Elegant Steeks and Bands (Option 2)
With Janine Bajus
Nov 6 4:00pm-6:10pm CST
Don’t be afraid to cut into your knitting! Learn how to knit, secure, and cut steeks and then add bands that fit perfectly.
Knitting in the round is a soothing and efficient method of garment construction, especially when creating stranded colorwork garments. But the prospect of cutting into the knitting to create openings such as armholes can be very scary! To make the process less fraught, we add extra stitches (steeks) to the garment with the intention of cutting into them. You will learn how to create stable steeks that turn into elegantly smooth-edged, secure, and compliant facings with minimal finishing work. Then you will discover how to add bands that don’t gap, distort the body stitches, or require lots of math. You will be proud to show off the inside of your garments!
Special skills or knowledge needed to take this class:
Students must have experience in stranded knitting, reading charts, and knitting in the round.
__2 balls of smooth worsted-weight wool yarn, one much darker than the other (it is important that these be the same yarn brand)—for example, Cascade 220 or the equivalent
__Appropriately sized 16” and 24-32” circular needles to make a firm fabric (size depends on your yarn and knitting style)
__3.5 or 3.75mm (E or F) crochet hook
__Knitting Basics: Sharp scissors, Notebook, Pen or pencil with eraser, Stitch markers, Tapestry needles (large and small), Tape measure, Small calculator, Needles and crochet hooks of various sizes