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  • Oh I want this book!

    • Me too! What’s the projected publishing date?

      • Early October, 2022

        • Oh Boy! Just in time for my birthday! Happy Birthday to Me!!!!

  • The bind off. So clever.
    Thank you!

  • With a perspective like that, I’m sure you’ll love the book Think Again by Adam Grant.

    • Amazing!

    • Thank you so much! I read the Times review and ordered it immediatly!

  • Patty, thank you! I’ve been staring sadly at the beginnings of my Karelia with all the GSR holes, knowing it deserves better. Past Max and Present Max are happy to start over now!

  • Definitely not wrong before, just even more right now.
    Fun mind benders to follow this morning, and thank you, as I’m about to cast on at least one project that is very particular about specifying German short rows and had to look them up.

  • The bind off trick? Brilliant! My eyes went wide with the simplicity of it!

  • Could this be shown in a short video? Thanks

  • When does the book come out? A must have!

    • Early Oct, 2022

  • Patty is amazing! I want that book. I use her cast on trick all the time. Of course, I never thought of using it in the bind off row. That’s what makes Patty amazing.

  • A group of scientists I work with is preparing a workshop and one of our sessions will be, “Unanswered Questions and Unquestioned Answers”. I like the idea of revisiting things, because the answers can change as we learn new stuff! That bind off trick is smart.

  • Thank you Patty! Coming across this minor annoyance on my current sweater. Brilliant bind off trick!
    Looking forward to your book too.

  • Mind blown on that jogless bind off!

  • Wow! I am so impressed! And yes I am going to buy your book because I thought I didn’t need it!

    • That was a joke. I *do* need a Patty Lyons book.

  • Oh, two brilliant ideas! I used German short rows on the yoke of a cotton sweater, and they really show. Even though I was very careful with the tension. I’ll bet this would avoid the problem! I’m definitely buying your book.

  • I am so impressed with how your mind works. These are brilliant! Thank you for sharing and can’t wait to get my hands on your book.

  • Wow. There is joy in these details. Thank you, Patty.

  • Oh, beautiful! I’m willing to give GSR in the round another try; I didn’t like the little holes either. Thank you!

  • It appears I’m the only one to not get it. So in step 2 after the slip stitch, you k into the 2nd stitch then take the sl st over the knitted stitch ? Is that it? That simple? I hope so, I think I love it. Let me know.

    • Give it a try. Often we read things and when it’s on our needles we think, ah, of course.

      Step 2 says to START your bind off, so that means that first stitch that you slipped w/o working it is now on your RH needle. NOT part of the bind off. Instead you begin working your bind off with what is now the first st on your LH needle.

      Step 2: Begin your bind-off by working into the first stitch on the left needle. (This is the second stitch of the round.) You’ll have a small float of yarn that goes across the back of your slipped, unworked stitch. Just like the cast-on!

      So binding off is knitting two stitches and passing the first worked stitch over the second worked stitch. Knit two pass over, knit pass over knit pass over, Just like usual. Which means when you get to the last stitch you are knitting what is not the last st of the round, but the first.

      Then you’ll see in step 3:

      Step 3: When you bind off your last stitch, you’ll have connected the last stitch of the round to the first stitch of the round. Cut the yarn and lift up on the needle, pulling that tail out of the final stitch you just made.

      The first stitch that you slipped f

  • SO excited about the book!!!!

  • Both these tricks are mind-blowing! Thanks to your questioning, my knitting will be “less worse”. And yes, you can be righter.

    • And as we all know, less worse = more better

  • Awesome sauce! That picture of the jogless bind off is worth a thousand, thousand words!! Thank you Patty and I will be in line to buy your book for my birthday month!

  • Thank you, Patty!!! Can’t wait to try these on the next project.

  • Patty, I just watched your sleeve setting video. My shoulder seams and set-in sleeves are now so much better, yes, they are righter! Thank you! And I will use this column too!

  • Patty – Your instructions couldn’t have come at a better time. I just tried your method for German short row pick ups in a sweater I have been working on. FABULOUS results! Thank you!

  • Jogless bindoff? Omg yes please!! A definite game changer for me.

  • You are a genius! These tips are awesome. Can’t wait for the book. The more I knit, the more I realize it’s the little things that make a big difference. Thanks.

  • Thank you!!

  • mind blown. Thank you!

  • Dear Future Johanna,
    Be sure to thank Patty for all her wonderful tips that you’ve incorporated into your knitting. Also, be sure to get her book the minute it becomes available.
    Very grateful,
    Past Johanna

  • So, I just tried this. To get things to line up I had to pick up that little float, knit it and pass the last stitch over it in order for things to line up. Looks like it worked as well as in your picture but you didn’t say to do that in your instructions! Or did you mean for us to slip the first stitch purlwise, then knit the next two stitches and start the bind off with those? Just wondering. Clever trick!

    • Yep, as the steps say, you slip that first stitch as if to purl. That is now the END of your BO:

      Step 1: Remove your end-of-round marker and slip the first stitch of the round, purlwise, from the left needle to the right needle. Now your working yarn is coming from the second stitch on the right needle.

      Step 2: Begin your bind-off by working into the first stitch on the left needle.

      So, it says to begin your bind off. To bind off you knit the first two stitches, then pass the first st over.

      Sounds like you didn’t start your BO with the first st on the left needle, but rather started your BO with the slipped stitch.

      Try it again as written and it will line up perfectly!

  • It’s like EZ predicted years ago-you are fulfilling the prophecy of Unventedness with such a remarkable trick!!!! Thank you!!!

  • The best bind-off trick ever ! Thank you !

  • I appreciate all your clever tips. I have been knitting about sixty years and love to learn new techniques. Yesterday I used your sloped bind-off for the neckline of an Aran raglan sweater. Brilliant. Also, I am blocking it BEFORE knitting the neckline ribbing and buttonbands. Thank you!