They call it the steek!
A crochet steek to be exact.
This is now officially my favorite way to do steeks. Sadly, I didn't plan ahead for it, so I did the steek stitches pretty deep (I think I did 7 steek stitches). I should've only done 5 or even 3. Since this sweater had crochet bands, I didn't need a wide facing.
Here's the crochet done:
and the steek cut:
A great way to do steeks, that's for sure.
I have to admit, I've never been fearful of cutting my knitting. I know a lot of knitters fear the scissors. I guess because I grew up sewing that I just see the knitting as any fabric. Steeks really really aren't hard, and I knew that even if the crochet steek didn't work, my handy sewing machine isn't that far off... and I can always use it to keep the stitches from unraveling.
So I should have this done today after the crochet button bands, a few ends to weave in yet then a visit to my handy dandy steam iron (which I hope really helps my uneven stranding. Three colors per row isn't my forte')
Now let's see if this actually ever publishes!!!
Keep On Knittin'!