10/10/2019 Update: This project is no longer a Make Along! Click here to read why.

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?

Above: a digital mock-up of the entire blanket.

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.

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.

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.

If you’d like to learn how to knit (and how to double-knit!) so that you can make your blanket as I am, then I have good news! I’ve put together a video tutorial series that is designed to help newbie knitters learn the basics of knitting and double-knitting. Check out the Knitting for Newbies video tutorials today and get knitting!

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. 

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.

Update: A digital mock-up of the layout and designs for this blanket is posted below!

10/10/2019 Update: This project is no longer a Make Along. As such, there is no schedule for the release of these squares. I plan to release all of the charts in the coming days. Thank you for your patience as I work on that!

Below is a complete list of all of the squares for this blanket.

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


B for Borg (Star Trek)

Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Grass Green & Silver


C for Crown (The Crown)

Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Mustard & Royal


D for Dalek (Doctor Who)

Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Black & Gold


E for Excalibur (Merlin)

Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Claret & Silver


F for Peephole Frame (Friends)

Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Lavender & Mustard


G for Gondor (Lord of the Rings)

Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Meadow & White


H for Harry Potter (Harry Potter)

Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Burgundy & Gold


I for Impala (Supernatural)

Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Black & White


J for Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park)

Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Black & Mustard


K for Klingon Empire (Star Trek)

Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Black & Lipstick


*L for Luci (Disenchantment)

Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK, colors TBD
*Note: This is a design change! The original design, L for Lightsabers, is still available, but I will not be making it for my Geek Alphabet blanket.


M for Mockingjay (The Hunger Games)

Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Aster & Sunshine


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

Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Meadow & Mustard


O for Oceanic Airlines (LOST)

Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Lobelia & White


P for Planet Express (Futurama)

Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Bright Green & Tomato

Q for Quidditch (Harry Potter)
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Claret & Gold


R for Ring (Lord of the Rings)

Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Meadow & Mustard


S for Serenity (Firefly)

Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Burgundy & Silver


T for Tardis (Doctor Who)

Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Royal & White


U for USS Enterprise (Star Trek)

Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Midnight & Silver


V for Vader (Star Wars)

Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Black & Grey


W for White Walker Spiral

Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Royal & Silver


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

Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Black & Lipstick


Y for Yoshi (Nintendo, Mario)

Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Grass Green & White


Z for Dr. Zoidberg (Futurama)

Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Bright Green & Tomato


GEEK panel

Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK, colors TBD


Joining Your Squares

Release date: TBD


Finishing

Release date: TBD

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.

Notifications will be posted each week starting in September on Facebook, Instagram, and in our Facebook group.

9 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!

  2. I’ve never done a “crochet along”. How do I sign up or where do I find the weekly pattern releases?

  3. I’m sorry to hear that this was causing you stress. I’m happy you felt safe to share. I’m really enjoying this project and even if it’s not an official MAL I’m proud to keep MingAL with you. Do you have any idea when you’ll release the other patterns? I’m excited to start my “F” square.

  4. Where can the rest of the alphabet be found?

    Was really looking forward to this make-a-long

  5. I am truly sorry this was giving you more stress than joy! I think these patterns are awesome and would really love the rest of the graphs. I tried blowing up the pic of them all but it gets too fuzzy 🙁 Please take care and know that your designs and enormous work are very appreciated!

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