Blog - Patty Lyons | Knitting Teacher

Win Vogue Knitting LIVE San Francisco Class Package!

Vogue Knitting LIVE San Francisco will be here in no time (Sept 21 – 23), and you could WIN a class package in the Vogue Knitting Live SF Raffle!

Join me in San Francisco! I’m giving away one Painted Ladies Package featuring 3 classes and a 3-day Marketplace ticket! Valued at $285!

and . . . EVERYONE who enters the raffle will be sent a promo code for 10% off my classes (or a class package), and a code for 50% off the market place just for entering the

Vogue Knitting Live San Francisco Raffle

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A Fun One – Animals in Knits!

Well, summer’s begun, and with it comes a flurry of activity! Here in Brooklyn kids are running around the neighborhood at all hours, and everyone is heading to the park in droves. It makes me thankful to have a quiet garden to retreat to, when I get the chance. Things are super busy for me as well; it feels like I just got back from Vogue Destinations only to fly out to Cleveland for TNNA this weekend. I’ve got several trips coming up over the next three months (check my classes page to see if I’ll be coming to your town), and the next KAL to design and film, whew! I’ve got a feeling this summer is going to fly by!

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Tuesday Tip – Working German Short Rows in the Round

Tuesday Tip copyThe love of German Short rows is strong in knitters!  Last year we worked with the wrap and turn method in both the Tortola KAL and the Rising Spades KAL and for Costa Maya we uses German short-rows. In April we learned out to substitute German Short Rows for Wrap and Turn and when I would and wouldn’t substitute. 

Although the work beautifully in the round, there is one trick to closing the gap

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What I Learned From the Costa Maya KAL

The Costa Maya KAL has wrapped up, and now I’m experiencing that same bittersweet feeling of pride and loss that comes with the end of a wonderful experience. Not unlike the wrapping of a show when I was working in theater. Even though it’s a little sad to say goodbye to Costa Maya, I’m once again humbled and blown away by all of you and how much you’ve learned and grown. Also there are still plenty of KALers continuing to work on their lovely sweaters and rest assured, I’m still here to answer questions. Keep at it, I know you’ll love your finished sweaters!! My favorite part of the KAL aftermath is scrolling through the Ravelry group and reading the comments by the wonderful KALers, so I thought I’d share some with you!

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And the Costa Maya KAL Grand Prize Winners Are . . .

Another Video KAL comes to an end and I’ll tell the truth, this one was special. Over 650 knitters joined in and the results have been truly amazing, Costa Maya was one of the most challenging things I’ve designed and wow, did these knitter’s rise to the challenge! Last month, I provided a sneek peek behind the design and now The KAL winners have been chosen and awarded!

If you are feeling inspired to try it, Costa Maya + 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 2500 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

Costa Maya KAL Final PRIZES

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Costa Maya KAL Prizes!

The deadline to get your Costa Maya projects finished (or started!)—for a chance to win prizes—has been extended to May 8!!!

Don’t miss out on the chance to get a free sweater class AND win one of the four grand prizes! (yes there is a prize for UFO – unfinished objects, so even casting on will make you eligible!)

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Substituting German Short-Rows for W&T Short-Rows

Tuesday Tip – Substituting German Short-Rows for W&T Short-Rows

Tuesday Tip copyI love short-rows. They are an amazing way to add super cool shapes to knitting. I use them a lot in my designs and I’ve enjoyed teaching them in my video knit-alongs. Last year we worked with the wrap and turn method in both the Tortola KAL and the Rising Spades KAL. The current video knit-along for Costa Maya uses German short-rows. Many knitters fell in love with this technique and now want to know…

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Spring Knitting Pattern Round Up

Between the erratic weather (please no more snow!!) and this bum arm, I’ve got a major case of cabin fever. Fortunately, the warm weather is slowly making some headway and I’ve got PT exercises to get cracking on, so things are looking up. Thank goodness I’ve got lots to look forward to in the coming months, including the rest of the Costa Maya KAL (buy before May 8th to get the full version for only $9!) and lots teaching travel. To get you inspired for Spring and Summer knitting, here’s a collection of patterns to cast on as the mercury rises!

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The Many Shapes of Costa Maya

So, the Costa Maya KAL is in full swing, and I’ve gotta be honest… you guys are KILLING it!! I’m always so excited to pop on Ravelry and see how everyone’s projects are coming along. No pressure, but please update often, with this bum arm I’m living through vicarious knitting pleasure!!

The turnout for this KAL has been amazing, but just in case there are any of you lurking on the fence, let me sweeten the pot. I know that it’s always a risk to start a new pattern. It can be tough to visualize how the final will look and if it could be a good addition to your wardrobe or one of those sweaters you shove to the back of your closet. I tend to model for the KAL photos and while I’m fairly petite with a pear shape, I know there are lots of different body types and sizes out there. So today I’d like to show off Costa Maya’s versatility with the help of some of the lovely ladies at my shared office space! (Shout-out to Brooklyn Creative League!)

I’ll go first.

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Welcome to the Five-Timers Club!!

Last year I rolled out badges for the knitters who were in either two or three of my previous KALs (Corcoran KALTortola KAL, & Soho Slip Stitch KAL). Since then, with the Rising Spades KAL and the just opened Costa Maya KAL, I figured it was time to update! If you’ve done all of my KALs, you are in the…

The Five-Timers Club!

Congratulations! Show off your achievement proudly!!

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