Thursday

[knitting] See Eunny Knit!

I can't stand this girl - everything she knits is amazing. That vest? So cute. Floral felted bag? Beautiful. Butterfly? Breath taking.

That vest, though, makes me want to do one. She wrote an incredibly comprehensive series on steek. Here's a bit:

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Why bother with a steek in the first place?

To quote, uh, myself: "In practice, setting, knitting, and slicing a steek is just a handy way to knit an entire sweater in the round by creating a bridge of waste stitches wherever a separation would be, i.e. between front and back for an armhole, or between the right and left sides of the neck, or all the way up the front of a cardigan.

Pictures are worth a thousand words. On the left is a stylized image of a pullover body. As you can see, the body could be knitted as a tube up to the armpits, but the front and back would have to be worked back and forth, as would each side of the neck. On the right, you see what a steek allows you to do - by filling in all those openings with a bridge of waste stitches, the entire garment may be knit as a tube, in the round, with all your armscye and neck shapings done in the sweater body.



Why should we care about knitting in the round? For a variety of reasons, stranded colorwork is easier and faster in the round: the knit stitch is quicker to form than the purl stitch; the pattern is always visible, allowing the knitter to read his work; seams are minimized or eliminated altogether. Production knitters favored the method for its speed and ease - as do hobby knitters now.
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See how the vest knitted up before cutting?



This might be a fun, fast, cheap way to introduce myself to steeking (although I may want to make a cat sweater for Gatsu first as a practice practice one).

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