View Full Version : Brooklyn Tweed steeking

05-28-2008, 09:57 PM

I am an addicted lurker at this blog:


If you haven't visited, you should. The knit pieces are breathtaking and the photographs are amazing!

Anyway, in his last two posts he talked about knitting a vest and about steeking it. I understand the basic principle of steeking, I just don't understand where he would have used the technique, and why. I thought that steeking was for cardigans or inserts.

Can anyone check out his last few posts and tell me where/why he steeked? I am a vestaholic and would love to know for a future project.


05-29-2008, 02:22 AM

I'm not expert at steeking, I've only done it a couple of times. It
looks like to me he used steeks for the arm holes and the neck opening.
Basically knit a tube putting in the shaping where it needed to be
and then cut to open up the arms and neck then went back and
picked up stitches around these openings and knit the ribbing. For
an exact how-to I better let a more experienced steeker answer!

Libbie :)

05-29-2008, 03:43 AM
I agree with Libbie, that the steeks were probably used in both the neck and armholes. My guess is that the purpose was to keep the color changes of the stripes consistent from front to back. Here is another example of a striped steeked vest: http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring07/PATTmorestripes.html
though this one is only steeked at the front neck.

05-29-2008, 01:27 PM
That gave me a GIANT Eureka moment! Thanks so much! I always wondered how people got the stripes so even across the whole vest and now I know. The pictures on the last website really helped. It makes me want to try a steek! I just don't know if I'm brave enough!!

Thanks so much!!!

05-30-2008, 02:00 AM
It's not as bad as it sounds. You could do some practice steeks on
swatches of yarn you'd like to use to get the feel of it before
slicing into the real piece. There is a really nice tutorial series on
steeks starting here:


Libbie :)

05-30-2008, 08:34 AM
That is a really helpful tutorial, thank you so much! Maybe I will try it in the fall, when my kids are back in school! Summer is NEVER the time to try scary new knitting techniques!!!!!