After completing a tube, a straight line is cut along the center of a column of stitches, in order to make room for an opening or place to attach another piece. The steek itself is a bridge of extra stitches, in which the cut is made, and is usually 6-10 stitches wide.
What does Steek mean in knitting?
The term steek refers to the “bridge” that you work into your knitting, along the vertical axis where you want your piece to be cut. It helps guide your scissors and reinforces both sides of the opening that you create.
Should I block before I Steek?
I don’t recommend blocking any more vigorously than that – if the stitches are stretched significantly before you work the steek, then they will be more likely to want to pop out of the crocheted reinforcement.
Can I cut my knitting?
To prepare a piece of knitting for cutting, you need to secure the stitches in the steek panel so they do not come undone when you cut them. To secure my knitted stitches, I sewed VERTICALLY between columns of stitches, splitting the knitting yarn as I went.
What is the meaning of Steek?
In knitting, steeking is a shortcut used to knit garments such as sweaters in the round without interruption for openings or sleeves until the end. After completing a tube, a straight line is cut along the center of a column of stitches, in order to make room for an opening or place to attach another piece.
Can I cut a crochet blanket?
After running a thread through the stitches, you can cut the fabric (note, if you want to save both sides of the fabric from the cut you will need to run a thread on either side of the cut to ensure that neither piece of fabric unravels).
Can you Steek without a sewing machine?
If you like sewing by hand, you can try a hand sewn steek. You take a tapestry needle and a bit yarn (again 100% wool would work best) and sew up the line of stitches next to where you are going to cut in backstitch.
Can you Steek with acrylic yarn?
The properties that allow wool to felt also help secure the steeks, which is why it is preferred. With an acrylic yarn those properties aren’t inherent in the yarn and you will have to do something else like sewing to secure.
Can you Steek with Superwash Wool?
Traditional steeked sweaters used sticky, not-so-soft wool yarn so that the strands would stick to each other like Velcro®. You can also use Superwash wool or other non-wool yarns, or even knit in a solid color, but you will need to reinforce your steek.
Can you Steek crochet?
There are two methods for this type of steeking : a crochet steek and a hand sewn steek. The crochet steek is suitable for most yarns. If you are using something a bit more slippery like a silky super wash yarn I would suggest the hand sewn steek for a bit more reinforcement.