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. ✨
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!
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
“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! ✂