Steeked Colorwork Vest Intensive with Nancy Vandivert

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If you have a steeked colorwork vest on your bucket list, grab your needles and a notebook and join Nancy Vandivert for this 8 week intensive course! Over the course of 5 classes and 3 optional sit & stitch/help sessions, Nancy will expertly guide you through the entire process. We will cover everything from choosing colors that will work well for your pattern, what size to knit, swatching for colorwork, knitting colorwork in the round, setting up for & cutting steeks, and finally picking up stitches to finish the neck and arm holes. 

While we ascribe to the notion that any person who can knit a stitch is a "real" knitter, for many a traditional steeked colorwork vest is the pinnacle of achievements and the mark of a "real" knitter. No matter your thoughts, a steeked colorwork vest is a classic that will always have a place in the hearts and wardrobes of knitters of all stripes. If you've been wanting to give it a try but don't want to go it alone, this is the perfect opportunity to dive in with ample time and guidance. We hope you can join us!

Tuesdays from 3:00 - 4:30pm

  • March 28: Color choices, sizing & swatching
  • April 4: Start vest colorwork
  • April 11: Optional Class Sit & Stitch/Help Session
  • April 18: Optional Class Sit & Stitch/Help Session
  • April 25: Setting up for steeks
  • May 2: Optional Class Sit & Stitch/Help Session
  • May 9: Steeking & picking up stitches
  • May 16: Show off and celebrate your FO!

Choose from the following patterns: 


  • Yarn & needles for your chosen pattern. We can help you find what you need before the first class, or wait until the first class to get advice from Nancy before you choose yarn.
  • Crochet hook (appropriate size for your chosen yarn)
  • Tapestry needle, stitch markers & sharp scissors


  • Choosing yarn & colors for colorwork
  • Choosing the right size garment to knit
  • Swatching for colorwork in the round
  • Knitting colorwork in the round (especially cover how to add/remove colors when there is no steek)
  • Steeking & picking up stitches at steeks. 


You should already know how to knit, purl, increase, decrease and knit in the round. Experience knitting stranded colorwork in the round is helpful but not required.

About the teacher:
Nancy Vandivert happily admits to being a knitting nerd. She is a TKGA certified Master Hand Knitter and has had patterns published in CAST ON, Interweave Knits magazines, Knitty, Knit Picks, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Rockin’ Sock Club, and Twist Collective. She has taught knitting and crochet in the Rochester, NY area for over 20 years. Visit her website at

Photo credit: Kate Davies, Ysolda Teague, MJ Mucklestone & Skeindeer Knits


PLEASE NOTE: Our classes tend to sell out quickly. If you need to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible so we can fill your spot with someone from the waiting list. Refunds will not be given for cancellations within 48 hours of the first class. 

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