My First Steek! Ahhhhhh!!!

Hey Knitter Dudes! Well, I'm finally finding some time to get back on here and catch up a bit. I finished the body of my first fair isle sweater and had to cut the steeks open. It was just a touch scary. I decided that I would document the prossess. Somehow, it seems that cutting open your first steek is a rite of passage in knitting.

Look at all that beautiful knitting
And now we can pick up stitches and knit our sleeves.

The steeks have stayed nice and orderly since I started knitting the sleeves. I really like knitting sleeves from the shoulder down. It really helps with getting the best sleeve length. Anyway, I'm ready to be done with this guy so that I can move on to my next fair isle project. Yeah!


Can't wait to see pictures of the finished sweater. The first steeks are always scary. It took me a full week to pluck up the courage to cut my first one.

steve kadel's picture

such a brave young man

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Tallguy's picture

The first time is always a bit scary -- and exciting at the same time. And now that you are no longer a virgin at this, you can enjoy doing it again and again without trepidation.
Oh, and this applies to many things in life, including your knitting as well.

michaelpthompson's picture

I was in my LYS last Saturday and there were three ladies who had been working on a cable cardigan together under the guidance of one of the gals from the shop. Their pattern had specified knitting flat and sewing panels together, but they decided to do it in the round and steek instead. One was doing three needle bind-off on the shoulders, the other two were preparing to steek. I got nervous just watching them getting ready to do it.

"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."

Kerry's picture

Congratulations. Always a tense moment that first cut.

Asplund's picture

Good job! Alice Starmore's "Faroe", right? That was a favourite project I learnt a lot from, I remember. (For example, it was the first time I knitted gussets.)

Buck Strong's picture

I have to agree about the learning experience. I'm learning quite a bit about sweater construction using steeks. It's pretty amazing how your skills improve knitting a sweater or two.

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To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring-it was peace.
~Milan Kundera

bobshome's picture

I'm looking froward to the finished project. I'm still a steek virgin myself. eeeeeeek!

Spicemanknit's picture

I not familiar with "steeks" Are you trying to put in a zipper or a panel? This is some nice work you did.

chipsir's picture

I have a passion for sweaters knit in the round and steeking the arms and front opening (full or partial) I knit a reverse stockinette panel at the end of the sleeves of about 3/4" and then tack it down over the raw stitches, it really finishes it nicely. The sweater in the pic of Don and I was my first steeking project, I really like the design you chose and the colours are scumptious.