2014 Geek-A-Long: Child’s Play Charity

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Okay, so Child’s Play is not a fandom, but I’m hoping you’ll bear with me on this one. It’s week 47 and as the 2014 Geek-A-Long comes to a close, we wanted to take some time to talk about what brought us all together in the first place. Child’s Play Charity has been close to my heart since its conception, and I’m incredibly humbled by how many of you joined up with us this year in supporting them. Nerds as a species are not usually known for being socially proactive, but Child’s Play proves just how wrong that assumption is. I’ve talked about Child’s Play several times in this space. I considered rehashing all of that today, but this week just isn’t about me. If you want to read about why Child’s Play means so much to me, you can check that out here and here.

This week I want to let the fabulous people behind Child’s Play do the talking:

As a part of their ongoing mission to atone for the crime of being gamers, Jerry “Tycho” Holkins and Mike “Gabe” Krahulik founded Child’s Play in 2003. Since then they have raised over 25 million dollars to improve the lives of children in hospitals and domestic violence shelters.

The truth is that this post could go on indefinitely. I could embed hours of videos and testimonials about the impact Child’s Play has had. And that’s before I even start fangirling about Mike and Jerry, which comes pretty naturally for me. I’ll spare you this once though, since it’s for charity. As always, please consider showing Child’s Play some monetary love via our widget if you can, and knit on!

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Child’s Play Charity

© 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 Child’s Play Charity. 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 53 rows in double-sided knitting.

Work 2 row 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
You guys are the best.

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If you enjoyed this post, please consider making a donation to Child’s Play Charity. Here is a direct link to our donation page benefiting the charity. Please help us raise $1,000 this year! No contribution is too small.