Thursday, March 10, 2011

Fear of Steeking

I have reached a critical step in the Chrystel Seyfarth Massai Shawl, so I am sharing the angst.

It is a massive fair isle shawl knit in the round, adding six stitches between each side.  Once done, you use a sewing machine to sew two lines of stitching on either side of where the cut will be.  See the steek stitches? 

Then I did the sewing, using small stitches to (hopefully) stop the darn thing from unraveling once it is cut.
OMG, let the cutting begin.

I think it went okay, but won't know for sure until I start picking up stitches along the cut edge.

And now I need to add the border facing, like the top border.

For the first time since I began, we can take a look at the shawl spread out and opened up.  What do you think?  On to the border facing, then I need to add the poppy centers and stems by duplicate stitch.

If you love this shawl and want to buy them, you can order them from Ruhamas

I think this will become my favorite shawl ever, when I finish it!!

1 comment:

Cakewalk Yarns said...

Gorgeous! The pattern reminds me of something I've seen & I can't put my finger on it...I want to say a pillow topper ???

In any event, you deserve a standing ovation (applause here) for going through with the steeks. I have a terminal fear of them and just can't bring myself to do it. I will be waiting to see the edging.