Sonic the Hedgehog ran his way onto the top 25 leaderboards this year, and even though he didn’t make it into the top 15 games we think he more than deserves his spot on the blanket. Sonic 3 was nominated by BirdNerd-Knitter, who said:
Or any of his games really. I’m pretty sure that this was one of, if not the first video game that I ever played (aside from Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo), and it probably takes the credit for the start to my wonderfully nerdy passions. (Sonic was also one of my first crushes as a nerdy youngster. Sigh…..young love.)
BirdNerd, I get you. I don’t think I bothered to crush on an actually real human person until late middle school/early high school. Before then it was me and Captain Nemo 4ever.
This is technically our second tribute to Sonic the Hedgehog. Last year Dr. Eggman was honored for his contributions to mad science. Jac and I are really bad at the Sonic games. We grew up in an Nintendo house, and didn’t have many chances to log playtime on a Sega. It’s pretty normal to be a multi-console family these days, but way way back in the early 90’s it was really rare. The only person we knew that had a Sega was Aunt Lisa.
Her house was like our own special vacation spot. Disney movies as far as the eye could see. All the sweet snacks an adolescent could want. A Sega that was well stocked with games, and not held back by pesky screen-time limitations. We used to love going over there, and would jump at any opportunity to babysit, house-sit, or just hang out and get our butts kicked by Dr. Robotnick.
Whether you’re knitting, crocheting, or cross stitching this square, you can download the Sonic pattern here. Instructions for both knit and crochet are listed in the pattern. When you’re finished making it, don’t forget to tweet or instagram your squares at me @Doctor_Llama and Jac @jac_attacking or with the hashtag #geekalong!
If you’re having trouble with double-sided knitting, we have a how-to video here and a tutorial on crochet here. Want to hang out with other people making the blanket? You can find moral support in the Geek-A-Long group on Ravelry here.
The franchise was greatly improved for us by the addition of Tails who allowed the second player to actually do something useful.
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