2014 Geek-A-Long: Pirates

week 12 pirate square

Ahoy, me hearties! Welcome t’ week 12 of the 2014 Geek-A-Long, a mystery blanket knit-along (or crochet-along for ye scallywags out there)! If yer a landlubber or new t’ the GAL, feast yer eyes on the Geek-A-Long FAQ page for more details and information. Then, meet us back here when yer ready. For the seasoned sailors, let’s talk about those scurvy bilge rats, Pirates!

Eve and the serpent, dingoes and babies, nerds and jocks, George Lucas and Star Wars fans, pirates and ninjas… Some rivalries are just naturally ingrained in us and most people tend to stand pretty far on one side or the other. In some ways, that’s one of the chief pleasures of being a nerd. We have so much stuff to be passionate about, so we never ever have to be bored. Weigh in and tell us where you stand on the great pirate vs. ninja debate:

We’re ninja folks here at L&L, but the ninja square didn’t work out. I made one and it was cute, but I made the mistake of turning my back on it. When I looked at it again the ninja had disappeared (as ninjas are want to do) and the square was just solid black. My only recourse was to make a pirate square. The design for this one was strongly influenced by the Great Tim Burton. I don’t remember where or what I was doing when I designed most of these, but chances are I was watching The Nightmare Before Christmas. This one is fully reversible, and although when making it I had planned on having the black on white side show, once it was done I liked the white on black better.

week 12 pirates dual


© 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 pirate.

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 4 rows 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 50 rows in double sided knitting.

Work 3 rows of double sided knitting. BO.

week 12 pirates and cat

That’s 12 whole squares, the size of one baby blanket!

Don’t forget to post links to your finished squares, so we can all ooh and ah together. If you’re having trouble with double-knitting, Jac and I 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
“One could mention many lovable traits in Smee. For instance, after killing, it was his spectacles he wiped instead of his weapon.”

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