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Taste Test – Steeking

Let’s get steeking!  Give steeking a try without fear and make a cup or mug cozy.


A steek lets you knit an item in the round and then cut it and use it flat.  Steeks are prevalent in colorwork traditions like Fair Isle, Norweigan, and other northern knitting traditions.  Steeks can be use to knit a sweater in the round and then open it up as a cardigan.  They can also be used for neck and sleeve openings.  Steeks can be used anywhere that knitting is easiest done in the round, but the item itself isn’t round.

There are several ways to steek an item.  This class will focus on a method for stabilizing the steek that does not require a sewing machine to implement.

This is a one time class for intermediate to advanced knitters.  You must complete the pre-class homework before you come to class.  You will receive a printed copy of the homework upon paid registration.

Skills Required to take the class:  Students are expected to be able to complete the pre-class homework unassisted.  The homework includes knitting stranded colorwork in the round, knit, purl, k2tog, kfb, and backwards loop cast on.  Students may use double pointed needles, 2 circulars, or magic loop at their discretion.

Worsted weight wool, non-superwash (or sticky wool blend) in at least 2 colors.  25 grams in total.

22 sts x 28 rows = 4″ x 4 ” in stockinette colorwork knitted in the round.

US 7 DPNs or size needed to obtain gauge.  Use DPNs or your preferred method for knitting a small 7″ to 9″circumference in the round.

3 buttons approximately 18mm or 1/2″ to 9/16″ diameter
a crochet hook  the same size or 1 to 3 sizes smaller than your knitting needles
yarn needle for weaving in ends.  A semi-sharp tip is recommended.

Finished Cozy Size:  S (L)  fits 9″-9.5″ (10″-10.5″) cup/mugs