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Improve Your Knitting

Alternative Methods & Styles

with Patty Lyons
Make your knitting more efficient, comfortable and beautiful as you master six valuable methods and styles.

Use the right knitting tool for the right knitting project! Take a trip through the wonderful world of knitting methods and styles alongside certified knitting instructor Patty Lyons. Find out how mastering different knitting styles — Continental, English and Portuguese (also known as Peruvian or Andean knitting) — can help you avoid strain so you can create your best work more easily! Patty will also cover a variety of knitting methods: Eastern, Western and combination. Each style and method has its own unique strengths, and you'll learn to mix and match them for evenly-tensioned projects, improved cables and ribs and more. You'll even discover how to knit and purl backwards, so you never have to look at the wrong side of your work!

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Lesson 1. Alternative Methods & Styles

  • Get started by learning about yarn tension, stitch sizing and how to move the stitches.


Lesson 2. Introduction to English Knitting (Throwing)


Lesson 3. Introduction to Continental Knitting (Picking)


Lesson 4. Eastern & Combination Knitting


Lesson 5. Portuguese Knitting


Lesson 6. Knitting & Purling Backwards


Lesson 7. Combining Styles & Methods


Lesson 8. Bonus Lesson: Alternative Cast-Ons

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