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The 3-Hour Sweater (1930s Knitting Pattern)

I’m learning how to knit. It’s been interesting. Learning to cast on? Took 2 days. Learning the knit stitch? A week. Purl stitch? Nearly gave me an apoplexy.

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But, after a few weeks of practice, I think I’m getting the hang of it. Maybe.

For a first project, I’m attempting the 3 hour sweater. It’s a pattern from the 30s, and is (supposedly) pretty easy. From what I’ve read about said pattern, you will only be able to knit it in 3 hours if you have meth-fueled knitting needles of fury. I’m assuming they called it the ‘3 Hour Sweater’ to sell more patterns, not because it can actually be done that quickly.

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And the other issue – it’s a size 16. A 1930s size 16, which in today’s sizes is somewhere in the neighborhood of an 8. I waved bye-bye to size 8 clothing long ago, so I am knitting this with larger needles to size it up a bit.
My progress so far:

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That’s just the ribbing, and a few rows of the body of the sweater. After taking that picture I watched “Beetlejuice” and added about 4 more inches to the body.

Hopefully I’ll get this finished while it’s still cold outside, but I wouldn’t put money on that.

See you in a few days!

 

2 thoughts on “The 3-Hour Sweater (1930s Knitting Pattern)

    1. Hi Georgia! If you click on the 'Get Your Craft On' button above and scroll down to the Sewing and Knitting section, you'll see a link called Knitting: The 1930s "3-Hour Sweater," Finished. There is the finished project, and a link to my pattern notes on Ravelry.

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