Meet Our Teachers:
Want to Register? Questions? Please contact Lori Horak at or 212 937 2554
Amy Detjen

Amy Detjen was the “List Mom” of the original Knit List for more than four years, then started KnitU. She’s very proud to have been Meg Swansen’s assistant at Meg’s Knitting Camp for more than fifteen years. Teaching knitting and helping people learn about their knitting options is something Amy is passionate about; she loves helping people solve problems.

Patty Lyons
Patty Lyons ( is a nationally recognized knitting teacher who is known for teaching the “why,” not just the “how,” in her pursuit of training the “mindful knitter.” Patty teaches nationally at guilds and knitting shows around the country such as Vogue Knitting LIVE, Stitches, and the Knit and Crochet Show, and her popular classes can also be found online at Interweave, Annie’s, and Craftsy. Patty’s designs and knitting skill articles have been published in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knit Purl, Knitter’s Magazine, Cast On, Knit Style, Creative Knitting, and Twist Collective magazines, where she also writes a knitter’s advice column called “Patty’s Purls of Wisdom.” 
Karin Strom
Karin Strom has been crocheting since she was a kid – yes, her grandmother taught her. She was making granny squares way before they were cool, and still is. She learned bead crochet from Bert Freed, co-author of Bead Crochet Jewelry. She works as a consultant in the yarn business and was the editor-in-chief of Yarn Market News from 2005-2010.
Our Classes 
Amy Detjen: 13 Tips for Faster Knitting
Learning to knit faster isn’t the only thing that will make your knitting life more productive and enjoyable, but it can’t hurt either. Join Amy and have fun learning simple and helpful tips (there are actually more than 13!) to speed up the entire knitting process.
Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease
Supplies to Bring:
Amy Detjen: Essential Cast-Ons and Bind-Offs
Every knitter has a favorite cast-on. You may never need to know another, but what if you want to? Amy covers the benefits and features of long-tail (and some variations), plus provisional and knitted-on cast-ons. Amy will even show you how to make the repair if you drop a cast-on stitch while working the first row! She’ll also demonstrate Eliz-abeth Zimmermann’s sewn bind-off and the I-cord bind-off.
Technique Requirements: Knit/purl
Supplies to Bring:
One ball of yarn; needles (straight or circular) in a size appropriate for your yarn; crochet hook (D, E, or F). You may also want some string tags to label your swatches so you know which cast-on was used for each.
Amy Detjen: Cable Tips 
Cable maneuvers are not difficult, but sometimes you need to keep your wits about you. Even experienced cable knitters can use Amy’s tips for keeping track of cables, determining what row is next, crossing a cable without a cable needle, and repairing mistwisted cables.
Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off
Supplies to Bring:
One ball of light-colored yarn (avoid navy or black) and needles
(straight or circular) in size appropriate for your yarn; cable needle (optional)
Amy Detjen: Learn Two Color-Knitting
Launch into two-color knitting (Fair Isle, Norwegian, and Armenian) with an arsenal of tips for knitting with two colors (traditionally one color in each hand). It truly is much easier than it looks. We’ll do stranded knitting and avoid puckers and tangles and purls (oh my!).
Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; working in the round
Using your darker color, cast on 108 sts. Join into a circle, being careful not to twist the stitches over the needle. Work about 8 rounds in ribbing (1x1 or 2x2). Next Round: *K9, m1* repeat around (120 sts). Stop and bring this to class, along with a second color of the same weight yarn.
Supplies to Bring:
Two balls of fingering- or sport-weight yarn in a light and a dark and circular needles (one 16" or two 24") in size appropriate for your yarn; 1 stitch marker.
Amy Detjen: Double Knitting 
Learn the basics of double knitting, including casting on, increasing, decreasing, and binding off. I’ll demonstrate both methods of working DK (both sides in one pass, and two passes per row). If you don’t know what that last sentence means, take the class and learn about your options!
Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; chart reading; easy colorwork
Supplies to Bring:
Two balls of yarn (a light and a dark) and set of needles in size appropriate for your yarn (straight or circular).
Patty Lyons: Improve Your Knitting Technique 
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 on and bind offs and a huge array of knitting tip. 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.
Skill Prerequisite: 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.
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.
Supplies to bring:
Worsted-weight yarn, smooth, light colored. 
Needle – US size 8 (5 mm) and 9 (5.5 mm) needles (whichever your yarn choice requires).  OPTIONAL to experiment with purl gauge: bring needles 2–3 sizes smaller and larger.
Patty Lyons: Knitting Bag of Tricks
There are so many wonderful knitting tricks that make our lives better. Over the years of knitting and teaching I’ve accumulated quite a few fantastic tricks. I love it when I’m teaching a class and a student declares “I love that tip!” So I’ve decided to dig into my knitting bag of tricks and put them all in one class. From doing a better SSK to making matching-size YOs to avoiding the gap at the end of a bind off to tightening your first stitch to making better neck divides, and more. Get ready to find your new favorite knitting tricks!
Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; have knit a few accessories; having knit at least on sweater or followed a pattern helpful but not required.
Swatch #1: CO 28 stitches
Row 1 *K3, P2 *, rep from * to * to last 3 stitches, K3
Row 2 *P3, k2*, rep from * to * to last 3 stitches, P3. 
Repeat Rows 1-2 for a couple of inches, working in K3, P2 rib, do not bind off, we will be working this swatch. End with a WS row (ready to work a RS row)
Swatch #2: Cast on 24 stitches, work 2" in plain stockinette (NO GARTER EDGE), enough to get a sense of your knitting style. Do not bind off, we will be working this swatch. End with a WS row (ready to work a RS row).
Supplies to Bring:
Yarn: Worsted or chunky weight yarn, LIGHT COLOR.  Small separate ball of yarn. Needles: appropriate for yarn.
Patty Lyons: Short Row Magic 
Description of Class
You’ve learned how to short row, you’ve even done it in a pattern, but how do you apply it to your own knitting? Learn how to use this little bit of knitting magic to adapt patterns to fit you better. Learn how you can replace existing pattern elements such as neck shaping, armhole bind offs and shoulder shaping. We will also explore how you can add functional elements to your garment such as short rows for creating bust darts or raising the back of a yoke sweater as well as adding decorative elements to existing patterns such as shawl collars and shirt tail hems. Short rows truly are magic!
Skills Required: Knowledge of any short row techniques required. 
Materials list 
Yarn-  worsted or chunky weight yarn
Needles – appropriate for yarn
Notions – paper, pen, calculator, locking stitch markers
Leave all swatches on holder (or needles) with yarn attached
Swatch #1
CO 23 stitches work in stockinette for a few rows ending with a right side row (ready to work wrong side)
Swatch #2
CO 26 work in stockinette for a few rows ending with a wrong side row (ready to work right side)
Swatch #3
CO 28 stitches, work in garter (knitting every row) for three rows 
Swatch #4
CO 16 stitches, work in stockinette for a few rows ending with a right side row (ready to work wrong side)
OPTIONAL Swatch #5
CO 16 stitches work in stockinette for a few rows ending with a wrong side row (ready to work right side)
Patty Lyons: Advanced Fixes 
Delve beyond picking up a dropped stitch into more major fixes. Do you feel like you make a bigger mess when trying to fix lace or shaping? Learn how to “tink” or un-knit increases and decreases w/o loosing a stitch.  Reverse a cable or add a missing cable many rows down.  Fix common mistakes in lace such as a missing YO or a K2tog 3 rows down.  Even learn how to shorten or lengthen your knitted piece. You have the power to fix without frogging!
- Swatch #1 
CO 24 stitches work in stockinette for 12 rows in stockinette
 Row 13 (RS) K1, YO, K2, SSK, K2, K2tog, K2, S2KP, K2, SK2P, K1, M1, K1, KFB, K2 (21 st)
 Row 14 (WS) Purl
- Swatch #2 
CO 16
Row 1, 3: K3, p2, k6, p2, k3
Row 2 and all WS rows: P3, k2, p6, k2, p3
Row 5: K3, p2, 3/3RC, p2, k3
Row 7: K3, p2, k6, p2, k3
Row 8: P3, k2, p6, k2, p3
Repeat with a left cross
Row 1, 3: K3, p2, k6, p2, k3
Row 2 and all WS rows: P3, k2, p6, k2, p3
Row 5: K3, p2, 3/3 LC, p2, k3
Row 7: K3, p2, k6, p2, k3
Row 8: P3, k2, p6, k2, p3
Repeat with the cable crossed on the wrong row
Row 1: K3, p2, k6, p2, k3
Row 2 and all WS rows: P3, k2, p6, k2, p3
Row 3: K3, p2, 3/3RC, p2, k3
Leave stitches live on needle with yarn attached.
Supplies to bring:
Yarn- Worsted or chunky yarn, light, solid. Small amount of contrasting color yarn of the same weight
Needles –Needles the sizes you used to make your swatches, double pointed needles or circular needle one size smaller, a crochet hook H, I, J, or K or hook appropriate for your swatch 
Accessories – Large locking stitch markers, scissors, darning needle, stitch holders
Patty Lyons: Magic of Perfect Blocking
Why spend all that time knitting a garment, only to stop short of making it look great? Blocking is an essential part of finishing your garment off perfectly. Blocking evens out your stitches, sets your size, and in some cases can even mask your mistakes. In this workshop we will go over the three main methods of blocking (wet, steam, and spray) and learn how to use all the tools such as blocking boards and wires. We’ll also discuss blocking unusual shapes, special stitch patterns, as well as learn a bit about different fiber properties. Feel free to bring in your questions! Come on, don’t stop short of the perfect finish!
Homework & Supplies to Bring:
Karin Strom: Bead Crochet Basics
If you know how to make a crochet chain, you can bead crochet. (And if you don’t, we’ll show you.) In this class, crochet-phobic knitters or crocheters looking to bring on some bling will learn how to make a colorful boho necklace. You’ll leave this class hooked!
Homework & Supplies to Bring:
We’ll provide you with a kit containing beads, thread and a hook. 
Liz Capik from Apple Tree Knits: Gradient Dyeing Workshop
Gradient yarn has never been more popular, and for good reason!  These color-changing yarns are endlessly fun to knit with, as you watch your project gradually change color row by row.  But dyeing your own gradient can seem a bit intimidating – which methods gives the best results, and how can you make the end result match your idea?  How do you choose your colors?  What supplies do you need?
This workshop will answer all those questions in a simple, informative, and above all, fun, format!  We will cover the basics of yarn dyeing and color selection (so absolutely no dyeing experience is necessary to learn the skills and techniques we will be using!).  Then we will learn how to take these dyeing basics a step further to create gorgeous gradient yarn with a dip-dyeing technique and a wet-speckling technique.  You will be able to create two gorgeous gradient yarns of your very own by the end of the workshop, in the color and style of your choice – and you will learn everything you need to know to continue your gradient dyeing adventures at home!
Notes: Dyeing can be messy, please dress accordingly.  Also this workshop is specific to animal fiber yarns and will use a superwash merino yarn – it is not suitable for anyone with a wool allergy.
Homework & Supplies to Bring: