Sunday, February 19, 2012

FO: He's Not an Extra

Yesterday I finished knitting the sweater I was working on for my boyfriend, making it the second sweater of the year. I was hoping to have this done by Valentine's day, but it took me a bit longer than expected.

Engage.
 pattern: He's Not an Extra by Julia Vesper, from the book Knitting It Old School
yarn: Cascade 220, in Ruby and Black
needles: 7s for the body and 5s for the ribbing

This sweater is loosly based off of Star Trek: The Next Generation's uniforms. As part of it, I ordered a com badge and rank pips to go with it, as well as a TNG phaser.

While I loved the idea of this sweater, its actual execution was a bit "meh" for me. My boyfriend requested extra long sleeves and extra length on the body. That wouldn't have been so bad by itself, but the sweater pattern doesn't have much in the way of decreasing after splitting up the front and back by the armholes so the shoulder seams ended up really slouchy. The sweater just seems too big because of it.

Pew. Pew. Pew.

I made a lot of modifications to this sweater. Some were based on my own preferences but some were due to error in the pattern. I used 1x1 twisted rib for the cuffs and body ribbing instead of the 3x3 that was specified, I continued the fake purl seam stitch all the way up the body instead of stopping after three inches, and I knit the i-cord edging around the neck in one piece instead of two so I didn't have that many ends to weave in afterwards.

We had a lot of fun pretending to engage in phaser fights.
The pattern had the short row shaping for the back reversed so there was more fabric on the shoulder edge than the neck edge. Seems that part was designed as a Romulan uniform, not human. I had to fixed that and then wing the collar because the stitch number that they suggested be picked up was much too small. It was pretty frustrating having to fix these errors in the middle of knitting all that stockinette. Oh well, Brian is very happy with it and that's all that matters.

I updated my knit meter counter and I've already passed two miles this year. That's about 1/3 of what I knit all of last year; I'm on a roll!

19 comments:

  1. oh, oh....Wyatt wants one too....Callie wants a tanagra....you would think they are shopping on your blog!!!! Job well done!!!

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  2. I haven't been to your blog since January and I was in for a surprise. You have been busy!! The Star Trek sweater is very nice. Good fit. I love the two scarves you did. They both look versatile and I like the colors you pick. Your eye for detail is seen in your work. All Paul and Mark could say was "WOW".

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  3. That is pretty much the most awesome sweater I have ever seen. You are a very nice girlfriend. I can tell he loves it : )

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  4. this is just awesome! He seems to really love it and I think it looks wonderful! GREAT JOB!!! =D

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  5. Wow, it looks fantastic! I am going to deliberately not show this to my husband... he might want one and I'm not quite up for all that stockinette at the moment, heh.

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  6. It looks amazing! All your hard work really paid off on this one.

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  7. Despite the frustration on all the errors that you had to fix, it turned out awesome! Well done!

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  8. You couldn't get him to do the hand sign thing?!

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  9. I love it!! All that extra work sure was worth it! It turned out great! But you know the red shirts always die right??? lol

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  10. I can not begin to express how freaking awesome that is!!!! And he looks mighty happy in it too.

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  11. I don't think I need to tell you that you've got a great model to show off your fabulous FO. I think he likes his new sweater.

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  12. Well done you! The sweater looks fantastic. May also help that the boyfriend seems to be having way too much fun modeling. :)

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  13. I think your boyfriend really enjoyed the photoshoot! Nice!

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  14. Looks awesome! Can't even tell that it comes with added slouchiness.

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  15. I. LOVE. THIS. SWEATER! It looks like your b/f does too! He looks like he's having a blast in this photo shoot! He's got a bit of a shaved head Reiker going on. :-D

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  16. This post is SO MUCH FUN! First, I have to say your extra-long sweater makes Brian looks so broad-shouldered. Yea! I love the cutline of picture #2 which made me laugh hysterically. In addition, I too, want to see the hand-sign thingy like Mr. Spock cause I can't get my hand to do that. You already have more blog posts than me this year! I'm only at two. I loved this post. Proud of you, Mom.

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  17. ZOMG, with the pips and com badge? PERFECT.

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  18. This is amazing! I love it :D

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