Baby Steeks


It’s been forever since I did colourwork. This teeny tiny baby cardigan for a dear friend that is expecting (in less than a month, I need to keep knitting!!!) has brought me back in the game. I’m for sure rusty when it comes to my stranded knitting skills, tension could be better, but I think it’s all within blocking out range. Small projects are actually a great way to experiment with new techniques, and this is going to be a big one for me: my first steeking project. So far there’s no fear yet about taking scissors to my knitting, I’m still in a happy ignoring the whole thing kind of state. I’ll get there soon enough. Pattern is Saffran cardigan and I’m using Drops Karisma as it’s supposedly machine washable.


Iva is keeping a close eye on me just in case I loose my cool.

A lovely trip to Amsterdam on Friday also led to some more stash enhancement. A vibrant blue skein of sock yarn from Amsterdam based indie-dyer Undercover Otter, and a skein of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter that is finally available in the Netherlands now also thanks to the Stephen and Penelope store.

undercoverotter bt_shelter

And my parents were ever so sweet to bring me back a skein of yarn on their trip to Texel, undyed 100% wool from Texel sheep.





13 thoughts on “Baby Steeks

  1. oh!!! that baby sweater!!! adorable! (and that blue is EXACTLY the colour I’m looking for….it’s the ’tilghman-blue’ school colour that for some reason is very elusive around here!!!

  2. Ooh good luck with cutting the steeks! It makes you catch your breath a little, but the garment suddenly comes to life. I recommend very sharp and pointy scissors, a quiet room with no distractions, and taking it one stitch at a time. (Also it looks adorable.)

  3. Undercover otter. That is a great a great name! The color is quite beautiful too.

    I’ve not steeked before either. I’m looking forward to seeing how you choose to go about it.

  4. I’ve been doing some fair isle knitting and I’ve found I need to focus focus focus!! however, no steeking for me, since it’s a hat 🙂 lovely yarn adoptions 🙂

  5. Great stash enhancement! I’ll be crossing my fingers for you and your steeks-I haven’t cut a steek before either, it’s one of those techniques that are still just a bit intimidating!

  6. I don’t know what is more gorgeous – the new yarn or Iva 🙂 I’ve been dreaming of knitting with Brooklyn Tweed!! Will definitely get to it soon – it looks amazing!

  7. Steeking still scares me a bit and I am not sure I will ever try it. I would like to, but I suspect I may always find a way to avoid it and knit something simpler instead. 😉 But I am sure you will be fine! I have seen a few people blog about steeking for the first time lately and all went well. No stories of disasters, so you are good to go, I think.

  8. What a great idea to try out a new technique on something small like a baby cardigan. Steeking is still on my bucket list to try, but I did recently cut into my knitting on purpose without too much trauma. Good luck!

  9. oooh, i love that Saffran baby cardi, and just bought the pattern myself! I love the colours you’ve chosen, and would be great for a boy or a girl, really. And congrats on all the beautiful new yarn! I haven’t tried yarn from texel sheep before, I hope you’ll share your thoughts!

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