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Steeked and Complete!

On Wednesday night I finished the knitting of Leon’s aran jumper, crocheted the steeks and cut them. This was not as nerve wracking as it could have been, as I did a practice run on my long suffering swatch. Even completely unsecured, the fabric held together. Bennet and Gregor wool: I cannot say enough good things aboutit . Perfect colours for Leon, a nice texture, soft but still manly and it provided good stitch definition too:

The biggest moment of fear was when I cut the neck, and it came out a very strange square shape. Still, after I knit up the neckline it came out like this.

The steeks look like this on the inside, after they have been sewn down and I am very happy with them. They are so visible only because I did them in a lighter wool.

It fits, it suits and it satisfied a deep craving for cables that I have been harbouring. It also got around Leon’s caveat that he only likes plain jumpers in boring colours. And the sleeves were simple enough that I knit them in public, and in the pub, while the body was largely confined to knitting in private.

I’m very happy with this jumper. The only change I would make would be to make the sleeve tops slightly smaller. I loved steeking, both the principle and in practice. Next jumper I make for Leon will be Elizabeth Zimmermann’s kangaroo pouch sweater, in handspun, in preparation for making a steeked v-neck cardigan for myself.

Now I'm off to knit something small and brightly coloured.


  1. Wow! I'm sooooo impressed, I'm not sure I could ever be brave enough to steek. Tremendously done!

  2. Oh my, that is so awesome. You are sooooooo brave. I've never had the courage to entertain the idea of steeking, but perhaps now I will. The jumper also looks great on Leon, best yet?

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