Crackerjacks and Baseball Stripes

It’s my favorite time of the year – the start of baseball season!  It’s that magical time when, no matter how badly your team did last year, it’s a fresh start for everyone – new faces, new plays, new records to break – and for my fellow baseball knitters, a new Crackerjack to start!

Last year I wrote about my Mariners Crackerjack scarf – a very fun pattern that follows a baseball team through the year, adding a different stripe after every game depending on whether they win or lose.  While the pattern is an infinity scarf, I chose to do mine as a regular scarf, since I wear those more.  And I kept with it throughout the ups & downs of the season and finished it on the very last day of the regular season (heartbreaking, since the boys were thisclose to making it to the post season).

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This pattern is so much fun and every project is so unique, as the pattern depends on the colors the knitter chooses and the win/loss record of the team they follow!  I chose to add some extra colors – a bright green for games I attended and red for the 4 M’s All Star players.  I loved every bit of it and knew I had to do it again this year.  This time, instead of Wool of the Andes Superwash, I decided on our new All Star Yarn – Preciosa!

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It’s so nice with the Mariners because they already have my favorite colors as their team colors!  I choose Crest and Blue Sky for the home games and Stormy and Panther for the away games.  Stealing my fellow baseball fanatic Melinda‘s idea, I’m going to be using Canary for our beloved King Felix starts. (You can see Melinda’s scarf in my post here).  I’ll probably end up incorporating some other colors like last year (days off, All Star break…possibly post season?) but those will come as I go along.  I’m so excited – I’m going to celebrate by attending Opening Day in Seattle to cheer the Mariners on in person!

Last year I put together a little chart of Brava colors to use for MLB team fans & I thought I’d update it, this time with Wool of the Andes colors. A lot of these colors carry over to other lines, such as Wool of the Andes Superwash, Brava, and Swish so it makes it easy to substitute if you don’t want to use WotA.

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As with last year, I tried to get as close as possible to the colors listed on each team’s Wikipedia page – some aren’t quite right (sorry Dodger fans, I tried, but we don’t carry a blue called “Dodger Blue”). It’s a great jumping off point if you want to do your own Crackerjack – or simply make a gift for the baseball fan in your family! (Those stadiums in the early spring and fall can get very chilly so woolly handknits are perfect!).

Enjoy!  I can’t wait to see what this year’s crop of Crackerjacks will look like – go team go!

 


7 comments

  1. Margaret Herath / April 5, 2015

    A couple of questions: it looks like you knitted 2 rows/game; is that right? Is it flat, or did you knit it as a tube? To make a regular scarf, how many stitches did you cast on, what was your gauge & approximately how many skeins of each color did you need? Thanks!!

    • Stacey / April 7, 2015

      Hi Margaret – Yes, I followed the Crackerjack pattern, which is 2 rows per game. I cast on 80 stitches I believe and knit it in the round like the pattern; my only change to the actual pattern was to add a purl stitch in the first stitch and the middle stitch to help it lay flat. As for yarn, I probably used a 1-2 skeins of most colors (I was using partial skeins so I don’t know exactly). Hope this helps!

  2. KB / April 7, 2015

    Have you also figured out which colors correspond to the pro football teams? I would definitely do something similar for the football season.

  3. KB / April 10, 2015

    Thanks, Stacey.

  4. Diana / April 11, 2015

    My team has only 3 distinct colors (Detroit Tigers), not sure how to proceed. Wins @hime, Wins Away and Losses? Feels like I’m missing out on some variety in the pattern if I do that? What do you think?

    • Cherish / May 6, 2015

      My team has the same problem (Phillies). I pulled light grey as my away losses color since their away uniforms are predominantly grey. Perhaps that could be your own fourth color for your Tigers?