I have been talking recently about “Knitting Styles” and my search for a style that will ease the pain in my hands caused by arthritis. I had settled on continental as the way to go and said this about giving up on learning the Portuguese Style of Knitting….”I also have looked into “Portugese” knitting with Andrea Wong, but I honestly don’t know if I want to re-learn how to do every single stitch at this point in my life.”
I can’t even begin to find the words to describe how MUCH I enjoyed this class! Her sense of humor, conversation, clear and concise instructions and the incredible amount of material covered in a fun and interesting manner makes the time fly by. Taking this class felt like sitting down with an old friend and just having a good time doing what we love to do best!
My word eating came in around Lesson 5… Portuguese Style Knitting. I have tried to wrap my thick Italian head around this for years, with no luck at all. I watched Patty’s lesson once, turned off the computer and although these may look like nothing more than dishcloths… let me tell you that I am so excited that I could frame them and hang them in my living room. These were both knit Portuguese Style, in two hours! That may also not seem terribly impressive, except for the fact that my hands hurt so much English and Continental Style that knitting for two hours straight has not been possible at ALL for a very long time! The cloth on the left (with stitch marker) was done all purl – which I might add, is so fast and easy and even in Portuguese, it is criminal! lol The cloth on the right was done all knit – which is what hung me up for all of these years. Patty deconstructed it so neatly that I truly had a slap my forehead moment, and off I went. Don’t EVEN get me started on the bindoff …. easy, beautiful, fast and not tight at all – LOVE IT!
I have been knitting for 50 years, and while I know what to do, how to do it, what it should look like…. what I didn’t realize is that I didn’t know the “why” of it… the “reasons” we do what we do, the “reasons” the stitches are seated in a certain way. This may not seem relevant to some of you – I know it didn’t seem relevant to me at all, as a matter of fact, I never even gave it a thought until I took this class! I had so many “ah ha!” moments listening to her that I had to laugh at myself 🙂
The other things I love, love, love about this class is that she goes over increases and decreases in every style, knitwise and purlwise, as they are worked differently in the different styles of knitting. She doesn’t just “show” you how to do it, she explains, “why” you do it that way in relation to the way the stitches are seated. All in all, this is a video class that is worth its weight in gold and Patty Lyons has given me the greatest gift of all…. the gift of being able to knit without pain. My wishes in this quest for a new knitting style have come true… the speed and even stitches in which a beginner Portuguese Style Knitter can knit is amazing…. AND more importantly, for me, it is pain free!
I don’t want to give the impression that her class is only about Portuguese Style Knitting because that is only one chapter. It is a treasure trove of information…
- Lesson 1 – Alternative Methods and Styles Overview
- Lesson 2 – English
- Lesson 3 – Continental
- Lesson 4 – Eastern and Combination
- Lesson 5 – Portuguese
- Lesson 6 – Knitting & Purling Backwards
- Lesson 7 – Combining Styles and Methods
- Lesson 8 – Bonus – Alternative Cast-ons
For me, this has truly been a blessing, a gift, and a ton of fun! I will continue to practice continental and lever knitting, and I’m sure my throwing will be used as well. I believe you can’t have too many tools when it comes to doing what you love doing, however, I know now that I can sit and knit for as long as I want without having to stop because of pain in my hands. 🙂
Enjoy the weekend, I am going to go and KNIT!