Thursday, November 20, 2008

Wound Neck Steek

By Leigh

Now that chilly weather has arrived, I have resumed knitting on my Shetland Sampler Cardigan.

Body of Leigh's Shetland Sampler CardiYou may recall that I put it down for the summer after completing the Siamese Sleeves. Besides the sleeves, the body of the sweater was largely done. Since it is being knit in the round, it was just too hot to work with in my lap. Now it's pleasant to have such a project on my lap (with or without cat).

I first contemplated knitting this project with steeks when it was still in the planning stages. With the help of a little book called Essential Techniques For Serious Knitters by Peg Arnoldussen (click here for more info on that), I've been able to muddle my way through checkerboard steeks for the front and sleeve openings. Those were fairly easy to master but now that I'm to the neck, a different type of steek is in order; a wound one.

Here's a first look at my somewhat sloppy wound steek.......

1st attempt at a wound steekAt first I thought I'd have to wind yarn the length of the neck opening, but it occurred to me, no I don't. The wound yarn ends up as waste anyway, so only a couple of winds around the needle are actually required. Because of that it doesn't lie flat for a photo, but that's okay too.

Since I'm not following a written down pattern, I'm pretty much having to wing it with just a written description of such a steek. I bound off the top of the front checkerboard steek, and also for the front neck shaping.

Now that I've gotten over the mental effort that the figuring out of this took, it's coming along fairly quickly. Before I know it I'll be ready graft the shoulders. I decided to go ahead and graft them, in keeping with Fair Isle knitting tradition (which this project is technically not.) After that comes the dreaded cutting of the fabric! (Or should I cut first and then do the shoulders? More decisions!)

I believe that this is the fastest I've ever knit any sort of sweater. If all goes well with the cutting, sewing, and band knitting, I may actually be able to wear it this winter!

Posted 20 Nov. 2008 at

Related Posts:
Sewing & Cutting The Steeks
Steeking So Far
Shetland Sleeve Update - a look at checkerboard steeks
Siamese Sleeves Done!
Technically Not Fair Isle
Shetland Sampler Cardigan Complete!


Dorothy said...

Lovely to see this again! It certainly looks like a warm sweater, and pretty too.

I've just been given a beautiful traditional jumper from Finland, knitted 50 years ago in the round. It was cut with scissors for sleeve and neck holes and stitched with black thread on a sewing machine. First time I've handled a garment knitted this way, I'm impressed with how neat it looks.

Have courage! This method really works. Might even try it myself...

Helen said...

I think it looks lovely and I so admire your ability to a) knit,b) do a pattern and C) then cut it! The mind boggles!

I see that Rascal says that you have to cut down on blogging because of becoming president of your guild. (Congratulations) Well I am sure you will be a brilliant President but as I enjoy both blogs-yours and Rascals, I feel sad! Couldn't you give up sleeping or something so I can still have my fix?
bw Helen

Sheepish Annie said...

I'd forgotten all about that sweater. Now I remember! And it is as lovely as ever. Happy steeking!

Sharon said...

I wondered when we'd see this sweater again. I am so looking forward to the finished product, through not as much as you are I'm sure.

Julie said...

It looks great, can't wait to see more!

Wool Enough said...

So nice to see this cardigan return to the blog. It is just lovely. I thought I had a general idea of how to work steeks, but I must admit I've never heard of "wound" steeks for the neck. Clearly more research is needed.

bspinner said...

I was hoping we'd see your sweater again and looking forward to seeing it on you.

Leigh said...

I'm delighted that you all remember this. I'm really excited about getting near the finish, though I wonder how long it will take me to get up the nerve to cut those steeks!

Unknown said...

I think it is easier to cut the steeks first and then do the shoulders, because it is easier to ease a sleeve into a sleeve hole that is open than one that is closed. At least that is what I have been told and it has worked for me before.