September 30, 2004


A word about successful steeking: Yes, I was one of the instigators who encouraged Ryan to cut her steek without sewing it first. But I wouldn't want to lead you, Dear Reader, astray; I wouldn't want you to cut a steek that wasn't meant to be cut.

I and the other Feral knitters were so confident that Ryan could cut her steek without stitching it first because Ryan had knitted her pillow top using Shetland yarns.

Shetland yarn is sticky. The yarn has little scales on it. When knitted, the scales of one stitch want to hug the scales of its neighbor; when cut, it doesn't want to unravel. This makes Shetland yarn perfect for steeking and also for felting.

I would not recommend steeking a garment knit in cotton; better to knit it in pieces and seam the pieces together. If you are knitting a garment in machine washable wool -- one of those darling Dale baby sweaters, say -- know that the wool has been treated to make it machine washable, and so is no longer scaly. I would definitely sew my steeks in this case. And even for a sweater knitted in any wool other than Shetland, I would definitely sew my steeks.

Bronte scarf update: On my former blog, a Dear Reader had once posted a comment asking me whether I had found an error in the lace chart on row 97. I was not as far as row 97 then and I did not appreciate what that Dear Reader had found perplexing. Until last night, that is. If knitted as written, that row contains one extra decrease. You end up with 78 stitches instead of the required 79. I kept one eye on the TV to watch the Mariners game, and one eye on my yarnovers, and resolved the problem thusly:

I adjusted the row to make the yarnovers flow with what had already been knitted. I put yarnovers on either side of the previous lace row's double decreases, and I centered row 97's decreases on both the previous double decreases and the three plain knit stitches of the previous lace row. This sounds more complicated than it was.

In short, I changed the row to read, right to left: K2tog, yo, k5, yo, SSK, k1, k2tog, yo, k4, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, skp....etc.

It was that knit 1, instead of skp, that made all the difference, and allowed the yarnovers to flow from the established pattern.

I'll get this change posted to the Errata page on the Two Swans site soon.

Only 29 more rows, and the scarf will be completely knitted. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I can finish it today.

Posted by Karen at September 30, 2004 04:54 PM

I 've been meaning to welcome you to prettyposies. Glad you are here!

Posted by: Louise at October 18, 2004 09:35 PM