2014 Geek-A-Long: Gryffindor

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Welcome to week seven 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 how the owl with my letter of acceptance into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry must have gotten lost on it’s way to my house.

I grew up with Harry Potter, and one day when I have children I hope to be able to pass my special love of it (along with Weasley Sweaters!) on to them.  Jac has an unhealthy addiction to internet quizzes, and spends a worrisome amount of her time finding out which Disney character is her best friend.  All the same, when she found one that sorts you into a Harry Potter house, we both had to take it.  Frankly, the only surprise in our results was that we didn’t BOTH get Slytherin.

Jac’s Sorting

The In Depth Results:
Gryffindor – 12
Slytherin – 12
Ravenclaw – 8
Hufflepuff – 7

Megan-Anne’s Sorting

The In Depth Results:
Slytherin – 18
Gryffindor – 9
Ravenclaw – 7
Hufflepuff – 3

I was hoping for Gryffandor, it’s where all the cool kids are.  I suppose the hat knows best though.  Take the quiz and post your results in the comments.  Let’s see who we’ll be sitting with when that owl finally shows up!

This week’s square was tough to design.  It’s easy to want to get pretty elaborate with the Hogwart’s crests.  I prefer the side that is a red lion on a golden background, but either side will look beautiful on the front of your blanket.  For those of you wondering, yes, you can expect to see the other 3 houses represented by the end of the year ;).

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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 gryffandor.

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 1 row of double sided knitting (knit the facing sts and purl the back sts across).  The first row is a wrong side row, so knit with the color you want in the foreground and purl the color you want in the background. 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 55 rows in double sided knitting.

Work 1 row 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 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

*”Love” in this instance means donating money.