Monday, September 12, 2016

Steeking Demonstration

Brenda H.
demonstrating steking
Fiber Fest
Riverton, WY
September 2016
Saturday was a day filled with demonstrations, fiber, and friends. I had a lot of fun, and I learned something, too. One demonstration that I enjoyed was steeking in the round.  Brenda had prepared a stack of samples for the attendees to try their hand at the technique. Thanks, Brenda for knitting all those samples.
Brenda shows how she knits sweaters in the round
and later steeks to add a button band or zipper. 
Brenda presented this demonstration at a previous Guild meeting, but I had another task after the meeting and missed it. I was thrilled to hear she was doing it again at the Fiber Fest.

Brenda explained there are at least three ways to steek: using a sewing machine, crocheting over a row of stitches or hand sewing (backstitching on the stitches). We tried the crochet and hand-stitching  during her presentation. Note the two by two rib on the samples. We stitched on the outside stitch on the ribs, but normally a steek area would be purposefully knit in the garment. When the scissors came out, everyone held their breath, but both methods held. The steeked area can then be turned under for a zipper to be attached. Stitches could also be picked up for a button band to be added.

This technique can only be used on "sticky" fibers, like wool, not cotton or acrylic.

I learned that steeking is not difficult or scary as I had thought. Thanks Brenda!

Here's a video of the process from VeryPink.

Have you tried steeking?


  1. Oh Brave ones with scissors! I admire and bow to you!

  2. Thank you so much Nancy!! Just yesterday I saw a pair of long mitts made from the sleeves of an old sweater. You have to steek the thumb hole to make them work so I thought, "Well then, that lets me out!" Now I think I will try it.

  3. Nooooooo! Still looks scary to me too!

  4. Very interesting - even to a non-knitter. I've never heard of this technique.

  5. I admire people who can do this...but just the thought of taking scissors to something I labored over knitting gives me the shudders! Great pictures and thanks for the information. I didn't know there were so many ways to steek.

  6. I had to look up steeking:)....never heard about it before....but sounds like a great thing to do....????


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