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Steeking 101 with Tanis Gray

Steeking 101 with Tanis Gray



Steeking 101

Interested in steeking but the thought of taking scissors to your knitting sends shivers down your spine? We’ll learn how to secure and cut our knitting 3 different ways with ease on swatches before you tackle that sweater pattern you’ve had your eye on! You’ll learn the single crochet method (no crochet experience necessary), the backstitch method, and the sewing machine method.


  • X3 completed swatches (see homework)
  • Tapestry needle
  • 20 yards fingering weight wool (100% wool – no superwash)
  • Sharp scissors
  • Size F Crochet Hook
  • US 5 & 7 needles (bring the ones you used for the homework)
  • Removeable stitch markers


Note: Completed swatches for homework are a must for this workshop! You will not be able to steek in class without them. The swatches are knit in a small circumference, so use whichever method you are comfortable with – DPNs, 2 circulars, or magic loop. Swatches should be knit in 2 shades highly contrasting worsted weight. If you wish, use 3 different color combinations to mix it up!

  • CO 45 sts with US 5 needles. Join into round being careful not to twist. Work [knit 1 round, purl 1 round] three times.
  • Switch to US 7 needles and work rounds 1-25 of chart.
  • Switch to smaller needles and work [knit 1 round, purl 1 round] three times.
  • BO knitwise