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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 Midwest 2018 Classes
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Thursday 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.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 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
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5392 Easy Seriously Sassy Stripes!
Stripes can add so much to your project, and there are more tricks to stripes than you might think! We will work a sampler that will teach you all the fun striping tricks, like how to knit in your ends as you go, a better way to join a new ball of yarn, how to make the color change magically just where you want with the felted join, and more. Weâ€™ll also explore more advanced tricks like the knit and slide, a trick to add stripes to your rib, and the jogless join in the round. Weâ€™ll end with design inspiration ideas that will get you ready to design your own stripe project!
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
2050 Easy Best Buttonholes and Button Bands!
Are you never happy with your buttonholes? Does the ratio for picking up stitches for the perfect button band elude you? In this workshop weâ€™ll practice a variety of buttonholes including 1-row and 2-row, and my own trick for neatening up the 2-row buttonhole. We'll look at how to make the perfect button band and make sure the cardigan's final step doesn't lead to disappointment. Let's close up those sweaters with pride!
Note: Must know how to cast on, bind off, and work basic increases and decreases as well as having completed one project by following a pattern.