Blog - Patty Lyons | Knitting Teacher

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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Harbor Springs KAL

Harbor Springs Knit-Along (KAL)

Welcome to Harbor Springs Knit-Along (KAL)!

It’s time for the Fall Knit-Along!!! I am so excited to start another KAL on my Ravelry group. There will be tons of teaching and fun, prizes and a great garment! During the KAL registration period you get the full sweater class for just $1 over the price of the pattern!!!  There will be HOURS of video tutorials, and modification documents to help you every step of the way.

Use Promo code: HarSpKAL During the pre-sale period before Sept 10 and get 10% off!

After Nov 5 the pattern alone will be $8, the KAL – sweater class versions (with all the how tos, video tutorials, and modification notes) will be $15.

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The Making of a Sweater Design

Recently I was honored and thrilled to be featured in Vogue Knitting Early Fall issue in their “Maker Feature”. I worked very hard on the cabled sweater of my dreams. Along the way the sweater had many adventures. It went with me on the Nautical Knitting Cruise and on vacation with my family. It also experienced a few mistakes and some RIPPING (more on this another day).

It also inspired a brand new class, called “Chart it, Swatch it, Love it”, coming soon to Vogue Knitting Live! I thought it would be fun to give you a peek behind how I designed all those cables.

Cable Design Fun

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Make Ravelry Work for You!

For most of my life, organization has not been just a helper, it’s been a necessity. My careers in both theater and LYS management demanded first-rate organization techniques, and I’m grateful for the lifetime of practice. Now that I’m self-employed, if I didn’t have all the systems in place that I do I’m sure I’d be tearing my hair out at the roots trying to stay on top of it all. So I deeply appreciate when something makes organizing my life a bit easier, and that brings me to my deep love of Ravelry. When Rav hit the scene in 2007 it was a game-changer. I don’t have to tell most of you how amazing it’s been to have a readily accessible community of fiber enthusiasts to chat with, bounce ideas off, and project stalk. But the clever folks at Ravelry have never stopped working and improving the site and it gets better every year! Today I want to talk about some of my favorite features that make my knitting life just a little less tangled. (GET IT?!)

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