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February, 2013

Vintage Inspired Baseball Knits: The Georgia Peach

The Georgia Peach

The Georgia Peach

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Ty Cobb, one of baseball’s favorite surly characters and one of the best players in Detroit Tigers history, was nicknamed The Georgia Peach – ironically, of course. Growing up a Tigers fan my brain was filled with Ty Cobb lore early; like how he use to sharpen his cleats so players would learn to get out of his way when he was sliding into second base. I know now there was more of a sinister side to this baseball great, but his faults add depth to his character and interest to his story; strong and uncompromising, hard but loved and respected, born with nothing, and surviving and succeeding with only willpower and talent. Ty Cobb will always be my favorite Tiger and one of my favorite baseball players because of and despite it all.

Bulky Knit LOVE!

Bulky Knit LOVE!

The Georgia Peach is a bulky weight version of the baseball sweater worn by players 100 years ago. Unusual button placement make it unique and keep you very warm while playing an early season baseball game. Customize it to your team’s colors to show your team spirit while waiting for baseball season to start up again all winter long.

Neckline Buttoned Up

Neckline Buttoned Up

NOTES Worked from the bottom up, stitches are held as fronts and backs are completed. Stitches are picked up around armholes and sleeves are worked in the round to the wrist. Stitches are picked up for the collar and short rows are worked for shaping. Stitches are picked up for button bands, and contrasting color inner side panels are seamed to the inside of the sweater.

Unusual Button Placement and Contrasting Color Inside Panels

Unusual Button Placement and Contrasting Color Inside Panels

FINISHED SIZE 29.5 (33.75, 37.5, 41.75, 45.5, 49.75, 53.5)” finished bust circumference for men and women, buttoned. Intended to be worn with 2” positive ease. Cardigan shown in women’s size 37.5”.

YARN Knit Picks Swish Bulky, 100% Superwash Merino Wool; 137 yds/100g: Serrano 25572 (MC), 6 (7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9) skeins, Bare 24389 (CC), 2 (3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4) skeins.

NEEDLES US Size 9 (5.5 mm): 24” or larger circular (cir), and double pointed needles (dpns)
US Size 10 (6 mm): 24” or larger circular (cir), 16” circular, and double pointed needles (dpns). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Stitch markers, stitch holder or scrap yarn, tapestry needle, ¾” leather buttons: 9 (9, 9, 10, 10, 10, 10)

GAUGE 15 sts and 18 rows = 4”x4” in stockinette st on larger needles.

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Today on the Vintage Inspired Baseball Knits blog tour we head over to my sister in law Emily’s blog Adaly Myles Place. She knit up a men’s version of The Georgia Peach and it’s pretty awesome! She is also hosting a pattern giveaway.

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Vintage Inspired Baseball Knits: Knickerbocker Tee

Knickerbocker Tee

Knickerbocker Tee

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The New York Knickerbockers were one of the first ever baseball teams, and were the first team to wear uniforms, which back then were glorified pajamas and nothing like the uniforms we see players wearing today. Somewhere along the way baseball merchandizing took off, and now female sports fans are in a world of bedazzled pink crop tanks and short shorts. The Knickerbocker Tee is a feminine play on the men’s baseball tees – still sporty, but with a pretty boat neck collar and flattering hem detail. Choose your team’s colors, or your favorite colors, and sport this cute tee everywhere.

Raglan Armhole Shaping, Fun Sleeve Stripes!

Fun Sleeve Stripes and Bottom Shaping!

NOTES The front and back short row shaping of the tee is worked, then sides are joined and the body of the top is worked in the round from the bottom up. Stitches are held while front is finished, then picked back up for back. Sleeves are worked in the round, then flat for raglan shaping, and seamed in. Held neckline stitches are worked for the collar.

Lounging In Your Knickerbocker!

Lounging In Your Knickerbocker!

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56)” bust circumference, with 2” positive ease. Tee shown in 36”.

YARN Knit Picks Comfy Sport (75% Pima Cotton, 25% Acrylic; 136yds/50g): Parchment 25764 (MC), 5 (6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 9) balls, Planetarium 24428 (CC), 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5) balls.

Reglan Armhole Shaping

Reglan Armhole Shaping

NEEDLES Size 5 (3.75 mm): 24” or larger circular (cir), 16” circular, and double pointed needles
(dpns). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Stitch markers, stitch holder or scrap yarn, tapestry needle.

GAUGE 24 sts and 24 rows = 4” in St st, blocked.

Bottom Short Row Shaping

Bottom Short Row Shaping

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And the Vintage Inspired Baseball Knits blog tour keeps rolling! Be sure to stop over to designer Teresa Gregorio’s blog Canary Knits for a review of the collection and a pattern giveaway.

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Vintage Inspired Baseball Knits: Harnett Tank

Harnett Tank

Harnett Tank

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The Harnett Tank is named after Ann Harnett, the first woman to join with the All-American Girl’s Professional Baseball League. Ann also helped design those cute uniforms worn by members of the league and made famous by the movie A League of Their Own, one of my favorite movies. The Harnett Tank is a modern take on those cutesy uniforms. I took those men’s pinstripes and turned them sideways and gave the standard tank racerback straps. Customize the colors to match your favorite team, and don’t hesitate to get out there with a bat yourself.

Fun Racer Back!

Fun Racer Back!

NOTES Worked in the round from the bottom up with waist shaping and seed stitch detail. Unworked colors can be left attached to the garment and pulled into place when needed throughout striping.

Stripes and Seed Stitch Details

Stripes and Seed Stitch Details

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 29.25 (33.5, 38, 42.25, 46.5, 51)” bust circumference. Tank shown in 38”.

YARN Knit Picks Stroll Tonal Sock Yarn (75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon; 462 yds/100 g): Gypsy 24903 (MC), 1 (1, 2, 2, 2, 2) hanks, Pearlescent 25385 (CC), 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1) hanks.

NEEDLES Size US 5 (3.75 mm): 24” (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Stitch markers, stitch holder or scrap yarn, tapestry needle.

GAUGE 24 sts and 34 rows = 4” in St st, blocked.

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Emily Rocking the Harnett Tank!

Emily Rocking the Harnett Tank!

The sample I knit ended up being a little bit bigger than I had intended, so the tank looks a little big on the very slender and beautiful model Knit Picks hired. Here the tank is on my equally beautiful but slightly curvier sister in law Emily, who is a true 38″ bust.

Today the Vintage Inspired Baseball Knits blog tour heads to designer and huge baseball fan Hilary Smith Callis at The Yarniad. Be sure to head over there to read her review and for your chance to win a pattern from the collection!

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Vintage Inspired Baseball Knits: Stadium Blanket

Stadium Blanket

Stadium Blanket

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As a baseball fan who lives in the Midwest, I know that there are a few months of the long baseball season where sitting through a 3 hour game is not all sunshine and cold beers. April and May baseball games are cold, and bundling up like you are going on a ski trip is necessary. That is where this fun Stadium Blanket comes in! It’s small enough to pack in your bag, but all that knit blanket warmth will keep even a fair weather fan happy through the 9th inning. Customize this three color blanket to match your team’s colors and knit one for your whole family.

Curl Up In Your Stadium Blanket!

Curl Up In Your Stadium Blanket!

Notes Construction starts at the center of the blanket with double pointed needles. Once there are enough sts you change to a circular needle. Be sure to change colors on even rounds, not inc rounds. This will keep your color changes clean at your increase points. The blanket is easily made larger or smaller by working more or fewer rounds in each color.

A Kitty Photo Bomb!

A Kitty Photo Bomb!

FINISHED SIZE One Size: 40” square

YARN Knit Picks Brava Worsted (100% Premium Acrylic; 218 yds/100g): (MC) Solstice Heather 25702, 2 skeins (CC1) Orange 25705, 2 skeins (CC2) White 25694, 2 skeins

NEEDLES Size 9 (5.5 mm): 24” circular (cir) and set of 5 double pointed needles (DPNs). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Markers (m), tapestry needle.

GAUGE 14 sts and 19 rows = 4” in St st.

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Today’s Vintage Inspired Baseball Knits blog tour is heading to Katie Canavan’s blog Under the Red Umbrella, so be sure to stop by for her review of the collection and a giveaway!

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Vintage Inspired Baseball Knits: Trolley Dodger

Trolley Dodger

Trolley Dodger

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Today’s Los Angeles Dodgers started in Brooklyn, but in the late 1800s Brooklyn was home to many baseball teams with fantastic names like Atlantic, Eckford, and Excelsior. When leagues started to shake out, it was the Trolley Dodgers that prevailed. They would be known as the Dodgers, and as the first team to break the baseball color barrier by putting Jackie Robinson in uniform in 1947. In 1958 they made the move to LA, where their team name makes no sense, but the history of the Trolley Dodgers is a big part of what makes baseball great.

One Arm Striping

One Arm Striping

This cardigan is a tribute to the baseball sweaters that were part of the team uniform at the turn of the 20th century. Drop sleeves, pockets, sleek button bands, and asymmetrical sleeve striping were typically found on sweaters throughout both leagues. Very little has been salvaged about the history of these sweaters, and they obviously aren’t part of the uniforms of modern day baseball players, but pictures of baseball legends like Christy Mathewson and Ty Cobb wearing them let them live on.

High Neck Buttons

High Neck Buttons

Customize Trolley Dodger with your team colors and pay tribute to an unsung part of baseball history.

LOTS of Rib Striping!

LOTS of Rib Striping!

NOTES Cardigan is worked from the bottom up in one piece to the armholes, then fronts and back are worked separately to the shoulder. Stitches for the pockets are held to be worked later. Sleeves are picked up and worked from the body down. Stitches are picked up and a double-thick button band is worked. Pocket bags and ribbing are finishing touches.

Over the Shoulder Seam

Over the Shoulder Seam

FINISHED SIZE 29 (33, 37.5, 41.5, 45.75, 50.25, 52.25, 58.25)” chest circumference, buttoned. Intended to be worn with 2” of positive ease. Shown in women’s size 37.5″. Sizing for both women and men.

YARN Knit Picks Capra DK (85% Merino Wool, 15% Cashmere; 123 yds/50g): Celestial 24967 (MC), 8 (9, 9, 10, 11, 13, 13, 14) skeins, Cream 24974 (CC), 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2) skeins.

NEEDLES Size 7 (4.5 mm): 24” or longer circular, 16” circular, and double pointed needles (DPNs). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Markers (m); stitch holder or scrap yarn, tapestry needle, six 5/8” leather buttons.

GAUGE 20 sts and 26 rows = 4” in St st.

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And be sure to click over to Magical Grammar for the first stop of the Vintage Inspired Baseball Knits Blog Tour!

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