Arrowhead Cardigan Progress

I’m finally getting somewhere with my Arrowhead cardigan!

The body is finished, and I’m on to the first sleeve.

I did run into a snag though. I was not paying a lot of attention to my yarn choice when I started this sweater, and it turns out that both yarns I’m using are superwash. Which wouldn’t be a big deal, except I need to steek for the sleeves and the front. I’ve steeked things before, and it wasn’t a big deal, but that was regular wool that can be counted on to stick together with a little encouragement. Not so for superwash. The directions say to use a sewing machine to stabilize the edges, but I don’t have one of those.

So what have I been doing about it?

Using wooly yarn to stabilize the edges by throwing down some lumpy rows of stitching. It’s not pretty, but it is working. The cut edges for the first sleeve are staying put, so I’m cautiously optimistic.

Any tips on steeking superwash yarn when you don’t have a sewing machine? Share them in the comments!

22 thoughts on “Arrowhead Cardigan Progress

  1. That is looking really great!

    I was paranoid the one time I did a steek so far, and I found things that suggested using reinforcing stitches. It looks like your solution will probably work just fine, though there’s always that Fabri-Tac stuff if you get too worried.

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  2. This looks so good! There’s a crocheted reinforced steek, where you go along before cutting and pick up the edge stitches and sort of crochet chain them down. I did that on a gauge swatch that I steeked which was superwash. It might be harder to do since you’ve added the wool, and that seems like a good solution!

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