2014 Geek-A-Long: Lego

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Everything isn’t awesome. Everything isn’t cool when you’re a part of Megan-Anne’s team. Everything isn’t awesome when she releases squares out of order.

I hope all of you have seen The Lego Movie or else the above paragraph isn’t very funny, but it’s still true. Last week, Megan-Anne released The Princess Bride square out of order, which sent off a chain reaction resulting in another week with minimal pictures. Sorry. Although, no one is more upset about it than me. I meticulously took pictures before she began the joins, using our preset schedule as a guide. I even took some great photographs of my cat being a jerk to post to Instagram on the appropriate Caturdays. But, no. They all had spoilers in them.

Anyway, Legos are awesome. They’re the perfect toy for children (and adults) to build motor skills, creativity, problem-solving skills, and also the ultimate home security system. All you have to do is sprinkle some of those bad boys on the carpet before leaving the house, and intruders will cry all the way to the ER. From personal experience, I also know that you can carefully craft swords and have the most epic battle known to man with your siblings.

The design for this square came together pretty quick. We knew we wanted to feature the traditional bricks. The biggest question was which colors we would use.

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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 LEGO. 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). 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 55 rows in double-sided knitting.

Work 1 row 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.

~ Jac
On a scale from 1 to ‘Stepping on a Lego at 3 a.m. in the dark on the way to the bathroom’, how much pain are you in?

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