Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Eeek, it's steeking!

I joined in the steek-along at the Angel Yarns Knitting forum, and have completed my first ever steeking. It's only a swatch, but I like the way the crocheted edge worked, and I have a few patterns this is required for.
I knit the sample in one day in between band practises and an evening concert, including the coach trip on the way there. I did the steeking on Monday evening, and I'm quite pleased with the result. Below is a view of the swatch before cutting. Unfortunately this shows my inability to concentrate during fairisle knitting, but i think i would have concentrated more if I knew it was going to really matter.
I knitted this using the magic loop method, and one colour in each hand. I felt like i was doing something really clever! Two views of the swatch before and after cutting. I tried both the crocheted edge and the blanket stitch but i think i needed a sharper, smaller needle for the blanket stitch and much prefer the crocheted edge. I also added some ribbing to the crocheted edge (not shown) just to show myself that i could.

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