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Mar 2, 2012 11:25:34   #
Dornar
 
I think it must be in the air. Yesterday, I broke out my US#6 DPNs for the first time and started in on the sleeve of my grandson's sweater. This sleeve is going to be connected to a steeked opening in the body of the sweater. Here are some pictures of the process. I will post more pictures on my finish product next week when I have accomplished sewing the sleeves to my steeked armhole.
placed a bright mark where the cut will go
placed a bright mark where the cut will go...
knit the body in the round, cast off in one row and cast on in the next row to place the arm hole starting
knit the body in the round, cast off in one row an...
with heart and scissors in hand, cut the body up from the armhole gap to the top of the body tube. There is a stitch-saving life line all around the top row to get the piece off the needles and make it easier to work with. Set the sewing machine to zigzag, placed some cellophane tape over the place to cut, sewed it, and then cut it.
with heart and scissors in hand, cut the body up f...


Here is my first use of DPNs, luckily my pack had 5 needles so my 48 stitches were evenly placed on the four holders. This is a size 5-6 toddler size.
Here is my first use of DPNs, luckily my pack had ...


This DROPS Design makes a really thick stranded pattern. Good for snow, if only we had some this year!
This DROPS Design makes a really thick stranded pa...
 
Mar 2, 2012 11:41:04   #
Barbara Ann
 
I don't think my heart can take that!
Mar 2, 2012 18:12:39   #
crjc
 
[quote=Barbara Ann]I don't think my heart can take that!




Barbara Ann, just reading it alone, would send me to drink. it's a good thing i don't. i will do my purling thank you very much. I can never understand why folks get in such a rattle when it comes to purling. It is one of the basic stitches one learns when learning to knit. At least I did - the two main stitches - knit & purl. :lol: :lol: :lol:
Mar 2, 2012 18:14:48   #
knittingforever
 
That's way too cool!
Mar 2, 2012 21:35:39   #
tpmcgoo2
 
wow! very interesting!
Mar 2, 2012 21:51:11   #
MOM_WOW
 
I drink and a prayer....
then hope you don't swear!

I'd rather shape the arm hole - this is scary!

You must have been doing this for a long time, as you have it down pat!
 
Mar 3, 2012 08:26:23   #
Katsch (a regular here)
 
Oh my, it would also scare me to even think about attemping this. Your work is beautiful.
Mar 3, 2012 09:04:41   #
hockeymom1014
 
Yikes the thought of cutting into the knitting and have not had the leap of faith to try steeking!
Mar 3, 2012 10:18:01   #
chrysson
 
Dornar wrote:
I think it must be in the air. Yesterday, I broke out my US#6 DPNs for the first time and started in on the sleeve of my grandson's sweater. This sleeve is going to be connected to a steeked opening in the body of the sweater. Here are some pictures of the process. I will post more pictures on my finish product next week when I have accomplished sewing the sleeves to my steeked armhole.


Steeks are scary the first time you try them because they're typically used with Fair Isle patterns. You've knitted this very complicated color pattern and then you are supposed to cut it?!!? What??!

But they produce one of the most beautiful finishes you will ever see on a piece of knitting. The wool (and I would only use steeks with 100% wool) sort of just rolls under and the edge is perfect with no fraying, believe it or not.

But they can be very intimidating. I had probably been knitting for 20 years before I attempted them the first time.

This is Fair Isle vest I made that used steeks:
Fair Isle Vest
Fair Isle Vest...
Mar 3, 2012 11:06:12   #
DLB
 
Good for you! This looks more difficult than trying to learn to knit a shawl from a chart! I don't think I could actually cut something even if the directions were there for it. Ihave been knitting a lot longer than you and it just seems impossible.
Mar 3, 2012 11:45:21   #
Knitter forever
 
You really do beautiful work. I would not even think of trying that.very very nice.
 
Mar 3, 2012 12:15:26   #
maryrose
 
hi, good job knitting the sweater. that will look nice on him.
Mar 3, 2012 13:34:47   #
Ingried
 
Has anyone tried to sew first where you want to cut, then cut and overcast?
I always put butcher paper underneath the knitwear so that nothing catches when sewing.
Mar 3, 2012 14:05:53   #
Dornar
 
Yes, Ingried, that is exactly how I did it.

I marked, machine sewed, and then I cut. I will do final overcast when I am making the seam with the sleeve. I am thinking that this will help to keep this seam connection relatively thinner. I don't want too a thick seam here.

I think that the butcher paper could be a good idea, too. I used wide cellophane tape (like that used on sealing boxes for mailing) to stabilize the piece as it fed into the sewing machine to prevent stretching and curling too much.
Mar 3, 2012 14:40:53   #
liludegknits
 
I love your vest. Was that from Knitpics from a long time ago? I still have the old catalog because I was hoping they would reissue the pattern booklet. It's a beautiful vest. One of these days I' ll be brave. I purchased Knitpics dogwood sweater kit awhile ago, but haven't been able to start it, so many babies being born, so little time to knit everything I want to do. Sigh.
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