I wasn't going to let a steeking failure get me down-- especially on a test swatch! I suspected that the crochet-reinforced steek wouldn't work with superwash wool, but I wanted to be certain. I had intended to try hand sewing (with needle and thread) a steek, but in a fit of laziness I decided to try the method I was sure would work.
This was done with the zigzag stitch on my sewing machine, set to a pretty skinny width, and also to a really fine gauge. I wanted there to be lots of zigs and zags for each knitted stitch. I also slightly stretched the fabric when I was sewing it so the edges would have a little more give.
As I suspected, the stitches in this steek ain't goin' nowhere. I even tried tugging on an individual stitch to pull it loose, and I couldn't free it. This was definitely a success.
It's a good thing I know what steeking method to use, because soon I will need to use it. I'm just about to the V for the neck.