2014 Geek-A-Long: Pong

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The issue was never whether we would put video games on the blanket, but which ones to include that has been controversial from the get-go. We get an email almost every single day asking if [fill in your favorite fandom here] will be on the blanket, or wanting to know why something hasn’t been included, or wanting to know why [fill in your least favorite fandom here] is on the blanket. We’re coming up on the end of the first annual Geek-A-Long (and yes, there WILL definitely be a 2015 blanket) and some of you will not get to see your favorite thing memorialized in yarn. Some of my favorite things aren’t even on it. The first list of ideas Jac and I put together had over 100 items on it. We had to slash more than half of them, and there were only a handful that we never considered cutting. Pong is one of those squares.

As we round up on the end of the GAL, I wanted to take some time to honor the building blocks of what makes up the creamy filling in our nerdy cakes. For week 41, we salute Pong, the game that started it all.

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The early success of Pong opened the door for developers to create progressively more advanced games. I’m not even sure what my household would look like without video games. I wanted to write “Pong” at the top of the square in the old arcade lettering, but ultimately decided a true-to-life “screen shot” was the best way to honor it.

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© Megan-Anne of Lattes & Llamas, 2014

Needles: Size US6

YarnCascade 220 in 2 sharply contrasting colors.

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 Pong. Directions for double sided knitting AND tapestry crochet are listed in the PDF. 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 3 rows of double-sided knitting (knit the facing sts and purl the back sts across). Note that the first row is a wrong 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 41 rows in double-sided knitting.

Work 3 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.

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
You’re welcome.

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