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  1. Alexa Ludeman
    June 22, 2020 @ 12:16 pm

    Hi Wendy – Have you added 5 steek sts or is the stitch count the same as in the pattern? If it is the same as the pattern you want to take your total number of body sts, subtract the underarm sts for each underarm, and divide by 2. That is the total number of sts for the front and the back. If your centre front stitch is the center of the steek sts you should be able to calculate where the sleeves will fall from there. If not, please drop us and email at with the size you are knitting and we will help with the math!

  2. Jess
    April 18, 2020 @ 6:35 pm

    Alexa, thank you so much for this post. I think I am mainly getting it, but am trying to figure out how I would determine where the steek stitches are when establishing the ribbing. When I cast on for Strange Brew, am I right in thinking that the BOR is the center right underarm (marker is just before the center underarm stitch) and that I could calculate the front center stitch from there? Thanks!

    • alexaludeman
      April 20, 2020 @ 2:06 pm

      Hi Jess – when you are working the ribbing nothing is really established yet, so wherever you put your steek stitches, that’s where the steek/center front is and everything else will have to fall from that.

      • Jess
        April 21, 2020 @ 2:22 pm

        Got it… thanks, Alexa!

  3. Macrobe
    February 15, 2019 @ 6:34 am

    So how exactly does one ‘finish’ off the steek stitches after crating the button band and cutting the steek?

    • alexaludeman
      February 20, 2019 @ 12:43 pm

      Hi – I like to fold over those sts and sew them down.

  4. Linda Gentry
    January 21, 2019 @ 9:04 am

    I love the Strange Brew recipe so much!!! Have enjoyed breaking out my graph paper. So empowering. Would love to see a recipe for grandpa sweater version of Strange Brew with a shawl collar and a steek!

  5. Auburn Berry
    January 3, 2019 @ 8:22 am

    I love the idea of picking up the button bands before cutting the steek. When would you suggest blocking the sweater/soon to be cardi during this process?

    • alexaludeman
      January 8, 2019 @ 12:25 pm

      Hi – I blocked mine before and after steeking, but I think after is the crucial one.

  6. Meredith MC
    December 21, 2018 @ 6:31 am

    I love how clearly you break down the steeking process. I knit my first steeped sweater two winters ago. I’m thinking it’s time for number 2, and I love the ice fall sweater as a starting point. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  7. Ann hagen
    December 20, 2018 @ 5:24 pm

    My so and grandson are both named bodhi
    It is a very fun name with all kinds of cool nicknames arising from it. Like Bonus, for instance. Great to see a girl Bodhi too!

  8. ruth
    December 20, 2018 @ 2:02 pm

    Meg Swansen has an article and youtube on felting the steek before cutting it. I’ve done a lot of steeks, but never with this method. Might be fun to try.

  9. R K
    December 20, 2018 @ 9:25 am

    I recently read an article by Meg Swanson (Elizabeth Zimmerman’s daughter) to use a ‘dry felting’ needle to reinforce the edges next to a steek. it adds no bulk yet completely seals the sts tog.