(includes tea/coffee and day entry to the unravel festival)
with Anna Maltz
Steeks are indispensable in allowing you to knit all manner of colourwork projects in the round, from the right side only, thereby avoiding purling with two colours on the wrong side. They are most commonly used to knit cardigans as if they were sweaters. A steek involves cutting your stitches, which seams terrifying until you do it. Steeking remains a thrilling moment, because it feels naughty to put scissors to your knits. However, when practiced correctly, your stitches will be totally safe! (It’s certainly good to do it in good company the first time.)
The knotted steek is an unusual approach that is ideal for maintaining the stretchiness of your knitted fabric in a way that many steeks do not, because they rely on the use of crochet, sewing or ribbon to secure the stitches – these have much less stretch than most knitted fabric. Though it takes some time, the knotted steek results in a very smooth and not at all bulky finish that does not need to be used along the entire edge. This allows for greater flexibility and options in where you use a steek, which creates interesting design possibilities. It can also be used to build in an attractive fringed edge to shawls and scarves knitted in the round. This is the steek Anna Maltz uses in her patterns and it appears 3 times in Marlisle: A New Direction in Knitting.
– understanding the function and application of steeks
– casting on and off for a knotted steek
– establishing a steek zone
– using steek edge stitches
– securing stitches for safety
– cutting knits
Level / Ability
Minimum skill level: Intermediate/advanced beginner
Existing knowledge required: Suitable for stranded colourwork knitters of all levels who wish to expand their knowledge of steeks or those who wish to try steeking for the first time.
Partipants should bring:
– 4ply/fingering yarn in 2 contrasting, but harmonious colours. At least 25gr of each.
Go for 100% wool, ideally not super wash treated – you want something a little ‘sticky’ for easier steeking.
– 3mm DPNs or circular needles long enough for magic loop (depending on personal preference and existing knowledge – aka it’s not a good time to try magic-loop for the first time!) or whatever needle size needed to achieve a good colourwork gauge). Students can bring a range of sizes from 2.25mm to 4mm, as they may wish to adjust during class, while we are together.
– pencil, small sharp scissors
Anna Maltz is an avid sweaterspotter, icecream aficionado and people-watcher (even when they are not wearing knitwear). She writes a regular column in Pom Pom Quarterly, contributes writing and patterns to many other publications and knits everywhere she goes. She published a book of knitting patterns inspired by penguins and is introducing knitters to Marlisle a technique she champions.
Knitting satisfies her love of technical intricacies, a good puzzle, hands-on activities, community, colour and ideas. Teaching has always been part of her career with a particular focus on playing and encouraging independence and experimentation. You can find her as @sweaterspotter on Instagram and at annamaltz.com.
Knotted steek with Anna Maltz is on Sunday 18 February – 13:30 – 16.30. Book tickets here