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Patty Lyons
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 such as Vogue Knitting LIVE, and STITCHES. Her popular classes can also be found on DVD and online at Interweave, Annie’s and Craftsy. She also runs wildly popular video sweater classes in her Ravelry group.

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 Mason Dixon 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.



STITCHES West 2019 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5275 Intermediate Twice the Fun, Half the Work Learn the fun and time-saving technique of working a pair of socks, sleeves, or wristers in the round, at once! Getting both pieces done at the same time means you'll never suffer from "second syndrome" again! First, we will go over the basics of working in the round with magic loop and with two circulars. Then we'll move on to the specifics of casting on to work the two items with magic loop or two circulars. We'll also go over professional tips for improving the look of your work made in the round.

Note: Must know long-tail cast-on and how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off. Confident enough with Magic Loop to work it without supervision. 
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 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.

Note: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, and work simple increases and decreases without supervision.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 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, I'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. Let's start and end with a bang!

Note: Must know the long-tail cast-on (in slingshot position), how to knit and purl, and have familiarity with stitch anatomy.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
3135 Intermediate Customizing Sweater Patterns How many times have you thought, "I'd like that sweater but I wish it had ..." 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!

Note: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off. Should be familiar with sweater knitting, sweater patterns, and have knit a couple of sweaters. Solid knowledge of math of gauge required.

Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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. 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 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
3115 Intermediate If You Can Draw It, You Can Knit It! You know the math of gauge and you've even experimented with changing simple shapes in a pattern. Now kick it up a notch and learn how to design any shape no matter how complex. Bell sleeve, sweetheart neck, dolman sleeve – no problem!

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 using the magic formula, 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. Once we decide on what our shaping is, we will shift our focus to knitting and discuss how to decide where the shaping will go.

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 knit it!

Note: Requires a firm knowledge of the math of gauge; students should be experienced sweater knitters familiar with sweater construction.