I recently caught double knitting fever, and so I’ve decided that my first double knitting project for the blog just has to be made in the double knit style. Naturally I wanted to start off with something small, something that would hold my attention and inspire me to keep going. So I decided to design a baby blanket featuring the A-to-Z of some of my favorite geeky things! After all, just because my husband and I aren’t quite ready to start a family yet doesn’t mean I can’t start making baby blankets, right?

Once you know the very basics of knitting, double knitting isn’t actually all that difficult! It’s fairly straightforward, especially if you’ve already worked from graphs for other crochet projects.

Trust me: if I can learn double knitting while recovering from a wisdom tooth extraction (pain + pain killers = an interesting knitting session), then you can definitely learn it, too!

I’ve decided to call this project the Geek Alphabet Blanket Make Along, or GABMAL for short.

Over the next several weeks, I’ll be posting more information about this MAL on this page, so feel free to add it to your bookmarks. I’ll be sharing a complete yarn list with estimate yardage requirements, a list of required materials, and some video tutorials on how to get started with double knitting.

If you’re not quite ready to jump into double knitting with me, that’s perfectly okay! The graphs made for this blanket can be adapted for any graphghan-friendly crochet stitch.

UPDATE: This MAL was originally scheduled to last 15 weeks beginning September 1st. To allow for more time to make each of the 26 squares and the rectangular center panel, I have expanded that to 28 weeks. The first square (and the video tutorials) will be released on September 1st. We will then have one square released per week.


Important Make Along Information:

I’m using Stylecraft Special DK yarn for this project. The estimated number of skeins for each color are listed below:

  • 1 skein of Aster
  • 3 skeins of Black
  • 1 skein of Bright Green
  • 1 skein of Burgundy
  • 1 skein of Claret
  • 2 skeins of Gold
  • 2 skeins of Grass Green
  • 1 skein of Grey
  • 1 skein of Lavender
  • 2 skeins of Lipstick
  • 1 skein of Lobelia
  • 1 skein of Meadow
  • 1 skein of Midnight
  • 3 skeins of Mustard
  • 2 skeins of Royal
  • 2 skeins of Silver
  • 1 skein of Sunshine
  • 2 skeins of Tomato
  • 3 skeins of White

Note: I rounded up for these yarn amounts–you may have leftovers of some colors, so feel free to order less if you want as a starting point. The above list adds up to 31 skeins.

I will be double-knitting for this project. I will, however, give tips on how to adapt the graphs for use with crochet stitches.

If you plan on crocheting this blanket, I recommend using simple single crochet as your stitch. This will help make sure your blanket comes out to a similar size as my double-knit version.

Note: In double-knit, the graphs come out looking a little squished from top to bottom. You can block the squares to make them more rectangular, which helps with the design, but I don’t think this “squishiness” is super noticeable. Single crochet is taller than it is wide, so your single crochet squares will be more rectangular than square.

One letter graph will be released each week. Each letter’s graph will be designed for double knitting, and there will be two versions of each letter: one with the actual letter on it and one without (so it can be double sided if you wish).

A full list of the icons for each letter of the alphabet can be found below. If there is a fandom or nerdy item on the list below that you don’t like as much, you are of course welcome to create your own graph to swap it out.

Below is a complete list of all of the squares I will be designing. The designs are still in progress, but I hope to have them all finished soon so that I can put together a digital mock-up of the blanket for you!

A for Avengers (Marvel, Avengers)
September 1st, 2019
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Lipstick & White


B for Borg (Star Trek)

September 8th, 2019
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Grass Green & Silver


C for Crown (The Crown)

September 15th, 2019
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Mustard & Royal


D for Dalek (Doctor Who)

September 22nd, 2019
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Black & Gold


E for Excalibur (Merlin)

September 29th, 2019
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Aster & Claret


F for Peephole Frame (Friends)

October 6th, 2019
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Lavender & Mustard


G for Game of Thrones Houses (Game of Thrones)

October 13th, 2019
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Royal & Silver


H for Harry Potter (Harry Potter)

October 20th, 2019
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Burgundy & Gold


I for Impala (Supernatural)

October 27th, 2019
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Black & White


J for Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park)

November 3rd, 2019
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Black & Mustard


K for Klingon Empire (Star Trek)

November 10th, 2019
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Black & Lipstick


L for Lightsabers (Star Wars)

November 17th, 2019
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Grass Green & Grey


M for Mockingjay (The Hunger Games)

November 24th, 2019
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Aster & Sunshine


N for the Knights who say “Ni!” (Monty Python)

December 1st, 2019
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Meadow & Mustard


O for Oceanic Airlines (LOST)

December 8th, 2019
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Lobelia & White


P for Planet Express (Futurama)

December 15th, 2019
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Bright Green & Tomato

Q for Quidditch (Harry Potter)
December 22nd, 2019
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Claret & Gold


R for Ring (Lord of the Rings)

December 29th, 2019
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Meadow & Mustard


S for Serenity (Firefly)

January 5th, 2019
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Burgundy & Silver


T for Tardis (Doctor Who)

January 12th, 2019
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Royal & White


U for USS Enterprise (Star Trek)

January 19th, 2019
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Midnight & Silver


V for Vader (Star Wars)

January 26th, 2019
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Black & Grey


W for Wonder Woman (DC)

February 2nd, 2019
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Tomato & Sunshine


X for X-Men (Marvel, X-Men)

February 9th, 2019
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Black & Lipstick


Y for Yoshi (Nintendo, Mario)

February 16th, 2019
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Grass Green & White


Z for Dr. Zoidberg (Futurama)

February 23rd, 2019
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Bright Green & Tomato


GEEK panel (design still TBD, see next section)

March 1st, 2019
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK, colors TBD


Joining Your Squares

March 8th, 2019


Finishing

March 15th, 2019

Because 26 letter squares don’t fit into a very nice square or rectangular blanket layout, I am adding a rectangular panel to my Geek Alphabet Blanket. The design is still TBD, but it’ll probably be GEEK or GEEK LIFE, or something along those lines. If you’re making this blanket for a baby or a loved one in your life, it’s a great space to add a person’s name to the blanket!

This panel will be the equivalent of 1 square tall by 4 squares wide.

This blanket will be roughly 48″ wide by 45″ tall. So far, my panels are working up to be slightly rectangular (8″ wide by 9″ tall), but that could change when they are blocked.

The Geek Alphabet Blanket Make Along will begin on Sunday, September 1st, 2019.

Note that this is a bit different from our previous CALs, which have usually begun on Fridays.

There is no need to sign up for this MAL. Notifications will be posted each week starting in September on Facebook, Instagram, and in our Facebook group!

I am so excited for this project. Stay tuned for the materials list and digital mockup of the blanket!

2 replies on “Geek Alphabet Blanket Make Along

  1. This says the MAL (Reynolds?) starts on September 1st but there is a box up top that says it starts on August 1st

    Also, I do not have Facebook or Instagram Should I just check back here on Mondays

    Now I am off to see about double knitting

    Sincerely,
    Jan Moore

    1. Good catch! It starts September 1, not August. I pushed it back a bit to allow more time for tutorials and practice for everyone who wants to try double knitting. Thanks for catching that—I’ve updated the countdown on the site!

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