2014 Geek-A-Long: Atari

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For week 38, we are going old-school with a little sweet 8-bit action. Jac was into video games way before I was. I didn’t really get into them with any fervor until college. Jac, on the other hand, has been killing pixilated bad guys from the day she was old enough to manage a controller. I remember having to wait for her to finish Diablo before we could leave for Tae Kwon Do class and fighting over the TV when I wanted to watch my stories and she was playing Zelda. When Jac was pretty young, she used to walk down to the Laundromat with another kid from the neighborhood and spend hours just dumping quarters into this table top Pac-Man game they had there.

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week 38 Atari (3)We chose all the squares together and collaborated on every design. I think that isn’t always apparent from the GAL posts since I write them. Most of them anyways. ;)

Since I did the actual sketches and chart creation, the squares have a distinct “Megan-Anne was here” vibe. But I think it’s worth mentioning that I really didn’t design a single one of the video game squares, that was all her. I did the sketch, but was really just drawing what she told me too. So let’s give her a round of applause, shall we? Because this square looks awesome, and I just can’t take credit.

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Atari

© Megan-Anne of Lattes & Llamas, 2014

Needles: Size US6

YarnCascade 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 Atari. Directions for double sided knitting AND tapestry crochet are listed in the PDF. 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). Note that the first row is a right side row.  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 43 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 or Jac @jac_attacking 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
“Now, why the chicken might have done it, I just couldn’t say
But if I’m gonna make it home, this is the only way
Five lanes of traffic, an embankment, then a stream
It’s like it’s some kind of amphibianic fever dream”Frogger! The Musical

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