21.2.14

Steeking


Steeking.  It's one of my favorite parts of knitting.  Turning a pullover into a cardigan.  Even the boys were in awe at the prospect of putting scissors to wool.  They circled around, holding their breath, until the first snip, then the second.  Only when I'd made if safely through, did they remember to breathe.  Steeking still makes me a little nervous too, but it's so much better than the alternative.... purling.  

Now, for the button bands, neck shaping and a sleeve.

What projects are you planning for the weekend?



13 comments:

  1. Oh wow! Thanks for the tip! I'll definitely try that soon!

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  2. Steeking is on my knitting bucket list and reading about your love for it only inspires me more! I'm very hopeful to finish my cardigan this weekend ... My aim is to wear it on Monday!! Happy knitting.

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    1. Thanks, Evelyn. I hope you were able to finish your cardigan!

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  3. oh! I had never heard of steeking before... Now I'm off to look it up, what an interesting idea! The possibilities. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. My pleasure, Rachel. I've linked in this post to a previous post I did about steeking.

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  4. I still haven't tried Steeking yet. Did you practice on swatches before 'going for it' on a garment? I can 'knit' continental style but not the purl stitch so the idea of knitting a sweater/cardigan in the round is very appealing.
    This weekend I'm aiming to finish my 'mystery kal' shawl - the rows of lace work have about 400+ stitches so they are taking sooo long!
    Have a good weekend - the snow has eased off here for the time being and this morning we have beautiful blue skies.

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    1. Oh, that's a lot of stitches! It will be so worth it when you're done though, won't it.

      I didn't use a sample the first time I steeked, but I would highly recommend it! It would have taken a lot of the stress out of the first cut.

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  5. I steeked seceral times and love the idea.

    But........I never manage to finish the wrong side in a pleasing manner.
    Could you please show us how you do the finishing?

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    1. It can be tricky, for sure. I'll be sure to do a post on how I finished the inside!

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  6. I just saw this mentioned is the Beginner's Guide to Knitting that I have. I had never heard of it before - I don't think I'm ready for it yet!

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  7. I am scared to steek.
    But I also hate to purl. . . so perhaps I may find that steeking is wonderful after all. I wonder, is there a first project you'd recommend?

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    1. Maybe you could try it on a doll sweater? Not much time involved and then you end up with something useful when you're done, instead of just a swatch.

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