Adventures in steeking

So I recently steeked my first sweater, and am insanely proud of it.

It all started about a year ago, when another Raveler sent me a message asking if I wanted to trade some of my extra 4ply cotton (9 skeins) for some Cascade220 (8 skeins).  Sounded good to me, so I said yes.

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Once I had a sweater’s worth of Cascade on my hands, I started seeking patterns.  I soon fell in love with the Bountiful Bohus from More Big Girl Knits. Canadian Living even had the pattern online for free.  It was beautiful and needed two extra colors – and I had two coordinating colors of Paton’s Classic Merino wool in stash.  Perfect. A “free” sweater is enough to make a grad student jump with glee.

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I took a class on steeking in Rhinebeck in October, where I learned how to knit with two colors (easy peasy, since I can knit English and continental). So in November, I got knitting. I love things knitted in the round. 🙂  I was able to try it on as I went, which helped a lot.  The fit is just perfect (I knit the 48) and the waist shaping is just awesome.  I’ll probably use it on other projects.

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All done in one piece.  I was a touch worried about the machine-sewing of the steeks (I was convinced my machine would eat my sweater) but it actually went rather smoothly.  Nothing to fear here folks.
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The first cut!
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This is kind of fun…
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Triumph!
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And here’s the final result:
finished bohus

finished bohus

finished bohus

finished bohus

The buttons are lovely – I picked them out at the Yarn Barn in Woodbridge.  They have an interesting shape and a lovely mother-of-pearl sheen to them.

I just need to get a picture on me – it looks great. I’m sooo proud and can’t wait to knit my next sweater!

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About Kristy Lamb

I recently finished my PhD in genetics at Yale and am currently a postdoc at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University in NYC. I love science, people, and the fiber arts. We'll call it my muse. I taught myself to knit over Christmas break in 2002, when I was home from my sophomore year in college and was terribly bored. Despite starting with three big mistakes (very long aluminum needles, a very bad Coats & Clark how to knit book, and Lion Brand Homespun), I kept at knitting, even after that first 1/2 hour trying to tie a slipknot. Science...seems to be much the same process as the above.
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