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No Risk, All Reward STEEKS! Workshop with Ann Weaver

March 4, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Eyeing colorwork cardigan patterns? Tired of working purl rows on Stockinette cardigans? Afraid to cut your knitting? Overcome your fear with NO RISK!


In this workshop led by designer Ann Weaver, we’ll steek old or thrifted sweaters (bring your own or purchase a thrifted one). You don’t have to knit anything in preparation! You’ll work through all the steps of steeking a sweater, and you’ll be ready — and excited — to steek your own work.

We’ll be doing crocheted steeks on our sweaters, but Ann also will discuss hand- and machine-sewn steeks, and she’ll demonstrate hand sewing a steek.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to crochet and hand sew a steek
  • How to cut a steek
  • How to pick up stitches for a buttonband
  • How to knit a buttonband
  • How to add ribbon facing to cover your steek (Ann will provide free ribbon for facing!)
  • How to modify the neckline, cuffs, and hem of a sweater
  • How to clean up and beautify your steek
  • Other modifications for old or thrifted sweaters (collars, cuffs, shortening, and so on)
Thrifted sweaters will be used for learning how to steek.

Thrifted sweaters will be used to learn how to steek — without the scary prospect of cutting your hard work!

Skills required:

This class is rated “rockin'”: You must know how to knit and purl, have experience increasing and decreasing /or working in the round, as well as experience picking up stitches.

Materials needed:

This list might seem overwhelming — don’t stress out! You can get everything you need for this workshop at fibre space on the day of the workshop. Ann will have sweaters, and fibre space will have yarn, needles and crochet hooks for the steek and buttonband.

  • One or more sweaters to steek OR $10 per sweater you’d like to purchase from from Ann. She’ll have good-quality thrifted wool sweaters in a variety of colors and sizes.
  • If you bring a sweater to steek, be sure it meets these criteria:
    • 100% wool
    • Gauge no smaller than 8 stitches per inch
    • No fancy texture patterns (simple cables and ribbing are fine, and colorwork is encouraged)
  • A few more suggestions:
    • Beware complex collars. The more complex the collar, the more complex the steek. If you’re up for a challenge, bring something complicated!
    • The darker the sweater, the more difficult it will be to see your stitches.

Other materials:

  • Yarn:
    • A small amount (50 yds) “sticky” fingering weight, 100% wool yarn, NOT superwash, for crocheting steeks. Brooklyn Tweed Loft is great for this.
    • Yarn to knit your buttonband. You can use your steeking yarn or a different yarn; your button bands do not need to be worked in a “sticky” wool yarn. If you’re purchasing a sweater from Ann, you can get a skein (or a few mini-skeins!) of yarn for your buttonband during the workshop.
  • Needles:
    • Size B or C crochet hook
    • Knitting needles, size 4, 5, 6, 7 . . . we recommend bringing several sizes so you can experiment and determine which works best for your project. Circular needles of any length will work.
  • Other:
    • Sharp scissors! We are going to cut these sweaters!
    • Safety pins or removable stitch markers
    • Tape measure


(All photos courtesy Ann Weaver.)


About Ann Weaver

Ann Weaver has created things her whole life. She learned to knit when she was seven, learned to read a pattern at 22, and started sharing her designs though various forms of publication in 2007.

Since graduating from New York University with majors in Art and English, Ann has worked as a deli associate, Harvard graduate student in Assyriology, Macy’s cosmetics counter manager, teaching fellow, assistant curator, state bureaucrat, temp, Akkadian instructor, medical secretary, assistant office manager, barback, commercial bread baker, and copy editor, among other things. She is always looking for a new adventure.

Ann’s design work reflects this quest for adventure; while retaining a clean, wearable aesthetic, Weaverknits designs experiment with asymmetry, unusual color and yarn combinations, and androgyny. In the past three years, Ann’s designs have been featured in online and print magazines and books like, Interweave Knits, Knitscene, and Brave New Knits, and are also available as individual patterns. Craft Work Knit is her first self-published collection of patterns, inspired by 1970s punk style, Josef Albers, athletic uniforms, and, of course, her family, friends, and the practical garments she wears to work every day.

You can read more about Ann and her work on her website and her blog.





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