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Making Adjustments

Thank you to everyone who entered the Coastal Knits contest. We had 501 entries! I think that might be a record number of comments for a single post on Through the Loops. I used a random number generator to select our winner, Carol P! Carol has been notified and Hannah will send the book to her shortly.

In other news I decided to do a modification to a sweater I knit three years ago. I made the sweater below for Izzy for Christmas of '08, but she never wore it much.

It seems my girls are more of the cardigan wearing sort. Luckily we knitters have in our arsenal a wonderful little technique. The steek. Steeking is not nearly as scary as those who have never tied it think. There are many excellent tutorials to be found online. Eunny's is a classic.

All it took was a quick crochet reenforcement:

Crochet Steek
Then a pair of scissors to give it the snip, snip:

Cutting the Steek

Front bands were added, a trip to M&J trimming yielded just the right buttons, and we've got a newly revised sweater. One that they will hopefully wear.



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I like it! I think I need to try some steeking.

Oooh... I just love the look of a super neat steek!

Nice sweater! Steeking, another technique I must try.

I've had this sweater as a fav on Ravelry for the longest time! Hope the girls start wearing it. :-)

Be still my heart. I have M&J in my contacts from when I lived in New York. I've been gone now 8 years and can't bear to remove them. Just the name evokes warm memories of the button Mecca. I bet it was hard to narrow down your selection but you found a winner!

oh that is a fabulous sweater! I love the ring-yoke. I hope the newly steeked version is more wearable for her.

Wow... great adjustment; looks super!

You made that sound so easy. I am terrified of steeks but determined to try it in 2012. Resolutions! Thanks for instilling me with a bit more bravery.

Good thing you had some of the yarn left!

Tidy, tidy steek! Definitely something I want to try in 2012.

It's amazing what steeking can do. Love the new look.

Oh, beautiful. If they still don't like it, I'll send my address. I'll probably end up wearing it will considerably more negative ease (guessing) but with a cardigan, i can always wear it open. I'm (half) kidding.

Looks like magic to me. I am a confirmed cardigan- wearer. I like to be able to regulate my temperature and level of skin coverage. Thanks for the inspiration. I've not yet tried a steek. Perhaps I'll make my first attempt on a thrift store find.

I don't think I would ever have the courage to do that.


I love both versions! Great job, Kirsten!

beautiful sweate!! i love it.

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