For those of you that might be unfamiliar with the technique, let me tell you that it requires cutting the knitting you've just finished. It is not for the faint of heart.
Here's how Wikipedia begins their definition of it:
In knitting, steeking is a shortcut used to knit garments such as sweaters in the round without interruption for openings or sleeves until the end. After completing a tube, a straight line is cut along the center of a column of stitches, in order to make room for an opening or place to attach another piece.So, essentially, you knit your item in the round. Simple enough. Then you reinforce the edges. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. Then you cut straight up your stitches. OH DEAR BOB! That's crazy cakes!!!
I have been looking at a few sweater patterns, somewhat obsessively, lately. They're ones that I've looked at before and dismissed then come back to repeatedly only to dismiss them again as too hard because they require steeking and I couldn't imagine taking months to knit a sweater then potentially destroying the whole thing by cutting it up.
But trying it out on a small project that would only take a few hours of knitting time seemed a much less daunting and more manageable task. So I cast on Steek this Coffee Cozy, a project designed for the very purpose of learning how to steek.
|All knit and ready for the crazy business of steeking!|
|Crocheted chains to reinforce things|
|Take a deep breath and snip, snip, snip...|
Once that was done, there was no way to avoid it, I had to grab some courage and take that first snip with the scissors. GULP!
It didn't go too badly. Nothing disintegrated, nothing untoward happened at all and the earth did not shatter. Amazing! I am a knitting ninja.
|Ok. This part is pretty easy!|
|I think my crochet reinforcement could be prettier, but c'est la vie.|
|Would you look at that?!? All done!|