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Patty Lyons
Patty 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 and knitting shows around the country. One of her classes was named Craftsy’s most popular class of 2013!

Her DVDs include Knitting Bag of Tricks, Advanced Fixes in Knitting, and An Introduction to Color Knitting.

Patty's designs and articles have been published by various yarn companies and in Knitter’s Magazine, Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting, Cast On, Knit Style, and Creative Knitting magazines, where she also writes a knitter’s advice column called “Patty’s Purls of Wisdom”.

For more about Patty, go to pattylyons.com

STITCHES East 2014 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5225 Intermediate Reading Between the Lines: What the Pattern Doesn't Tell You There’s a lot of information hiding between the lines of knitting patterns. Once you unravel the mysteries of the math and numbers you will never blindly follow a pattern again. Learn the things you need to know before you start a pattern, like yarn substitution, how to figure your yarn amount from your swatch, what size to make, and how to read a schematic. Understand the numbers in the pattern so you know when and how you can change them. Finally we’ll explore the things a pattern tells you to do but doesn’t tell you how. We’ll look into some of the most frustrating pattern instructions such as "reverse shaping" and “at the same time” as well as "pick up evenly across the row". Learn the secrets hiding inside every knitting pattern!
Note: Some basic knowledge of sweater patterns or having knit at least one sweater is helpful but not required. This is not a pattern reading class.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3115 Intermediate If You Can Draw It, You Can Design It! Learn how to design any shape no matter how complex. We’ll start by going over my five steps to the basics of design. We’ll learn how to calculate the rate of increase and decrease and we’ll start with some simple shapes. Then we’ll move on to more complex compound shaping. Using a dolman sweater as an example, we’ll learn how to break things down into shaping zones to figure out how to knit them. Finally we’ll go over the use of short rows to create things like shirt tail hems and shawl collars. Remember, if you can draw it, you can design it!
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5146 Easy Secrets of Gauge Gauge is one of the most important elements in your knitting. It takes just a few minutes to properly gauge swatch but a whole lot of time to knit a sweater that doesn’t fit. We will explore all the ways your gauge swatch can (and has in the past) lie to you! We will reveal the difference between yarn gauge and pattern gauge, as well as exploring what to do when a project is knit in the round or in a pattern stitch, or when you just can’t match the row gauge. We’ll even learn how to resize a sweater by using a different gauge yarn. Make every sweater fit you like it was made for you . . . because it was!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5145 No skills required Magic of Perfect Blocking Why spend all that time knitting a garment, only to stop short of making it look great! Blocking is an essential part of finishing your garment off perfectly. Blocking evens out your stitches, sets your size, and in some cases can even mask your mistakes. In this workshop we will go over the 3 main methods of blocking (wet, steam, and spray) and learn how to use all the tools such as blocking boards and wires. We’ll also discuss blocking unusual shapes and special stitch patterns, as well as learn a bit about different fiber properties. Come on, don’t stop short of the perfect finish!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5206 Intermediate Take it From the Top: Short-row, Set-in Sleeve Cap We all know the hardest part about a set in sleeve is setting it in! A traditional set in sleeve is knit from the bottom up and then you sew the sleeve cap into place. If your sleeve cap isn’t perfect, your sleeve doesn’t fit. Learn how to create a sleeve cap from the top with no seaming required! We will learn how to create this little piece of short row magic by knitting a mini version and then we will finish the class by going over how to convert an existing pattern into a top down, short row set in sleeve.
Note: Must know how to do wrap and turn short rows, pick up stitches and do the mattress stitch.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5147 Easy Patty's Knitting Bag of Tricks There are so many knitting tricks that make our lives better. Over the years of knitting and teaching I've accumulated quite a few fantastic ones. I love it when I'm teaching a class and a student declares 'I love that tip!' So, I've decided to dig into my knitting bag of tricks and put them all in one class. From how to do a better SSK, make matching size YO's, avoid the gap at the end of a bind-off, tighten your first stitch, make better neck divides, and more...get ready to find your new favorite knitting tricks!
Note: Must know how to cast on, bind off, and work basic increases and decrease as well as having completed one project by following a pattern.

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