Geek-A-Long FAQ

Welcome to the Geek-A-Long, a mystery blanket knit-along! Want to knit or crochet a geek themed blanket with us this year? You can find all the information you’ll need here. Click on the emboldened header to jump down to that batch of the answered questions or you can go old school and scroll down.

BASIC QUESTIONS

  1. How exactly does this whole Geek-A-Long (GAL) thing work?
  2. When does the Geek-A-Long begin and when will you post the next part of the pattern?
  3. Where can I find the GAL patterns?
  4. How can I donate to Child’s Play Charity?
  5. Will [insert fandom here] be represented on the blanket?
  6. Can I please have all of the color charts now? I’ll pay you.
  7. How do you design the patterns for the squares?
  8. Are the 2014 and 2015 GAL squares interchangeable?

2014 GEEK-A-LONG: Fandoms

  1. What is the difference between the 2014 and 2015 GAL blankets?
  2. Where can I download all of the 2014 GAL patterns in one PDF?
  3. Why wasn’t [insert fandom here] represented on the blanket?
  4. Why aren’t all of the squares fully reversible?
  5. How much yarn do I need?
  6. Why did you choose these colors? I don’t like them.
  7. What happened to Lattes & Llamas’s 2014 GAL blanket?

2015 GEEK-A-LONG: Mad Scientists

  1. What materials do I need to make it?
  2. How big is the blanket?
  3. Why isn’t [insert fandom here] represented on the blanket?
  4. How much yarn do I need?
  5. What yarn/colors are you using?

YARN

  1. Do I have to use the same brand of yarn as you?
  2. How much yarn do I need?
  3. What yarn/colors are you using?

LATECOMERS, CROCHETERS, AND DOUBLE-SIDED KNITTING

  1. I just discovered the Geek-A-Long and want to participate, but can’t possibly catch up in time. What should I do?
  2. A square a week sounds like a really big commitment. What if I want to participate, but don’t have the time to make 48 squares?
  3. I don’t know how to do double-sided knitting and I don’t want to learn. Can I still participate?
  4. I want to learn double-sided knitting and start making squares. Do you have a tutorial?
  5. I would prefer to crochet the blanket. Can I still participate?

MISCELLANEOUS

  1. What is a knit-along or KAL?
  2. Can I sell my blanket or reuse your color charts in one of my designs?
  3. Is there a Geek-A-Long group on Ravelry?
  4. I want prizes!
  5. How can my company become a Geek-A-Long Benefactor?
  6. I’m on Team Geek-A-Long. Where can I get the t-shirt to prove it?
  7. Ummm… I have a question you didn’t answer.

BASIC QUESTIONS

1. How exactly does this whole Geek-A-Long (GAL) thing work?
The Geek-A-Long is a charity project created and designed by Lattes & Llamas for the benefit of Child’s Play Charity. Every Sunday L&L posts a free pattern for a geek-themed double-knit/crochet square. For information on the yarn and needle/hook sizes for this year or prior blankets, scroll down to that section of the FAQ. After 48 squares and weeks, we’ll post how to put it together and edge the blanket. In exchange for the free patterns, we ask that you please consider donating to Child’s Play Charity via this officially sanctioned widget. No donation is too small.

2. When does the Geek-A-Long begin and when will you post the next part of the pattern?
The Geek-A-Long begins the first Sunday of the new year and a new segment of the blanket will be posted each subsequent Sunday morning until the year is over.

3. Where can I find the GAL patterns?
If you click “Geek-A-Long” in the Categories section on the sidebar, it will pull up every post we’ve made on the topic. Or you can click here to view a post map of all the released squares.

4. How can I donate to Child’s Play Charity?
If you would like to make a monetary donation to Child’s Play Charity, please use the officially sanctioned CP Charity widget. The money never passes through Lattes & Llamas hands and goes directly to the charity. This handy widget allows us to know how much money the Geek-A-Long has raised for this awesome charity. If you would like to sell your blanket to raise money for the charity, CP Charity requests that you use eBay/Missionfish to sell your blanket to ensure that 100% of the proceeds go to Child’s Play Charity.

5. Will [insert fandom here] be represented on the blanket?
If you are a member of the Geek-A-Long Ravelry group, each week we post a teaser of the upcoming square for members to guess which geekiness is in store for them. While we do let them know when someone guesses correctly, that is the closest we get to handing out spoilers. The GAL is a MYSTERY blanket knit-along. However, I will say that we are known to drop occasional hints in our blog posts and on social media.

6. Can I please have all of the color charts now? I’ll pay you.
Even if this were not a mystery knit-along, we currently do not own any of the licences and cannot sell the patterns.

7. How do you design the patterns for the squares?
After Megan-Anne and Jac decide on the theme of the square and sketch out ideas, they use Intwined Pattern Studio to design the color charts. They do NOT use special software to convert digital images into patterns. They use a Wacom Tablet and a whole lot of patience.

8. Are the 2014 and 2015 GAL squares interchangeable?
No. Since the 2015 squares are made with a lighter yarn and smaller needles, the stitch and row counts are different. However, if you’d like to include 2014 squares in your 2015 blanket, you can add more stitches and rows to make them the same size.

2014 GEEK-A-LONG: Fandoms

1. What is the difference between the 2014 and 2015 Geek-A-Long?
The first annual Geek-A-Long used a heavier weight yarn and larger needles: Cascade 220 and size 6 needles. The official 2014 blanket was 48 squares instead of 24.

2. Where can I download all of the 2014 GAL patterns in one PDF?
The patterns are not currently available as one PDF download. You can click here to view a post map of all the squares.

3. Why wasn’t [insert fandom here] represented on the blanket?
If your fandom wasn’t memorialized in yarn last year, it might be this year or the next! The first annual Geek-A-Long was more of an overview of all the things that make up our creamy, nerdy filling.

4. Why aren’t all of the squares fully reversible?
We discussed making the GAL blanket fully reversible, but ultimately decided against it. Since this is for charity, we wanted to make the project to be as accessible as possible to new knitters and crocheters. The reversible DK charts are not friendly to anyone except for extreme double knitters. However, it is worth noting that if these patterns had been paid instead of free, we would have provided both charts from the beginning.

5. How much yarn do I need?
This will depend on your tension, yarn choice, and needles. Megan-Anne went through about 75 yards per color per square. We recommend you check your gauge (USING DOUBLE-SIDED KNITTING and not just flat stitches) and see how much yardage you’re using. Here is a handy math equation for you: Total yards used of TWO colors for one finished square multiplied by the number of squares (48 for complete blanket, 24 for afghan, 12 for baby blanket) equals the total amount of yardage you will need. For Megan-Anne, that was roughly 7,200 yards.

6. Why did you choose these colors? I don’t like them.
Before Cascade Yarn generously donated yarn towards the completion of this project, we used up an embarrassing large stock of Cascade 220. So not all of our choices were conventional. You are more than welcome to make different color choices. Because some of our yarn balls were missing ball bands and some of the colors are retired now, we can’t provide you with a comprehensive list of which ones we used.

7. What happened to Lattes & Llamas’s 2014 Geek-A-Long blanket?
It raised $2,000 for Child’s Play Charity at the silent auction during their annual dinner for the charity. You can read more about it here.

2015 GEEK-A-LONG: Mad Scientists

1. What materials do I need to make it?
We are using Cascade 220 Superwash Sport, which was generously donated by Cascade Yarns. Megan-Anne used size 5 knitting needles and Jac used a size US F/5 crochet hook.

2. How big is the blanket?
The official size of the blanket is 24 squares, which equals roughly 48″ x 72″ without the joins or edging if you match our gauge. Since there are 48 squares to pick from, more squares means more options for you to pick and choose your favorite mad scientists, but you can create a 48 square blanket if you’d like.

3. Why did you choose [insert scientist here] instead of [insert scientist here] on the blanket?
If your favorite scientist wasn’t memorialized in yarn this year or the last, it might be on the next!

5. How much yarn do I need?
This will depend on several factors including your tension, yarn choice, needle/hook size, and whether you are using double-sided knitting or tapestry crochet. Megan-Anne used approximately 75 grams / 204 yards of yarn per square while Jac used 85 grams / 231 yards. We recommend you check your gauge (USING DOUBLE-SIDED KNITTING or TUNISIAN CROCHET and not just flat stitches) and see how much yardage you’re using. Here is a handy math equation for you: Total yards used of TWO colors for one finished square multiplied by the number of squares equals the total amount of yardage you will need. For Megan-Anne, that was roughly 5,000 yards. For Jac, that was roughly 5,600 yards.

6. What yarn/colors are you using?
Cascade Yarns generously donated 132 skeins of Cascade 220 Superwash Sport towards the completion of Megan-Anne and Jac’s 2015 GAL blankets. The colors were: 802 Green Apple; 807 Raspberry; 809 Really Red; 820 Lemon; 821 Daffodil; 822 Pumpkin; 845 Denim; 850 Lime Sherbert; 875 Feather Grey; 882 Plum Crazy; 897 Baby Denim; 901 Cotton Candy. As well as 815 Black for the joins.

YARN

1. Do I have to use the same brand of yarn as you?
No. We love Cascade’s wide color selection, good hand, and minimal piling, but you’re welcome to use your preferred brand of yarn. Please check your gauge.

2. How much yarn do I need?
This will depend on your tension, yarn choice, needle/crochet hooks size, and whether you are double-sided knitting or using Tunisian Crochet. We recommend you check your gauge (USING DOUBLE-SIDED KNITTING or TUNISIAN CROCHET and not just flat stitches) and see how much yardage you’re using. Here is a handy math equation for you: Total yards used of TWO colors for one finished square multiplied by the number of squares (24 for a complete 2015 blanket) equals the total amount of yardage you will need.

3. What yarn/colors are you using?
For information on the yarn for this year or prior blankets, please see that section of the FAQ.

LATECOMERS, CROCHETERS, AND DOUBLE-SIDED KNITTING

1. I just discovered the Geek-A-Long and want to participate, but can’t possibly catch up in time. What should I do?
Don’t panic! We have no plans to remove any of the patterns. You can theoretically start this blanket whenever you want. We plan on being around for a long time. :D

2. A square a week sounds like a really big commitment. What if I want to participate, but don’t have the time to make all the squares?
That’s okay! You can participate as little or as much as you want. No one will come to your house and yell at you if you don’t finish within the year.

3. I don’t know how to do double-sided knitting and I don’t want to learn. Can I still participate?
Yes! Feel free to make two separate squares and sew them together. Or, you can make one square and have a “wrong side” to your blanket. Whatevs. We also welcome crocheters and cross stitchers to join us as well!

4. I want to learn double-sided knitting and start making squares. Do you have a tutorial?
We sure do! You can find it here. You can also find more of our how-to videos here.

5. I would prefer to crochet the blanket. Can I still participate?
Absolutely! Participate in whatever way makes you happy.

MISCELLANEOUS

1. What is a knit-along or KAL?
Many define a KAL as an event where people get together to knit for a common purpose. Our purpose is to knit a badass geeky blanket together for charity.

2. Can I sell my blanket or reuse your color charts in one of my designs?
Our patterns are intended for personal use only. We don’t own any of the licenses and neither do you. However, if you wish to sell your GAL blanket or an item using one of our patterns for the benefit Child’s Play Charity, please follow the guidelines set forth by CP Charity and use Missionfish to ensure that 100% of the proceeds go to Child’s Play Charity. If you use our color charts for other projects and share the pattern with other for free, please give Lattes & Llamas appropriate credit, link to our website and the CP Charity widget.

3. Is there a Geek-A-Long group on Ravelry?
Yes, there is! You can find it here. We’d love to have you as a member and to show our appreciation for joining, we have a raffle at the end of the year.

4. I want prizes!
Good, because we like giving things away! At the end of the year, we have a special raffle for the members of our GAL Ravelry Group and more details are available there.

5. How can my company become a Geek-A-Long Benefactor?
Please use the form on the Contact Us page to request a media kit or tell us more about your company and what you would like to contribute to the Geek-A-Long family. If you would like to donate a specific product, please be aware that you must send at least four of that item.

6. I’m on Team Geek-A-Long. Where can I get the t-shirt to prove it?
We have Team Geek-A-Long t-shirts, hoodies, project binders, etc in our Zazzle store. You can find it here.

7. Umm… I have a question you didn’t answer.
Sorry! Please fill out the contact form below, so we can add it to the FAQ.

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