006 Patty Lyons Teaches You How to Be a Mindful Knitter | Power Purls Podcast

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 & 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.

In this episode, Patty reflects on the early days of her career, and how her passion for knitting began backstage as a Broadway stage manager, which later led to a successful career as a knitting teacher and designer.

Sometimes I want the comfort to pick up needles and just knit. I want to move stitches rhythmically from one needle to the other and find the comfort of not thinking… just knit some garter stuff.

–Patty Lyons


Episode highlights:

  • Her days working as a stage manager and how just about everyone was a knitter. Little did she know this would be the catalyst for her future career as one of the most beloved knitting teachers today.
  • Pivotal moment that turned her onto knitting as a career path. Patty recalls a time in her life when things came together, in the serendipitous way that new elements enter your life when the timing is right.
  • We also talk about the “who do I think I am syndrome,” in regards to when she started teaching for the first time.
  • Creating bridges and knowing when it’s time to move on in life and in your knitting.

Mentioned in this episode:

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How to Read Your Knit Stitches & Master the Pattern – enter EAJRKS enter at checkout

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Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job & Your Dream Job by Jon Acuff 

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How to find Patty:


Facebook: facebook.com/pattyjlyons

Twitter: @pattylyons

Instagram @pattyjlyons

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Episode music credit: Green Sun by Macroform