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Geek chic pacman vest

Added Apr 12, 2011

by frankiesoup

Bury St. Edmunds...






Knits Men Want indeed! I’d no sooner cast-off from making my Dad the sweater version of this pattern when my brother annouced he’d like the vest. We were all astonished – as a trendy 21 yr old about town, we never pictured him wanting something that Granddad repeatedly mocked as dated. I think he’s doing the geek-chic thing and because of this, I suggested knitting an 8-bit character into the pattern. To keep it nice and subtle, I used the same yarn in similar shades and we picked the iconic pacman ghost as the motif.

This was actually much easier to knit that the sweater version, though still came up larger that I’d thought it would. I really enjoyed the v-neck and the addition of the picture. The variation broke up what might otherwise have been a limiting knit – just being stocking stitch and all…

Material Notes

Patons Wool Blend DK




Spring, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Geek

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  • Burd_large

    Dec 29, 2011, 05.14 PMby NeederMoo

    Really cool!

  • Missing

    Apr 16, 2011, 06.07 PMby notchad

    is that Blinky?

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    • Green_eyes_large

      Apr 16, 2011, 06.48 PMby frankiesoup

      Blinky? I just know it as the pacman ghost….

    • Missing

      Apr 17, 2011, 05.08 PMby notchad

      Their names are Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde.

    • Green_eyes_large

      Apr 18, 2011, 09.16 AMby frankiesoup

      Awesome! You learn something new every day! :D

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    Apr 15, 2011, 07.22 PMby sew4my3

    I’ve got pac man fever! lol Very hip!

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    Apr 13, 2011, 07.06 PMby joost52

    must…have ;)

  • Moi_large

    Apr 13, 2011, 06.01 PMby sophieva

    Great vest :-D

  • Seamstress_large

    Apr 13, 2011, 12.45 PMby Geeky Seamstress

    <3 < 3 <3 <3 …. <3 <3 :-)

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    Apr 13, 2011, 08.00 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    oh this is fantastic!!!

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    Apr 13, 2011, 07.03 AMby Stiffneck

    Ooh. I want one!

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    Apr 13, 2011, 06.10 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    very very nice!

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    • Green_eyes_large

      Apr 13, 2011, 09.42 AMby frankiesoup

      Glad you like it! Thank you!

  • Missing

    Apr 13, 2011, 03.04 AMby Mel Mel

    so cute..

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  • Carnationbord_large

    Apr 13, 2011, 02.10 AMby MientjiB

    Gorgeous! Pattern please…?

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    • Green_eyes_large

      Apr 13, 2011, 08.33 AMby frankiesoup

      The Pattern is in a book called ‘Knits Men Want’ by Bruce Weinstein. The ghost is something I added in myself by drafting the picture on squared paper and estimating where I wanted it to go. If you like, I can upload a photo of the initial sketch – the knitting gauge was quite large so the ghost turned out to be 9cm wide and 8cm wide.

    • Carnationbord_large

      Apr 13, 2011, 09.26 PMby MientjiB

      Please do!

    • Green_eyes_large

      Apr 14, 2011, 08.28 AMby frankiesoup

      Hhhmmm… I appear to have thrown out the bit of paper I doodled the ghost on. Still – it’s really easy. You just find the picture you want (this is the one I copied – http://phoenixrising-pewsey.co.uk/images/pac%20man%20blue%20ghost.jpg ), copy it onto squared paper, using a scale of one stitch per square. When you begin knitting the picture, start in the bottom right hand corner.

      This was only my second time working a picture into a pattern so I refered to these instructions a lot at the edges http://knitting.about.com/od/knittingskills/ss/intarsia.htm . Most people who have been knitting a while won’t need to look at things like this, because it’s all very easy but I thought I’d post the links just in case. :) Hope that helps.

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