It’s the last weekend in March, springtime, nearly April, and here in Brooklyn . . . it snowed, granted it was only snow flurries, but still.
Since this time of year, we’d like to believe it will get warm soon. I wanted to share some springtime knitting inspiration. Here’s a round up of spring knitting patterns.
Check out my Ravelry Page for more design inspiration.
I love when I get requests for Tuesday Tips. I demo a lot of different cast ons in pattern in my Craftsy classes, as well as my Interweave DVDs, but I’ve never demoed German Twisted Cast on in pattern.
German Twisted Cast On Tutorial (In Pattern)
- For more tips LIVE, join me in one of my live classes. I’ll be schlepping all around the country in 2015. Keep watching the Upcoming Classes page. I update it frequently.
- For more fabulous online and digital classes, you can find links on my Online Classes Page (hint – subscribe to my newsletter for coupons!)
- For more Tuesday Tips, click here
To subscribe to my You Tube channel click here
Please write your questions in letter form, just like the old letter’s to Dear Abby. We’d love to feature the full letter in the column, not just the questions, so have fun with it! Let’s all learn from each other and let’s start talking knitting! So e-mail your questions to:
I often get asked about my “design process,” and I feel sheepish and inadequate and usually make up some kind of nonsense about being inspired by the colors of the turning leaves or the way the light hits the brick of a New York building. . . but since it’s just us, I thought I’d give you a peek into how my days really go, and my real design process (and hi-tech tools!)
I’m a knitter, and I’m a knitting teacher, and I also design sweaters. I think more like a knitter than a great artist, so mostly my designs are wearable sweaters that I would want to knit for myself.
In design I do use a lot of fancy schmancy computer tools like Excel for pattern grading, charting software, and Illustrator for schematics . . . but since I didn’t go to fashion school, I approach my designs with several other highly professional tools (like twist ties, old t-shirts, scissors, paper, and scotch tape).
I thought it would be fun from time to time to peek under the hood and look at some of my silly tools . . . today’s exploration
When I design a new cable sweater, I like to be able to see it by creating it somehow in 3D before charting it.
And that little exercise in arts and crafts resulted in this:
Sometimes you use what you have on hand. I was in a hotel during a teaching trip when I was working on Serena’s Song design for Cascade’s Vest Bets. All I had on hand was a few twist ties from the snacks I packed, but they were handy.
As this, became this
So the moral of the story in my design world . . . use any and all tools on hand (even the twist tie from a snack bag) to help you see your designs become a reality.
For more cable fun, check out my Craftsy class Explorations in Cables
Click HERE for a $20 off link.
Fixing Your Knitting
In this two DVD set (or digital download) we go over fixes on the needles in lace, cables, in the round, color work, shaping and more, AND fixes after your work has been bound off . . . that’s right, it’s never too late to fix your knitting!
FOR 15 % off, USE LINKS BELOW & PROMO CODE: PATTYLYONS15
A few days ago, I posted about duplicate stitch. This little wonder is actually a huge family of fixes.
I hope you enjoy cutting your knitting as much as I do!
In other news, I’m doing my Customizing Sweater Pattern Class coming up as a live webinar. Don’t worry if you can’t attend live, you can still register and download later:
Live Webinar Date: March 11, 2015
Start Time: 1 pm EST
More info HERE
Live Webinar Date: March 18, 2015
Start Time: 1 pm EST
More info HERE
Last weekend I was lucky enough to get to return to one of the most awesome knitting guilds, Madison!
I spoke at the guild last year, and had this amazeballs view from the stage:
The guild is filled with some of the most mad skilled knitters I’ve ever seen in one place . . . so when they asked me back to be the keynote speaker and featured teacher for their annual event, I was thrilled!
Madison Knitters Guild Knit In!
I had such a ball with the group during the keynote speech “Oops, I Accidentally Knit a Dress: Tales of Lies, Heartbreak and Denial”. The stories that the crowd shared with me were truly HILARIOUS!
I had a great time and enjoyed my students, the market and hanging with my fellow featured teacher Joanna Johnson.
A HUGE thank you to all the organizers who put this fantastic event together.
Next fun filled guild events:
March – Charlotte Knitting Guild, in Charolotte, NC Mar 21 – 22
April – Yarnover in Minnesota April 25 (including a visit to Yarnology in Winona, April 23 & 24, and Steven Be’s in Minnesota April 26 & 27
Interested in having Patty teach for your shop or guild?
– Please e-mail Patty using the Contact page.
– Patty is happy to discuss customizing class content for your event.
– To download a course catalog click here.