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Old 10-24-2007, 02:45 PM   #131
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The directions usually either tell you how many steek stitches to use, or make a suggestion. A lot depends on how you feel about your sewing skills. The width of the steek doesn't affect the size of the sweater in any way.

I'm not sure which stitches on a holder you're referring to.
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Old 10-24-2007, 04:15 PM   #132
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Oh, well I'm really only asking because I'm wanting to make up my own sweater. But yeah since the steek size doesn't affect the garment size, that's good to know. I'll probably do like seven stitches.
The ones on a holder, like, you put them on yarn before you knit the steek. How many do you do for the average armhole or something?
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Old 10-24-2007, 04:23 PM   #133
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I always use an inch's worth of stitches, and if that amounts to an even number, I add one more. I always use odd numbers.
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Old 11-10-2007, 11:47 AM   #134
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FYI, I haven't read through all of the pages...

but I read through the beginning when I first joined (under my other User ID)...

and I used the information on steeking yesterday to work on a store bought sweater for one of my sewing clients last night.


It worked famously. She wanted the sweater taken in by a total of 4 inches. I sewed a straight stitch up the sides and well into the arms of the sweater. I then serged the edges separately on one side. (experimenting)...

but found after the sewing up one side, down the other, the best effect was to serge from the arm down to the sleeve (to control the feed over the seams of the arm pit) to the hem without serging the sides separately first in a narrow hem. There was too much bulk when I attempted a 'safety serge.'

I used Woolly Nylon in the Loopers and regular Gutterman thread in the needles. Regular 4 thread overlock, needles at 3, loopers at 4. Stitch length at 4 out of 5, differential feed at 1.0 out of 2.0. I only kept the foot pedal at about medium speed because going faster did cause one original section to not be serged. 4 thread not 3 because 3 tended to not always cover the cut edge.

It was a mid weight ribbed sweater.
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Old 12-20-2007, 09:21 AM   #135
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I want to make a steeked sweater, but since I'm allergic to wool, I want to use cotton. Is that possible, or would the sweater unravel if I tried steeking it. If I have to, I'll knit the sweater flat, but I want to prevent that, because when knitting with 2 colors, the purl side is like hell.
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Old 12-20-2007, 03:38 PM   #136
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Any yarn can be steeked as long as it is secured properly before cutting. A couple of rows of machine stitching on each side of the cut should hold it quite well.
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Thanks for the advice. I CO today, so it'll take a few months to get to the cuttingpart, but I'll secure it extra well (the pattern says only 1 row of machine stitching, but the pattern uses wool in stead of cotton)
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Thank you Ingrid! Great photo tutorial!
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I haven't read all of the posts, so please excuse me if I'm repeating something. I'm working on a fair isle sweater that has a steek where I'm going to attach the neckband, this a straight across steek on one row. I'm doing crocheted steeks in the sweater, but I'm not sure how to do this with a single row steek, should I crochet across the row catching two loops from two different stitches on each crochet stitch? I've done so much work on this sweater I'd rather not have it unravel now.
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I'm not quite sure what you mean. When I've done a steek at the neck shaping, there's a section of steek stitches down the center front for as far as the neck goes down.

If you're cutting where there is just one column of stitches, you need to secure it on both sides of the cut, one half of the cut stitch, and one half of the side stitch. Actually, here is a good site that explains it with pictures.http://www.eunnyjang.com/knit/2006/0...es_part_i.html
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