KN17 Improve Your Knitting Technique with Patty Lyons

Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Shed #2 at Howard County Farm Heritage Museum

We know how to knit, but do we know how to build a perfect fabric? There’s always room for improvement! Does your knitting “row out” (your purl stitch looser than your knit stitch), are you looking for a better way to control your gauge? What about alternative ways to tension your yarn when working with stiff yarn or slippery yarn? We’ll explore ways to improve your knitting technique by looking at the most important fundamentals, like the job of the left needle tip and the right needle shaft, stitch sizing, and even the correct exit path of your stitch. We will explore edge stitches, cast-ons and bind-offs and a huge array of knitting tips. The last part of the class will be open for all knitting questions (that you have put in the “bag of why”), so come with your questions and let’s explore our knitting. Proficiency Level: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, know simple increase and decreases. Recognize the knit and purl stitch and be able to work them in a pattern without supervision. Bring to Class: Completed homework. Worsted-weight yarn, smooth, light colored. US size 8 (5 mm) and 9 (5.5 mm) needles (whichever your yarn choice requires). To experiment with purl gauge: bring needles 2–3 sizes smaller and larger (optional). Homework: Cast on 24 stitches, work 2 inches in plain stockinette (NO GARTER EDGE, just stockinette), enough to get a sense of your knitting style. Do not bind off, we will be working this swatch.
Class Fee: $50. Materials Fee: None. The class fee includes admission to the Festival for the day.

Patty Lyons (www.pattylyons.com) 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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