As with many techniques, it is all down to the preparation. We have been practising on a cute mug cosy pattern to get the hang of steeking – a nice small project and not such a loss if we got it wrong.
Our steek is 5 stitches wide, which you can see as vertical columns of colour. The first step is to double crochet two chains through the knitted fabric up the columns to secure the stitches before cutting. In this case, we put our hook through the left half of the third stitch and the right half of the second stitch and worked our way up.
Having knitted the sample using 4mm needles we used a 3mm crochet hook to make the crochet stitches were nice and tight.
Then we repeated the crochet chain again going through the right half of the third stitch and left half of the fourth stitch.
It’s time to make that cut, so take a deep breath and carefully cut in between the two crochet chains. You can see that the crochet chains look a bit like a overlocked stitch.
Now you are ready to secure the steek. If you were making a cardigan you would probably pick up and knit the button band before folding the steek back, sewing it in place and even covering it with some fetching ribbon. In this case, we are going to enclose the steek by picking up stitches, knitting stocking stitch until the knitting is long enough to go round the steek, casting off and sewing the edging in place.
And that’s all there is to it. Not as scary as you thought, huh?