Oh man, was this ever a ridiculous art project. I’ve been wanting to do something with the MST3K Chart by sewgeeky on Ravelry for a very long time. Instead of the baby sweater it was originally created for, I really wanted something for myself. I decided to use Tin Can Knits Flax sweater as my base pattern because it’s so well-written and clean. I scrapped the garter along the sleeves for obvious reasons and just used the stitch counts (for the most part–I added 3 stitches to each underarm so that the body was 200 stitches).
I finished my charts on January 29th and picked up yarn while I was at work. I cast on that night and I finished weaving in my ends on February 9th in the morning. I had the body finished after a week and tried it on, terrified that I hadn’t picked the right size, that it would be too large or too small or awkwardly fitting.
It was perfect.
A few days later, the sleeves were done and here it is. Perfectly fitted, warm, comfortable, and apparently really popular on Twitter.
My project notes are here and I’ve emailed MST3K proper to make sure it’s okay that I share the charts for free. I want other people to make sweaters if they want them or hats or mitts or socks or whatever. I’ve got the sweater body and sleeves charted out plus I made each motif that I used as a separate chart.
Why would I do this? I love MST3K. I grew up watching it with my family and by myself. It was formative to my sense of humor and it’s something I’ve been able to come back to over and over again. Also, I think it’s pretty clear that I enjoy incorporating my nerdy joys into my knitting. And in the end, really, it’s just that this made me very happy.