Steeking Class: Taking the Scary out of Cutting Your Knitting!

Cutting your knitting?! Why in the world would someone do that?! The biggest reason is that working fair isle (stranded colorwork) is easier to work in the round, but sometimes you want something that isn’t circular. Like a cardigan, for example. Ann Weaver’s Oranje Cardigan is a perfect example of this.

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You could do all that colorwork flat, but it would be much easier to do it in the round, and then *gasp* CUT up the middle of the sweater and then work the button bands.

How about a less intimidating colorwork project? Michele Bernstein’s Ruffle Kefuffle Scarf is knit in the round, cut, and then a ruffle is added!

Photo from Ravelry project page

Some knitters also use steeking for non-colorwork cardigans to save themselves from having to purl on the WS rows.

Don’t know how to do stranded colorwork? That’s okay! You don’t have to know how to do fair isle to take the class.

Cutting your knitting sounds SCARY, I know. Fran is an expert steeker who can help you get over your fears about cutting your knitting. During the class you’ll be cutting a swatch, so you can practice before cutting an actual project!

Interested? Here are the class details:

December 2nd from 12:30-3:30. Cost is $30.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate, Students must know how to cast-on, knit, purl, and bind-off. The Fair Isle technique will be discussed during class, since this is a technique most frequently used with Fair Isle knitting, however Fair Isle techniques will not be taught.

Skills Learned: Students will learn to steek (cut) their knitting either using a crochet reinforcement or with a machine-sewn edge (1 or 2 sewing machines will be available during class).

Materials: Approximately 150 yards of non-superwash worsted weight wool, 10 yards of non- superwash worsted weight wool in a contrasting color (this will be provided), crochet hook in size H or J, scissors Stash Recommends: Imperial Erin and Addi crochet hook. 15% off class materials purchased at the shop.

Homework: Cast on the number of stitches (in a needle size appropriate for your yarn) in your yarn’s gauge to get a swatch that is approximately 7.5-8 inches across. Working a flat piece, work 5 rows in garter stitch (knit every row), and then in stockinette stitch for an additional 6 inches. Work 5 rows in garter stitch and bind off. Bring this square to class.

Spaces are limited, call the shop at 541-753-9276 or stop by to register!


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One response to “Steeking Class: Taking the Scary out of Cutting Your Knitting!

  1. Thanks for the shout-out! I’m currently knitting another Ruffle Kerfuffle scarf for my class next week. I was going to cut a swatch, but decided to go all out and knit another one. Because they’re pretty!

    My cousin was an AFS student to Norway in high school. She learned to knit there, and when we were roomies in college, she knit a purple sweater in the round, and steeked for sleeves and maybe neck, too? I remember being gobsmacked by the idea that you could do it that way.

    Have fun with your class!

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