A Finished Sweater

I'm slowly working at testing a few sizes for the Harvest Sweater pattern I designed last year.  I think it's finally ready to go to the editor!  You can find the other samples here, here, and here.

The pattern is written to be worked back and forth, but I hate to purl, so I knit this one in the round and steeked it when it was finished.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.

Some of you asked how to finish the steek once it's cut, so I thought I'd share that with you today.

As far as I know, steeking can be done in two ways.

1. Sewing a reinforcement line of stitches and then cutting, as I did here.  In my opinion, this way is the easiest to work.  However, it leaves a messy frayed edge that can be hard to get looking neat without a lot of bulky folds and hand sewing.

2. Crocheted steek, as I worked in the sweater above, is my favorite steek.  This is the tutorial I use.  The crochet stitches hide the frayed ends leaving a finished edge that doesn't need {hardly} any sewing at all.  When you pick up stitches for the front button bands, the edge will naturally fold over on it's own.  {I did tack down a couple stitches at the lower edge to keep it from peeking out the bottom of the sweater.}

If you have any other questions or know of any other steeking methods, please share!  I always love to learn new techniques and tips, and hope to help a little along the way too.


  1. The steeking is way above my comprehension level, but I love the natural colored yarn.