Um, yeah. We have been getting some rain. The rain has caused all sorts of transportation hijinks. Mudslide on the Beltway! Constitution Avenue under water! Subway station flooded! I did, however, make it to work with minimal problems. And back home again, which is far more important.
The sky this afternoon:
And then it started raining again.
Some of you expressed confusion in the comments over how (and why) I steeked the band so I could knit it in the round. Okay. This is a v-neck cardi, so you start picking up stitches at the bottom edge of the right side of the front, go up around the neck, and down the other side. You end up with 350+ stitches for the band on your needle. The pattern directs you to work these stitches back and forth — it’s one long row after all. Something I loathe worse than corrugated ribbing? Corrugated ribbing on the wrong side.
So I started out by casting five stitches onto a needle, placing a marker, then I picked up all the stitches for the band, going up the right side, around the neck, and down the left side. When I got to the bottom edge of the left front, I placed a marker and cast on five stitches. Those ten stitches (the five at the beginning and the five at the end) made up the steek. I joined the work, and merrily knit in the round. Well, not merrily because it is, after all, corrugated ribbing. But you know what I mean.
Still confused? Here is a highly technical drawing showing you what I did.
The shaded-in area is the steek.
So, when I finished the knitting and cast off (on Sunday morning), I cut the steek down the center, trimmed it, and carefully sewed it down on the wrong side.
While I was at it, I sewed buttons on the front band (I made buttonholes in one side of the front band, of course), and buttoned Mara up.
L-B, do you recognize these buttons? You gave them to me as a birthday gift ages ago.
And on Sunday afternoon, I cut open one armhole steek and started a sleeve. Ta-da!
I do like the little collapsible scissors for cutting steeks. I find that they are sharp enough for steek cutting, and pretty much all knitting-related cutting.
Here’s the sleeve steek from the inside:
And the seam on the outside, showing where I picked up the sleeve stitches:
In answer to some comments questions, no I did not machine stitch the steeks — no finishing at all. Because this is made from shetland wool, which is sticky and hairy, it does not unravel. (You cut through the knitting vertically. If one were to cut horizontally, well, yeah, that would unravel.) After I finished knitting the band, I steamed the band and the steeks well. The steaming on the wrong side of the garment helps the cut steeks to felt a little, further ensuring that they are not going anywhere.
A number of you express disbelief that the cut knitting does not ravel. It does not. If you knit it at the proper gauge from the proper yarn, it does exactly what it is supposed to. So please do not be afraid of steeks. I’ve done fair isle steeks many, many times, and never had one go awry.
By the way, Dave, no that was not the Seinfeld puffy shirt I was wearing in yesterday’s blog entry.
Ooh, almost forgot — I did finish a sock on Friday:
Socks That Rock in the Falcon’s Eye colorway. The leg is done in a fern lace pattern.