The knotted steek is an unusual approach to steeking that is ideal for maintaining the stretchiness of your knitted fabric in a way that many steeks do not (because they rely on the use of crochet, sewing, or ribbon to secure the stitches, all of which have much less stretch than most knitted fabric). Though it takes some time, the knotted steek results in a very smooth and not at all bulky finish that does not need to be used along the entire edge. This allows for greater flexibility and options in where you use a steek, which creates interesting design possibilities. It can also be used to build an attractive fringed edge to shawls and scarves knit in the round. It is the steek Anna uses in many of her patterns, including the Shantay Cardigan, Ess Shawl, and Ruperto Scarf from Marlisle: A New Direction in Knitting, as well as the Kermis Cardigan.
Suitable for stranded colorwork knitters of all levels who wish to expand their knowledge of steeks or those who wish to try steeking for the first time.
- understanding the function and application of steeks
- casting on and off for a knotted steek
- establishing a steek zone
- using steek edge stitches
- securing stitches for safety
- cutting knits
Technique requirements: Must have experience of colorwork and be confident knitting in the round. No prior steeking experience required.
Supplies for Class:
• 4-ply/fingering yarn in 2 contrasting, but harmonious colors. At least 25g of each. Go for 100% wool, ideally not superwash—you want something a little “sticky” for easier steeking. • US 2/3mm DPNs or circular needles long enough for magic loop (depending on personal preference and existing knowledge—aka it’s not a good time to try magic loop for the first time!) or whatever needle size needed to achieve a good colorwork gauge). Bring a range of sizes from US 1½/2.25mm to US 7/4mm, as you may wish to adjust during class. • pencil, small sharp scissors. • a long, sharp needle with a large eye (like a longer, sharp, darning needle)