Laura Ricketts Designs

"She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands..."

Laura Ricketts Designs is a personal and business website for Laura Ricketts, hand-knitwear designer, author, teacher, crafter, mother and wife.

A little hat surgery

It has been great to get back to work the last two days. I have completed a baby sweater, fixed a scarf, put in a submission to a magazine and finished a hat!

The hat required surgery. When I initially made it, the ribbing was entirely too floppy. But, I didn't know it until the darn thing was done and on my head. The inner dialogue begins: "Do I pull out the whole thing?" "Nah. It'll be fine." "It's not fine. I'll never wear it this way." "Do I find a big-headed friend?" I ended up doing none of those things. Instead, I did a little happy steeking.

Steeking is the art of cutting one's knit work, for the betterment of the piece. Usually, it is seen in knitting fabric in a tube and cutting it up the front to make a cardigan, or cutting slits to put in armholes. The raw edges are secured by sewing (or crocheting), and then covering them with ribbon or more knit work. In this instance, I picked up the stitches just above the ribbing and cut the old ribbing off. Then, with a smaller needle, I knit down a smaller, tighter ribbing.

 It's a wee little slit

It's a wee little slit

 half gone

half gone

 The finished product: Anna!

The finished product: Anna!