Steeks are extra stitches that you knit in a circular garment so that you have a place to cut your circular knitting open! Doesn’t that sound scary (spoiler alert—it’s not). We do this for cardigans, but also for armholes and neck openings. It allows you to keep knitting in the round when you are knitting a piece that you want to be a different shape later. There are several methods available to secure your steek before you cut, and we’ll compare and contrast them all, and even try one or two. With just a few tricks and a wee bit of practice, you can be knitting, securing, and cutting steeks with confidence. We’ll knit a useless swatch and then cut it apart; you’ll never be afraid of cutting again!
Technique Requirements: Must know the basics of stranded (Fair Isle) knitting
Using darker color, cast on 58 sts; join for circular knitting. Work the chart* (download file here) for as many rows as you can tolerate. The more you knit, the more experience you'll gain in steeking. Bring this to class.
Two balls of sport or worsted yarn (one light and one dark with noticeable contrast) and circular needles (one 16 inch or two 24 inch) or double-pointed in size appropriate for your yarn, 1 stitch marker, crochet hook in size similar to your needles, sharp scissors.