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A Conversation with Patty Lyons

Knitting designer and teacher Patty Lyons is a treasure trove of information and empowerment for knitters. Her new book, Patty Lyons’ Knitting Bag of Tricks, is a must-have for knitters of all skill levels.

Publisher David & Charles provided a copy of the book for my review, but all opinions expressed here and in the video are my own. This post contains affiliate links which may pay me a small amount if you purchase something through a link you click. Affiliate links do not cost you anything extra.

Patty and I met up on Zoom in late September and had an energetic conversation about the book, her philosophy of knitting, what it takes to produce a book, and so much more.

Watch the video, and be sure to click on the links below it to find all the things we talked about!

Conversation with Patty Lyons, knitting teacher, designer, and author

People We Mention

Technical Illustrator Linda Schmidt

Illustrator Franklin Habit. You can find Franklin on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram, and in his many columns for MDK and others. He also has a couple of book: It Itches, and I Dream of Yarn, a knit and crochet coloring book.

We talk a lot about Patty’s editor Carol Sulcoski. Carol writes awesome knitting books, also!

And we briefly mention a couple of my crochet books, Around the Corner Crochet Borders, and Every Which Way Crochet Borders.

What We Talked About

  • Patty’s philosophy of reading your work
  • The lying gauge tool
  • Does gauge always matter?
  • Does fabric always matter?
  • Who needs this book?
  • How does a book get produced?
  • Where does Patty’s husband come in?
  • Was this a pandemic project?
  • What else do we need to know?

Where Can You Find Patty?

Patty teaches virtually and in person all over the place, and her designs can be found everywhere, too! See what she’s up to at You can order the Bag of Tricks Gift Bundle from her site.

Read Patty Lyons’ Knitting Bag of Tricks and I guarantee you’ll learn many things to make your knitting easier and more beautiful!

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