Lucy Neatby: Top Down Hat Fun

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Lucy Neatby: Top Down Hat Fun


Hats off to Lucy Neatby! Learn how to construct a hat from the top down and size-as-you-go. Lucy will show you how different patterning will make the most of your colourful, variegated yarns and how the use of applied i-cord can accentuate and finish off a hat. Participants in this workshop will also receive a copy of Lucy’s “Breakaway Beanie” pattern.

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What It's All About

Join Lucy for this three hour workshop in which you will be able to design your own hat and the best part is: no gauge swatch required! This custom hat class will allow you to “knit to fit” by working from the top down. You’ll start with a little i-cord to give you something to hold on to and begin your hat with four stitches. You’ll learn how to manage increases and Lucy will explain the ratio of increase rounds to help you manage the shape of the crown. You’ll learn how to work an applied i-cord at the top of the crown (an exceedingly clever design technique to use with variegated yarns) and how to make a beautiful and seamless join. The last part of the class will introduce brim options: choose from ribbing, seed stitch, stockinette, reverse stockinette or the lovely linen stitch pattern that Lucy used in her design for River City Yarns: the Breakaway Beanie. Lucy will also show you how to bind off using her Modified Conventional method. Participants in this workshop will be gifted a copy of the Breakaway Beanie pattern on the day of the workshop.

This workshop will take place at River City Yarns and may be held on our mezzanine level which is roomy but only accessible by stairs. If you have any concerns regarding your mobility on the stairs, please contact Cynthia:

Photos by River City Yarns and Designs by Lucy Neatby: Breakaway Beanie.

Skill Level


Please bring:

  • one ball of variegated or striping, worsted weight yarn. Approximately 50g for your workshop sample. River City Yarns recommends: Noro Kureyon or Silk Garden or Rhichard Devrieze Fynn.

  • 4.5 and 5.0mm/US# 7 and 8 knitting needles for working in round: double pointed needles, one or two circulars (as you prefer).

  • A small amount (2 metres) of waste yarn in a solid, contrasting colour and the same weight as your hat yarn (above).

  • Scissors

  • A blunt darning needle

  • Usual knitting paraphernalia (stitch markers, measuring tape, etc.)

  • Optional: one skein of River City Yarns Hat Trick and 2.5mm and 3.0mm knitting needles for working in the round if you want to start the Breakaway Beanie at the end of class.

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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:

  • A 3 hour session to build your own custom headgear;

  • ideas for making the most of your variegated and striping yarns; and

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

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 may be held on our mezzanine level which is roomy but only accessible by stairs. If you have mobility issues and can't manage the stairs, please contact Cynthia:

  • 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