Flower Fantasteek by Heather Storta

Flower Fantasteek

September 2022
DK (11 wpi) ?
25 stitches and 27 rows = 4 inches
in Colorwork
US 5 - 3.75 mm
260 - 280 yards (238 - 256 m)
One Size
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About the Pattern
There is so much to love about the Flower Fantasteek Cowl by Heather Storta, from the asymmetric design, the Fair Isle colorwork motif in 6 colors, to the tidiest buttonholes. But best of all: this pattern is an excellent way to learn or improve your steeking skills. A steek is a method used in knitting to knit in the round, typically colorwork, and then cut it to make an opening for garments or shaping.

This cowl begins with ribbing knit flat, with buttonholes, then 5 stitches are added for the steek column and it is joined to work in the round for the colorwork. Once the colorwork is finished, the steek column is bound off and the top ribbing is again worked flat. After binding off the cowl, you’ll reinforce the steek stitches using the crochet method, and then cut. Then you will pick up stitches along the cut edges for the button bands, block, and sew on the buttons.

Yarn & Kit info
This beautiful cowl features a Fair Isle motif in 6 colors in our very own Shepherding Yarn, and we have a few kits available with just the right amounts. Down the winding dirt roads is a small Merino farm with wool that is unsurpassed. It’s softly spun in a full palette of both natural colors and colors we hand dyed ourselves–we hope you’ll feel the love that is infused throughout! (We couldn’t decide which cheerful pop of color we loved the most so you’ll receive both Baby Flamingo and Canary. Pick the one that suits you best!)

Yardage needed
Color A Falcon (dark brown) 80 yards/ 73m
Color B Sparrow (taupe) 30 yards/ 27m
Color C Egret )white) 65 yards/ 59m
Color D Heron (dark blue) 40 yards/ 37m
Color E Indigo Bunting (light blue) 45 yards/ 41m
Color F Canary (yellow) 5 yards / 4m

Steeking Workshop (Optional)
If you’re new to steeking, we have you covered. Like every Knitrino project, we provide videos for every technique, steeking included. You can also earn your adorable We’re Going Steeking! Badge in the form of an enamel pin. And we invite you to join our live hands-on Steeking Workshop on Sunday, Sept 18 at 1pm EDT (GMT -4) on Zoom. Taught by Master Knitter and designer Heather Storta, this class is appropriate for those who’ve never steeked before and for those who are steek-curious. We’ll cover:

  • Different reinforcement methods
  • Reinforcing our steek
  • Cutting our steek
  • Picking up stitches for a button band

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