Blog - Patty Lyons | Knitting Teacher

What I Learned: Lessons from the Harbor Springs Knit-Along

Congratulations to all of the knitters who have finished their Harbor Springs Sweaters so far—and for those of you that are still working on them, take it at your own pace! Your fellow knitters and I can’t wait to see your results. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, and the KAL materials stay live on Ravelry forever, so keep at it!

If you haven’t already checked out the amazing finished projects in our Ravelry Group, I highly recommend scrolling through them for inspiration.

Haven’t joined us yet? There’s still time!

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Along the way, participants have learned a TON. Here are just a couple of the best lessons or skills learned that our knitters shared.

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The Harbor Springs Winners are . . .

Another Video KAL comes to an end and as always, I was amazed by the talented knitters! Over 525 knitters joined in and the results have been truly amazing. Harbor Springs was a result of requests for a looser fitting raglan pullover. I wrote about understanding ease, and checked in on how things were going after Clue #1, and now The KAL winners have been chosen and awarded!

If you are feeling inspired to try it, Harbor Springs + pattern comes with over 4 hours of video tutorials, all the sweater modifications and knitting how tos for only will be $15.00!!

Through it all, the help and support of every knitter on the Ravelry group was always there. Over 2900 amazing knitters let every first time sweater knitter know . . . they were not alone!

Never too late to jump into any sweater class, as the videos (embedded in the pattern) never expire, and the message boards stay live forever.

Now it’s time to discuss

Harbor Springs KAL Final PRIZES

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Tuesday Tip – Gauge Fears? It’s Cookie Math!

Tuesday Tip copyI have written a LOT about gauge. In fact, just put “gauge” in the search field of this blog and you’ll see just how much I have written about it.

In my video sweater classes, we always have gauge tutorials and explore the wonderfully powerful thing that can happen when we don’t get gauge…on purpose.

And yet, we still fear the simple math we have to deal with day-to-day. So let’s break down the Math of Gauge!

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Harbor Springs Has Begun!

Two weeks ago, clue #1  for the Harbor Springs Video KAL hit the in box of 350 knitters. We’ve only just begun and there are new knitters joining us everyday! We are now over 480 knitters strong!

We have given out two fabulous participation prizes so far (we pick a new winner every week!), there are three giant grand prize packages in November (and yes, one of them will be for a WIP!)

Knitters who join us before Nov 5 will still get 28 video tutorials (nearly 4 hours of filmed sweater instruction), all the sweater modifications and knitting how tos for just $10!

Harbor Springs Video KAL update

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Have a Patty Lyons Six Pack!

It’s hard to believe we just started our sixth Video KAL. I am floored and honored that over 2000 knitters have joined in.

We rolled out badges for the knitters who were in two or more of my previous KALs (Corcoran KALTortola KAL,Soho Slip Stitch KALRising Spades KAL and Costa Maya KAL). And now . . .  (drum roll please) If you’ve done all of my KALs, then help yourself to …

Patty Lyons Six Pack!

Congratulations! Show off your achievement proudly!!

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Fall – Winter 2018 Teaching Events

The air is starting to cool down and that means I’m moving into the CRAZY busy fall / winter teaching schedule. I’m sure to be someplace near by you, so leave me a comment and let me know which event you are planning on attending.

Don’t forget, if you know a shop or guild that would like me to come visit. Let them know they can make teaching requests here. See my full schedule here.

If you are in the New York area, you can book a private lesson with me live here, or book a online streaming lesson with me here.

You can also join me in the newest video sweater KAL kicking off on Sept 10, Harbor Springs.

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Every Knitter Deserves a Fabulous Project Bag!

As any knitter worth their needles knows, it’s not always about the yarn. There’s a lot of accessories that come with this obsession, and if you’re like me you’ve gone through your fair share of stitch markers, tape measures, and tapestry needles. But no accessory is so much fun to acquire as the project bag. Every knitter should own at least one (or ten), and for knitters like me–who don’t necessarily stick to one project at a time–these bags can be a godsend of organization. Plus they come in an endless variety of shape, design, size, and fabric. Here are some of my favorite knitter’s project bag sellers, as well as some new ones I’ve found from poking around Etsy! Keep your eyes open: some of these fabulous bags are going to be prizes in the Harbor Springs Video KAL!

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5 Steps to Your Perfect Sweater

5 Steps to Your Perfect Sweater

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I love sweaters. I love to knit sweaters. I love to wear sweaters. I have knit some great ones and some not great ones. Over the years I’ve made just about every sweater mistake that can be made.

Since we are about to cast on for the newest video sweater class on my Ravelry group (jump in anytime!), it seemed like a good time to look at some simple sweater secrets (say THAT 5 times fast!)

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Understanding Ease

We have just begun to swatch for Harbor Springs Video KAL and it’s time to talk fit and the ever so mysterious “ease”.

In the last video sweater class for Costa Maya I showed the same sweater tried on several different body types (The Many Shapes of Costa Maya.) This really helped people see how the same sweater can look different AND great on a lot of different shapes and sizes.

Before we do the same thing for Harbor Springs, I want to dig into that age old knitter’s question:

What is “ease”

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