Dana’s Edit: In a Steek State of Mind

April 21, 2021

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  • Whenever I see a new update from Dana, I am ALL OVER IT. I love her spirit and joy, and her way of explaining things makes me think I might actually be able to do something that looks complicated and hard. I am always cheered when Dana writes. Extra bonus? Her color choices are the BEST!

    • I completely agree! Thanks for these suggestions Dana, I added 2 to my favorites.

  • Daaaaaaaana (hear the whine of a desperate knitter lol) noooooo! Why? Why? After I just purchased two sweaters worth of wool yesterday do you give us these beautiful sweaters? Interesting choices! I just added Budding to my queue. Melting Point may get another glance.
    So, (sarcastic tone) thanks a lot. Lol!!
    But really thanks! Good choices!
    Happy knitting!

  • Every sweater showcased was absolutely wonderful. I have favorited them all. Thanks for bringing them together.

  • You are always an inspiration! I bet you are a terrific educator!

  • My day just got better because I started it with Dana.

  • I love Elizabeth Zimmermann’s instructions on steeking, which instruct you to “cut on basting, then lie down in a darkened room for fifteen minutes to recover.”

    • I learned to steek from EZ too and have remembered and loved that advice. I still have her DVDs and watch them from time to time when I need to “knit on with confidence and hope through all crises.” 🙂

    • When I watched Anne Shayne’s video on steeking, an involuntary cry escaped my lips when she made the first cut. I think EZ was right about the emotional aspect of steeking: it’s about the antithesis of knitting, but it isn’t. Gotta lie down now…

  • Thank you for highlighting these designers, had a wonderful time looking at all their designs and of course my que is even longer now.

  • I share your fear. To me, as a sewist, steeking is the antithesis of knitting …to cut a fabric that you created w ‘string’? But on my list of skills to learn.

  • Glad you found that steeking is just a technique and not something to fear. My first steeked item on my own was Kate Davies Rams and Yowes. Kate’s tutorial made it incredibly easy and my finished blanket earned a First Place at a local fiber festival. It’s on my Rav page.
    Knittingeeg

  • Ooh I’d love to make Palmetto! Maybe someday (soon?!)

  • These are great choices and I love your little cup cardigan <3. Thanks for another inspiring post Dana.

  • Hi Dana, what is the pattern for the cardigan you’re wearing in your latest picture? Can’t see it well but I like the look of it. Thanks, Teresa

  • Budding has been in my queue for so long, but I also need to learn steeking. I know the principles and have seen videos of people steeking, but I haven’t done it. I need to do a cup cozy, then maybe I can finally move on to Budding!

  • Another great post. I’ve been wanting to learn steeking for eons. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • I love Dana’s edit; full of good advice and beautiful pattern recommendations – thank you.

  • Dana, Thank you so much for sharing this. I have a pair of socks just waiting for a “true afterthought heel” but I’ve been, honestly, too afraid to cut for them. In this pandemic I have no knitting buddy to guide me. It takes me 3 months to knit a pair of socks and the thought of ruining them has needlessly paralyzed me. Now I will take the time to knit a swatch (or a sock for a baby) and then practice picking up the stitches and starting the heel.