steeking & holidaying

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Remember my Plum Frost sweater?

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I cut it up this week.

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It’s been sitting, nearly-bound-off in my living room for a few weeks – I kept putting off the neck ribbing and steek because I felt like it was a step that required focus and a well-rested head.

This week I finished those last twelve rows, crocheted the steeks (using this tutorial, as well as the excellent instructions in the pattern), and cut up my knitting.

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I’ve done this for a previous sweater, a few years ago, so I knew enough to trust the crocheting and trust the process – it’s a surprisingly thrilling finishing step.

I do admit, though, to a bit of nervousness over cutting through my yoke. If only because it’s so pretty and I’m so proud of my tension and having made it through that much stranded knitting.

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Still, I made it through. And now my cardigan is actually a cardigan, and I’m picking up for the button bands.

I’m probably not going to have this sweater finished until after the holidays – I’m going home for Christmas, and I don’t think that lugging this sweater plus all the extra notions I’ll need is the best idea.

I’ve got some other knitting and crafting planned to hold me over until I get back, though. I’ll see you all in the new year.

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