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Vintage Quickie (goes Vegan)

As you know, I love vintage knitting patterns. This one’s called the “Three-Hour Sweater” and while the name is a total exaggeration, it is fun and cute and easy.


I first knit this pattern back in 2008, and the result was so unflattering I can’t even bring myself to post a picture here (but here’s the Ravelry link). I stuck to the original pattern when I ought to have rejigged the whole thing, as I did this time around: finer gauge, back shaping, knit the yoke in the round. Much, much better. (Ravelry link for Vintage Quickie #2, with copious notes.)


These photos were taken by my friend and fellow Squammie Jen Barlev one March afternoon while we were visiting Amiee in Pennsylvania. Quality time with my Squam buds is always so nourishing for me. (Literally, too–Jen surprised me with a bar of cherry lemonade vegan chocolate!)

Hooray for back shaping!

The yarn is Valley Yarns Southwick, a bamboo-cotton blend. Pleasant to knit, easy to care for, and it’s holding up really well. I’m determined not to see knitting without wool as a dilemma (“how will I knit warm-enough sweaters for the winter?!”, etc.) I am resolved, because as Victoria Moran says: the wool industry IS the mutton industry.

I’ve gotten to the point where I want to replace my favorite wool handknits (like the Victory Jumper) as soon as possible because I feel a certain degree of uneasiness whenever I put them on. In keeping with my new direction, I’ll be blogging about vegan knitting more regularly starting over the summer sometime (whenever my new website launches).


In the meantime, I’m slowly destashing my wool yarns and replacing them with pretty pima cotton.


This photo is my favorite because I look like I’m knocking on an invisible door at the edge of the reservoir.

three hour sweater

This is my other favorite photo because of the printable Amiee colored for me (you can find it here). I put it over my bed and it makes me so happy every time I look at it!

1 Comment to Vintage Quickie (goes Vegan)

  1. crazyliberalkate's Gravatar crazyliberalkate
    June 3, 2013 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    I love the yoga shot! The shirt looks so good on you!

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