As big a fan as I am of my San Francisco Giants, I, sadly, have hardly any knitwear love to show for it. There's the kinda ugly chevron scarf I made back before I was too scared to knit anything but scarves (and it was made with bulky weight yarn on size 6 needles. Brilliant.), and then the really ugly hat I made before I knew how to knit in the round, so I did it flat. Anyway, with the team's colors being black and orange, it's kind of hard to even conceive of a nice-looking, team-themed garment that doesn't make one look like a jack-o-lantern, but I thought I'd give it a shot.
Pattern: Made it up as I went
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish DK, 5 skeins of Coal and 3.5 skeins of Orange
Needles: US 6 circs and dpns
Start to Finish: May 3-14, 2010
This sweater was knit all in the round from the bottom up, using Elizabeth Zimmerman's Percentage System (EPS) via Custom Knits for the yoke. The shaping was super easy, with the hem being the appropriate number of inches larger than the bust (which *ahem* is more than when I first started knitting sweaters three years ago) and the decreases spaced evenly up the body.
The whole thing is in reverse stockinette but I cheated, just knitting in regular stockinette then turning it inside out when I was done (that much purling...*shudder*). To keep the stripes clean, I purled the first row each time I switched colors. Oh, and all the edges (sweater bottom, sleeves, and collar) are in garter rib for some non-roll action.
I was sure to make the sleeves extra long for those cooooold nights at the ballpark. A snuggly sweater also softens the blow of rooting for a team that started out the season looking like they were sure contenders for the play-offs, then falling to 4th place before the All Star break...
Contrary to the claims of this late '80's-era button, one often does not feel good when watching the Giants.
I won't deny that it still looks very much like a Halloween sweater, but it serves its purpose and I'm happy to have finally expressed my team love through my craft. Thumbs up!
In completely unrelated news, my parents just got their very first puppy, and please tell me she isn't one of the cutest things ever: