Spectacular Steeks
Saturday, November 13, 2021
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Session Type:
2-Hour Class
Skill Level:
Amy Detjen
Knitting, Tips & Techniques
Class Details:

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.

Supplies for Class:

Two balls of sport or worsted yarn (one light and one dark with noticeable contrast) and circular needles (1-16 inch or 2-24 inch) or double-pointed in size appropriate for your yarn, 1 stitch marker, crochet hook in size similar to your needles, sharp scissors.