Fair Isle (stranded) Knitting and Steeking

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Fair Isle (also known as Stranded) knitting is a knitting technique used to create patterns using multiple colors of yarn. The use of multiple colors makes the knitted fabric look quite complex. But don’t be fooled! Only two colors are used in any given row and the knitting is usually worked in the round making it easy to see the pattern.


Steeking is a Scottish word meaning to fasten or close. It is the steek that allows a knitter to work stranded knitting in the round and still knit a cardigan. The steek creates a place in the knitting that can be cut to create an opening after the knitting is completed, turning a pullover into a cardigan!


For this class we will be using Steek This Coffee Cozy to learn stranded knitting and steeking.

This is a two session class.

Date/Time:  Saturdays March 23 and April 6 from 1pm - 3pm

Cost: $40.00

Prerequisites: The student must be able to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off.
Skills Taught: Stranded knitting, chart reading, steeking, button holes and inserting a zipper.

Materials: To be purchased at GarenHuis Yarn Studio 

  1. Steek This Coffee Cozy, a free pattern on Ravelry.
  2. 4 colors of a 100% wool (not superwash) in a worsted weight, see pattern for yardages.
  3. Needles in size US 5 (DPNs or circular).
  4. Three matching buttons or 1 zipper the length of your cozy.
  5. Crochet hook - size F.
  6. Tapestry needle.
  7. Sharp scissors and stitch markers.

    Homework: Complete bottom ribbing before first class meets.

    To Register, you may either:

    1. Add to cart and purchase online
    2. Stop in the store
    3. Call us at (616) 294-3492