KN04 Build a Better Fabric: Combination Knitting with Patty Lyons

Wednesday, May 2, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Shed #2 at Howard County Farm Heritage Museum

Have you tried learning continental, but the purl messes you up? Do you feel like you often have uneven tension? Do you have rowing out (your purl row is taller than your knit row). Or perhaps you are already a combination knitter and you’ve even been told you knit “wrong”, or been asked “what are you doing?”. Take heart . . . there are no wrong ways to knit as long as we control our stitches. A combination knitter works through the back loop to knit, and the front loop to purl. It can be a fast and easy way to knit, but simple adjustments must be made to follow Western patterns–like how to knit in the round, understand left and right slanting increases and decreases, and how to work twisted pattern stitches. If you are a Western knitter, learn the amazing advantages to this knitting method and how and when you would combine it with your own. If you are a Combination Knitter, learn how to make stitches better and easier for your style. If time allows we will even explore different ways to cast on to avoid the first twisted row of knitting. Proficiency Level: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, and bind off; recognize the knit and purl stitch; and be able to work them in a pattern without supervision. Bring to Class: Completed homework; Yarn: any worsted or chunky weight, non splitty yarn in a light color; Needles: whatever needle works with your yarn. Homework: CO 20 stitches using long tail cast on.
Class Fee: $50. Materials Fee: None.

Patty Lyons ( is a nationally recognized knitting teacher and technique expert who is known for teaching the “why” not just the “how” in her pursuit of training the “mindful knitter”. She specializes in sweater design and sharing her love of the much-maligned subjects of gauge and blocking. Patty teaches nationally at guilds, shops & knitting shows around the country, such as Vogue Knitting Live and STITCHES. Her popular classes can also be found on DVD and online at Interweave, Annie’s and Craftsy where her “Improve Your Knitting Class” was named Craftsy’s most popular class of 2013! Patty’s designs and knitting skills articles have been published in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knit Purl, Knitters Magazine, Cast On, Knit Style and Creative Knitting magazines.

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