Crocheted steek

I have just knitted a little sweater with merino wool and am interested in chrocheting the steek instead of sewing before cutting. Haven't much experience with merino and it seems slippery to me. Have any of you guys done this successfully?? Thank you in advance.
Ron

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grandcarriage's picture

Merino isn't slippery. it's wool, and therefor has the usual scales on the hair fibre. I have to admit, I'm unfamiliar with a chrocheted steek.

My 2cents, and I'm paying....

kiwiknitter's picture

I crocheted the steek edges once. It worked fine but I won't do it again only because I'm all thumbs when using the "hook". I did think that crocheting was quicker than hand sewing. In my limited steek experience, I find that if my steek is wide enough, I only really worry about the few stitches just below the needle. The others take care of themselves and offer no problems. As for mohair, I agree with Bob. I find it rather "prickly" and resistant to frogging. Hope this helps.

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kiwiknitter's picture

Ooops - I meant "merino". It's early morning here...

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

Hi there

Go to this site for the most wonderful photographs and teach-in. I tried it, and it is very good.

brooklyntweed.blogspot.com

Scroll down to recent entries and click on 'some things speak for themselves'.

This guy's knitting is awesome.

Best wishes
Christine

Oops! Sorry that brooklyn tweed entry should read 'send for reinforcements.

drmel94's picture

I was going to suggest the exact same thing. It's a nice pictorial tutorial of the technique. If you want the direct link you can just click here.

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ronhuber's picture

Thanks everyone. I know how to do it and have used it on Briggs and Little wool and it works fine but I just found this merino to be sleek. Will give it a shot. Jessie, keep trying. It is a wonderful technique.

drmel94's picture

Ah, well, in that case, you should have no problems. The merino may seem sleek, but it should stick just by virtue of being wool. That and stitches don't tend to ravel in a horizontal direction. In fact, I recall reading a blog post several months back (don't remember where) in which the blogger had steeked and cut a sweater made from *acrylic* - without any reinforcement, crocheted or sewn. The outcome? Nothing bad happened, she continued with the garment and finished it without incident, though I'm pretty sure she oversewed or otherwise covered the cut edges.

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grandcarriage's picture

Interesting. Since I do a lot of knit resizing, reshaping and repairing for clients, I am not afraid of taking a serger or sewing machine to handknit,so I've never had any issue with a crocheted steek. I'd have to try it to believe it. (Proof of the pudding is in the eating...) Proof of the steeking is in the knitting?

My 2cents, and I'm paying....

Tallguy's picture

Have you ever cut any knitting??? Don't question it until you've done it.

There is no need for any stabilizing stitching in preparation to cutting a steek, and especially not if you are using Merino. This is wool, a very very fine fibre, and tends to felt easily. You will have washed/blocked/steamed this piece of fabric anyway, right? As has been said, there is no horizontal ravelling.

If it makes you feel any better, put in a row of crochet stitches (just to hold it together) and then cut! You then fold back that little edge, pick up stitches and all those ends are neatly tacked down, and all is well. I know what I am talking about!