Blog - Patty Lyons | Knitting Teacher

7 Historical Photos of People Knitting

In the era of social media, photos are all pretty much digital. But for some of us, we may remember photos B.S.(Before Social Media). Don’t get me wrong, I love Facebook and Instagram (where you can find all my pretty photos) but there was something truly special about the process of capturing a photo on film and sending it into a shop to get printed. The anticipation while waiting to get your pictures back was so exciting.

Personally, I love candid photos; I enjoy seeing people truly being in their element. That’s why I’m so fond of People Knitting: A Century of Photographs, by Barbara Levine. Barbara combines my appreciation for great photography and knitting in this vintage collection of people knitting throughout history. She showcases lovely candids of people knitting and enjoying life, and also staged photos of people with their knitting, showing us just how prevalent knitting was back then. 

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Patty KAL Magic 8 Club

We are getting closer to casting on for the Roselle Tee. It’s our 8th KAL and already we have nearly 700 knitters signed up! I am floored and honored that over 3700 knitters have participated in the last 7 KALs.

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 ,Costa Maya KAL, Harbor Springs and Labadee Cowl, and now . . .  (drum roll please) If you’ve done all of my KALs, then help yourself to your new Magic 8-Club badge!

Congratulations! Show off your achievement proudly!!

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Top 5 Books for Knitting Lace Techniques

Springtime is upon us (thank goodness!) and that means it’s time to switch up our knitting techniques. We may start to knit more shawls, use thinner yarns, or even do some lace work! I know, I know, knitting lace can definitely be complex at times and may seem daunting to those who have never tried. But fear not, there are plenty of great resources, including a few of my own blog posts, to help you along the way.

Lace has been around for many many years, and like so many things in fashion, everything old is new again. There are some amazing books on traditional lace techniques.

Here are five of my favorite books that cover lace techniques, that I think you’ll appreciate:  

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Labadee Cowl KAL PRIZES: And the Winners Are . . .

Another video KAL comes to an end (but this time I’m not sooo sad because the Roselle Tee KAL just went on sale)!! I can’t believe more than 900 people joined in on the fun of knitting this cowl. Some knit it now, while others will cast on later!

Through it all, the help and support of every knitter on the Ravelry group was always there. Over 3,900 amazing knitters helped each other and cheered each other on through every step of the way.

Haven’t joined us yet? If you are feeling inspired to try it, Labadee Cowl pattern comes with hours of video tutorials, all the gauge option and knitting how-tos for only will be $10.00!! It’s never too late to jump into any video class, as the videos (embedded in the pattern) never expire, and the message boards stay live forever.

Now it’s time to discuss…

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Welcome to Roselle Tee Knit-Along (KAL)!

It’s time for the spring 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! This garment, the Roselle Tee, is totally reversible so it’s like getting TWO tops for the price of one (actually three, but more on that in a second).

As always, there will be HOURS of video tutorials, and modification documents to help you every step of the way.

After May 20 the KAL – sweater class versions (with all the how tos, video tutorials, and modification notes) will be $16. So get it now, knit it now or later and SAVE!

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Gauge Round Up

Tuesday Tip copyI have written about gauge many times. I think about gauge, I teach gauge, I believe in gauge.

Right now nearly 900 knitters are knitting up the Labadee Cowl and have found out how a tiny difference in a gauge swatch can domino into a cowl that’s way too big. Good news is I updated the pattern for THREE different gauges so if you don’t match the pattern gauge you can cast on few stitches and even eliminate a repeat here and there and get your dream cowl!

Next week hundreds of knitters will start swatching for the Roselle Tee Video KAL, so I thought this was a great time for a round up of . . .

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Designing for Dolores

I will never forget the day I got the call, the call from herself. There are some fashion icons so famous, so immortal, they only need one name, and their association with their designers have made the designer’s name immortal too. Audrey and Givenchy, Jackie and Oleg Cassini, Cher and Bob Mackie. Would it be possible? Could it be possible? Dolores and Patty.

Just then I got a text. She’ll be in New York next week. She’ll be coming by my studio to get started. At this point I had to put my head between my knees and breathe into a paperbag. It was my turn to design for Dolores.

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5 Celebrities That Knit

As many of you might know, in my former life, I was a stage manager. Back in my theater days, I worked with all types of talent that were knitters to the core. Since in theater, there’s a lot of “hurry up and wait”, having your knitting with you in rehearsal or even backstage can be a sanity saver. So it’s no surprise to me that a lot of our Hollywood favorites are a part of our club, especially since knitting in itself, is another form of creative expression. To celebrate our love of crafting, creativity, and community, let’s take a look at 5 celebrities that knit.

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Are You in the Lucky 7 Club?

We are getting closer to casting on for the Labadee Cowl KAL. It’s our 7th KAL and already we have nearly 600 knitters signed up! I am floored and honored that over 2800 knitters have participated in the last 6 KALs.

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 Harbor Springs) And now . . .  (drum roll please) If you’ve done all of my KALs, then help yourself to the…

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My 2018 Gratitude List

I missed writing this one for Thanksgiving (as I did a few years ago), and this year I’m less interested in end of year resolutions as focusing on gratitude.

I’m grateful for so many things, for all of you first of all. The year has not been perfect, at times is was hard, at times wonderful. But through it all there was always yarn, knitting, sheep, friends, and all of you.

A Look Back – 2018 Knitting Year in Review

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Welcome to the Labadee Cowl Video KAL: Now on Sale!!

You asked for it, and you got it. I am so excited to start my very first accessory KAL on my Ravelry group. There will be tons of teaching and fun, prizes and a lovely cowl. During the KAL registration period you get the full video cowl for just $1 over the price of a regular pattern!!!  There will be video tutorials to help you every step of the way.

Learn More & Buy Now

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