2014 Geek-A-Long: Batman

GAL week 26 Batman

Welcome to week 26 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 Batman.

The Dark Knit Rises by Rachel and Josh Anderson.

The Dark Knit Rises by Rachel and Josh Anderson

Batman is one of the most prolific superhero’s out there.  Let’s be real, we all say “I’m Batman!” about once a week.  His tragic my-parents-are-dead-angst is both relatable and super fun to parody.  See also The LEGO Movie and the delightfully hilarious metal song he sings.  He’s also Jac’s favorite superhero, and I think it would have been fair to say that teenage-Jac was downright obsessed with him.

classic batmanI’m totally in love with this square. It’s actually based upon the original Golden Age skyline of Gotham. But like so many others, it’s not the original concept for the design.  So this week you get double the pattern!  In addition to the badass bat-signal square, I’m excited to drop an alternate as well, based on the classic Batman TV show.  Click here to download the alternate pattern, classic batman, and get the official square below.

GAL week 26 batman dual

Batman

© Megan-Anne of Lattes & Llamas, 2014

Needles: Size US6

YarnCascade 220 in 2 sharply contrasting colors.

GAL week 26 full sized batmanGauge: 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 Batman. 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).  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 53 rows in double-sided knitting.

Work 2 rows of double-sided knitting. BO.

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Don’t forget to tweet or instagram them at me, @Doctor_Llama, with the hashtag geekalong, 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.

~ Megan-Anne
I’m Batman!

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