2014 Geek-A-Long: Caffeine Molecule

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The caffeine molecule I had tattooed on my arm after receiving my acceptance letter to Drexel University’s pre-med program.

Welcome to week 1 of the 2014 Geek-A-Long! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, that’s okay. You arrived just in time to join our mystery blanket knit along. If you’re a stickler for details, however, you can find more information on our introduction post or the Geek-A-Long FAQ page.

On to the geeky double-sided knitting merriment!

For the first week, I decided to design something that represents both Lattes & Llamas and my life in general: the caffeine molecule. I replaced the double bonds with a ball like you might see in a three dimensional model. And in a stylistic choice, I didn’t differentiate any of the methyl groups, but I think we can all tell it’s caffeine.

The Caffeine Molecule

© Megan-Anne of Lattes & Llamas, 2014

Needles: Size US6
Yarn: Cascade 220 in two sharply contrasting colors. Half a ball of each is plenty for each square.
Gauge: 10 sts over 13 rows = 2″ x 2″ square. Final square is 45 sts by 57 rows.

Download PDF of Caffeine Molecule chart.

week 01 color chart

Left click to see larger image.

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 9 rows of double sided knitting (knit the facing sts and purl the back sts across). You may choose to work the opposite color for the first 2 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 39 rows in double sided knitting.

Work 9 rows of double sided knitting. BO.

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If you enjoyed this pattern and want to show your love monetarily, please donate it to our inspiration, The Child’s Play Charity. We’d also love to hear from you in the comments section and see your caffeine molecules, so don’t forget to link to your finished square!

~ Megan-Anne

We live for wool and bleed espresso.