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No Risk All Reward STEEKS! - In person with Ann Weaver
Date: Sunday October 23, 2022
Time: 10am - 5pm Central Standard Time with a 1 hour break
Instructor: 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
Picking up stitches
- 100% wool or nearly 100% wool
- Gauge no smaller than 8 stitches per inch
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.
• A small amount (20 yd) “sticky” fingering weight 100% wool yarn, NOT superwash, for crocheting steeks. Shetland and lopi yarns are great for this.
• 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
Shipping & Returns
To pick up your order at String Theory, choose GLEN ELLYN PICKUP during checkout.
Most packages are shipped with an $8.95 flat rate.
Ten cent shipping on orders over $100.
Unused items in their original condition and packaging can be returned for store credit within 6 months of purchase. No returns or exchanges are available for sale items or jewelry.
Thanks for your understanding.
If String Theory cancels the class for any reason, we will refund your registration fee. If you are able to cancel at least one week prior to your scheduled class, you will receive a store credit for your registration fee. If you cancel less than a week prior to the class, you will receive store credit only if we are able to fill your spot. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide class make-ups.