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Please note: some of the patterns below are older and do not include instructions for leaving tails.
Ronda has requested that we now leave a 50cm/20" tail for sewing squares together. Please butterfly the tail to the square. Instructions for this and an illustration can be found at
My modified version of Wendy's pattern above.
Start with 2 rows knit.
Do rows 1, 2, 3, 4, 2, 3, 4, 1 of her pattern, repeat until almost 8".
End with 2 rows knit.
Note: I used 36 stitches with US 8 / 5.0mm circular needle.
Slip Stitch Square
Multiples of 5 for number of stitches – (I cast on 40 with 4mm needles and 8 ply yarn)
Slip 1= slip one stitch from left needle to right, without knitting
Row 1: K2, slip 1,* K4, slip 1*, continue to last 3 stitches: Slip 1, K2
Row 2: Knit 2, *Purl the slipped stitch, K4*, Purl slipped stitch, K last 2 stitches
Repeat till square is long enough.
The Ladder Lattice is another slip stitch pattern that makes a tactile stripe. Adapted from the New Stitch A Day website, you can see a video tutorial here: http://newstitchaday.com/how-to-knit-the-ladder-lattice-stitch/
For the basic pattern, you will need a multiple of 10 stitches + 8.
For my 8"/20 cm square, I used 4.5 mm needles and Australian 8 ply yarn.
I also added 1 border stitch on each side to make a selvage edge; this edge stitch was always a knit stitch. You can easily increase the border with extra stitches on each side to make the square 8" wide if necessary.
Do not cut yarn when changing colors, but be sure to twist the colors around each other to carry neatly up the edge.
Row 1: (Right Side) With color A, knit
Row 2: Color A, k1, purl across to last stitch, k1.
Row 3: Color A, knit
Row 4: Color A, k1, purl across to last stitch, k1.
Row 5: Color B, k1, k8, *sl 2 with yarn in back, k8*, repeat * to * to last stitch, k1
Row 6: Color B, k1, k8, *sl 2 with yarn in front, k8*, repeat * to * to last stitch, k1.
Row 7: Color B, k1, p8, *sl 2 with yarn in back, p8*, repeat * to * to last stitch, k1
Row 8: Color B, k1, k8, *sl 2 with yarn in front, k8*, repeat * to * to last stitch, k1
Repeat rows 1-8 until square is 8"/20 cm, bind off, leaving a 20"/50cm tail, butterfly the tail to prevent tangling.
Alternating Broken Rib Square
You need to start with an odd number of stitches (i.e. 37, 39, 41 etc). Using 4mm Needles and 8 ply yarn I cast on 41 stitches to get my finished square to be 8 inches.
Row 1: Knit 1, Purl 1
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: Knit 1, Purl 1
Row 4: Knit
Row 5: Knit 1, Purl 1
Row 6: Knit
Row 7: Purl 1, Knit 1
Row 8: Knit
Row 9: Purl 1, Knit 1
Row 10: Knit
Row 11: Purl 1, Knit 1
Row 12: Knit
Continue repeating these rows till the square is long enough.
Harris Tweed Square
Row 1: K2, P2
Row 2: P2, K2
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: K2, P2
Row 6: P2, K2
Row 7: Purl
Row 8: Knit
Repeat above rows until square is long enough.
(found this pattern here: http://knitting.about.com/od/stitchglossary/g/harris_tweed.htm)
PATTERN FOR "VERTICAL AND HORIZONTAL" SQUARE
This pattern can be adjusted for yarn weight, needle size, and personal knitting tension by increasing or decreasing the number of stitches knit at each end and/or in the middle. For example, instead of the K5, you could K6 or K9 or whatever. Likewise, the number of slipped stitches could be changed.
I began with 29 stitches
Row 1 (RS) Color A: KNIT
Row 2 (WS) Color A: KNIT first two stitches, PURL to last two stitches, KNIT last two stitches (This makes a neater side edge)
Row 3 (RS) Color B: K5,* Sl 1 wyib, K1, Sl 1 wyib,K1, Sl 1 wyib, K1,Sl 1 wyib, K5*, repeat from * to * to end.
Row 4 (WS) Color B: K5,* Sl 1 wyif, K1,Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif, K5,*, repeat from * to * to end.
Repeat rows 1 to 4 until square measures 8 inches.
Note: I used US F/3.75mm hook. Instructions are US.
Center color. Ch4. Slip stitch in 3rd ch from hook.
Ch3 (counts as first dc). 2dc, ch2. First corner made.
*3dc, ch2* do ** 3 times.
Sl st into top of ch3 of first dc. Fasten off.
Note: The next 16 rows are 2 rows of each color. But you may or may not have to adjust the number of rows to get to 8"/20cm depending on your hook size and/or your stitch tension.
For each row:
1. Sl st into a ch2 corner. Sc, ch2, sc into same corner (first new corner).
2. *(Skip next st. Sc, ch2). Repeat () until you get to next corner. Sc, ch2, sc into same corner (new corner).* do ** 3 times.
3. (Skip next st. Sc ch2). Repeat () until you get to next corner. Sl st into first sc.
That's it... super simple. Have fun with it!
Here is the pic for Lucy's flower.
This looks gorgeous, Lucy....will have to put it on my to-do list. :))
Houndstooth check square
A classic 'Houndstooth' check pattern square today. I have seen a lot of patterns for Houndstooth, but most of them looked a bit too complicated for me. Found this simple 'slip stitch' version and I think it looks pretty good!
Requires a multiple of 2 + 1 stitches. (I cast on 39 stitches in 8 ply yarn using 4 mm needles and did a total of 76 rows).
I don't count the cast on row, though the cast on row will be your Main colour or MC (in the case of my square the black is the MC). I call the second colour the Contrast colour or CC. Here is the pattern, as done after the cast on row.
CC K2, SL1
MC SL1, K2
Whitecaps (working title)
With Blue, cast on 26 stitches (or whatever number you require for an 8" (20 cm) square.
Knit one row.
Row 1: (Blue) Knit into front and back of each stitch across, doubling the number of stitches. (52 stitches)
Row 2: (Blue) Knit across
Row 3: (White) Knit 2 together across (26 stitches)
Row 4: (White) Knit
Repeat rows 1 to 4 until square measures 8 inches. Cast off, leaving a 20-inch/50 cm tail for sewing. Butterfly tail to the square.