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Are you scared to snip your knitting? Don't be!

In knitting, steeking is a shortcut used to knit garments such as sweaters in the round without interruption for openings or sleeves until the end. The technique was developed by the knitters of Shetland and is particularly associated with Fair Isle sweaters, although it can be used for any knit fabric in the round for which you later need an opening.

* Please remember to include your phone number when booking so we can contact you about the class if necessary.

This is a 3 hour class with a morning or an afternoon option.

October 22nd Saturday

Morning : 10:30 -1:30pm

Afternoon: 2:30 - 5:30pm

In this workshop you'll learn how to prepare and reinforce a steek, snip it, and pick up stitches along it for a button band or other edging. We'll explore the best (and worst) yarn choices for steeking and how to check the steekability of a yarn, and we'll try out several steek reinforcement methods.

You'll finish the workshop brimming with steeking confidence and ready to take the scissors to everything you have ever knit.

Please bring at least four tiny swatches to steek. They should be; 12 sts by 16 rows, knit in stocking stitch.
DK or aran-weight yarn knit in a non-superwash wool.

We'll be trying out several reinforcement methods on these - and cutting them all up! You'll also need a crochet hook 2 sizes smaller than the needles you knit the swatch on, and a small pair of sharp scissors.
If you're knitting - or contemplating - something that needs a steek please bring the pattern or project along as well, and we can discuss the best way to approach the steek.

Students will learn:
Crochet steek
Needle felted steek
Hand sewn back stitch steek
Picking up stitches from steek edge
Finishing steek edges with crochet, ribbon, machine sewing
Placement and uses for steeks in patterns: creating openings for cardigan, armholes, neck and body openings, pockets.

About Arielle:

Arielle Ollagnon is a curious and committed violist and violinist studying at the Royal Academy of Music. Arielle has been knitting since she was six and became a Loop customer when she moved back to London in 2019. She has worked at Loop for just over a year. Arielle particularly loves rustic yarns, learning new knitting skills, and casting off a project. While she may be the youngest Loopette, do not underestimate her knowledge of fibre and knitting!

Cancellation policy
Full refund of payment for a class will be given for cancellations only if the spot can be filled by another student, minus a 10% admin fee. Please be considerate.
We reserve the right to cancel a class in unusual circumstances. We try to avoid this wherever possible, but sometimes it cannot be avoided. In this situation, of course, a full refund will be given.
We're sorry but Loop can not be financially responsible for extreme weather conditions or any other situations that are out of its' control.
If we need to cancel the class due to any unforeseen lockdown measures in London we will of course offer you a full refund or shop credit (whatever your preference is).