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Sep 20, 2018 19:46:56   #
joanne12986
 
I am about to start my first steek. The sweater is knit with superwash fingering weight wool/nylon. My question is... do you block the sweater before stabilizing the steek with sewn stitches? Any insights will be greatly appreciated.

Joanne. :)
 
Sep 20, 2018 20:20:46   #
sockit2me (a regular here)
 
Here is a cardigan that I steeked.....I did steam block before the reinforcements and cutting.

http://www.knittingparadise.com/t-504169-1.html
Sep 20, 2018 20:31:54   #
nankat (a regular here)
 
God Luck Joanne. Great job Sockit2me. Very impressive.
Sep 20, 2018 20:33:45   #
koudsema
 
Wow!
Sep 20, 2018 21:28:39   #
joanne12986
 
Thank you so much! I thought it would be best to block first. šŸ˜
Sep 20, 2018 22:43:38   #
SometimesaKnitter (a regular here)
 
Sockit2me, what a nice cardigan! I imagine it was concerning the first time you did it.
Iā€™m wanting to do cut and sew on machine knitted fabric.
What chain stitch did you use? By hand or machine?
On my to do list!
Joanne12986, good luck! Let us know how you do it with the particulars, please!
 
Sep 20, 2018 23:04:15   #
Magna84 (a regular here)
 
Just the thought of steeking scares me so much. Please show us when you're done šŸ˜€
Sep 21, 2018 13:57:37   #
Ask4j (a regular here)
 
sockit2me wrote:
Here is a cardigan that I steeked.....I did steam block before the reinforcements and cutting.

http://www.knittingparadise.com/t-504169-1.html


Your sweaters are so perfectly professional and impressive. One question about the chain stitch--it doesn't look machine sewn? is this done with a crochet hook? I too have been procrastining about actually cutting into knitted fabric and have yarn and pattern sitting in my stash. Thank you for your help!
Sep 21, 2018 14:50:22   #
joanne12986
 
I've still not cut into my steek. I wonder if the crocheted binding is sufficient on a wool blend. I'm sort of leaning towards a sewn binding. This sweater was knit on size 3 needles in a fairly large size and took me forever. The yarn is 30% acrylic , 70% wool. Maybe I will do both because the crocheted binding looks so nice and offers a neat column of stitches to pick up for button bands.
Sep 21, 2018 16:13:19   #
sockit2me (a regular here)
 
Ask4j wrote:
Your sweaters are so perfectly professional and impressive. One question about the chain stitch--it doesn't look machine sewn? is this done with a crochet hook? I too have been procrastining about actually cutting into knitted fabric and have yarn and pattern sitting in my stash. Thank you for your help!


The chain stitching is done by hand with a crochet hook. The yarn is held under the fabric and loops are drawn through to the top. Here is another posting showing more of my process:http://www.knittingparadise.com/t-408317-1.html
Sep 21, 2018 19:54:37   #
amoamarone
 
joanne12986 wrote:
I am about to start my first steek. The sweater is knit with superwash fingering weight wool/nylon. My question is... do you block the sweater before stabilizing the steek with sewn stitches? Any insights will be greatly appreciated.

Joanne. :)


Iā€™m not sure sterling works with superwash wool, especially since it has nylon in it.
 
Sep 21, 2018 20:18:49   #
sockit2me (a regular here)
 
Any fiber can be steeked if it is properly reinforced before cutting. Wool can be reinforced with chain crochet...other fibers may require machine stitching. This is a hand painted mercerized cotton cardigan that I steeked by machine stitching the reinforcements and encasing the cut edges with placket bands.




Sep 21, 2018 21:51:42   #
susanstamps (a regular here)
 
sockit2me wrote:
Here is a cardigan that I steeked.....I did steam block before the reinforcements and cutting.

http://www.knittingparadise.com/t-504169-1.html


Amazing !
Sep 21, 2018 22:38:05   #
mellowearth (a regular here)
 
Best to use wool yarn if you're intending to steek, I've found. Although I've only done the machine stitching variety.............sew either side of where cutting will happen.......then take a deep breath and............................CUT! Elizabeth Zimmerman recommended lying down in a darkened room immediately following this, to recover. I knitted a Guernsey Sweater in the round...................did machine stitching to open up the armholes, where I then picked up stitches to do the sleeves. I used acrylic yarn. Got fuzz all along where I cut. Of course it remained fuzz. Using wool, the fuzz would eventually naturally blend in with fabric of the sweater. Superwash wool would leave fuzz because it doesn't felt. With more involved steeking, this probably wouldn't be an issue.
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