Better with a Sweater

I’m growing pretty fond of the crochet-chain reinforced steeking process. ✂ It seems to do exactly what I need it to do. Cutting the steek on the Prism Colours Sweater involved some trepidation, but I managed.

Picking up the stitches for the neck took me a minute or two. I needed a crochet hook to actually get into some of the stitches I wanted to pick up from. (When I was using just the tip of my needle, which usually suits me just fine, I kept sneaking past the right leg of the stitch and winding up somewhere in middlesland.) Although the original pattern has a border of colour and garter stitch, I decided that wasn’t what I wanted. I do love the look of the i-cord edging; that was my focus instead. ✨

Close up of a rainbow-knit sweater with black Fair Isle pattern, showing the steek for a cardigan opening with black i-cord edging

I didn’t manage to knit the edging on the body the same day that I finished the neck—i-cord edging is a smidge time-consuming—but I stayed up with it the next evening to check it off my list. I’m really happy with how it looks! 🌟 I’m glad I decided to go this route.

I finally finished the edging and sewed down the inside edges from the steek… this sweater just needs to be washed, blocked, and have a zipper sewn in! So close to the finish line!

A tabby cat sitting thoroughly atop a multi-hue colourwork sweater, sprawled across it and interfering with future progress

It’s All Sweaters from Here on Down

The sweater begun in December was completed in January! Cherrystone by Katya Frankel was a joy to knit. I’m tempted to knit another one, especially considering that I’ve been wearing the finished sweater quite a bit in the first quarter of this year.

What came after that? Well, I finished up a crocheted blanket that I’d been working on for quite a while, winding up with leftovers for… another sweater! This one involved some lovely colourwork, very easy to adapt to all the leftovers that I found myself with. Sinikka by Isabella H. is a nice child size, too—bigger than “toddler” but still a fairly quick project. It made excellent steeking practice, too! (I used these instructions for guidance.)

After a brief interlude, now we’re back to sweaters again. In 2015 I bought a kit from Universal Yarn for their All Colors Sweater. I saw it in the fashion show at Vogue Knitting Live! and thought it looked beautiful and like a challenge. I enjoy both of these things. (Although clearly not enough to start the project at a reasonable time!)

I began in June of 2016, and then ignored it until early 2017. After a few weeks in spring of 2017, including having to rip out the project when I went to divide for the sleeves and discovered my counts were very wrong, I gave up again until driven back to it by extreme shame in February 2019. This time, I’m not allowed to give up. I have to finish it or be slain in the process. XD

A tabby cat sitting thoroughly atop a multi-hue colourwork sweater, sprawled across it and interfering with future progress

“I claim this sweater for cat!”

To be honest, I’m finding it an ✨enjoyable✨ knit, but unfortunately also a tedious one. Hilariously, my cat seems to love it more than I do. Anytime I avert my eyes for a moment, she makes an attempt to claim it!

I finished the sleeves and I’m finally ready to… steek it. I’m prepared. I can do this. It’s the moment of truth! ✂