2014 Geek-A-Long: Superman

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Welcome to week four of the 2014 Geek-A-Long, a mystery blanket knit-along! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out the Geek-A-Long FAQ page. Then, meet me back here when you’re ready. For the old pros, let’s talk about Superman.

Comic books probably had a greater influence on my development than any other source.  There are times of my life where “obsession” would probably be putting the fan-girling mildly.  I particularly loved Golden and Silver Age Superboy comics where construction workers exclaimed “Golly!” and he was kicked out of Smallville every few issues.  When Jac and I first began discussing the GAL, I considered making this a Superhero exclusive project.  I could fill 48 squares with super-logos without even breaking a sweat.  But I narrowed it down to 5, and Superman is the first of those.  I think what I really love about him is the purity of his origins.  He didn’t know that Lori was a mermaid because he was too much of a gentleman to look under the blanket.  That’s a man I can get on board with.

Like Sherlock, this is another one that isn’t traditionally reversible, but let’s just say the blue side is his bizarro logo.

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Superman

© Megan-Anne of Lattes & Llamas, 2014

Needles: Size US6

Yarn: Cascade 220 in two sharply contrasting colors. Half a ball of each is plenty for each square.
Gauge: 10 sts over 13 rows = 2″ x 2″ square. Final square is 45 sts by 57 rows.  Please note that in the written pattern I instruct you to knit the rows above and below the active color chart.  These rows are shown on the chart as solid color rows above and below the design.

Download PDF of the color chart superman.

Cast on 45 sts for each side of knitting (with two strands held together CO 45, for a total of 90 sts on needle).

Work 5 rows of double sided knitting (knit the facing sts and purl the back sts across). You may choose to work the opposite color for the first stitch of each row (I do this), which will keep the edges closed. Alternately, you may choose to knit them without doing this and seam the sides when putting the blanket together. There is no “right” way to do this. It is really just what you are more comfortable with.

Follow color chart over next 45 rows in double sided knitting.

Work 7 rows of double sided knitting. BO.

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Don’t forget to post links to your finished squares so we can all ooh and ah together. There is also a Geek-A-Long group on Ravelry if you are a member. And of course, hop on over to Child’s Play and show them your love*!

~ Megan-Anne

Watch me crank it, watch me roll, watch me crank that Soulja Boy.

*”Love” in this instance means money.