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Old 10-13-2007, 04:22 PM   #1
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Cardigan Knit in the Round
I just read where you can knit a cardigan in the round by adding 6 stitches of seed stitch to the front neck opening and then joining. When finished knitting, you sew up on both sides of the front and cut down the middle and add you zipper there. (If I explained that correctly)

Has anyone tried this or do they do this? And pointers.

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Old 10-13-2007, 04:34 PM   #2
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It's called a steek, often used in Fair Isle knitting so you can always knit on the outside and see the pattern easily.

There's a sticky on top of the How To page that shows steeking for a pullover that I made.

I've done it for a cardigan, too, which isn't finished. For that you cut the steek and then pick up stitches for the button band, but I like the idea of folding the fronts back and adding a zipper.
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Ingrid, you are always right there with an answer when needed, thank you so much.
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I happened across glampyre's pattern for one just last night... http://glampyreknits.tripod.com/glam...otos/id44.html
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I love the colors and yarn in that sweater, now why didn't they give directions for sizes.

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The Glampyre pattern? Because the sizing comes from knitting the yoke until it fits you. Most top down raglans all start with the same number of stitches and work the increases, try it on and see if it's the right size. That's why it's one of the easiest sweater patterns around - you can custom fit it to your body instead of the size someone else thinks your body is.
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Thanks Suzeeq, I printed that pattern and will take a look at it closer.
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Mare-nitt,

I am working on a steeked sweater for the first time. I used Ingrids sticky above, and was able to ask her some questions as I needed. That was very helpful. I'm making a baby sweater of my own design by this method. I started it quite a while ago and then got side tracked on other knitting and got back to it just yesterday. I did steeks for the armholes and for a cardigan opening. I have the sleeves in and yesterday cut the front steek and am working on the neckband and the front bands.

I sewed both sides of the centers by hand instead of by machine (it says in the sticky where I found directions for doing it that way, I can't remember the name right now) and that has worked fine. I'll have it finished soon.

This is not such a hard technique, and really has some advantages when doing Fair Isle. Sewing the steeks by machine would make the process much faster, but I didn't know if my machine would do a good job so I did it the slow way.

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Merigold.
Thank you for the encouragement. I did start a cardigan while on vacation and used the steeked method, now that I am home, I will try it on to see how it looks so far, and check sizing.
I like knitting in the round instead of back and forth. (could it be because purling isn't my favorite thing in the world. LOL)

I will post my progress later.
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