Time to deal with those pesky steek flaps at the neckline of this thing.
Alice Starmore says to cut the neck steeks, then knit the neckband, THEN finish off the steeks. This means that I was manhandling this thing, knitting the neckband in the round, steeks unfettered, yet nothing unraveled.
The fact is, shetland wool is not likely to unravel at all. It likes itself! (Kate Davies writes about all this in her usual fascinating way here. WARNING: rabbit hole alert.)
Some Fair Islers don’t even finish off the steeks, because they know the yarn will gently felt in time. But I am not willing to let this project go without going all the way. So, here’s what I did. (These pix are from the shoulder steek, just to be clear.)
The steek flap gets a haircut, to make it about 1/4″ wide:
See how the newly cut stitches just sit there? They do not care. And remember: a while back, I backstitched through the row of stitches closest to the seam, in dark blue yarn. So there’s an insurance policy already built into this.
I worked a cross stitch across the steek, nothing fancy but sort of comforting. Remember cross stitch? That sampler? Everybody had a sampler, right?
Here’s how the neckline looks, steeks battened down.
The gaping maw to eternity.