Eek! A Steek!

Finished steek with applied border
Finished steek with applied border

Steeks let you knit one continuous piece and then make openings or even divide the fabric into multiple pieces. They are great for arm openings in a sweater worked in the round. Used a lot for color work, they also speed up knitting small objects that can be seamed or finished with a cuff to hide the steek. At the steek there are half the starts and stops per row and half the yarn tails if doing color work.

If you’ve never made a steek, the rub comes when told to use scissors to finish it.

We will machine stitch and cut the sample you knit before class (pattern below). At least one sewing machine will be available. As time permits, we’ll cover some interesting cast-ons and bind offs.

Homework: Bring this knitted sample to class: On US7-8 needles and any smooth worsted weight yarn, cast on 24 stitches. *Next: K10, P4, K10. Next: K.* Repeat from * to * until knitting measures at least 6″. This makes a garter fabric with the middle 4 stitches in stockinette. Do not bind off.

Written instructions included. Bring to class: Knitted sample, yarn, and knitting needles. If anyone has a sewing machine available, please let me know. If you want to hand sew the steek, bring sewing needles and thread that contrasts with your yarn.

Participants need to know now how to cast on, knit, and purl.

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