Patty Lyons Knitting Class: Finishing Seams Simple



Has the fear of finishing stopped you from knitting a sweater, or are you unhappy with your seams on accessories? Proper finishing is the difference between hand made and home made. Master the simple skills needed for the perfect finish. We will learn all the basic seaming techniques such as mattress stitch, shoulder graft and more. We’ll also look at picking up stitches horizontally, vertically and around a neck line. Don’t stop short of the perfect finish!

Join our Saturday Sit-and-Knit sessions and get help preparing your swatches for our classes with Patty Lyons!

Prerequisite Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, and know simple increases and decreases (K2tog, SSK) NOTE: If you're not sure whether you have the appropriate skills for this class, please stop in and talk to us!

Yarn Worsted or Aran weight yarn (16 – 18 st per 4 inch) light colored yarn . Small separate ball of yarn.

Needles appropriate for yarn, a 24” circular needle 1 or 2 sizes smaller than the needle used to make swatches

Notions Scissors, tapestry needle

Homework You will need to make the following 3 swatches (Swatch 4 is optional):

Swatches 1 & 2

CO 28 st work in stockinette (alternating rows of knit and purl) for 8”, BO

Swatch 3

CO 28 st work in stockinette for 5” ending ready for a RS row. Form crew neck as follows:

Next Row: Knit across 11 stitches. Attach a new ball of yarn, and bind off the center 6 stitches with the new yarn.
Knit to the end of the row

Note: You will now be working 2 sides at once, each with a separate ball of yarn

Next Row: Purl both sides

Next Row (RS): Knit to last 4 sts on first half, k2tog, knit 2.

Next side: knit 2, ssk, knit to end.
Repeat last 2 rows 2 more times.
Knitting both sides at the same time, work even until 8”.
Bind off 8 stitches on each shoulder

Swatch 4 (OPTIONAL)

CO 36 stitches, work in garter (knit ever row) for 7”, BO


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

Patty's designs and knitting skill articles have been published in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knit Purl, Knitter’s Magazine, Cast On, Knit Style, and Creative Knitting magazines, where she also writes a knitter’s advice column called “Patty’s Purls of Wisdom”.


Instructor: Patty Lyons
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