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Lucy Neatby: “Knitting, craft, community!”

lucy_indexThe first thing I do when working on a Spotlight is to climb onto the Net and Google the name of the person I’m spotlighting. Try this with Lucy Neatby’s name, and you mainly get variations upon a theme: “Lucy Neatby says…”, “Lucy showed us how to…”, “Lucy Neatby is a great teacher…”, “Lucy’s technique is…”, “Lucy Neatby has this great trick…”, “Lucy’s DVDs are incredible!”, “Lucy Neatby rocks!” and more of the same.

Known for her wildly creative work, her incredible and amazing sense of color, her mastery of the technical aspects of knitting, her ability to communicate and teach and illuminate in person and in text and in her videos and DVDs, and of course, for that bright hot pink hair, that Google search will also bring up a whole lot of “but she’s so nice,” “Lucy is so friendly and enthusiastic!” and “how does she do that?”

2713225813_d75aea6a96The thing about Lucy Neatby is that she’ll tell, show, and teach you how she does that — practically whatever it is that she does that you want to learn. A prolific designer, teacher, and — okay, this might be overstating the case, but I don’t really think so — missionary of enjoyable, expert knitting, Lucy Neatby actually really does want your stitches to smile.

Lucy is (in)famous for getting into a technique, learning it forwards, backwards, side to side, and inside out, and then sharing her information with her students. She has DVDs appropriate for every stage of knitting, from brand new learner to the experienced knitter. (Take a neb at the video clips of some of the DVD materials!) Her Knitting Camps are wildly popular, as are her workshops.

There are pages and pages of testimonials out there on her DVDs and her in-person instruction. My favorite is The Yarn Harlot, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, who says:

Lucy, these are brilliant. I’ve been knitting flat out for thirty-four years, and I learned something during the first four minutes of Knitting Essentials. Chock full of reassuring common sense and intelligent short cuts, A Knitters Companion is what every knitter has always wanted. Lucy Neatby, warm, intelligent and funny, now forced to live in your living room. Go put on a pot of tea. Lucy’s coming over and she’s bringing her knitting.

(I’ve been waiting until I actually settled in somewhere before ordering, and now I’m thrilled to say that I’ll be ordering the DVD set — yup, every single one — soon as my Christmas gift to myself. I can hardly wait!)

Now then, what you’ve been waiting for: how great a person is Lucy Neatby? Well, in an incredibly busy schedule, she’s made the time to offer up a gorgeous design that’s, as Dawne says, “totally Lucy” for our KAL and challenge for Knit A Square. The sample square is knit from Lucy’s Kauni yarn (more on this in a second), from the inside and outside of the ball. (Dawne is currently working on another sample in a different colorway and I’ll add that pic when it’s done!) Enjoy, I know I am!

(I wanted to get this up ASAP, so here’s the pattern directly from Lucy, but I’ll add a PDF later today so you can print it out more easily.)

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Kathleen’s Blanket Square

Suggested yarn: Worsted weight ( 5 – 5.5 stitches per inch) in Colours A and B (Main)
Suggested needle size: 4.5 mm
Square Size 8″
Gauge (unblocked) measured over garter stitch: 22 sts = 4″
Suggested needle size: 4.5 mm
Square Size 8″
Gauge (unblocked) measured over garter stitch: 22 sts = 4″

Abbreviations
O: Yarn over needle to create a new stitch.
Kw: Knitwise, as if to knit. This changes the stitch mount on the needle.
Pw: Purlwise, as if to purl. This does not change the stitch mount.
S2tkw-k1-psso: Slip two stitches together knitwise from the left-hand needle to the right-hand needle, knit one stitch then pass both of the previously slipped stitches over the freshly knit stitch. This produces a two-stitch decrease with the middle stitch on top.

Using Colour A and Knitted Cast On, cast on 89 sts.
Use Colour A for Rows 1 – 9. Ignore instructions to change colours until Row 10.
Row 1 WS K88, end p1.
Change to Colour B. Carry the unused colour up the edge.
Row 2 RS S1kw, k42, s2tkw-k1-psso, k42, p1. 87 sts remain.
Place a coil-less pin on the RS to mark both the central stitch and the RS.
Row 3 S1kw, knit to last stitch, end p1.
Row 4 RS S1kw, k1, (k2, s1 from right-hand needle to left-hand needle pw, pass the next 5 sts from the left-hand needle over the slipped stitch and off the left-hand needle, stretch out the slipped stitch slightly, O, k2) x 5, s2tkw-k1-psso, k1, (k2, s1 from right-hand needle to left-hand needle pw, pass the next 5 sts from the left-hand needle over the slipped stitch and off the left-hand needle, stretch out the slipped stitch slightly, O, k2) x 5, p1.
Row 5 WS S1kw, (k2, k1-O-k1-O-k1 into the yarn over of the previous row, k1) x 5, k2, (k2, k1-O-k1-O-k1 into the yarn over of the previous row, k1) x 5, k1, p1. 85 sts remain.
Row 6 RS S1kw, k40, s2tkw-k1-psso, k40, p1. 83 sts remain.
Row 7 WS As Row 3.
Change to Colour A. Carry the unused colour up the edge.
Row 8 RS S1kw, k39, s2tkw-k1-psso, k39, p1. 81 sts remain.
Row 9 WS As Row 3.
First repeat; begin colour changes from this point!
Change to Colour B. Don’t cut off Colour A.
Row 10 RS S1kw, k38, s2tkw-k1-psso, k38, p1. 79 sts remain.
Row 11 WS As Row 3.
Row 12 RS S1kw, k5, (k2, s1 from right-hand needle to left-hand needle pw, pass the next 5 sts from the left-hand needle over the slipped stitch and off the left-hand needle, stretch out the slipped stitch slightly, O, k2) x 4, s2tkw-k1-psso, k1, (k2, s1 from right-hand needle to left-hand needle pw, pass the next 5 sts from the left-hand needle over the slipped stitch and off the left-hand needle, stretch out the slipped stitch slightly, O, k2) x 4, k4, p1.
Row 13 WS S1kw, k4, (k2, k1-O-k1-O-k1 into the yarn over of the previous row, k1) x 4, k2, (k2, k1-O-k1-O-k1 into the yarn over of the previous row, k1) x 4, k5, p1. 77 sts remain.
Row 14 RS S1kw, k36, s2tkw-k1-psso, k36, p1. 75 sts remain.
Row 15 WS As Row 3.
Change to Colour A. Carry the unused colour up the edge.
Row 16 RS S1kw, k35, s2tkw-k1-psso, k35, p1. 73 sts remain.
Row 17 WS As Row 3.
Repeat Rows 2 – 17 reducing the number of knit stitches on either side of the central decrease by eight with each successive repeat and the number of repeats of the brackets by one.
End on a completion of a Row 9 with 17 stitches remaining.
Change to Colour B
All RS rows until 5 sts remain: S1kw, knit to the middle 3 sts, s2tkw-k1-psso, knit to last stitch, end p1.
RS row (5 sts remain) S1kw, s2tkw-k1-psso, p1.
RS row (3 sts remain) S2tkw-k1-psso and elongate the remaining stitch until the tail pulls through.

In fond memory of Kathleen McCleave
Copyright © 2009 Lucy Neatby


Stay tuned for another post on Lucy’s line of yarns, just as soon as I’ve caught up with Lucy on the road!

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11 Responses to “Lucy Neatby: “Knitting, craft, community!””

  1. Twila says:

    Cute! I finished it last night (printed pattern at 7:15 p.m. finished knitting at 1:30 a.m.). It’s really not difficult at all, especially if you’re familiar with knitting mitered squares. As soon as I block it I’ll post a picture in the gallery.

  2. This square is absolutely beautiful. I recently wrote a piece called “color their world’ referring to introducing visual stimulation to the pre-school orphans who may otherwise live in a dull world by default of poverty. Can you imagine how this square would liven their world. Thanks you so much Lucy for designing this for KAS. I hope that lots of people pick it up and send color, texture and brightness along with warmth to the children.

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