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  • Oh wow!!! Thank you for this! I’m just about to lengthen sleeves on a sweater and have been pondering (I’m an engineer – we tend to ponder) just how to do it. Now I have a fighting chance to update my aged, but lovely hand knit.

  • My head is spinning with all this new knowledge! This is definitely one for the save button. Thanks for being an amazing teacher.

  • Yikes! I’ve been up for two hours and one and a half cups of coffee, but still some of this flew right over my head. But I’ll save it for when I can have needles and a swatch in front of me. Many thanks, Patty!

  • I’m never going to graph. Ever. Never ever.
    You’re the best Patty and I mean it but not even personal one on one tutoring could get this all in my brain to stick.
    Just not gonna graph.

    • Graft Christie, not graph!

  • There are some mornings when an MDK column wakes me up faster than my two cups of coffee, this morning is one of those days. Your explanation is so complete and informative, you are like a magician that not only performs amazing tricks but also shows us what happens behind the curtain.

    I am so grateful to you and to MDK for articles such as these that really explain what to do and why.

  • Brilliant, just brilliant as always.
    One small correction:
    Patty Lyons is an INTERnationally recognized knitting tracher and technique expert!!!

    • Awwww. xxoo

  • Articles like this are what keep me reading your emails, pretty much daily. Thank you!

  • Excellence in explication!

  • Is this a Kitchener stitch laying flat?

    • Yup. Notice I refer to the top OR back needle (if you’re holding the needles together) and we have a picture showing

  • Thank you for the clear, detailed explanations. This will all make sense when (if) I need to graft anything.

  • This is very wow. I want to say I totally already understood how the stitches sit and the whole top edge/bottom edge why-go-in-each-twice anatomy of the stitches and the grafting. But the fix! For the RIBBING. It is extremely super wow, and the explanation and thorough example are perfect. Thank you & Bravo!

  • This head-to-head grafting trick is genius! I have done several lace scarves and shawls that were knitted in two pieces, edge to center, and blithely ended with the instruction ‘graft live stitches together’ which is ridiculous! One I just kept knitting through the center to the far edge, preferring lack of symmetry to a wonky graft, for another did a three needle bind-off with the bulk you noted. Your ‘cheat’ is brilliant! Thank you!

  • It will all make sense when I retrieve the saved article and apply it to my project. Love having Patty as a resource. BTW, loved the reference to Miss Manners (gentle reader).