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  • I am completely mesmerized! This is one of those moments when I think “I want to be you when I grow up! It doesn’t matter that I’m 32… “

  • WOW! Can I just sit here and not drool on it?

  • This is inspiring for me. I have been working on something similar for at least 5 years (many interruptions and steps backward) but have not got to the final finishing stage yet. (I did do the stitching and cutting the center body and armhole steeks.)

    I do have one question. I am having trouble visualizing how you did those bands in the round. But I am guessing that you could have ended up with extra steeked edgings at both bottom and top of the front bands. That is, the vertical edges from the center steek of the body and then, at 90 degrees from those, the edges from the steek you used for the bands. Did you use some sorcery to reduce bulk there?

    It does seem brilliant but I am worried about creating big lumps.

    Thank you for the series.

    • You are correct in how I steeked the front bands. To reduce bulk, after machine-stitching to reinforce, I trimmed the knitting close to the machine stitching.

  • Wow!
    I am completely in awe of this masterpiece!!!!

  • Following the journey was fascinating and the destination is stunning!

  • Gorgeous! I’ve loved using ribbons to cover steeks so much, that I’ve started putting them on all my cardigans, steeks or not. I’ve even started weaving my own ribbons in matching colors.

    • Weaving ribbon? That’s amazing in its own right.

  • Bravo. A work of art and craftwomanship. Awed.

  • Magnificent!

  • “And then I was done.” LOL.

    This is stupendous work. It’s beautiful, and a testament to knitter persistence.

  • Standing ovation! You are on a knitting skill level that boggles my mind. Loved this post .

  • Exquisite!

  • Wow! GORGEOUS! I don’t even dream about being able to do that. But I do dream about sometime cutting a steek.

  • This is a work of art! Thank you!

  • Beautiful!

  • So beautiful, and such lovely colors! I am, however, a wee bit disappointed that there isn’t a picture of Loki inspecting your work.

    • Thank you! Unfortunately, Loki inspecting my work involves Loki sinking his claws into my knitting, so he is expressly forbidden from inspecting my work!

  • Wow! Amazing and so much more. All the comments have helped also. Thanks so much for the details!

  • I am in total and complete awe! Beautiful jacket.

  • This is absolutely gorgeous, and I’m totally in awe! I’d be terrified of cutting into it after all that hard work. I can just imagine it all unravelling before my eyes!

  • Perhaps I’m being thick, but I’m working on my first steeking project and can’t imagine how to sew the lines of stitches with a sewing machine…how do you do it without sewing the front to the back? Do you just stretch the opening of the sweater out or something?

    • Hi Amber! I sew for a living, so I’ll see if I can answer your question, although describing actions with words can sometimes be inadequate…
      When sewing on one side of a tube or bag shape (such as a sweater or a pillowcase) you need to pull the other layer out of the way. Really, it’s as simple as placing the side you wish to a stitch on under the machine’s foot, grabbing the unwanted fabric and holding it to the front or back, scrunching as necessary. And doing this using the larger opening (waist rather than neck opening) would be the best choice (you can do it the other way, but it’s harder). Which side is the top and which side is the bottom won’t matter, as long as you’re stitching on the side that you want to stitch on. The smaller the item the more you may need to scrunch it, and the more twisty bunched everything can get… for example sewing down the leg of a pair of pants is really hard! But something like this sweater should be simpler.
      I hope this helps. And also, you’re not alone… I have students who are often puzzled by the idea of how to separate layers when sewing.

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