Sweater Steeking

Last week I tried steeking for the first time. I used the instructions from this article on knitty.com. Steeking is a technique used to make pullovers into cardigans! Basically, one stitches on either side of the center front using a sewing machine, then cuts up the center. It can be kind of scary but it wasn't that hard and actually kind of fun. I highly recommend reading the article on knitty.com. The instructions were very clear and there were a lot of examples of different sweaters.

The sweater I chose to remake is one I bought from J.Crew a few years ago. It looks good when it comes out of the wash but as the cotton warms up it loosens and gets baggy around the middle making it really unflattering. I decided I'd wear it a lot more if it was a cardigan so I stitched, cut and then applied grosgrain ribbon by hand stitching to finish the edges.

I'm working on another one too that I bought at the thrift store. I think it will need a little more work though. I've also made some progress on my second sock and will be ready to turn the hell before long.