Monday, 29 November 2010
A failure in the making - the infamous "3-hour sweater"
Finally, a knitting post.
I am trying to do some stashbusting and as a result was searching Ravelry for something to use my three balls of pink worsted on. Not enough for a cardigan, I already have scarves...and so what was the only vintagey item that I had enough for and that wasn't knitted on the dreaded circular needles...the "3 Hour Sweater".
I tried to knit this originally way back at the start of this year, in fact just when I first started knitting, because it seemed easy - just stockinette, ribbing and basic increases and decreases. Also, if over 200 people have made it, surely I could, right?
Wrong. I made a basic schoolgirl error and supplemented a chunky for the worsted stated in the pattern, didn't do a tension square, and ended up with something which I thought was much larger than required (though looking back it probably wasn't that bad). I frogged it and had a cry and put it down to a learning experience.
So now I'm facing the beast again, and it is a beast. The pattern calls for very large needles (10mm for the main body) and these are very tiring to knit with; the tiredness somewhat slowing down what should be a quick knit.
As it's going I am not halfway through and 5 hours in, so lets call this a 12 hour sweater, 10 hours of knitting and 2 hours of sewing up (I loathe sewing up).
So far it isn't looking too bad, a very loose knit but this is a 30's pattern and I've seen some original items with this kind of gauge. I am worried about the sewing up though (did I mention how much I hate it?) as it is so loose and I'm concerned about gape.
So anyway - watch this space and I'll let you know how it turns out. I really don't have high hopes for this one.
I also don't believe ANYONE, EVER could have done this in 3 hours. Well, apart from this lady: