2014 Geek-A-Long: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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If there are two pieces of wisdom that have served me above all others throughout my adult life, they have to be:

Don’t panic.

-and-

Don’t forget your towel.

In the spirit of staying calm and dry for week 39 of the Geek-A-Long, we honor The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I love this book. What makes it really special for me though is that it is one of only two books I’ve ever read, loved, and then loved the movie even more. The other, if you’re wondering, is The Maltese Falcon.

Hitchhikers Guide is one of those fandoms that shaped the way a particular genre is “allowed” to behave. Before authors like Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchet there wasn’t really such a thing as “funny science fiction.” Sci-fi was supposed to be hard and cold, filled with adventure and terror, but not a lot of laughs. A fun fact about Hitchhiker’s is that it actually originated as a radio program that grew into a book series.

For this week’s square, I considered a few looks, but ultimately landed on the classic thumb logo. I can’t even tell you how long it took to get this thumb to look just right. It was worth the extra time though. I feel like I did justice to one of my favorite books.

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Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy

© 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 Hitchhiker. 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
 “It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination.”

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