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Steeking – The final cut! – In person workshop 6 July 2024 (full day)


Make your cardies quicker, your armholes neater and your thumbs tidier with the amazing technique of steeking.

Steeking is, quite simply, a term which describes the process of deliberately cutting a knitted fabric. It can be used to create jackets and cardigans from fabrics which have been knitted in the round, but it is also used to create armholes, necklines, pockets and other openings where the item is cut after the main fabric has been knitted.

Even if it seems a little scary, knowing how, when and why you should cut (or steek) your knitting is a very useful skill and nowhere near as scary as it sounds!
You’ll be making a pair of simple wristlets or fingerless handwarmers, perfect for keeping your hands toasty whilst leaving your fingers free for knitting.

Course level:
  • No steeking experience is required but you will need to be able to do the knitting basics – cast on, knit, purl, cast off. Being able to knit in the round is advantageous.


What you will learn:
  • Why we use steeks
  • Choosing good yarn for steeking
  • Different types of steeks
  • How to create a steeked fabric
  • Cutting and finishing your steeked project
  • Following steeking charts
  • How to make a simple crocheted steek in a circular knitted fabric
  • Alternative steeking methods (sewn and felted)
You will need:

You will need to bring 4mm or 4.5mm needles circular or double pointed needles for working in the round. 

About the classes

Debbie loves to teach and has been a knitter and designer for over 30 years. She has been the Knit Now resident expert for 10 years and is the author of 6 internationally published knitting books so you’ll be in good hands! Debbie’s sessions are fun and enjoyable. The pace is relaxed and there is plenty of time to ask questions and chat.

About Debbie

Debbie has been a textile artist for over 30 years. Debbie teaches a wide range of knitting workshops from beginners to advanced knitters.

Debbie is the author of 6 internationally published books, Hand-Dyed Yarn Craft Projects, Complete Knitting Skills, 250 Knitting Stitches, Knitting.Learn it.Love it, How to Knit and Cable Dictionary.

When she’s not designing, knitting, dyeing, felting or crocheting, you’ll find her in the garden, tending her dyeplants, enjoying a nice craft beer or hugging a big mug of builders’ tea. And if you’re out and about, she can often be found in the mosh pit at a gig or enjoying some folk music!

Is there anything we can help with?

If you need any information about this course, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by email or phone.

Debbie says... I love teaching workshops and courses – part of the pleasure of doing something I love for a living is in knowing that other people have shared my passion and enthusiasm, learned something new, had lots of fun and generally had a good time! Teaching is a learning process for the tutor as much as for the students so I like to keep a comments book for feedback. Here are some of my favourite excerpts…

What our students say...

“I had a wonderful time and discovered a new passion! Thank you so much for your clear and thorough instructions and for being such an inspiration. My only problem is finding the time to fit dyeing into my already busy days – but never fear, it will have to be done! Inspiring!”

“Wonderful! Thank you very much”.

“A really fun session that demystified what had seemed like a very complicated craft to me before today. Thank you!

“Fab fun. I was really curious to know how some many colours can get into a single skein – now I know (some!). I’d love to do some more! Thankyou!”.


6 July 2024


10:00 am - 4:00 pm


The Warehouse Studios
Glaziers Lane, Culcheth, Warrington WA3 4AQ


Debbie Tomkies
Debbie Tomkies
0161 718 3818

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