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Our Master Workshop series continues this Winter with the Be A Better Knitter workshop series with Patty Lyons on December 17th.

Seats are still available for her 9am-12pm Improve Your Knitting Technique course, but act fast—there are only 3 spots left! Patty’s 1-4pm Knitting ER: Tragedies & Treatments class is full, but you can still put yourself on the waitlist.


For those not in the know, Patty Lyons is one of the most sought-after knitting teachers and technique experts in the country. As she says on her website, she’s “known for teaching the ‘why’ not just the ‘how’ in her pursuit of training the ‘mindful knitter.’” We love the idea of empowering knitters to knit masterfully and correct their own mistakes. 

Like most knitters, Patty is a maverick. She began her career as a stage manager on Broadway before leaving to follow her bliss as a knitwear designer. She was the Studio Director at Lion Brand Yarn Studio in New York City for five years. Patty now teaches nationally at guilds and knitting shows like Vogue Knitting Live, Knit and Crochet Show, STITCHES, and online at sites like Craftsy.com. Her patterns have been published in every knitting magazine under the sun: Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knit Purl, Knitter’s Magazine, Knit Style, and more.

Clockwise starting from top left: Farfalle Shawl from Lace Yarn Studio, Rhinebeck Wristers, Patchwork Cable Vest from Vogue Knitting Fall 2016, Corcoran 2.0, Soho Slip Stitch Pullover from Creative Knitting Magazine, Sachertorte from twist collective fall 2015

We checked in with Patty about her upcoming courses at String Yarns in December. If you haven’t taken a course with Patty before, we’re certain her thoughts will inspire you to sign up today. Check out her pattern archive on Ravelry and start queuing up your favorites!

 

Why do you think education is important to the hand-knitter or crocheter?

There’s so much to learn in knitting. One new skill opens up so many new project possibilities.

What do you want your students to walk away with when they leave your class at String Yarns? 

For Knitting ER: Tragedies & Treatments, I’d like students to know that ripping is not the only fix. When something goes wrong there are so many ways we can take control of our own knitting and not feel like our knitting has control of us.

For Improve Your Knitting Technique, I’d like students to know that no matter how long you’ve been knitting, going back to the basics of stitch construction can make your knitting faster, more comfortable, and more perfect!

In what ways have you found a live classroom situation to be more beneficial to knitters/crocheters than, say, learning online, from texts, etc? 

The biggest difference is when I teach online, you can see me, but I can’t see your knitting. Nothing replaces a teacher walking around the room and making personal suggestions and keeping each student on track.

What should students expect in your workshops?

In Improve Your Knitting Technique, students can expect to learn techniques that will help polish the look of their knitted fabric. I will help students perfect their gauge so that their purl stitches match their knit stitches. We’ll explore how the quality and character of different fibers affect tension. They should also expect a return to the basics—examining cast ons and bind offs, edge stitches, and other fundamentals.

In Knitting ER, we’ll discuss picking up dropped stitches, unknitting, fixing mistakes in a wide variety of stitch patterns, and other techniques that will help students fix mistakes easily and quickly. 

What inspired you to begin teaching other crafters? 

I was inspired by a desire to share what I love. I never always need to understand the “why” of everything I do and that is how I teach. 

How has being a teacher influenced your own life and work as a knitter/crocheter? 

I learn from my students all the time. Watching a student “get it” is always inspiring.

 

Thank you, Patty! We can’t wait for Patty’s upcoming Master Workshops—sign up now for Improve Your Knitting Technique and get your waitlist spot for Knitting ER: Tragedies & Treatments, both on December 17th!

 

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October 24, 2016

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