Ethnic Knitting Discovery: Steeks

6 hours (one 6-hour session or two 3-hour sessions)

Steeking is a technique devised by traditional and ethnic knitters. Steeks provide provide ways to form openings in fabric that is worked in the round: openings for armholes, necklines, cardigan fronts, and so on.They do involve cutting your handknitted fabric! This class will quickly ease you past the obstacle of snipping your stitches and then give you practical experience in where and how to use steeks. We’ll be knitting swatches and cutting them in this class.It’s true: I was scared stiff when I snipped open my first steek. Now I use these techniques whenever I can.When I work with intricate patterning, it’s wonderful to be able to keep going in the round above the armholes. When I knit a simple garment, it’s nice to stay with the flow of working in the round. Every time I see an opening in a garment, I think, “Hmmm, is there any reason not to steek that?”Participants in this class need to be comfortable with the basics of knitting, purling, casting on, and binding off, and to know how to join for working in the round. Some experience with two-color knitting can be very helpful.

For the advanced-beginner to intermediate knitter.

Class Overview

Yarn suggestions
Circular knitting
Just cutting
Steeks and cutting
Shaping neck openings with steeks
Working with multiple colors

Worsted or heavy-worsted yarn, 6 to 8 ounces. Scraps are perfect: you will be making samples, and you will be cutting your work! The yarn should produce a nice-feeling stockinette (definitely not too loose, and preferably not board-like) at about 4 to 5 stitches per inch. At least two colors, unless you plan to work the samples in one color.One 16-inch circular needle, size 7 or 8 U.S.Set of double-pointed needles, in the same size as the circular needle.Crochet hook in a size slightly smaller than your knitting needles. Stitch markers.Sewing needle, thread, and scissors.

I will provide handouts, sewing thread, and sewing machine.

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