2014 Geek-A-Long: Fire Nation

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Welcome to week eight 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 Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Water… Earth… Fire… Air. Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony.  Then, everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked!

Avatar is one of those rare cartoon shows that is timeless.  It’s equally wonderful whether you are 13 or 30.  It didn’t start up until I was well out of high school, (High-school-Megan-Anne has always lived on inside of me though.  Basically, I’m a 17 year old fangirl on the inside.) but high-school-Megan would have LOVED high-school-Zuko.  He was so my type it hurts.  The bad-boy shell surrounding a tortured soul. The sexy super powers and princeliness. Basically everything about him was my dream come true, so this week we honor Prince Zuko with the Fire Nation symbol.

Avatar: The Last Airbender and Harry Potter are the only two franchises to rate four squares worth of blanket space, so you can look forward to seeing Water, Earth, and Air before the year is out.

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Fire Nation
© 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 fire nation.

Cast on 45 sts for each side of knitting (with two strands held together CO 45, for a total of 90 sts on needle).

The first row is a wrong side row.  Right side rows are read right to left and wrong side rows are read left to right.

Work 5 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 47 rows in double sided knitting.

Work 3 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 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
Don’t even talk to me about that movie.

*”Love” in this instance means money.