Meet Tuija Sulisalo

Founder and owner of Tuyaknits

TuyaKnits is all about love for knitting and quality patterns.


I live in Southern Finland and work internationally, mainly from home or sometimes from our cottage in the quiet Finnish Lapland where my paternal roots come from.

I’ve been knitting almost all my life, with 10+ years of more serious and professional interest. Knitting is my true passion!

I have a PhD in Molecular Genetics from the University of Helsinki (Finland). My professional experience includes work in research and then, after some years with children at home, running a self-employed translation company focused on patents.

As a knitter I’m basically self-taught but having an extremely curious mind, I’ve gathered knowledge of techniques and tricks all over and from every pattern I’ve ever read. In the late 90’s, I spent a year in Cambridge (UK) and learned the English way of perceiving knitting and writing patterns.

Hi, I’m Tuija, the founder and tech editor at tuyaknits

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“All things fun are good for your tummy!”

The Exploits of Moominpappa by Tove Jansson

My favorite quote…

Knitting at home and out & about, obviously.
Singing in a renaissance ensemble.
Watching Mad About You, over and over again.
Watching Gilmore Girls, over and over again.
Watching our Icelandic sheepdog fulfilling his nature while herding.

things I enjoy

I might be be a musicologist specialized in ethnomusicology.

If I had any other profession…

Play outside with my dog, Nalle.

On my free time I love to…

A good cup of tea.

My favorite drink


My favorite things

Get to know me

As a new designer, I knew I needed to work with someone who could be the second set of eyes on my pattern. Even from my own experience as a tech editor, I knew that I wanted someone who could see the flaws that I couldn’t spot in my own work. I feel confident that I would be able to send her a pattern and she would spot my mistakes. Her suggestions throughout were super helpful about how I could also improve my pattern not just what was wrong. The edits on my pattern were clear and the communication throughout meant that I knew exactly what was going to happen next. I would absolutely recommend Tuija and will be looking to using her skills in the future.”

“I really appreciated Tuija’s work and her attention to detail on my pattern." 

Catherine Whelan 

 Snooptigger Crafts

How TuyaKnits got established

In Autumn 2018, I worked through the wonderful Tech Editing Master Class created by Joeli Kelly as an ambition to include technical editing of knitting patterns into my portfolio of services. This then led to establishing my business as TuyaKnits and working as a professional tech editor and pattern translator.

While I’m working, I usually have a moomin mug filled with delightfully greenish Darjeeling tea at hand to keep me going. When I’m not reading patterns or knitting, you may find me walking in our neighbourhoods with Nalle, our herding fanatic Icelandic Sheepdog, and listening to audio books. You might also find me singing in a 12-member renaissance ensemble in our gatherings once a month. Music is close to my heart in all forms and a steady hobby since childhood.

I’d love to hear from you!

I have participated in numerous classes with established designers in knitting events in Finland, the UK and US, as well as online.