2017 Geek-A-Long: Dr. Strange


My gut instinct says to fill this post with gifs of Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange with the Cloak of Levitation, because let’s all be honest here, his red cloak was the real MVP of that movie. I mean, it was basically the cooler older brother to Carpet from Disney’s Aladdin.

In all seriousness though, normally I like to get super nerdy and lay down some comic book history, but I know zero things about Doctor Strange. Okay, maybe not ZERO thing, but it’s a short list. Everything I know about the magical superhero comes from the movie. And to be honest, I don’t remember much about it other than the fact that I drooled over Benedict’s cheekbones, wished he would shave, fell in love with the Cloak of Levitation, and giggled through most of the Easter Egg with Thor. Normally, I don’t care for the Thor movies, but I am 100 percent ready to see a Doctor Strange/Loki team-up!

Despite my self proclaimed love for the Cloak of Levitation, you might notice that it isn’t on Doctor Strange’s square. This, ladies and gentlemen, is what happens when we design and knit things in advance. My brother-in-law, who actually knows a bit about Stephen Strange, said that we had to put the Eye of Agamotto on the square. The amulet is in the movie and plays a pivotal role, but — as the MCU is want to do — they gave it a sleeker design. I like the older version of the amulet though.

If you haven’t seen the movie yet or read the comic books, the Eye of Agamotto is the amulet that Dr. Strange wears around his neck. Like most items of power in the Marvel Universe, it has a long history. The gist of it, however, is that it allows the wearer to see through illusions and view past events. It does a few other tricks as well, but if you’re a big fan of the MCU, you’ve probably already guessed that it contains an infinity stone. Shocking, I know.

Whether you’re knitting, crocheting, or cross stitching this square, you can download the Doctor Strange pattern here, featuring the Eye of Agamotto amulet. Instructions and charts for both knit and crochet are listed in the pattern. When you’re finished making it, don’t forget to Instagram your squares at us @lattesandllamasyarn 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.

~ Jac
“What’s this, my mantra?” “It’s the wi-fi password. We’re not savages.”

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