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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 United 2018 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5260 Easy Improve 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 is 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 tips. The last part of the class will be open for all knitting questions (those you have put in the "bag of why"), so come with your questions and let's explore our knitting.
Friday 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 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!
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5167 Intermediate Short-row Magic
You've learned how to short row, you've even done it in a pattern, but how do you apply it to your own knitting? Learn how to use this little bit of knitting magic to adapt patterns to fit you better. Learn how you can replace existing pattern elements such as neck, armhole , and shoulder shaping. We will also explore how you can add functional elements to your garment such as creating bust darts or raising the back of a yoke sweater, as well as adding decorative elements to existing patterns such as shawl collars and shirt-tail hems. Short rows truly are magic!
Note: Short rows will not be taught in this class. Working knowledge of one of the short-row techniques is required.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3040 Intermediate Secrets of the Sleeve Cap
A properly sized sleeve cap can make or break a garment. Learn the math to design a traditional sleeve cap and how to redesign one should your row gauge be different than the pattern's. After exploring the domino effect of changing parts of a sweater pattern, we will learn how to design a fixed-height and a variable-height sleeve cap that will fit you perfectly. Once we have cracked the code of the sleeve cap, we will explore the four seaming zones that will allow you to perfectly sew in your set-in sleeve. You will never look at sleeves the same again!
NOTE: Math is used in sweater design.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5147 Intermediate 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
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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.