2014 Geek-A-Long: Knit Chemistry

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Mmmhmmm… look at all those sexy science squares.

Welcome to week eleven of the 2014 Geek-A-Long, a mystery blanket knit-along (or crochet-along for you rebels out there)! If you’re new to the GAL craziness, check out the Geek-A-Long FAQ page for more details and information. Then, meet us back here when you’re ready. For the seasoned pros, let’s talk about the Periodic Table.

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This is not the square I intended to do this week.  The original plan was to make a square honoring Veronica Mars.  The movie came out last week and I tried really hard to make a V-Mars square work.  I did a tree with V & L forever, but it looked dumb.  I did Backup, I did a marshmallow, I even tried just knitting Kristen Bell’s face right onto the square.  But none of it looked good.  So I begrudgingly accepted the loss and decided to murder you with science instead.

Before we get into the knitty-gritty of the square, however, I wanted to drop in a reminder that we are having a blog giveaway. Check it out!

I like to consider myself a scientist.  Or at least someone that is going to eventually be a scientist.  As such, I was only interested in groups of elements that make sense together.  I love that K, N, I, and T could certainly be found together in real life.  Potassium Iodide is used to prevent radiation poisoning; as a component in the creation of nuclear weapons, Tritium is used to cause it ;).  Nitrogen is found most places so I don’t feel the need to justify it’s presence.  Science!

I was going for a “biohazard” look when I picked my colors and I really like how they turned out.  My tension was a little off (I was hitting the books pretty hard when I made this one and my concentration was so-so), but that’s fine because the glory of this project is all of that can get fixed when the blanket is put together and washed/blocked.  Over the course of the year you’ll see many contemporary, or even obscure references so I like that a few of them are really “classic”; and this is about as classic science as it gets.  My Chem professor would be so proud.

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Knit Chemistry

© 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 KNIT.

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 row1 of double sided knitting. BO.

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Your stack of squares should be getting super tall now!

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 where we have prizes! ::insert eyebrow wiggle here:: As always, please hop on over to Child’s Play and show them your love*!

~ Megan-Anne
Tritium counts and I won’t hear otherwise.

*”Love” in this instance means donating money to benefit sick children.