While I am a passionate crocheter and will jump, with
enthusiasm, into any new crochet technique, I am more tentative when it comes to
knitting. One knitting technique that
sounds almost like magic is steeking. Steeking requires knitting a project,
such as a cardigan, in the round. Then you cut through your knitted stitches. This technique would turn what looking like a pullover, because it was knitted in the round, into a cardigan. I
would be afraid the entire project and hours of work would unravel.
But crochet to the rescue! Did you know that crochet is
frequently used to reinforce the stitches before steeking, making them safe to
If you are a knitter and crocheter and want to try steeking,
check out this great free article from Interweave Knits detailing the process.
Steeks: Cutting the Edge
Crocheted Crochet steek reinforcements firmly
bind together the sides of two adjacent stitch columns to hold the cut
ends securely in place. The method is ideal for sticky or smooth animal
fibers still at relatively dense gauges: the applied binding adds
security even to yarns that don't felt readily, but it relies on a firm
base fabric to stay in place. Crocheted steeks are not suitable for
plant fibers or for superwash wools, since the base fabric must
have some natural cling. More . . .