, we are a typical small business located in Wisconsin, USA, run by Elizabeth's family and a few staff members wearing a number of hats. Our focus is on customer service (yes, it's still possible to reach us by phone--800-968-5648) and supplying knitters with books, patterns, wool, and tools we use and endorse. Learn More.

 

Featured Products

In the Footsteps of Sheep

 In the Footsteps of Sheep: Tales of a Journey Through Scotland, Walking, Spinning, and Knitting Socks captivated us from the first glance at its striking photographs and the author's beguiling prose. In the Footste...

The Complete Surprise: Knitting Elizabeth Zimmermann's Surprise Jacket

The Complete Surprise book by Cully Swansen is truly a complete guide to Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Surprise Jacket - filled to the brim with exciting projects for absolute beginner to experienced knitter! Most people ...

EZ Knitting Calculator for Surprise Jackets

The EZ Knitting Calculator for Surprise Jackets is a digital product that generates custom row-by-row instructions for any size Baby, Child, or Adult Surprise Jacket. Access the calculator through your account, type in a...

Knitting Patterns

ABCSJ (Adult, Baby, and Child's Surprise Jacket) - SPP5

   Elizabeth Zimmermann's Baby Surprise Jacket has truly proven to be timeless, growing in popularity since its conception in 1968. The Jacket is knitted back and forth in Garter stitch, then cleverly folded an...

The Four Seasons, SPP65

An incredible collection of four original Fair Isle sweaters from the renowned Brazilian designer. From Denver in the fall, to New York in the winter, back to his home in Sao Paulo for spring and summer, Felipe has drawn...

Honey's Mittens - SPP 64

A beautiful pair of authentic Norwegian mittens, with a touching story from Elizabeth about friendship, gifts, and salvaging treasured artifacts. Includes full instructions and charts, utilizing EZ’s ingenious Thum...

Tami's Gloves - SPP 61

These beautiful lace cable gloves were lovingly designed and knit by Mary Ellen Langieri as a thank you to SHP’s own Tami Robus. Mary Ellen did a wonderful job with the lace cables - note how they continue unbroken...

WG 94 Twisted Stitch Pinafore

Meg Swansen'sTwisted Stitch Pinafore has a textured body and plain sleeves (although there is a cable running the length of the saddle, sleeves, and cuffs in one version). The pullover is knitted in our Québ&eacut...

Saddle-Shoulder Aran - SPP50

   A beloved classic design from Meg Swansen, featuring stunning Aran cables, with a continuous pattern from cuff to cuff across the sleeves and set-in Saddle-Shoulder. Knitted in our Canadian Regal wool with a...