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Many of you know we have a sister site for knitters, called KnitPicks. So we are surrounded by creative folks - knitters, painters and quilters. Angela, a beginner quilter AND a beginner knitter, took a giant first step today in her knitting....steeking. If you've never heard of steeking, it's where you knit your entire sweater in the round, in this case, a cardigan, so you have a tube, then you reinforce the spot that you're about to cut (some use machine stitching, some use hand stitching), then cut ruthlessly. Then you finish the cut edge with more knitting (it gets a little hazy for me after that - I've never done it).

So for entertainment value, we filmed her today. Enjoy!

http://www.knitpicks.com/cfBlog/post.cfm/my-first-steek

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Comment by AidaCJ/NH on August 11, 2010 at 11:08am
There's always something new to be learned - never heard of this method, though I have seen videos of old sweaters being cut up and re-purposed. I still have the pattern for a cardigan knitted from the top- but haven't had the incentive to knit.
Comment by Norma/IL on August 11, 2010 at 8:18am
What a great video! I have not tried this technique before nor have I actually heard of it. My mom knitted for years...... I was taught knitting and crocheting as a little girl. So now my question is "why not a crochet site" here too? Angela nice going!
Comment by Gayle/La. on August 10, 2010 at 8:17pm
I am not a knitter unless you can count "knit picking" but I think it is a beautiful cardigan. I am proud of you, Angela.
Comment by Connecting Threads on August 10, 2010 at 6:53pm
It's so you don't have to knit on straight needles. Many of the knitters around here strongly prefer knitting in the round vs on straights.
Comment by Janet/MO on August 10, 2010 at 5:50pm
Karen, I have knitted for yrs, but have never heard if steeking. What is the purpose of doing a cardigan that way?

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