Advice for steeking?
November 3, 2005 5:32 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for advice on "steeking," which is the traditional technique of knitting a fairisle garment in the round and then cutting into it for armholes, neck, etc. Anyone know any good reference books (beyond out-of-print $150 Alice Starmore hardbacks) or have practical experience with this?
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I've actually already made one steeked garment, the Baby Norgi
sweater from Knitty. (Pic of my finished sweater here
.) That was just a pattern though, and now I'm looking for a more in-depth general discussion of it so that I can start adapting my own designs. I've got a children's cardigan that I'm planning at the moment and, while I get the general gist of how to do it, I'm running up against specific niggling little details: How wide should my front and arm steeks be? I'm going to be using Filatura di Crosa "Zara" 8ply, which isn't a very "felty" yarn. (And I'm definitely going to be machine sewing these puppies before cutting.) What do I do with the raw edges on the fronts? Sew them down inside? The Baby Norgi pattern had me knit some extra at the top of each sleeve which was sewn down inside to cover the raw edges; should that be general practice? Can I just strand across my steeks, or should I do a checkerboard thing (alternating the colours) to lock them in together?
I've been Googling and searching Amazon without much success. Steeking doesn't seem to be very "hot" right now, and even the best current knitting reference books don't seem to devote more than half a page to it. Are there any older books that I should be on the lookout for? (Besides the Starmore, but I'm not willing to pay that much right now.) Or does anyone know of a steeking expert that might be willing to answer some questions?