Lucy Neatby: Short Row Wizardry

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Lucy Neatby: Short Row Wizardry

from 220.50

Learn the ins and outs of shaping with short rows. This full day (6 hour) workshop with Lucy Neatby will teach you how to use short rows for better fitting garments (including your socks!) She’ll also show you how to be creative and have fun with short rows - from ruffles to circles (on two needles!) Early bird pricing: purchase your spot before April 30, 2019 to receive 10% off the registration fee.

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What It's All About

This full day (6 hour) workshop with Lucy Neatby will teach you how to use short rows to shape your garments for a better fit and to create interesting design elements in your knitted fabric. In the morning session, Lucy will introduce short rows and their many applications to better tailor your knitting. You will have an opportunity to discover several methods: unwrapped, wrapped, yarnover and Japanese short rows and compare their merits. You’ll try out short rows in Garter Stitch and have some fun with making a mitered corner. Lucy will show you how short rows can improve fit and finish and allow you to “tailor” your designs to your personal measurements. She’ll also show you how to improve “doorstep” shoulder shaping with short rows.

After lunch, Lucy will show you how to have fun with this technique! You will learn how to use Garter Stitch short rows to create the ultimate practical, comfortable, generic sock heel. You will have the opportunity to use short rows to add ruffled edges, work in the round and shape a sleeve cap. You will discover how to use short rows to knit a circle by working only straight rows (only 2 needles!). Let your imagination lead your knitting needles and play with free style short rows to create fabrics that are flat and three dimensional.

This workshop will take place at the Hilton Doubletree Silverbirch Conference Centre. You will be treated to a hot continental breakfast, buffet lunch and non-stop beverages and snacks all day long (included in your registration fee). You’ll enjoy the retreat atmosphere that the hotel provides while learning new skills.

Photos and Designs by Lucy Neatby: Zen Mountain Scarf, Sea Lettuce Scarf and Venus Rising.

Skill Level

Experienced beginners and up.

Please bring:

  • 4 - 5 small (20g) balls of light coloured worsted weight yarn in different shades. If you have an additional ball of variegated yarn in a worsted weight, please bring it along. If you don’t have one, don’t worry about it!

  • Two (or more) sets of 5 appropriately sized dpns, 4.5 - 5 mm/US# 7 - 8.

  • Coilless pins

  • Usual knitting paraphernalia (wool needle, scissors, tape measure, etc.)


Using your worsted weight yarn (see above) in a solid light colour, and appropriately sized dpns, 4.5 - 5 mm/US 7 - 8, make 5 small swatches for the morning session and 3 small swatches for the afternoon session. When you have completed a swatch, cut the yarn leaving an 6 - 8 inch tail. Leave the stitches on a spare double pointed needle (ideally) or holder.

For the morning session:

Swatches 1, 2, 3 and 5 - Cast on 20 sts. Knit 4 rows (Garter stitch), then knit 1 row, purl 1 row (Stocking stitch).

Swatch 4 - Cast on 34 sts. Knit 4 rows (Garter stitch), then knit 1 row, purl 1 row (Stocking stitch).

For the afternoon session:

Swatch A - Cast on 24 sts. Knit 4 rows (Garter stitch), then knit 1 row, purl 1 row (Stocking stitch).

Swatch B - Cast on 32 sts. Knit 6 rounds circularly (Stocking stitch).

Swatch C - Cast on 12 sts. Work four rows of Stocking stitch (Knit one row, purl one row) x 2.

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About Lucy Neatby:

River City Yarns is so pleased to welcome Lucy Neatby back to Edmonton. Lucy is an internationally recognized teacher, designer, and writer who thrills knitters around the world with her inimitable charm, knowledge, and uniquely colourful designs. Her passion for nurturing and empowering knitters, and putting them in control of their art, is legendary! She is the author three books: Cool Socks Warm Feet, Cool Knitters Finish in Style, A Little Book of BIG Holes for Hand-knitters! and the Learn With Lucy DVD series (16 titles). Barb and Cynthia have taken several workshops with her, have knit from her books and single patterns and watched her dvds. She’s an engaging instructor with a love of colour, design and technique; you’ll be inspired, motivated and energized after spending a day with Lucy.

This workshop includes:

  • 6 hours of instruction to smooth and shape your knitting;

  • pro tips and helpful ideas to improve your knitting skills;

  • breakfast, lunch and awesome snacks and refreshments throughout the day; and

  • the technical know-how to get a better fit from your garments and an understanding of how to control the shape of your knitting.

Other important info that you should know about...

  • You have to pay the registration fee in advance to hold your seat. You can pay online or call the store at 780-477-9276 to make a payment over the phone.

  • This workshop will be held at the HIlton Doubletree Silverbirch Conference Centre. The hotel is located at 16615 109th Avenue NW, Edmonton.

  • Cancellations? We know you have every intention of coming, but life happens! And because we are hosting a special guest, there are more up front expenses involved. Here is our cancellation policy for this special event:

    • If you cancel 30 days (or more) prior to your workshop date, we will refund your registration fee less a $25 administration & service fee.

    • If you need to cancel in the 30 day period prior to the workshop, we will refund your registration fee less a $25 administration & service fee only if we are able to fill your spot from our waitlist.

    • No refunds will be made if you have to cancel less than 7 days before your class is scheduled to begin. If you are unable to attend, you may invite a friend to take your place.

    • If minimum enrolment is not met we reserve the right to cancel the class. A full refund of your registration fee will be given should this situation arise.

  • Questions, comments, concerns, suggestions? Please contact