There are some knitting techniques that seem like the equivalent of a double back flip of the high dive. These tricks shock, thrill, and inspire us. We wonder if a day will come when we’ll be confident enough to tackle them. We build a bucket list – all the things we’d like to try, stitches we’d like to master, grand projects we know will take untold hours.
Steeking, an old technique developed in the Shetlands, can be found on many such lists. The idea of taking scissors to knitting sounds abhorrent, but this is actually a clever short-cut, invented to take the trouble out of fair isle sweaters. A tube is knit, then cut strategically to create the right places for sleeves and button bands.
Anyone who’s tried to carry colors over the purl side of their work knows exactly what could drive knitters to such extreme measures.
Steeking is actually not as scary as it seems. With the right foundation, and a little guidance the first time, it is in fact quite easy! If you’d like to earn your stripes and scratch steeking off your list, we have the perfect class for you. Michele Bernstein is teaching Bucket List Coffee Cuff : An Introduction to Steeking, Saturday, October 17 & 24, from 12:30-2:30pm. In the first class, students will learn the fundamentals of small circumference stranded knitting, and what to keep in mind when steeking is involved. In the second class, you will steek your project fearlessly, ending with a practical cozy to keep your coffee or tea stylish and insulated.
To sign up, you may enroll online, give us a call (503 922 1150), or drop into Twisted.
Tink, Drop, Frog: How do I Fix This?!
Monday, October 19, from 5:30-7:30pm.
Neon Snowflakes Hat – Next Steps in Stranded Knitting
Monday, October 26, from 5:30-7:30pm
Finishing with Parna Mehrbani
Saturday, October 24, from 4:30-7:30pm.
Uncertain about your project? Need a helping hand through a pattern? Sign up for one of our Sunday Studios and conquer your knitting with one of our excellent instructors.