The cake may have been a lie, but the cube is real. Do you miss your cube and can't wait for Portal 2? If so, then why not make your very own companion. And there's no need to throw this one in the incinerator.
An intermediate knowledge of knitting, you will need to be able to increase, decrease, cast on at the beginning of a row, pick up stitches and to knit intarsia or embroider over stitches to look like intarsia. A basic knowledge of how cubes are constructed is also useful.
Dark Grey –about 300g 12ply acrylic (I had to buy 2 x 200g balls, but I didn't use a lot from the second ball)
Light Grey – about 400g
Pink – small amount (I didn't actually have pink in 12 ply, so I used 2 strands of 8ply for the pink)
Stuffing material, I used a bit over 1kg of polyfill.
Using 12 ply yarn and 5mm needles, the finished cube is about 45cm across. You could use 8ply yarn and smaller needles (3mm maybe) and the result will be smaller and will probably use less yarn, but I haven’t had a chance to see the results yet.
At the time of writing this, I have a smaller cube close to being finished. Using 8 ply yarn and 3.25mm needles, the cube looks like it will be about 25cm across and has used 1 x 100g ball of dark grey.
St st – Stocking stitch
k1 –knit 1
sl 1 – slip 1 stitch
psso – pass slipped stitch over
k2tog – knit 2 together
p2tog – purl 2 together
All instructions to increase and decrease mean increase or decrease 1 stitch in either first stitch (beginning of row) or last stitch (end of row)
All pieces are worked in stocking stitch throughout.
Numbers in brackets at the end of instructions refer to the number of stitches you should have after finishing that row.
Sides (make 6)
*worked in st st throughout
Using 5mm needles and dark grey yarn, cast on 16 stitches.
Work 7 rows st st beginning with a knit row
Next 2 rows: Increase both ends (20)
Next 2 rows: Cast on 2 stitches at beginning of row and increase at end. (26)
Row 12: Increase at end of row (27)
Row 13: Increase at both ends of row (29)
Row 14: Increase at beginning of row (30)
Row 15: Increase at both ends (32)
Next 4 rows: Increase at end (36)
Row 20: Purl
Next 2 rows: Increase at beginning of row (38)
Cast on 5 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows (48)
Work 20 rows
Cast off 5 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows (38)
Row 47: Decrease at both ends (36)
Row 48: Purl
Repeat rows 47 and 48 two more times (32)
Decrease at both ends of next 2 rows (28)
Row 55: Knit
Row 56: Cast of 2 stitches at beginning of row and decrease at end (25)
Next 2 rows: Decrease both ends (21)
Row 59: Cast of 2 stitches at beginning of row and decrease at end (18)
Row 60: Decrease both ends (16)
Work 6 rows
Cast off all stitches.
Using pink yarn, embroider a chain from top to bottom between the middle two stitches.
Mark the centre line across from one side to the other and embroider a chain across this line.