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Topic: 3-Hour Sweater Knitalong: dare we hope?  (Read 103063 times)
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« on: December 15, 2006 12:42:50 PM »

After oggling so many other great knitalongs, I'm throwing my hat into the ring and starting one of my own. Perhaps it's not the best time of year (what with the myriad gifts we're all finishing), but this sweater promises the impossible! A finished object in three hours! I present: the Three-Hour Sweater! (circa 1930's).



Tooling around the internet I came across one negative experience at Swapatorium, and one finished object at The Fedora Lounge(all the way towards the bottom of the page). The finished object's a little large, but I think this sweater would be adorable in worsted weight, which would also help with the sizing issue, and could be whipped up on WoolEase (*cough*yarnstashfullofit) in a few days. Who's with me?
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« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2006 01:11:18 PM »

I'll be cheering on from the sidelines, mate.

I do like the yoke, though.
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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2006 01:18:12 PM »

I'm up for this (and i love knitting with 10mm too!) but i don't know what yarn to use....
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« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2006 01:19:06 PM »

Thats a pretty darn cute sweater! I might be up to knit this after the holidays. If anyone can find some yarns to recommend that would be helpful! How great would this be in white mohair with a pearl button?! Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2006 02:12:09 PM »

Alright, I did a bit of yarn sleuthing and here's what I came up with:

The original pattern calls for "Germantown Zephyr", described as "A 4-fold yarn (4 twisted strands) of high-quality virgin wool".

vintageknits.com describes it as: UNGER GERMANTOWN ZEPHYR 100% WOOL,  2 OZ 150 YDS.

Wiseneedle's actually got a chart up listing historical needle sizes and yarns compared to today's, and has this to say about Germantown Zephyr:

Historical Needle Size: UK8
Modern Needle Size: 4mm (US 6)
Expected Gauge and Modern Yarn Type: DK weight 22sts=4 inches
Historical Names: Germantown, Zephyr
Possible Modern Substitutes: Jaeger Matchmaker DK, Jo Sharp DK Wool, most standard DK yarns, most 4 ply fingering weights, doubled.

She also says straight-up Germantown's closest substitute is Cascade 220, a relatively inexpensive wool. I enjoyed working with it before but(and this may just be my experience) found it had an odd smell to it. It looks like I'll just have to roll up my sleeves and start swatching.
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« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2006 04:12:46 PM »

Ouhhh...sounds very interesting. Do keep us posted. might just join in at some point, after the craziness has died down some Wink
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« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2006 04:28:02 PM »

I don't know about you guys, but i still could never knit a sweater in 3 hours.... even if was extra chunky yarn on 15US. Maybe im just a slow knitter.  Huh
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« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2006 05:04:00 PM »

I'm very intrigued... I keep putting off my first sweater because I love instant gratification. 3 hours I can do... Doubtful that I'd actually finish it in 3 hours but it's worth a shot. According to the pattern it takes 400 yards of the recommended yarn, might have to do some stash busting...
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« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2006 12:16:40 AM »

I would like to try this, but I'm a bit worried about knitting DK weight yarn on size 10mm needles - wouldn't it be a bit see though? I am thinking about using a DK or worsted weight mohair yarn as it might fluff out a bit and look a bit less holely. I would love to know how the rest of you get along with this project.
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« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2006 05:19:57 AM »

Alright, I did a bit of yarn sleuthing and here's what I came up with:

The original pattern calls for "Germantown Zephyr", described as "A 4-fold yarn (4 twisted strands) of high-quality virgin wool".

vintageknits.com describes it as: UNGER GERMANTOWN ZEPHYR 100% WOOL,  2 OZ 150 YDS.

Wiseneedle's actually got a chart up listing historical needle sizes and yarns compared to today's, and has this to say about Germantown Zephyr:

Historical Needle Size: UK8
Modern Needle Size: 4mm (US 6)
Expected Gauge and Modern Yarn Type: DK weight 22sts=4 inches
Historical Names: Germantown, Zephyr
Possible Modern Substitutes: Jaeger Matchmaker DK, Jo Sharp DK Wool, most standard DK yarns, most 4 ply fingering weights, doubled.

She also says straight-up Germantown's closest substitute is Cascade 220, a relatively inexpensive wool. I enjoyed working with it before but(and this may just be my experience) found it had an odd smell to it. It looks like I'll just have to roll up my sleeves and start swatching.

Wow, that's a big difference....4mm vs 10mm. What does everyone think about this? Should we take the average (6 mm)Huh I'd hate to knit up a sweater and then have to frog it for size issues.
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