2014 Geek-A-Long: Atom

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There was some contention in the L&L office over whether this week’s square theme was science or The Big Bang Theory. I maintain that they are inextricable from one another, so for week 40 we will honor both. :D

The Big Bang Theory has done a lot for “normalizing my people.” I love science, my friends love science, and we get together every Wednesday to play D&D and talk about Medicine. We all gather at Mike’s house, log onto Roll20.net, order some food, and in about 30 minutes you’ve got this:

This is the last square of the year to feature a science theme, and I feel like the basic unit of all matter is appropriate. Writing this post is bittersweet for me. On the one hand, I’m really bummed out to be done with science squares and on the other, I am thrilled with the response they’ve gotten. I can’t even tell you how much I love you guys for loving science with me. One of the emails I get most often from y’all is, “Will there be more science squares?” This is the last one for the year, and I hope that it takes the sting off a bit that we’re handing out an alternate as well.

I wanted to include one more molecule square on the GAL list this year. So as an alternate square, Serotonin will join Caffeine and Dopamine on the blanket. Click here to download the Serotonin color chart, and get your official square below.

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© Megan-Anne of Lattes & Llamas, 2014

Needles: Size US6

YarnCascade 220 in 2 sharply contrasting colors.
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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 Atom. 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 2 rows of double-sided knitting (knit the facing sts and purl the back sts across). Note that the first row is a right side row.  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 2 rows of double-sided knitting. BO.

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Don’t forget to tweet or instagram them at me @Doctor_Llama or Jac @jac_attacking with the hashtag geekalong, so we can all oooh and ah together. We even have a fancy new GAL Participation Button you can put on your blog or your Geek-A-Long posts. You can grab the html out of the side bar or find it here.

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If you’re having trouble with double-sided knitting, we have a how-to video here and you can find moral support in the Geek-A-Long group on Ravelry here. We’re even raffling off some sweet prizes for our members at the end of the year! You can learn more about it in the group or on the GAL Benefactors page.

~ Megan-Anne
Our whole universe was in a dark dense place…

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