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