This is it. The joy of steeks—a fitting, wild conclusion to a brilliant year of learning new things. We’re at the grand finale, the culmination of A Year of Techniques.
All I’m saying is: I wish I’d had an adorable baby pattern when I learned to cut a steek. And I sure wish I’d had Jen Arnall-Culliford talking to me along the way.
The project of the month is from the great colorwork designer (and MDK contributor!) Mary Jane Mucklestone. It’s called Oorik (Shetland dialect for “small person”), and it’s a perfect match of pattern and yarn.
Jen’s video tutorial, up top, will ease your mind. She goes through preparing the steek, cutting it, and even creating a crochet stabilizer if you’re really wanting a sense of security. As usual, she’s cool and calm. I’d like Jen to hang out at my house to talk me through pretty much anything.
How to Get in on Oorik
Get the pattern. If you already own a copy of A Year of Techniques, you’re set. If you need to obtain your copy, the print edition is available in the MDK Shop. (It includes a download code for the ebook edition.) The ebook-only edition, which includes all 12 patterns, and tutorials for the whole program, is available on Ravelry and from Arnall-Culliford Knitwear.
Get the yarn. We have Oorik Tank Top yarn kits in the MDK Shop. If it’s your first time knitting with Jamieson & Smith’s marvelous Shetland wool from the Shetland islands, you’re in for a treat.
We cannot overstate how perfect and essential genuine Shetland wool is for cutting traditional steeks. Its clingy texture means that the stitches hang together, making steeks behave most tidily.
The yarn for Oorik is also available from Arnall-Culliford Knitwear in their three-project Winter Kit for A Year of Techniques. When you order this kit, you’ll be set for these last three months of projects for A Year of Techniques.
Join the conversation. We’ll be over in the Lounge talking about Oorik and steeks in the topic “Technique Number 12: Steeks.” And of course, the gang will be carrying on about it in the Year of Techniques Ravelry group.
All the video tutorials for A Year of Techniques are here. And yarn kits for all the projects appear down below.
So Much on the Horizon
We may have arrived at the conclusion of A Year of Techniques, but do not think for a minute that Jen and Jim Arnall-Culliford have been lazing around eating bon bons.
Wondrous new things are afoot in the months to come—if you have had fun with A Year of Techniques, you will love what is coming next. There’s so much more for us all to learn. And we’re lucky to have Jim and Jen leading us with their knowledge, talent, and good cheer.