Leap of Faith
Steeking might be seen as the Final Frontier by some knitters, but there are times you just have to take a Leap of Faith!
Grab your high-wool-content yarn and give it a try! At least half the test knitters who worked on this project were first time steekers, and although a couple admitted to having heart palpitations while making the cut, every single project came out beautifully. Video links showing 2 options for working the crochet steek reinforcement as well as a link to a fantastic steeking tutorial written by Kate Davies will give you all the information (and probably much more!) that you need to know.
Worked in fingering-weight yarn, this sweater is a nice layering piece for winter, and it will double as a spring or fall jacket. Pick a yarn you love, because this versatile piece will quickly become a wardrobe favorite!
This pattern will be an enjoyable knit for any “intermediate” or better knitter.
Working in the round
Grafting (top of hood)
Picking up stitches (around arm holes to work the short-row sleeves, and around the neckline to begin the hood)
Three-needle-bind-off (seaming shoulders)
Whip-stitching the steeked edge into place
Sewing in a zipper (although this would also make a lovely open-front cardigan if you’re not into sewing zippers)
Working a slip stitch or single crochet chain (or machine stitching) to reinforce the steek before cutting.
A detailed schematic makes this sweater easy to modify if you tend to not fit the “standard” set of measurements.
1910 (2015, 2122, 2282, 2444, 2600, 2736, 2854, 2967) yds
fingering-weight yarn. Blue sample pictured was made from
Three Irish Girls Adorn Sock Yarn 80% merino / 20% nylon 430
yds / 100g skein Because it is steeked, high wool content is
recommended, but superwash yarn works fine. (Most of the test knitted samples were done in superwash)
US Size 3 / 3.25mm circular needle
Set of five dpns, US Size 3 / 3.25mm
Set of four dpns, US Size 2 needle / 2.75 mm (or 1 size smaller
than main needle size, for sleeve ribbing only)
5 stitch markers
1 separating zipper 24 (24, 24, 26, 26, 26, 26, 28 28)” in length
Size 2 / B crochet hook (for crochet steek reinforcement)
Please check out the gorgeous projects completed by the fantastic testers who worked on this project: ShelbyWoo, tatacharlotte, Alibeee, Yarn-dar, kyorei, & iammo, Thanks so much, ladies! You are the best!