Today, we're diving into the fascinating world of steeking - an advanced knitting technique that might make some of you a tad nervous. We get it, the idea of cutting your beloved knitting can send shivers down your spine. But fear not! Steeking can be a thrilling adventure, especially when you have the right yarn by your side.
You see, steeking isn't as scary as it sounds. The key to conquering this technique lies in choosing the perfect yarn for your early steeking projects—one packed with natural fibres that will easily 'stick' together. Trust us, with the right yarn, you'll be amazed at what you can achieve!
To get your creative juices flowing, we've gathered a beautiful collection of stunning steeked patterns paired with the perfect yarns that will bring your projects to life, stitch by stitch.
So, let's dive in:
Budding by Anna Joanna
If you love the look of yoked sweaters but prefer the versatility of a cardigan, adding a steek makes the process seamless (by adding the ability to add a seam!). Yokes don't come much more striking than Budding and we've paired it with the stunning dLana* Sorrosalas its ideal yarn partner. It's 100% Merino and comes in a gorgeous selection of colours.
If you want to try a yoked cardigan as your first steek project but would prefer not to keep things simple and not include colourwork, Kate Davies' beautiful textured yoke, Hirne, is a great choice. Knit in DK weight, we have paired it with Retrosaria Brusca. This 100% wool yarn is perfect for steeking, and it comes in a palette of heathered shades ranging from neutrals to jewel tones.
If garments aren't your thing, check out the Snowy Shawl by Jessica McDonald. This triangular shawl features stunning colourwork with increases placed to create a triangular shawl that is longer across the top without becoming too deep. Worked in one of our favourite yarns, De Rerum Natura Gilliatt. It is sure to work up quickly and produce the cosiest shawl for the cooler months, and with a fibre content of 100% French Merino, it's perfect for steeking projects.
If you are looking for a steeking project that is a little different, take a look atEaves by Kate Oats. Here the steeks are placed at the neck and sleeves to create this gorgeous colourwork across the front and back of the shoulders. The suggested yarn for Eaves isBiches & Buches Le Petit Lambswool, and we couldn't agree more that it's a perfect choice! With 100% Lambswool, it's ideal for steeking and blooms to the softest fabric.
And finally, we couldn't talk about steeking projects without including the pure joy that is Fairy Ring by Katie Green! A circular yoke of sweet toadstools sits on delicate all-over colourwork to create one of the most magical cardigans we've seen in a while. The Fibre Co. Lorewould be our yarn of choice for Fairy Ring. It is made up of 100% Lambswool and comes in the most gorgeous colours that include options for similar colours to the ones Katie has used.