2016 Geek-A-Long: The Legend of Zelda

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Before we get into Majora’s Mask, let me just say that it bothers me to no end that the series is called The Legend of Zelda instead of The Legend of Link. He’s the hero, not Zelda. Although, it would be cool if she was a playable hero for once instead of suffering from Princess Peach syndrome.

My husband once tried to stave off my anger by telling me that the creator of the game, Shigeru Miyamoto, named the series and character after F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife. Zelda Fitzgerald was a known beauty and socialite, and when Shigeru heard her name, he thought it sounded significant. I think they decided to call the series The Legend of Zelda, because her need for rescuing is LEGENDARY, but that’s just me.

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Those of you who have been with us from the beginning will know that the Geek-A-Long already paid tribute to The Legend of Zelda franchise in 2014. The Triforce was actually the second square we ever released, so it holds a special place in our hearts. And we knew we it had to be apart of the 2016 blanket. I mean, could we even really call it a tribute to video games without our old pal Link?

The answer is no. No, we could not.

There is a lot of powerful and known imagery from the games, which is bound to happen when you’re ranked number two as the all-time best video game right underneath Mario. (Although, I have seen a bunch of lists that put The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time as number one.) We had a rough time deciding what to memorialize on the blanket this year. After much debate, we went with Majora’s Mask.

Majora’s Mask is a direct sequel of Ocarina of Time, taking place a few months after the resolution of the first game. While the game uses the same mechanics as its predecessor, Majora’s Mask is significantly more difficult to play and isn’t as accessible as its top rated forbear. It’s darker and surreal, which is why we love it so much. The mini games and side quests can be annoying and sometimes seem a little out of place, but once the mysteries grab you, the game doesn’t let go until the end.

Also, Majora’s Mask just looks really cool and we had to memorialize it in yarn with our sweet double knitting skills. ;)

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Whether you’re knitting, crocheting, or cross stitching this square, you can download the The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask pattern here. Instructions for both knit and crochet are listed in the pattern. When you’re finished making it, don’t forget to tweet or instagram your squares at me @jac_attacking or Megan-Anne @Doctor_Llama with the hashtag #geekalong!

If you’re having trouble with double-sided knitting, we have a how-to video here and a tutorial on crochet here. Want to hang out with other people making the blanket? You can find moral support in the Geek-A-Long group on Ravelry here.

~ Jac
Navi haters, watch this video to the end:

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If you enjoyed this post, please consider making a donation to Child’s Play Charity. Here is a direct link to our donation page benefiting the charity. Please help us raise $1,000 this year! No contribution is too small. Wanna make your donation go even further? Louet Yarn is donating 50 cents for every skein of Louet Gems Worsted purchased this year to make a Geek-A-Long blanket. You can get Gems at your Local Yarn Store or through Louet’s website. Just remember to mention the GAL at check out.