Well. I am astonished!
The back of my sweater is completed.
From this book: VINTAGE KNIT
The more I progress with this sweater, the more I am besotted with this book. In my collecting of vintage knit & crochet books, I have ALWAYS wanted to somehow make those garments pictured in black & white but ALWAYS got completely lost with the terminology of the antiquated directions.
That's why this book is becoming more & more dear to me --- Marine Malak & Geraldine Warner have revived those classic designs and made the patterns SO do-able with beginner knitters like me.
And this sentence ...
The main thing to anticipate when approaching an older pattern is often patience.
...can be applied to so many things.
Not just patterns.
Ohhh! Something else I have also learned from this endeavor:
Don't be afraid to take/scribble copious notes when constructing a garment.
Make a copy of the pattern from the book - find an old spiral notebook the kids' used in science class - and start tabulating all those increases, decreases, repeats, etc.
How lovely is this?...the front panel involves a lace pattern. And to see just a peek of it nestled among the ribbing is just perfect.
I am learning so much from all of this.
And honestly -- I'm quite shocked (but ecstatic!) that one book sent in the mail could cause such a dogged response from me...