Knitter's Blocks Archives - Patty Lyons | Knitting Teacher

Final Tortola KAL PRIZES!!

Six weeks ago over 200 knitters cast on for their gauge swatches and began the Tortola KAL. Over the weeks to follow our ranks more than doubled (and continues to grow every day), and now nearly 450 knitters received the final clue. Last month we got to see what the knitters were up to.

Through 4/24  you can still get the Tortola KAL Sweater class + pattern (over 3 hours of video tutorials, all the sweater modifications and knitting how tos) for only the price of the pattern – $8.00. After 4/24 to get the class version it will be $14, and the pattern only will be $8.00.

Through it all, the help and support of every knitter on the Ravelry group was always there. Over 1600 amazing knitters let every first time sweater knitter know . . . they were not alone! Now it’s time to discuss

Tortola KAL Final PRIZES!!!

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Learn Blocking – Online Webinar

Online Knitting classes – Blocking

Knitting Webinar

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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


These Are a Few of My Favorite Things – Gifts for Knitters (pt. 2)

Last Minute Gifts for Knitters (pt. 2)

A few days ago I started to write about my Gift List for Knitters.  I realized I had a LOT of things I loved, so here’s part two!

Everything listed in this blog are items I own* and adore.  Since I have quite a few things I adore, this will be part one, stay tuned for more later this week.

So, in no particular order, here are a few MORE of my favorite things:

Knitter’s Keep & Knitter’s Blocks by Coco Knits

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This little marvel arrived at my house a few days ago.  The inventor, Julie Weisenberger (the inventor of another one of my favorites of all time – The Knitter’s Blocks) was nice enough to send it to me. It’s an ingenious little magnetic wrist band and all the handy notions that always end up in the cushions of my couch. I gave it a test run and I loved it.  The first thing I loved is that the wrist band itself (also magnetic) could wrap around, even my ridiculously tiny wrist. The magnet is really strong.  I was using the small stitch markers and I dropped one.  I couldn’t see it in my rug, so I just kind of waved my wrist towards the floor & up it flew in the magnet – super cool!

Knitter's Blocks

Anyone who’s taken my blocking class knows of my affection for my knitter’s blocks.  I bought my set in 2007 and it’s holding up beautifully.  It’s all I use to block and I love them!

Flatter & Soak by Soak


Speaking of blocking . . . since I generally travel everywhere with my knitting (and that included quite a bit of subway riding) I always like to wash my knits in a proper wool wash before I block them. I’ve been a user of Soak for many years, but in October I saw the Soak booth at Rhinebeck and I noticed a new product called Flatter.  It was supposed to be for fabrics and for spraying before ironing.  Hmmm, I thought, when we knit we make our own fabric, so I’m going to try this for spray bottle blocking my knits.  It works great.  It didn’t leave any residue or sticky feeling, but it helped relax the fibers nicely.

 Lavishea Lotion Bar


There’s nothing worse than having rough skin catch on your knitting.  I have several solutions at hand to get me through the winter. Two of my favorites are listed here.  The first one is this little lotion bar. Since it’s a solid, I feel okay about having it in my knitting bag. No need to fear any tragic bottle or jar breakage.  Plus, I love the it leaves my hands almost water proof!

 Long Island Livestock Company


For sheer knitter’s love, nothing beats having skin care products coming right from the animals we love. Long Island Livestock company created a line of lotions, salves, soaps and (my favorite) lip balm that are full of sheepy goodness.  I love my honey lip balm that smells like honey scented sheep. Which, before you ask, is a good thing.

Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book by Vogue Knitting


Someone once asked me for a knitting book recommendation.  This is nearly impossible, as there are SOOO many books I love. Just this year alone has added some brilliant design books to my collection. However, I have a special place in my heart for the only knitting book that actually lives on my coffee table.  That’s Vogue Knitting: the Ultimate Knitting Book. I realize this may be, at least in part, a sentimental and emotional choice.  I remember when I first bought it. I was still working on Broadway at the time.  The book had not been out for long, and it was just when I was beginning to think seriously about “wouldn’t it be great if somehow I could earn money knitting” . . . and the rest is history.  No really, it’s not, but anyway, it’s a great book and a must have for anyone’s knitting library.

This has not even scratched the surface of the many amazing gifts out there for knitters, so go forth and shop for the knitters in your life – they deserve it!

*Although most of these items I purchased, a few I received as samples from the vendors. However, all of the opinions in this blog post are my own and I received no compensation for the writing of this post.