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NO SKILLS REQUIRED No previous experience in the craft is required.
EASY You should know the basics of the craft and have made at least one project.
INTERMEDIATE You should be comfortable with the craft and ready to learn something new.
ADVANCED You should have made several projects and should be comfortable making minor changes to patterns. Advanced is fun and challenging for thinking crafters.
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, and her popular classes can also be found online and on DVD at Interweave, Annie's, and Craftsy where one of her classes was named most popular class of 2013!
Patty's designs and articles have been published by various yarn companies and in Knitter's, Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting, Cast On, Knit 'n Style, and Creative Knitting magazines, where she also writes a knitterâ€™s advice column called "Patty's Purls of Wisdom".
For more about Patty, go to pattylyons.com
STITCHES West 2018 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
6211 Intermediate Let it Go: Drop-stitch Patterns
Remember when the thought of dropping a stitch made your heart stop? Now learn to let that GO! Discover the beauty of dropping a stitch on purpose! Drop stitch patterns are fun and add a wow factor to anything you knit. In this hands-on knitting class, we will explore a variety of beautiful drop stitch patterns that include manipulated drops and lifted floats. Add a bit of wow to any pattern. Come on, drop a stitch, and let it go!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm SOLD OUT
5276 Intermediate Fantastic Cast-ons & Bind-offs
How you start and end a project is an important decision. There are so many amazing cast-ons and bind-offs, Iâ€™ve gathered some of my favorite and most practical. We will go over great cast-ons and bind-offs for lace, for rib, and more. We will also look at pairing cast-ons and bind-offs that look great together. Letâ€™s start and end with a bang!
Note: Must know the long-tail cast-on (in slingshot position).
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm SOLD OUT
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 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. Weâ€™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!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3135 Intermediate Customizing Sweater Patterns
How many times have you thought, â€ťIâ€™d like that sweater but I wish it had . . . â€ś. Learn the simple math to change basic sweater elements. Using a simple pattern as a base, we will work through changing a crew-neck to a V-neck, changing the sleeve length, adding waist shaping and more. Learn how working a sweater in a different gauge can be to your advantage. Make every sweater pattern your own!
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm SOLD OUT
5163 Easy Stop Turning: Knitting & Purling Backwards
My favorite knitting trick is to stop turning! If you hate purling, are unhappy with your uneven tension, or simply aren't crazy about flipping that 400-stitch basket-weave afghan around every time it's time to do a WS row, learn the joy of never turning! We will learn how to put the knit stitch and the purl stitch in reverse, as well as learn basic decreases, short rows, and picking up stitches backwards. Knitting and purling backwards is great for entrelac, bobbles, short rows, and chart work.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5275 Intermediate Twice the Fun, Half the Work
Learn the fun and time-saving technique of working any two items, in the round, two at a time! Whether socks, sleeves, or wristers, getting both pieces done at once means youâ€™ll never suffer from â€śsecond item syndromeâ€ť again! First, we will go over the basics of working magic loop and two circulars. Then weâ€™ll move on to the secrets of how to cast on and work two items for both magic loop and two circulars. Weâ€™ll also go over professional tips for improving the look of your work in the round.
Note: Must know long-tail cast-on and how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off. Familiarity with Magic Loop required. To practice please review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdSpc0EZpnk