I've been waiting so long to post about this umm...sweater. The earliest I could have bought the pattern was April 95, but I think it was actually May or June. It's from a Rowan magazine, my first 'real' pattern. Unfortunately the attitude of the ladies in the yarn shop did not amuse me and I chose to go elsewhere for the yarn.
(Too bad for them, I lived only a couple blocks from the store. They could have had a great costumer...until they moved out of the town and I didn't drive, LOL).
The yarn called for was Rowan California Cotton, gauge: 22st and 32 rows to 4 inches. Which I got. Using Bernat Handicrafter---a worsted weight yarn used often for dishclothes. Because, you know, getting gauge is SO important! I had no idea, in those pre-internet days, that I need to match the gauge of the original yarn. If only I had chosen a DK cotton, this might have gotten finished. I gave away all the unused cotton once I knew better. So, it will forever stay a one sided sweater. Sleeveless, because somehow the armholes are only about 5" deep! I have no idea how that happened.
I haven't done much textured work since. I didn't mind it, but I got so confused with the symbols, although they are actually easy enough: a black dot to purl on the right side, or knit on the purl side....but I couldn't keep track of which row I was on on the chart....I knew the difference between a knit st and a purl stitch, but in seed stitch I was clueless...
What did I learn from this project? Years later I learned that it is okay to not finish something. To not enjoy a project is no indication of one's enjoyment of the entire craft. That I still wanted to keep on knitting, even though at times it seemed really hard. That working with cotton meant very sore hands. Of course, if I had been using DK cotton, and appropriate needles.....I might have a finished sweater, LOL.