Saturday, July 18, 2009

Knitting again! Home from our western trip and the weeding is almost caught up. Those five weeks away and Maine had rain almost every day. The weeds were huge and dug in tight. Yard really looks good and the day lilies are starting to pop in all their glorious colors.

Joe's brown sweater got ripped back 3" the other night. Simple pattern means you don't pay as much attention so sometimes a cable doesn't get crossed when it should. The back is almost done.

On one of the Ravelry knit groups we've been discussing steeks. There are a lot of ways of making a steek but this is what I do. I make my steeks pretty wide, usually a total of nine stitches with the two outside rows being the darkest colors so I can use those to pick up neck and button bands. I crochet my steeks leaving one full stitch between where I’m crocheting. That stitch is cut exactly in half vertically. This makes a nice neat edge that folds over to the inside easily. This example is Lismore being made with Jamieson & Smith two ply jumper weight wool which is quite sticky. I know many of you just cut and let the edge remain as cut but I like the look of the crocheted edge. I’d also probably wake up at night and listen for the sounds of unravelling coming from my closet if I didn’t finish the edge.

The first photo shows the crochet hook picking up the two adjacent stitch edges. The black vertical line is the crochet edge.

Second photo shows the steek being cut with very sharp scissors with a small blade so they don’t get away from you. Take your time!

Third photo shows the steek cut open with the tight finished edge.

The shoulders are now together using three needle bind off. Next comes the dreaded pickup for the sleeves. Trying to get this one finished as the Ravelry group will be starting another Knit A Long mid September for Henry VIII, a Starmore design.


Sonya said...

Those are some neat and tidy steeks. I haven't done crocheted steeks yet, but I think I'll try it on Abalone.

Jeanne Sullivan said...

Your steeks look great. Never thought of crochet but will have
to give it a try. Nice color work
also. I will have to check out
the Henry VIII Starmore sweater KAL. Do you already have your yarn
for it and if so, where did you
purchase it?

Anne Turner said...

Thats gorgeous. But can you hear me cringing when the scissors hit the yarn..ewwww...shudder.
I have yet to try this.

Terry Sailingknitter said...

Beautiful close up pictures! What yarn/thread do you use for the crocheting?