Bang Out a Kiki Mariko

@debcomly where is the ravelry discussion?! I did a search but must be looking in the wrong place.

I agree, a steek chart and a bit more insight into color changes would be super helpful!

I have the new pattern, and I’ve got the same confusion that you do…

@MDK-Allison thank you! So it does look like after the first steek row (with one edge stitch then 4 in color A, then alternating B-A-B-A, then edge stitch in A), you alternate the steek stitches (I understand about the edges being the same as the last / first stitches next to them). I’ll take apart my practice piece and start practicing again with this clarification— and thanks for the stranding placement info too!

That does sound like what I said, but what I really meant is -
at the same time when you alternate the colors in use over the 10 steek stitches, and it is time to change one of those colors, do that after the 5th steek stitch. : )

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Hopefully this will get you there :smiley:


Fruity Knitting podcast Episode 4 has a tutorial on steeking it’s a jacket not a rug but basically the same thing.

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I’ll look into trying to find that steek chart from the archives! I’ll update the main post if I can get it tomorrow :slight_smile:


Great news! We were able to dig up the Steek chart and it’s live again on Ravelry. I am also posting the link to the main post of this thread :slight_smile: Hopefully that will help! Thank you for pointing this out @debcomly !!


@MDK-Allison thank you so much for sharing this! One small correction, I think— the edge stitches aren’t 100% accurate if they’re supposed to match the pattern stitch preceding or following each.

I believe the edge stitch pattern should be the following in that case:
Blue … blue
Brown … blue
Brown … brown
Blue … brown row 5
Green … green
Brown … green
Brown … brown
Green … brown row 1

Right? Your post above confirms this— I think!

“The first and last stitch always match the color the pattern row either ended or is about to begin with. From there I occasionally have a duplicate color stitch to get it back to the alternating checkerboard.”


Yay Allison, THANK YOU!
You’re the best! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

Hi! So excited to begin this project and my very first KAL. (Seems like this is a lovely group to be joining🙂) Loving seeing peoples colors!
I’m putting together my colors and using as much stash as possible. Two questions…
Is it necessary to use a single ply yarn for felting better?
Will two strands of worsted work generally?
Thanks in advance for any thoughts about this.

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Just double checking, but each time you add a color you have to cut the yarn you are no longer using; correct?

Yes, the cuts and joins will be in the steek, no need to weave in any ends!

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Regarding the ends - in my experience, felting is soooo forgiving of stray ends.You can easily do some trimming when the felting is is completed.

I just make sure to always pull any ends and secure them on the wrong side. Trim any non-steeked ends to 1-2 inches after securing (yes I sometime do tie a small knot loosely to another strand!) and it will felt just fine without tangling or pulling. When the felting is finished you can safely trim any stray ends left showing.

Individual results may vary … :slight_smile:


Thank you for that information.

Thank you!

Thanks for pointing that out- we’re going to dig into this and hopefully get a better visual for the steek pattern!

Gauge question - I don’t get exact gauge on 13 or 15. Suggestions as to which one I should use

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After yesterday’s discussion and clarification of how the steek should look, I decided to frog what I’d done… the difficult part of frogging is just making the decision to do it!
So now, a few inches into my new KiKi I’m glad I began again. I’m pleased with how the steek looks and am happier with my overall tension/floats.
I’m kind of obsessed with this project at the moment. It’s so much fun!!


Looking great! I ended up doing around 24 rows and had to frog the whole thing. I had a few false starts but once I got it, I got it!


Well, that makes perfect sense now.
I, too, will begin again. :grimacing: