Steeking 101 - A Virtual Workshop - November 3rd
Wednesday, November 3rd from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Eek! Conquer your fear of steeks! The verb “steek” means to “shut, close, fasten or lock.” Steeking is perfect for stranded colorwork cardigans. Rather than knitting a cardigan back and forth, it can be knitted in the round and then transformed with a few scissor snips. We’ll start small, working on a cup cozy that is knit in the round and prepared before the class. I’ll show you how to secure your knitting with a basic crochet stitch, then cut through your knitting. We will finish the steeks, pick up and knit stitches for button bands and sew on buttons. After this class, you’ll have the confidence to start that Fair Isle or Lopi sweater that’s caught your eye.
Yarn suggestions: Steeking works best with “sticky” fibers, such as 100% non-superwash wool. Yarns used in the photo sample for Steek this Coffee Cozy are Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, but any similar yarn will work. You’ll need 5 colors in mostly remnant quantities of worsted weight. Please refer to the pattern for specifics.
Skills required: Knowledge of knit and purl stitch, knitting in the round. Skills recommended: Experience with stranded colorwork
Skills you’ll learn:
- Creating a crochet steek to secure stitches before cutting Cutting the steek
- Picking up stitches for button bands
- Creating a buttonhole band
- Hand sewing a facing to hide the loose ends from the steek Sewing on a shanked button
- Steek this Coffee Cozy pattern by Rachel Henry of Remily Knits (Free on Ravelry. If you are unable to use the Ravelry website, we can provide you with the pattern)
- Contrasting color yarn for the steek, to make it easy to see
- Size F crochet hook, (E will work too) for creating a chain stitch for the steek Sharp scissors for cutting the steek
- Piece of cardboard, think paper, or notecard 2 1⁄2 to 3 inches wide to put inside the cozy when cutting
- Cellophane or masking tape
- Yarn Color A (or any color you wish) for picking up the button bands
- Knitting needles two sizes smaller than those used to knit the cozy ( these are for picking up button bands)
- Three buttons, 1⁄2 inch (make sure a needle can fit through the holes)
- Fine tapestry needle or embroidery needle (one with a large eye) for sewing on buttons
- Sewing thread/craft thread for finishing steeks inside the cozy, and sewing on buttons.
- A small amount of plied yarn to pair with the thread for sewing on buttons (optional)
- Toothpick, tapestry needle, small knitting needle (size 0 or smaller) for creating a shank when sewing on buttons
Pre-work: Knit the cup cozy using the “Steek This Coffee Cozy” pattern, and end with “Top Ribbing”. Stop at the instructions that say “Steek” Block as desired.
Full payment is needed to reserve your space. For a refund on the class, cancellations must be made 5 days prior to the class. All refunds are given as store credit only. If we cancel the class for any reason, you will receive a full refund. Please note any supplies or homework are listed under the class description. No Monarch Rewards Points can be used towards the payment of a class.
We suggest that you have a good internet connection so the class video does not buffer. Zoom suggests you have at least 2 MPBS upload and download speed from your internet service provider.