No Risk, All Reward STEEKS with Ann Weaver

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. You’ll leave the workshop with a booklet of photo tutorials for all the techniques discussed.

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
  • How to add ribbon facing to cover your steek

Skills required:

  • Picking up stitches

Materials needed: This list might seem overwhelming—don’t stress out! You can get everything you need on the day of the workshop. I’ll have sweaters, and you’ll be able to purchase yarn, needles, and crochet hooks for the steek and buttonband at the shop or event.

  • 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. 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.
  • Other materials:
    • Yarn: A small amount (50 yd) “sticky” fingering weight 100% wool yarn, NOT superwash, for crocheting steeks. Knit 1 has lots of options if you need any suggestions or help.
    • 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

Class is 7 hrs (including a 1 hr lunch break!): 10am - 5pm Sunday July 30th - $125