Knit With Me
In Person Steeking In Style with Aleks Byrd @ Knit With Me, Richmond - Saturday 2nd March 2024 11am to 2pm
So you have clicked on the Steeking In Style workshop to find out more information ... Welcome! We are super excited to see you here. This is the first of many technique workshops we hope to be offering with Aleks Byrd at the Knit With Me store, and as the first one we had to go BIG!
In modern knitting a steek is a narrow panel of extra stitches connecting two pieces of fabric with the intention that they will be cut when the knitting is complete. Think about knitting a jumper in the round and then turning it into a cardigan by cutting the front fabric from the waist band to the neckline. This can seem very scary, but with the right techniques it can open a whole new world of possibilities with your knitting,
Together with Aleks, you will explore two different styles of steek edges. First the fun of a knitted fringe steek which is great for a shawl with an all round great reinforcement crochet method. Then learn a perfect and super neat steek sandwich band technique that makes a great finishing touch hiding your steek on a cardigan.
Homework: Students will be emailed homework instructions to complete a knitted swatch ready to steek in the Workshop. The swatch should take approx 1 hour to knit
Skill Level: Itermediate knitters; students should be comfortable to knit and purl in the round with two colours and knitting easy colourwork, cast-on, bind -off.
Materials you need
- 2 sets of US 8 / 5mm needles for knitting small circumference (Double pointed needles or fixed circular needles or interchangeable circular needles for magic loop)
- Stitch markers
- Sharp scissors
- 3-5 mm crochet hook
- Worsted weight yarn (preferably non-superwash / nothing slippery—think yarn you would use for colourwork) in 3 contrasting colours in the following approx. amounts:
- MC (main colour used in homework swatch) 20g
- CC1 (contrast colour 1 used in homework swatch) 20g
- CC2 (contrast colour 2 used for crochet and steek sandwich band) 10g
This is a brilliant project to use up your stash and left overs from home. No need to buy more yarn for this workshop ... bonus! However if you don't have anything at all at home De Rerum Natura Gilliat is a great yarn to use.
Important information - The workshop takes place upstairs in the store which is accessed via a spiral staircase. Toilers are in the basement which are again, you guessed it, accessed via a spiral staircase. Finally, we need a minimum of 2 bookings for this course to go ahead. If we do not meet the minimum you will be offered a new date or a refund.
A little about your teacher Aleks Byrd
Aleks Byrd is a knitwear designer with roots in Estonia, Canada, and the USA. Her passion is creating modern knitting patterns with a connection to the past using little-known traditional techniques for unique wearable designs that are fun and rewarding to knit for all levels of knitters. Aleks teaches workshops to demystify the deceptively easy techniques used in her patterns all over the world in the UK, Europe, Canada, the United States and Australia. She especially loves sharing traditional knitting techniques from Estonia with knitters around the world to expand their view on what knitting can be. Her latest book Traditions Revisited – Modern Estonian Knits brings together her designs and teaching as introduction to Estonian knitting, both traditional and traditional-inspired.