Tanis Gray believes that we are stronger together. When we respect each other, listen, learn, and educate, we can lift each other up and thrive as humans. All are welcome here, regardless of gender identity, race, age, belief system, or crafting style.
A graduate of RISD, Tanis lives in Fairfax, VA with her Mechanical Engineer husband and two children. She has been in the creative field for many years, including roles at Martha Stewart, HBO, Focus Features, Hungryman Productions, and as the Yarn Editor at Vogue Knitting/Sixth & Spring and co-editor of Knit.1. She has worked on projects with Warner Brothers, Lucasfilm, and Disney.
With over 550 published knitting designs in her portfolio, her work has been featured in many major publications and books worldwide. Tanis had her own regularly-featured TV spot on PBS' Knitting Daily TV with Vickie Howell and has taught multiple online Fair Isle classes for Craftsy/Bluprint. It is her goal to help anyone who wants to learn how to knit accomplish their fiber goals.
She is the author of Knit Local: Celebrating America’s Homegrown Yarns (2011, Sixth & Spring), the winner of a gold IPPY Award; Capitol Knits, (2012, Self-Published) a knitting and history book inspired by Washington, DC and national winner of the DAR American Heritage Women in the Arts Award; Knitting Architecture (2013, F&W/Interweave), a collection of designs inspired by well-known architecture; Cozy Knits (2013, F&W/Interweave); From Mama, with Love, (Self-Published) an ebook collection from designer friends and mothers; 3 Skeins or Less – Fresh Knitted Accessories (2014, F&W/Interweave), a modern collection of garments and accessories all knit in 3 or fewer skeins of yarn; Wanderlust – 47 Modern Knits for Bohemian Style, (2015, F&W/Interweave); Modern Baby Knits (2016, F&W/Interweave), a collection of knits for babies and children on the go with fuss-free designs; Gradient Knits (2017, Barron's) a complete course of beautifully and profusely illustrated instruction under one cover using gradient yarns, Knitting Magic: The Official Harry Potter Knitting Pattern Book (2020, Insight Editions), the first and only official knitting book based on the Harry Potter films by Warner Brothers, and Knitting the Galaxy: The Official Star Wars Knitting Pattern Book (2021, Insight Editions), the first and only official knitting book based on the original 9 Star Wars films by Lucasfilm.
Tanis is a proud member of the Creative Knitter’s Guild, Martha Washington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and the Washington DC Chapter of the Mayflower Society. She volunteers at Sanctuary for Families, Project Knitwell, local Boy Scouts troops, her local prayer shawl ministry, and in her son’s school, teaching crafts and knitting. Certain pattern proceeds are donated to The National Center for Transgender Equality, NAACP, The Union of Concerned Scientists, Doctors Without Borders, Friends of Notre Dame, and Project Semicolon.
She has won first place nationally for the American Heritage Award and the National Women in the Arts Award numerous times for Fiber Arts.