Welcome to week 17 of the 2014 Geek-A-Long, a mystery blanket knit-along (or crochet-along for you rebels out there)! If you’re new to the GAL craziness, check out the Geek-A-Long FAQ page for more details and information. Then, meet us back here when you’re ready. For the seasoned pros, let’s talk about Dr. Who!
I love Dr Who. I mean, I really love him. David Tennant is my doctor, but Matt Smith was the one I wanted to run away with. Many brides sit awake the night before their wedding worrying about last-minute details. I waited up for the Doctor. You know, just in case. Even though the Raggedy Man didn’t attend my wedding, I like to believe that the gingerbread grooms cake kept him there in spirit. Want to guess what my “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” was?
I’m not sure what the blogger etiquette is here, in regards to Whovian politics. Is it okay to talk about how I was utterly disappointed in Matt Smith’s “death”? My raggedy man deserved more. I’m trying very hard to be excited about the new doctor, and I’m not above admitting that it’s hard for me to do. I’m sure Steven Moffat knows what he’s doing, but I’m still mourning Matt’s loss. That final episode didn’t give me more closure. Sound off in the comments and let me know what you thought of the end of Matt Smith’s reign and the beginning of Peter Capaldi’s.
It was tough to land on a design for this one. There’s just so much you can do there! I chose the classic blue TARDIS because I didn’t want to single out any given doctor, and most of my other ideas were Matt Smith or David Tennant centered. If you’ve been following along in the spoiler thread on Ravelry though, you already know to expect a little something extra for this week’s square. Come back and see us tomorrow for that. :)
© Megan-Anne of Lattes & Llamas, 2014
Needles: Size US6
Yarn: Cascade 220 in 2 sharply contrasting colors.
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 TARDIS. 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 2 rows of double-sided knitting (knit the facing sts and purl the back sts across). The first row is a wrong side row, so knit with the color you want in the foreground and purl the color you want in the background. 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 51 rows in double-sided knitting.
Work 4 rows of double-sided knitting. BO.
Don’t forget to post links to your finished squares, so we can all oooh and ah together. We even have a fancy new GAL Participation Button you can put on your blog or your Geek-A-Long posts. You can grab the html out of the side bar or find it here.
If you’re having trouble with double-sided knitting, we have a how-to video here and you can find moral support in the Geek-A-Long group on Ravelry here. We’re even raffling off some sweet prizes for our members at the end of the year! You can learn more about it in the group or on the GAL Benefactors page.
It was a silver bracelet with a TARDIS on it that Mr. Llama gave me before the wedding. Duh.
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