Fair Isle Steeks workshop

A half-day workshop with Nicki Merrall

10:00–13:00, Saturday 24 September 2022
Being Knitterly Studio, Loughborough, Leicestershire
Seven places

This workshop is suitable for you if you have tried Fair Isle knitting and wish to cut and finish a steek.

Details below:

(2 customer reviews)



Knitwear designer and tutor Nicki Merrall will teach you how to cut and finish Fair Isle steeks. Traditional Fair Isle knitters work in the round, even when knitting items with openings, such as armholes, cardigan fronts and V-necks. Extra stitches are cast on to bridge the gap: these stitches are called a steek. After the knitting is complete, the steek is cut open along the middle of the stitches. The extra stitches on either side of the opening are folded under to create facings along its edges before stitches are picked up for working armhole edgings, button bands or neckbands.

You will work on a pre-knitted sample, cut a steek, finish it with oversewing, work a crochet reinforcement before cutting a steek, and pick up stitches along a steek.

Workshop content:

  • Cutting a steek and finishing it.
  • Working a crochet reinforcement then cutting a steek.
  • Picking up stitches along a steek and knitting a ribbed border.


Skills required:

You would like to knit a Fair Isle project with a steek, or you have a project with a steek and want to know how to proceed before cutting it.

If you have not tried Fair Isle knitting before the Fair Isle Knitting workshop would be more suitable.

Further Information

Price includes:

  • Tuition.
  • Fair Isle sample with an uncut steek.
  • Shetland yarn for finishing your sample.
  • Instructions for finishing a steek.
  • Refreshments.


Please bring:

  • Notebook and pen.
  • 3.25 mm knitting needles for the rib.
  • 3.25 mm crochet hook for working a crochet reinforcement.
  • Yarn scissors.
  • A yarn needle.


Knitting needles and yarn will be available to purchase during the workshop.


The Being Knitterly Studio is in a beautiful Edwardian house in Loughborough, Leicestershire.

After booking, Nicki will email you details and directions, as well as ask about your previous experience.

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Additional information

workshop date

Saturday 24 September 2022 at the Being Knitterly Studio

2 reviews for Fair Isle Steeks workshop

  1. joanna (verified owner)

    This was the perfect half day workshop to give me the confidence to tackle steek cutting and finishing. Also time to finish a cafeteria project which has sat unfinished for far too long. Nicki’s planning and preparation was, as usual, first class and the tuition excellent. Thoroughly recommend this workshop if you, like me, are scared of steeks!

  2. Carol (verified owner)

    This was a really useful morning workshop both learning the new skill of cutting a steek and being helped to develop my basic Fair Isle knitting technique.
    We enjoyed good company, coffee and biscuits.
    Thank you Nicki.

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