I wanted to name this post “Steeking is Fun”

(Edited to Add: Grandma wants to say Hello to her neighbor Dorothy!) But I thought that might scare away some people!

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Here’s the dog pullover I’ve been working on since September.

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Grandma is visiting, and helped sew the steeks. She became very upset when I explained to her I was going to cut the stitches. Eek! She finally had to leave the room so that she wouldn’t witness the horror. But really, everything went smoothly, and it was fun to snip out the armholes.

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This sweater project had a few "firsts" for me. Steeks, saddle shoulders, and sewing neckbands and facings; in all ’twas an enjoyable and learning experience. I had to frog and re-knit the lice section after it turned out my gauge was looser than what I was getting with the other stranded sections. I had to knit one saddle/neckband panel at least three times, the time time after I had already sewn it onto the sweater body. I didn’t realize until I started working on the second one that the first saddle was short one cable. And this was after double- and triple-checking. Oof!

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As this was a test-knit, there are a few flaws, namely the dogs are off-center by one stitch. (I didn’t realize this until I attached the sleeves.) I also neglected to continue the peaks that border the dogs all the way to the right, so the break is visible (you can see this in the upper left of the above photo with a top view of the cable sleeve/saddle/neckband panel).

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After completing this, I know I’m ready for a full-fledged Dale of Norway design. Someday! :)

 


Pattern: “Cables & Colors Baby Set; pullover” by M S Martin, polarbears’ Ravelry Store Size: 2 years Yarn: Dale of Norway Falk, 6943 Sea Green 159.5 g (about 3.5 skeins), 0017 Off-White 56.5 g (just over 1 skein), and 7053 Bottle Green 82.5 g (approx 1.5 skeins) Needles: US 2.5 (3 mm), US 4 (3.5 mm), and US 5 (3.75 mm) circulars Started: September 13, 2008 Completed: November 7, 2008 Token Progress: 8 of 10

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7 Responses to “I wanted to name this post “Steeking is Fun””

  1. kmkat Says:
    November 13th, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Impressive! and gorgeous!

  2. Chris Says:
    November 14th, 2008 at 8:37 am

    I would’ve had to leave the room, too! It turned out great. :)

  3. Abigail Says:
    November 17th, 2008 at 8:58 am

    That is one sharp looking sweater:D Well done!

  4. Tanya Says:
    November 17th, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    I’ve steeked before and I would love to do it again but I would want someone there for moral support, you know? You did a beautiful job. You should be proud!

  5. mrspao Says:
    November 19th, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    Wow – you are braver than me. It is gorgeous but I would have left the room too!!

  6. Opal Says:
    November 20th, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    the sweater is adorable! and it looks so professional.

  7. rina Says:
    December 16th, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Awwwww. So cute! And the cable saddle adds an interesting design.

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