2014 Geek-A-Long: Starbuck

And no, I don’t mean the coffee house establishment.

Although, that wouldn’t be too far off for us so touche.

BSG Starbuck Anders tattoo

Welcome to week six 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 Battlestar Galactica’s Starbuck and Anders.  (Also, for those of you making every square this puts you at 1/8 done!)

Battlestar Galactica

I’m a nerd all the time.  But when when it comes to BSG my nerdy underbelly really shows.  I can’t talk about it calmly.  It would be fair to say my feelings regarding it are strong.

When Jac and I first dreamed up this project months ago, we sat down with a calendar and plotted the themes of all 48 squares before I began actually designing them.  We wanted to be able to honor certain dates and it was easier for me to turn out all those charts if I always knew what was coming.  We started with holidays and jumped around the year until all 48 of our ideas were assigned.  When we came to Valentine’s Day, there was absolutely no question for me on what this square would be.

I know that this is a controversial statement but I feel completely stalwart in saying that Starbuck and Anders is the greatest love story ever told.

Of course, this comes from the same girl that once chose Dr. Zhivago for romantic movie night, so I do tend to have a left of center preference for my onscreen romances.  All the same, nothing is more epic than love, and no one is more epic than Kara Thrace.

BSG Starbuck and GAL pile

This weeks square is a representation of their wedding band tattoos.  I had a really good time making this square.  The patterning was more challenging than most of the others, and I had to try a few different things to get it to look “right”.  I think it’s one of those where both sides are equally beautiful but I think I’m going to use blue on gray for my front side.

BSG Starbuck and Anders tattoo 1

Starbuck and Anders

© 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 starbuck.

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 7 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 43 rows in double sided knitting.

Work 7 rows of double sided knitting. BO.

BSG Starbuck and Anders tatto and GAL blanket

Don’t forget to post links to your finished squares, so we can all ooh and ah together and if you’re having trouble with double-knitting, Jac and I recently shot a how-to video on the subject. You can find it here. 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
So knit we all. 

*”Love” in this instance means money.