Blocking Archives - Patty Lyons | Knitting Teacher

Rising Spades KAL Update

Last week clue #1  for the Rising Spades KAL / Sweater class hit the in box of 200 knitters. We’ve only just begun and there are new knitters joining us everyday!

Monday our first, of many, participation prizes will get awarded and of course, there are the grand prizes in December (and yes, one of them will be for a UFO!)

Knitters who join us before Dec 11 will still get 19 video tutorials (nearly 3 hours of filmed sweater instruction), all the sweater modifications and knitting how tos for just the price of the Rising Spades pattern – $8.00!! Let’s see how everyone’s doing.

Rising Spades KAL update

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Tuesday Tip – How To Measure Your Knitting

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For a while now I’ve been writing a column called Patty’s Purls of Wisdom. It has had a life in several magazines and I’m thrilled that recently it joined Twist Collective. Knitter’s send in their questions, ala Dear Abbey, and I answer them. It’s full of all kinds of knitting advice, and this knitter asked a brilliant question that is has baffled many a knitter.

How to Measure Your Knitting

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Tortola KAL Update

On Jan 23 registration opened for the Tortola KAL – Sweater class. In the following weeks our ranks quickly grew to over 300 knitters working on their gauge swatch! On Feb 20 clue #1 for the Tortola KAL Sweater class came out and we are now 365 knitters strong, with new knitters joining us everyday!

Monday our first, of many, participation prizes got awarded!

Knitters who join us before April 24 will still get 25 video tutorials (over 3 hours of filmed sweater instruction), all the sweater modifications and knitting how tos for just the price of the Tortola pattern – $8.00!! Let’s see how everyone’s doing.

Tortola KAL update

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5 secrets of stitch gauge

5 Secrets of Stitch Gauge

Tuesday Tip copyI have written about gauge many times. I think about gauge, I teach gauge, I believe in gauge. I’ve filmed a video for a special cast on for gauge, written about how to measure when you can’t see your stitches, how to block your swatch, secrets of row gauge and how to swatch for in the round projects.

Right now nearly 300 knitters are swatching for the Tortola KAL, (jump in, we’re just getting started). There are THREE video tutorials just on gauge, as well as a how to document to teach you the math you need if your stitch gauge is off. There’s a lot of great info going on between knitters in my Ravelry group right now about gauge, so I thought I’d devote this month’s Tuesday Tip to the wonders of the . . .

5 Secrets of Stitch Gauge

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Big Box of Knitting Fails – Colorfast FAIL :(

Big Box of Knitting FailsFor those of you that have taken classes with me, you know all about “Patty’s Big Box of Knitting Fails”. I seem to have an example of something tragic I’ve done in my knitting for nearly everything I’m teaching. So, I’m launching a new blog series to dig into my knitting boo boos. Today’s episode . . .

How to Tell if Yarn is Colorfast

(hint: don’t do what I did, or do it better)

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Learn Blocking – Online Webinar

Online Knitting classes – Blocking

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It’s time for another Webinar. I’m returning to teach an encore performace (da, da, da, da!) of my blocking class

Blocking Techniques for Knitters


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webinar with Patty Lyons. 
Why spend all that time knitting a garment, only to stop short of making it look great! Blocking is an essential part of finishing your garment off perfectly. Blocking evens out your stitches, sets your size, and in some cases can even mask your mistakes.  Patty has spent years teaching thousands of students to consider the importance of every step of knitting, such as yarn selection, gauge and blocking.In this webinar we will go over the three main methods of blocking (wet, steam and spray) and learn how to use all the tools such as blocking boards and wires. We will go over the importance of blocking your swatch and how we make choose our blocking method. We’ll also discuss blocking unusual shapes, special stitch patterns, as well as learn a bit about different fiber properties. Come on, don’t stop short of the perfect finish!
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  • Learn how to choose your blocking method.
  • Learn how to wet block, steam block and spray bottle block.
  • Master proper use of tools such as blocking board, wires, tailors ham, seaming roll, wooly board and more.
  • Explore how different fibers react differently to blocking methods.
  • Discover how to avoid common blocking mistakes that can ruin your garment.
  • Learn how to block unusual shapes as well as shaped garments.


  • Knitters or crocheters who are new to blocking.
  • Experienced knitters or crocheters who have not been happy with their blocking results
  • Knitters or crocheters who want to learn more about fiber properties.
  • Knitters or crochetrs who have always used the same method to block (with not always the best results).
  • Knitters and crocheters who have never used blocking wires.
  • Knitters and crocheters who want to learn how to block unusual shapes
  • Knitters and crocheters who want to avoid blocking disasters.
  • Knitters and crocheters who want their project to come out perfect every time!


Don’t miss out on the perfect pair to this class: Secrets of Yarn Substitution


Vogue Knitting Live Chicago!

Okay, so admittedly, I’m the worst blogger ever. I’m trying to catch up because there’s been SOOOO much going on. I’ll start with a couple of weeks ago when I was lucky enough to get to go to my home town – Chicago.

Vogue Knitting Live Chicago


I don’t get to go home too often, so I was doubly excited to get to teach at the Amazing VK Live in my own home town.I headed out a few days early and was able to see my family and some friends (missed a few – Boo Maggie and Amy), and then it was time for the show.

If you’ve never been to the Palmer House in Chicago, it’s hard to describe the “they don’t make them like they used to” elegance of it all, but here’s a shot of the lobby to give you a sense.

IMG_1517(for all you eagle eye knitting fans . . . yes, that’s the one and only Brooke Nico running through the lobby. We were really hungry and heading out to dinner)

There was too much fun, fiber, and fashion to describe here, and I was terrible at taking pictures. A few incredible highlights included the market place, the cocktail party and the amazing gala dinner with the one and only Alice Starmore . . . yeah, we got to see the actual samples from her new Tudor Roses.  Made me feel a little swoony.

As much as I love all the other bits, for me, it’s all about the classes.  I taught three days of classes with over 130 AMAZING students. I’m so grateful for their patience and humor and brilliant ideas. We had days of fixing mistakes, blocking, gauge, stripes, and more.


Fixing Mistakes Class


Stripes Class

I had some really special students this year. I had a knitter who had stopped knitting a year ago after making a cowl, and came to get her knitting mojo going again, a great mother and daughter team in my Stripes class (what a supportive mom!), one of my students from Vogue Knitting Seattle who decided to come across the country to Chicago to hang with me again, and so many other really special knitters.

Here’s a brilliant little yarn management solutions from the Stripe class . . . yeah, those are socks



It’s always fun to look at the pictures my students take on my phone.  I gave my camera to one student during the blocking class and she took some great shots (and a TON of shots of me making the weirdest faces . . . I’m really facey when I teach). There were some good shots despite her wildly un-photogenic subject.

At the end of the camera after the shots of wet blocking, and steam blocking, after pics of the swatches, of pinning out sweater piece after pictures of me making crazy gestures with one big piece of hair sticking up . . . after all of those there was one more.

It was left as a secret message to me. It was so nice and it’s what all the teachers want to say to all of the students and to the organizers of VK Live.

It was a simple picture that made me smile and took the words right out of my mouth.


So New York, it’s your turn next. VK Live NY will be here in no time (Jan 17 – 19) and I’m launching two brand new classes: Knitting Bag of Tricks and Fix It! Knitwear Alterations and Repairs.  I’m particularly excited about the Fix It class, as it includes some of my very favorite knitting magic tricks.

Hope to see you all there!