Neighborhood Fiber Co.

A Weekend with Ann Weaver: Steeking and Finishing November 18th-19th

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  • A Weekend with Ann Weaver: Steeking and Finishing November 18th-19th

Neighborhood Fiber Co.

A Weekend with Ann Weaver: Steeking and Finishing November 18th-19th

1 in stock



All three classes can be purchased together for a discounted price ($125), join us for an entire weekend of fun or pick and choose your classes! 
Day 1 November 18th: Steeking @10:30am (7 hour class with a one-hour lunch break in-between, $75)

No Risk, All Reward STEEKS!

Eyeing colorwork cardigan patterns? Tired of working purl rows on Stockinette cardigans? Afraid to cut your knitting? Overcome your fear with NO RISK!

In this workshop, we’ll steek old or thrifted sweaters (bring your own or purchase one from my collection!). You don’t have to knit anything in preparation! You’ll work through all the steps of steeking a sweater, and you’ll be ready—and excited—to steek your own work.

We’ll be doing crocheted and hand-sewn steeks on our sweaters. I’ll demonstrate and provide examples of both methods and discuss the pros and cons of each.

 What you’ll learn:

  • How to crochet a steek (no crochet experience necessary!)
  • How to hand sew a steek
  • How to cut a steek
  • How to pick up stitches for a buttonband
  • How to knit a buttonband
  • How to perform other modifications, such as shortening the body, changing the sleeve length, and changing the collar

 Skills required:

Picking up stitches

Materials needed: This list might seem overwhelming—don’t stress out! You can get everything you need for this workshop at Neighborhood Fiber Co. on the day of the workshop. I’ll have sweaters, and Neighborhood Fiber Co. will have yarn, needles, and crochet hooks for the steek and buttonband. 

One or more sweaters to steek OR $12 per sweater you’d like to purchase from me! I’ll have good-quality thrifted wool sweaters in a variety of colors and sizes. I’ll send photos of good examples.

 If you bring a sweater to steek, be sure it meets these criteria:

  • 100% wool or nearly 100% wool
  • Gauge no smaller than 8 stitches per inch
  • No fancy texture patterns (simple cables and ribbing are fine, and colorwork is encouraged)

A few more suggestions:

  1. Beware complex collars. The more complex the collar, the more complex the steek. If you’re up for a challenge, bring something complicated!
  2. The darker the sweater, the more difficult it will be to see your stitches.

Other materials:


  • A small amount (50 yd) “sticky” fingering weight 100% wool yarn, NOT superwash, for crocheting steeks. Jamieson’s Shetland and lopi yarns are great for this.
  • Yarn to knit your buttonband. You can use your steeking yarn or a different yarn; your button bands do not need to be worked in a “sticky” wool yarn. If you’re purchasing a sweater from me, you can get a skein (or a few mini-skeins!) of yarn for your buttonband during the workshop. 


  • Size B or C crochet hook 
  • Knitting needles, size 4, 5, 6, 7 . . . I recommend bringing several sizes so you can experiment and determine which works best for your project. Circular needles of any length will work.


  • Sharp scissors! We are going to cut these sweaters!
  • Sharp tapestry needle (large enough to thread with fingering weight yarn and SHARP)
  • Safety pins or removable stitch markers

Day 2: November 19th First Half: No Sew Zippers @10:30-12:30 ($35)

No Sew Zippers!
In class, you'll learn everything you need to install zippers into sweaters by installing a 6-inch zipper to join two swatches--with NO SEWING! We'll use a Knit Picker tool to pick up stitches along our zippers and join these stitches to our knitting.
Knit two Stockinette stitch swatches, approximately 6 inches by 6 inches, in worsted weight yarn. Wet block them, pinning the edges flat to prevent rolling. 
I'll provide zippers and a Knit Picker tool for everyone.
If you'd like to bring a sweater and zipper to class, feel free! My favorite source of zippers is Zipperstop ( You will want a separating zipper in the size closest to the length of your front edging; choose the size under the actual length. For $1 extra, Zipperstop will shorten your zipper to exactly the length you want! It's absolutely worth it.


November 19th Second Half: Finishing Techniques @2-4pm ($35)

GET 'ER DONE: A Day of Finishing Technique Tutorials and Troubleshooting Tutorials include:

  • End Weaving: Learn where your yarn is --and weave in your ends so well you won't even know they're there! 
  • Seaming: Straight seams, curvy seams like armholes, diagonal seams. Master all the seams!
  • Grafting (Kitchener stitch): It's not so bad. 

Bring your unfinished projects, and we’ll help you turn them into FOs.

List of materials for finishing workshop:

In preparation, knit the following swatches, approximately 4 inches by 4 inches, in bulky or superbulky yarn(Studio Chunky or Rustic Bulky from Neighborhood Fiber Co.):
Two swatches in Stockinette stitch; if you're interested in learning grafting (Kitchener stitch), you can leave the stitches from these swatches live on a stitch holder and graft the two together.
One swatch in garter stitch
If you want to test your end-weaving abilities, make a swatch in a lace pattern
Materials to bring:
  • Tapestry needle
  • Removable stitch markers (the ones you can open like little safety pins) or safety pins
  • Bulky or superbulky yarn in a color different from the color you used to knit your swatches
  • Scissors
Most importantly:
ANY PROJECTS YOU WANT TO FINISH or that have stumped you!
Bring the materials necessary (like appropriately sized knitting needles) to work on this project.
These projects can be anything--the difficulty doesn't have to be with finishing techniques. Much of this workshop will be built around learning the skills you need to keep going and get it done!