PATTY LYONS (http://pattylyons.com/) is a nationally recognized knitting teacher and technique expert who is known for teaching the “why” not just the “how” in her pursuit of training the “mindful knitter”. She specializes in sweater design and sharing her love of the much-maligned subjects of gauge and blocking.
Patty teaches nationally at guilds, shops & knitting shows around the country as well as hosting her own retreats. Her popular classes can also be found on DVD and online through her website on her education site education.pattylyons.com.
Patty designs and knitting skill articles have been published in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knit Purl, Knitter’s Magazine, Cast On, Knit Style, Creative Knitting, Twist Collective and Modern Daily Knitting where she writes a monthly knitter’s advice column: “Ask Patty”. Patty’s designs have also been included in pattern collections from Classic Elite, Noro, Cascade, Tahki Stacy Charles, Sugar Bush and Willow Yarns.
Patty has been a repeat guest on PBS’s Knitting Daily TV and even quoted as a subject-matter expert in the Wall Street Journal.
Patty loves to knit, crochet, spin and has even dabbled on the knitting machine. She is currently attempting not to get sucked into another yarncraft, but weaving is looking pretty interesting. Patty splits her time between Brooklyn and upstate New York where she loves gardening in the summer and sitting by the fire in the winter.
Patty’s new book: Patty Lyons’ Knitting Bag of Tricks will be published in fall of 2022.
Workshop – Build a Better Fabric: Perfect Your Knitting Technique
We know how to knit, but do we know how to build a perfect fabric? There’s always room for improvement! Does your knitting “row out” (your purl stitch looser than your knit stitch), are you looking for a better way to control your gauge? What about alternative ways to tension your yarn when working with stiff yarn or slippery yarn? We’ll explore ways to improve your knitting technique by looking at the most important fundamentals, like the job of the left needle tip and the right needle shaft, stitch sizing, and even the correct exit path of your stitch. We will explore edge stitches, cast on and bind offs and a huge array of knitting tip. The last part of the class will be open for all knitting questions (that you have put in the “bag of why”), so come with your questions and let’s explore our knitting.
Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, know simple increase and decreases. Recognize the knit and purl stitch and be able to work them in a pattern without supervision.
Skill Level: Easy
Worsted-weight yarn, smooth, light colored.
Needle – US size 8 (5 mm) and 9 (5.5 mm) needles (whichever your yarn choice requires). OPTIONAL to experiment with purl gauge: bring needles 2–3 sizes smaller and larger.
Cast on 24 stitches, work 2 inches in plain stockinette (NO GARTER EDGE, just stockinette), enough to get a sense of your knitting style. Do not bind off, we will be working this swatch.