My first experience using crocheted steeks, to put it mildly, was #&^*@%! hell.
Friday night, I pulled out my snips and with
The snipping wasn't that bad. I'll admit, I felt a wee bead of sweat run down my back and my hands shook ever so slightly. But hey, I wasn't performing neurosurgery. I was confident that everything was going to hold up. I felt in power over my knitting.
Until I started picking up stitches around the steek to prepare it for the sleeve.
Stitches started unraveling before my disbelieving eyes like the ending of a one-thousand page saga.
I'm either not smart enough to crochet a steek...or the yarn isn't smart enough to stick. I vote for the latter.
I did keep my wits about me and hauled out my ancient, five hundred pound sewing machine. You will note that I am embellishing. It only really weighs about 100 pounds. Anyway, I haul out my sewing machine and fix the mess of what was supposed to be a neat and tidy steek. Considering that I HATE TO SEW and was so pissed that this was happening, I did a remarkable job reweaving and stitching those errant stitches back where they belonged. I also stitched the other armhole steek and the neck steek.
I then had absolutely no problem at all in finishing the sweater. The machine stitched steeks held up wonderfully and I have a new pullover that I will cherish forever...because just like giving birth to a child, after all the pain, you love it unconditionally.
Pattern: Telemark Ski Sweater
Yarn: Telemark in colours black, bayberry and drift
Needles: 3.75mm in various length circs and dpn's
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