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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
Here’s a stitch pattern I recently used for a GSK scarf. I call it tuck stitch, but I’m not totally convinced that’s the correct name for it. The stitch works up quite quickly and is lovely and warm as the tucks trap the air and give it a waffle effect…. Tuck Waffle Stitch…? Does that work? :)
Anyhow, the pattern is a simple four row repeat and you can use any number of odd stitches. Here, I’ve used double-knitting yarn (US light worsted), 4mm needles and for me, 45 stitches works out at around 20cm (8 inches across).
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: (K1, P1) repeat to last stitch, K1
Row 4: (P1, K1B) repeat to last stitch, P1.
Then just repeat these four rows until your square measures 20cm!
*K1B is just knitting the stitch in the row below, so rather than knitting through the stitch as normal, you insert your needle into the space in the stitch below and knit. Hope this makes sense.
DIAGONAL CROCHET PATTERN - Mary Ann Fellows
Stitched by Anneke (The Netherlands)
1. Row 1: Chain 5, turn, 3 double crochet in the 5th chain from the hook (beginning block made).
2. Row 2: Chain 5, turn, 3 double crochet in the 4th chain from the hook (block made), slip stitch around post of beginning chain of previous block, chain 3, 3 double crochet in the same space where slip stitch was made (around post of chain). This row now has 2 blocks.
3. Row 3: Chain 5, turn, 3 double crochet in 4th chain from hook (block made), slip stitch around chain-3 post of first block, chain 3, 3 double crochet in same space * slip stitch around chain-3 post of next block, chain 3, 3 double crochet in same space *.
4. Remaining Rows: Work as in row 3, repeating between stars (*) as many times as needed across row. There will be one additional block at the end of each row. When desired width is reached, see step 5 (Decrease Row).
5. Decrease Row: When desired width is reached, begin decreasing, as follows: Slip stitch in each of first 3 double crochet and in first chain-3 space, chain 3, 3 double crochet in same space, * slip stitch around chain-3 post of next block, chain 3, 3 double crochet in same space * , repeat between stars (*) across row, end with slip stitch around chain-3 post of last block.
6. Repeat Decrease Row until only one block remains.
1. You can make an afghan in diagonal crochet by making one large square of the size desired or, for take-along work, you can make smaller squares (perhaps in varied colors) to join together when finished.
2. Where above directions say 'slip stitch around chain-3 post', an alternate way of giving these directions would be 'slip stitch in chain-3 space'
STRIPED PJ designed for Knit-a-Square by Anneke (The Netherlands)
Squares in plain colours are the backbones for creating a nice blanket.
This stitch pattern creates a gently textured square, and can easily be adapted for any yarn or gauge.
Needles number 8US/6UK/5mm and chunky yarn
cast on 32 stitches
5 rows garter stitch
Row 1. knit
Row 2. k3, purl until the last 3 stitches, k3
Row 3. knit
Row 4. k3, purl until the last 3 stitches, k3
Rows 5-8. Knit
Repeat rows 1 - 8
end with rows 1-4 and 5 rows garter stitch.
Please find here the link to the website of the Diagonal Rib Stitch Pattern: http://www.simple-knitting.com/diagonal-rib-stitch.html
Diagonal Rib Stitch Pattern:
Multiple of 4 stitches over 8 rows
Row 1 and 2 (right side and wrong side respetively): *Knit 2, Purl 2; repeat from * to end of row.
Row 3: Knit 1, *purl 2, knit 2; repeat from * until 3 stitches are left, K2, purl 1
Row 4: Purl 1, * knit 2, purl 2; repeat from * until 3 stitches remain, knit 2, purl1.
Row 5: *Purl 2, knit 2; continue pattern from * to end of row
Row 6: Same as row 5
Row 7: Same as row 4
Row 8: Same as row 3
Knitting rows 1 - 8 will create this pretty pattern.
Great website, on the left side of the page are more lovely patterns to find for the knitters amongst us.
I received a very pretty donated square that looked like this and I have tried to work out the pattern. (Knitting the square was easier than writing the pattern - please let me know if you have a problem with it.)
I posted this pattern yesterday and Gloria found a glitch in the instructions (thanks, Glo) and then I found a typo in row 6 - so this is the corrected pattern. If you printed off the first pattern posted, please discard and print off this corrected pattern.
Pattern - Diagonal Beads
Cast on multiple of 6 stitches plus 2 extra
Row 1 - Knit
Row 2 - K1, *P5 K1, repeat from * to last stitch, P1
Row 3 - *P1 K5, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, P1 K1
Row 4 - P2, *K1 P5, repeat from * to end of row
Row 5 - K4, P 1, *K5 P1, repeat from * to last 3 stitches, K3
Row 6 - P4, K1, *P5, K1, repeat from to last 3 stitches, P3
Row 7 - K2, P1, *K5 P1. Repeat from* to last 5 stitches, K5
Continue pattern, repeating the sequence of Rows 2-7 until square measures 8 inches, ending on whatever row you are on.
Cast off in K.
I received a square like this from one of my knitters and fortunately found a pattern online (or I never would have been able to figure it out - forgot to bookmark the URL, so I can't even give credit to the pattern maker - oops)
DIAMOND BROCADE PATTERN
Cast on a multiple of 8 stitches plus one extra stitch
Row 1 (right side) Knit 4, *P 1, K 7; repeat from * until 5 stitches remain, P 1, K 4
Row 2 and 8: (Wrong side) P3, *K1, P 1, K1, P 5; repeat from * until 6 stitches remain, K 1, P 1, K 1, P 3
Row 3 and 7: K 2, *P 1, K 3; repeat from * until 3 stitches remain, P 1, K 2
Row 4 and 6: P 1, *K 1, P5, K 1, P 1. Repeat from * to end of row
Row 5: *P 1, K 7; repeat from * until 1 stitch remains, P 1
Row 8: P 3, *K 1,P 1,K 1, P 5; repeat from * until 6 stitches remain, K 1, P 1, K 1, P 3
Repeat rows 1-8 until square measures 8 inches.
STAGGERED STRIPES SQUARE
I made this square using worsted weight yarn and 5mm needles.
Cast on 32 stitches
Row 1 - Knit
Row 2 - K4, *P4K6 to last 8 stitches. P4, K4
Row 3 - Knit
Row 4 - Purl
Row 5 - K3, *P6K4 to last 9 stitches, P6, K3
Row 6 - Purl
Row 7 - Knit
Repeat Rows 2-7 until square measures 8 inches.
Note: I used a US size F5/3.75mm hook and chain 45.
A number of members (including me) have found that when knitting diagonal squares there is a tendency for them to appear 'kite-shaped'. It doesn't really matter as when they are joined they stretch and fit but it is a bit disappointing for the knitter. I thought that it was caused by the decreases resulting in a looser row end than the increases so I tried using the 's1, k1, psso' method and found it did result in a squarer square. Here's what I wrote out for Sharon for whom it also works:
Cast on 3
S1, inc by kfb in the next stitch, knit to end of row.
Repeat until the side measures 8"
S1, k1, psso, knit to end of row
S1, k1, psso, knit to end of row
(2 corners have been made, with only 1 slipped stitch to make them more pointed) so then continue -
S2, k1, pass 2nd stitch over, knit to end
Repeat this row until 5 stitches remain
S2, k2tog, psso, k1
S1, k2tog, psso
Cut yarn and pull the stitch so that the tail is through the stitch.
[It isn't imperative to slip the first stich of every row - it works if you don't but that's just how I do it.]