The deeper I get into knitting, the more I love it and the more I realize I still have a lot to learn.
Learning how to steek a sweater is one of the things I have wanted to do for a really long time. I know you all know I love sweater knitting—I also really love cardigans but hate purling. Knitting a sweater in the round and including steek stitches would make it so much quicker for me to finish a cardigan.
I knew this, but I never tried it on my own. So I did what I always do, I signed up for a class at my local yarn shop. Whenever I want to learn a new technique I always go to my local yarn shop to find a class.
Recently, I took the virtual steeking class with Ann Budd at Fibre Space and finally learned the techniques and tips I needed to get over my fear of steeking. Whenever I learn a new technique I feel like I grow and enrich my knitting. Even steeking a little cup holder made me feel so accomplished because I conquered my fear and got excited about steeking again.
A Quartet for your Queue
Since I’m in a steek state of mind I thought I’d share some patterns that involve steeking to get you interested in learning a new technique too. All pattern names link to Ravelry and designer names link to the designer’s website or Instagram.
The blossoming colorwork on Budding makes me think of spring and flowers in full bloom. This cardigan is at the top of my steeked designs list. Plus all of the color possibilities are already swirling around in my head.
I remember when I saw Palmetto way back in 2017, I knew I wanted to knit it. Then I read the instructions and saw it had steeks and I just tucked it away for later. Perhaps four years is long enough to wait on a sweater? I love contrast stripe details on the shoulder and ribbing and I feel like I could come up with such a creative color combination. I’m itching to give this one a try once school is out.
Melting Point feels like a bold project to take on for a first steek, but I’m feeling brave and bold. Maybe you are too. I also know that the cardigans I wear around the house the most are my long cardigans because they just feel so cozy and comforting on chilly days.
Two color brioche knitting really is my absolute favorite kind of knitting, so of course I would find a brioche cardigan to steek. If you’re afraid of brioche and steeking, this might be a daunting project to take on, but just taking a pattern line by line is the way I like to work. It’s okay if you make mistakes, hopefully you’ll learn something valuable from them.
Whether it’s tackling colorwork, trying steeking, dipping a toe into brioche, or just attempting your first sweater, don’t let fear of the unknown hold you back. Enrich yourself with more knitting knowledge through your local yarn shop or an online class. I promise, you’ll feel so much braver after you do.