View Full Version : Steeked baby sweater

10-18-2007, 01:38 PM
I finished the little baby sweater I made to try a steek. The yarn is Brown Sheep Company Nature Spun (100% wool, sport weight). Many thanks to Ingrid for her sticky and the help she gave to answer questions giving me the confidence for my first attempt at this technique.

I used Eunny Jang's tutorial for a hand sewn steek (http://www.eunnyjang.com/knit/2006/01/the_steeking_chronicles_part_ii.html). I didn't think it was hard, just time consuming. I have always been willing to do hand sewing so this wasn't too great a stretch for me. ;) I thought it worked just fine, but I don't have anything to compare it to.:lol:

I found the little 11 stitch repeat that I used for the overall pattern stitch on one of the links available at Brigittes Knitting Page.



And one that shows the inside and what I did to finish off the steeks. This explains the look the sweater has, that it has shoulder pads. :lol:


10-18-2007, 01:52 PM
That is so cute.. I am too much of a chicken to attempt a sweater. It looks great!

Jan in CA
10-18-2007, 03:31 PM
It looks fabulous! A baby sweater is great way to attempt it! I was wondering how the steeks were finished off, too. You did a good job!

10-18-2007, 03:36 PM
STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:cheering:

dip's mom
10-18-2007, 04:15 PM
that looks great. I want to try steeks but it seems a little scarey.(alot scarey)

10-18-2007, 04:22 PM
Great job.

I just learned about Steeks a bit ago, wish I would've known sooner. Great idea.

10-18-2007, 04:34 PM
Really great job and really beautiful! :sun:

Could you explain a bit about the finishing off? I've read lots of descriptions fo how to steak but not how to neat the edges.

10-18-2007, 04:38 PM
Congrats on successfully doing steeks. I've not become so brave yet. I LOVE this color choice and ADORE the pattern repeat!!!

10-18-2007, 04:40 PM
Could you explain a bit about the finishing off? I've read lots of descriptions fo how to steak but not how to neat the edges.

I think I read you could tack them down with yarn or sewing thread and I did it with thread. The steek kind of wants to roll in a bit and I let the edge where it had been sewn turn under (and helped it where needed) and sewed it with a similar color thread to one of the colors I knitted with. I divided the yarn on the back side as I tacked it down and it doesn't show on the front at all.

Thanks everyone for the comments.

10-18-2007, 05:04 PM
Gorgeous! You deserve a pat on the back for this, honestly. It's just a beautiful sweater, I wish it was human sized, I would wear it!

10-18-2007, 05:36 PM
That looks wonderful! I love that pattern.:inlove:

10-18-2007, 05:58 PM
What a beautiful little sweater. The colorwork is perfect. Great job!

10-18-2007, 07:29 PM
All I can say to this is:


10-19-2007, 12:16 AM
Thanks everyone. It is far from perfect. The thing I had the most trouble with was getting the Fair Isle to look nice on the sleeves. I did one on 2 circulars and the other on 4 double points, but it looked weird either way up at the top of the shoulders. I'm not sure what was going on with that. On the circs, it was where I made one of the needle changes, but with the dps I made several needle changes, but only that one looked bad. It is harder to do the stretching needed to get the FI nice when you have to change needles. :eyes: Any tips?

10-19-2007, 12:33 AM
ohhhhhhh, it actually took my breath away for a second!! Just beautiful!

10-19-2007, 12:59 AM
wow that looks so good.

10-19-2007, 07:11 AM
It is just gorgeous! Awesome job!

10-19-2007, 09:09 AM
Soo impressive!! That is one technique I sooo want to try sometime. :D You did an amazing job! :yay:

10-19-2007, 09:56 AM
:passedout: that is so pretty!! I haven't tried steeking yet never thought of trying it out on a baby sweater first... you did a great job :thumbsup:

10-20-2007, 09:00 PM
That is gorgeous! I have read a lot about steeks but have yet to try one.

10-21-2007, 01:50 AM
Thanks everyone!! Baby things are my favorite, so the steeked baby sweater seemed like just the ticket. I've never seen one done before, but doubt I am the first one to do it. LOL

10-22-2007, 11:41 AM
Great, now I have to research what a "steek" is...

That sweater is GORGEOUS!:passedout:

10-22-2007, 02:08 PM
Dear Msoebel,

There is an excellent thread that is in the "How to questions" folder, that Ingrid started (it is in the top section---the sticky threads) about steeks. You find a lot more if you research, but Ingrid's is about the best for general information, with the added feature that you can tap her expertise by asking her questions. :-) Check it out.

10-22-2007, 03:43 PM
That is the most beautiful baby sweater I've ever seen! I love it!

10-22-2007, 04:13 PM
Oh my goodness, that is beautiful! :inlove: You did a fabulous job!

10-22-2007, 06:36 PM
Thanks. :aww:

10-23-2007, 12:02 PM
Steeks, the realm of the fearless. My attempt at cutting and putting back together knitting was not nearly as successful as yours. Congratulations! It will be a lucky baby.

10-23-2007, 12:22 PM
Lovely job! I have not attempted steeking yet. Great idea to try it on a baby sweater!

10-25-2007, 09:30 AM
Nice little sweater. I haven't had the courage to do any steeking so good for you!