I present to you, my dear readers, the very first sweater I have ever knitted. It is a 1930s pattern called The 3 Hour Sweater. While this pattern was a quick knit, it wasn't as fast as three hours! (More like 3 weeks.) I was going to take a picture of me with it on, but it is way to hot to be modeling wool sweaters right now!
I had to do some math to modify the written pattern to work with the yarn's gauge and for my measurements. I was oh so very happy to find that all my calculations were correct and it actually fit in the end. Huzzah! (For those interested in the modifications I made in this pattern, I have them noted in Ravelry.)
Since this is a vintage pattern, the front, back, and sleeves are worked separately and then sewn together. (They didn't have circular needles back then, only straight ones.) I normally prefer knitting in pieces because I find it is easier to travel on the bus or plane with. I also can make modifications and test out the fit a little easier when it is a flat piece.
The patterns suggest you crochet the collar after everything is sewn up. This isn't required, but I knew it would look more finished if I took this extra step. Problem is, I don't know how to crochet! My grandmother taught me how to a few years ago, but I promptly forgot it. I took advantage of a recent visit to my grandparent's house and asked my grandmother to show me how to crochet again. Of course, her "showing me" how to do it ended up in her just finishing the collar for me. Ah well, I watched closely enough that I think I could do it on my next project.
I know August seems like a weird time to be knitting a sweater, but I am thinking ahead to the looming season before us. I am actually doing a lot of winter preparations this month and will share these tasks with you over the next few weeks. But for now, what do you think of this lovely vintage sweater for my next knitting project? I'm still trying to decide what yarn to use for it.