Thursday, 30 December 2010

A finished knit - the three hour (12 hours with lots of breaks in between) sweater.


I have finally finished the three-hour sweater.  It isn't quite the disaster I had expected though it isn't great either.  In the tradition of a bad workman blaming their tools I have to say I REALLY don't like this yarn.  It is a worsted weight (i.e. pretty thick) but it is 85% acrylic and 15% wool which means it is very lightweight.  I am learning to really dislike acrylic, the texture is all wrong, it has no weight or flow to it and I think it looks cheap. 

I can see it being useful for childrens clothes, being easily washable without all that hand washing and reshaping when damp malarkey, it is also cheap and available in a wide range of lurid colours.  I just don't like to knit with it or wear it.

As such I didn't bother with the crochet round the neck, this will just be a basic work jumper.  I think it will look good with my gorgeous pale aqua Heyday! trousers - when I lose the weight to fit back into them *eats another Christmas chocolate*

The pattern was simple to follow and this is easily big enough for me, I knit it on 10mm needles as per the pattern and it easily fits a 38 inch bust.  I'd say it is quite a good beginner pattern but knitting on such big needles don't 'alf make your hands hurt.

My original blog post with links to the free pattern can be found here.


  1. Job well done.It would also look splendid with a blouse under- neath.

  2. 12 hours for a 3-hour sweater isn't all that bad. And it turned out lovely! You deserve at least a few more Christmas chocolates before beginning that diet. Me too. In fact, I'm heading down to the kitchen right now...the box of Chocolate Brandy Beans from Trader Joe's is calling me. :)

  3. Thank you! I did enjoy the pattern and it looks OK on, might remake it with some nicer wool one day.

  4. I’ve just discovered the joys of thick wool and big needles… I started a cardigan on the 26th and have only the sleeves to go! But any needle above a size5 becomes uncomfortable-as you say! Miss, you have become a true vintage knitter- boo to acrylic yarns! Happy Knitting Tuppy x (oh, and it looks grand- must try that pattern myself)

  5. I really don't think it's bad! I'm starting out on mine and I hope it turns out as well.

    I had a question for you about the ribbing, how many stitches per inch did you get on that? I've started the pattern true to its original size and the ribbing seems just way too small.