5 Things People Have Learned from My Book, “Patty Lyons’ Knitting Bag of Tricks”

Hi there, knitters! Happy 2023. I’m honored to share that it’s been an incredible few months since my latest book, “Patty Lyons’ Knitting Bag of Tricks,” came out in October. Firstly, I want to send a heartfelt “Thank you” to everyone who has picked up the book so far. Your support means the world!

Because your comments have been so wonderful to read, I decided to pop on here and share a few things people have told me they’ve learned from “Patty Lyons’ Knitting Bag of Tricks: Over 70 Sanity Saving Hacks for Better Knitting.” (If you haven’t, please consider posting a review on Amazon!)

#1 Understanding the Why

I’m so happy to see that a lot of you have really gelled with this idea again and again. When it comes to knitting, I always say that once we understand the WHY we can figure out the HOW to do it—or how to do it better than we did before.

“My DH is a new knitter, and he has an engineer’s brain, so he needs to know ALL.THE.THINGS about knitting… the how, what, why of it. I recently lost my book… finally located it in the DH’s knitting bag, full of post-it notes and page markers. Along with the book were two very large knitting needles and a spool of cord. When I asked about said needles and cord, he replied that he wanted to knit with the cord, like Patty, so he can see what each stitch is doing and how the stitches relate to one another.” —needlesnspindles

“As a process knitter, you’ve made my life so much easier because understanding the why gives me the confidence to fix things and to do them correctly in the first place.” —whitstitcher

Love to hear it!

#2 Don’t Fear the Gauge

Do not, I repeat, do not let your knitting smell your fear! You can conquer the dreaded G-word! Remember: The reason we swatch is not to match gauge; it’s to make a fabric you like and to know its gauge.

Here’s what some lovely readers learned about gauge:

“She (Patty) lays out how to demystify it and have SUCCESS in your projects by using some simple math.” —BBMadness7

“My knitting is so EVEN now! I get close to gauge and it’s predictable. Because the needle does the work.” —meganjapig

#3 How to Build a Better Fabric

We are not machines and we do not always knit using the optimal technique… and that’s okay! It’s all about how you use your needle and where you form your stitch. Plus, inconsistencies can be a great thing!

“It’s made me think about the fabric I’m creating when I knit, and how the stitches work together, something I’ve not really thought of before.” —jennyb

#4 Secret Solutions to Pesky Problems

New knitters are often told you should always or never do certain things. The truth is, that’s rarely the case. On the flip side of “understanding the why,” I encourage you to find your own way of doing things by simply asking, “Why not?” If it works, it works!

“It has given me many useful hacks for improving my knitting, including how to ensure that annoyingly little gap in German short rows disappears.” —Aleesi

“What’s my most favourite? SSK, as well as the how to shorten the yarn from a knit to a purl so no ladders form.” —shelleyquarles

# 5 How to Fix Mistakes

Believe me, I’ve made a lot of knitting mistakes in my day, and I’ve lived to tell the tale! Remember: Reframing your “mistakes” is a great way to become more resilient. Ask yourself, “Did I really make a mistake or did I simply invent a new stitch?”

“My favorite Patty quote is ‘Every mistake in knitting is an advanced technique you didn’t mean to use at that particular time.’” —Linda

It’s true! Don’t be scared of so-called “mistakes!” Challenge yourself to PLAY with your knitting.

If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll pick up a copy of “Patty Lyons’ Knitting Bag of Tricks: Over 70 Sanity Saving Hacks for Better Knitting” for yourself or a loved one who knits. With over 200 pages of knitting pointers (coupled with easy-to-follow illustrations) you’re bound to find some valuable advice that guides you to where you want to go with your WIP. Get your AUTOGRAPHED COPY when you order directly from my website here! Enjoy!

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  • Susan January 14, 2023   Reply →

    I thought it was just me!!! Understanding and knowing what each stitch is supposed to do on each row, understanding the path and twists & turns of the yarn throughout the fabric was essential for me! I railed against teaching finger knitting in classes I taught but quickly realized it helped me explain correcting simple mistakes to my beginner students! But I NEED to know the path of my yarn. I haven’t finished the book but understanding the difference in yarnovers around knit and Purl stitches and how to correct them was a huge help.

  • Debbie Smetherham January 15, 2023   Reply →

    I’m loving your book, Patty! I’m excitedly casting in a new project so I can use all of your tips and flicks as I go. Thank you!

    • Debbie Smetherham January 15, 2023   Reply →

      *tricks, not flips!

  • Naomi Stone January 15, 2023   Reply →

    Your book was my number 1 ask for Christmas and my daughter came thru!!! I have been very pleased with some of the information. I taught myself to knit 40 some years ago from a McCall’s stitchers book and I’m pretty sure I have some bad habits but I intend to make use of this wonderful instruction manual. Thanks Patty! I’m one of you IG followers.

  • Deborah Nelson January 18, 2023   Reply →

    In you book you talk about going from rib to stockinette to get rid of the flip, what about going from Stockinette to rib?? How do we manage that?

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