L’il Cap

My little Captain Picard Sweater is almost finished!

OK, it is “finished,” technically, but I’m unhappy with some of the final details.

See if you can figure out what I don’t like about it:Did you zero in on the pips on the collar, too?  Because that’s literally all I can look at.

(Sure, it’s a cute shape, and the color-blocking turned out great.  It’s been finished nice and neatly, blocked nicely, and the tiny black buttons up the front are perfect.  It’s a cute baby sweater, without being too obviously “Star Trek.”  But those dang gold buttons on the neck!  They’re so bad!)

It’s one of those things that I’m sure anyone else wouldn’t even really notice, but they stick out like a sore thumb to me.

In Star Trek (at least in TNG), rank is marked with little gold “pips” on the front of the collar.  More pips means a higher rank, and a Captain’s rank is shown with 4 gold pips.

I thought I had bought buttons small enough to fit on my sweater’s collar.  I was incorrect.

I managed to fit on three (Lieutenant) before reaching the shoulder.  So, I thought, maybe if I replaced the topmost black button with a gold one, it would make up for the missing collar pip. But that just made them all look uneven and weird.Sigh.  I guess I just have to go back to JoAnn’s and see if they have even tinier little gold buttons.

And I was so excited about these guys!  They seemed so perfect when they were still on the card!  Oh well…

Have you ever gotten stuck on a final detail before you were able to finish off a big project?

5 thoughts on “L’il Cap

  1. Yhennyver

    You want to be very careful going small…even tiny babies like to put things in their mouths and you don’t want anything that would be a choking hazard even if you’re sure you’ve attached them securely.

    Hope that helps

  2. Yhennyver

    a second thought…what if you picked up 2 or 3 stitches with gold crochet thread in the appropriate spots and knit up wee little pips (could crochet them as well I imagine). They would be soft and not a choking hazard and they would be exactly the way you want them.
    I know I may come off as overly cautious but my own son nearly choked on a button that was on a piece of his clothing when he was a baby. Needless to say, from then on snaps were the only fasteners I would have on his clothes.
    I hope this helps cause that is the most adorable sweater ever!!

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