2014 Geek-A-Long: Sherlock

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Welcome to week three of the 2014 Geek-A-Long, a mystery blanket knit-along! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out the Geek-A-Long FAQ page. Then, meet me back here when you’re ready. For the old pros, let’s talk about Sherlock Holmes.

This week we are honoring the long awaited return of BBC’s Sherlock.  I. LOVE. THIS. SHOW.  It would be fair to say that I’m Sher-locked.  And I especially love Benedict Cumberbatch.  I could spend all day just gazing into those Disney Prince eyes.  I’m of the opinion that men shouldn’t even be allowed to look that good.  It’s really just unfair.  But I digress.

This square features the iconic 221B Baker St. address of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson and beneath it is the smiley face painted on the wall in the show.  I struggled with the design work on this one as numbers and letters are clearly not reversible, and this is being done in double-knit.  But for this square, and a few of the future ones, letters and numbers were unavoidable. I’m hoping you’ll forgive my oversight in the matter.

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© 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.  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 Sherlock.

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 6 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 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 45 rows in double sided knitting.

Work 6 rows of double sided knitting. BO.

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Don’t forget to post links to your finished squares so we can all ooh and ah together. There is also a Geek-A-Long group on Ravelry if you are a member. And of course, hop on over to Child’s Play and show them your love*!

~ Megan-Anne

He doesn’t like it when we call ourselves Cumberbitches.

*”Love” in this instance means money.