My first attempt at a steek was successful, I am happy to say. What was previously a pullover-looking turtleneck knit entirely in the round is now a cardigan with two pretty vertical hems!
It still baffles me that this actually works, though I should really just get over it and accept the fantastical powers of wool. The sweater wool, Classic Elite Skye Tweed, is super-sticky, and because I've heard it felts so well, I used Cascade 220 for the crocheted reinforcements. Moments after I snipped the first stitch, I realized that the wools had started sticking together, the crochet holding the sweater stitches firmly in place. And now that I've given the whole thing a good soak, I know those steeked stitches aren't going anywhere.
The sweater itself looks like this:
And was based on a sweater I got for my birthday that looks like this:
I had been trying to figure out what to do with that Skye Tweed since I bought several balls of it on sale last June. I knew it would have to be in the round because I have such a hard time making nice purls with this stuff (maybe it has something to do with the fact that I'm a continental style knitter, but my purls suck and are especially terrible in inelastic yarns). When I decided I wanted a cardigan, I thought it would also be a good opportunity to try my hand at a steek, and if it didn't work out, well, the yarn was extremely cheap and I wasn't in love with it anyway.
Though all has worked out well, I still can't believe I took a pair of scissors to my precious knitting!