I Thought I Knew How

A podcast about knitting
and life and all sorts

A podcast about knitting
and life and all sorts

Episode 113: Steek

A close up of a Shetland lace edging showing multiple steeks against a black background.

In this episode, Anne falls down a rabbit hole regarding the etymology of the word steek and how the use of the term in knitting has evolved through the years. 

  • Please note that the episode uses the words fagot and fagoting, which are crafting terms that, despite having different spelling than a perjoritive term, are pronounced the same way. If hearing the terms may cause you discomfort, please skip this episode or fast-forward from the end of the first song to the start of the second song.

Links to Things Mentioned in the Episode

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
The Oxford English Dictionary website
Traditional Fair Isle Knitting
Hazel Tindall
Elizabeth Johnston
Elizabeth Williamson
Hazel Laurenson
Viveka Velupillai
Unst Heritage Centre
Knitting in the Old Way
The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting
Shetland Fine Lace Knitting (The newest contribution to the field.)
Traditional Knitting
Alice Starmore’s Book of Fair Isle Knitting
The Art of Shetland Lace
Heirloom Knitting: A Shetland Lace Knitter’s Pattern and Workbook
Makkin Our Way Through Shetland Tours


Humans Win created both of the songs featured in this episode: “Giving Up” and “Before You Go.”

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Anne Frost

knitter & podcaster

The host of the I Thought I Knew How Podcast and Online International Fiber Festival.

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