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?? I am new here. Is it more important that the squares are 8"/20cm or that I use 32 stitches?

Posted on January 21, 2013 at 3:16am 0 Comments

I have started to knit with this 100 % Lion's Brand FISHERMAN'S WOOL now and by using 5.5mm knitting needles as the label recommends for 16 sts per 10cm 

My square came out too large (8.5 x 8.5 inches). Therefore I went ahead and cast on only 30 stitches with the 5.5 mm knitting needles and that resulted in 8 by 8 ' squares.

I hope this is ok. My goal is to finish 36 squares by the end of January. I am on my square now. But I could always just use it for another local…


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At 12:36pm on November 10, 2015, Diana D said…

Hi Monika,

I copy for you Christine Johnson' pattern to knit a diagonal/striped square . It works. I just knitted my first not too long ago - a month - following her instructions:

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 stitch of every row - it works if you don't but that's just how I do it.]

This is a perfect diagonal/striped square!!!! 


At 2:31pm on November 9, 2015, Diana D said…

Hello Monika,

Thanks for your kind words about my squares. Which pattern are you asking for? All came from Member's Patterns - Squares . They are many in there. Let me know which one you are looking for.



At 12:30am on June 22, 2013, Bev Jeffery said…

Hi Monika

Happy Birthday. I hope you have a lovely day.  :))

At 6:06am on May 29, 2013, gillian albrecht said…

hi Monika ..thanks for your friendship offer...nice to know you :-))

At 10:44pm on May 27, 2013, Heide said…

Hallo Monika,

ich habe deine Freundschaftsanfrage entdeckt und gleich akzeptiert - wenn sie kein Versehen war? Du bist derzeit auf Heimaturlaub in Hessen? Wo wohnst du denn normalerweise?

Auf alle Fälle willkommen als seltene Deutschspachige in der englischsprachigen Community und "Gut Strick"!!

At 4:09am on April 28, 2013, Valerie Zalewski said…

Hi Monika. The Wendy square is not in the KAS Pattern Book. If you click on the Forum page on the Home page you'll find the Discussion Forum with all kinds of subjects. If you scroll down about half way down the page you'll see Members Patterns. This is for our patterns that are not in the official pattern book. Click on the title and you'll find a page with 4 different categories of pattern. Click on mMembers squares and go to page 4. Near the bottom of the page is Wendy's pattern with a photo in a deep reddish-pink colour.

If you get lost, just remember the pattern is very basic. You need to cast on a multiple of 4 stitches + 2, depending on the type of wool and size needles, this is about 30 or 34.

Row 1 = K2, P2. Row 2 = P2, K2. Row 3 = knit. row 4 = purl. Just repeat these 4 rows until work measures 8 inches.

It's a very easy pattern, but very effective.

At 3:18am on April 9, 2013, Gitta Seyfert said…

Hi Monika, I am so sorry about my late response, but some how your comment on my page slipped through the cracks and I only saw it now. There are different ways to join the squares together. I think the majority are sewn together with a simple blanket stitch. I personally use the following methods: slip stitch or single crochet for knitted squares and a crochet border which connects all the granny squares. I hope this makes sense :)

At 8:59am on March 29, 2013, Anneke said…

Hi Monika, for the Diaogonal Squares I also have used this pattern, here is the link: . Enjoy :)

At 8:35am on March 29, 2013, Anneke said…
At 8:32am on March 29, 2013, Anneke said…

Hi Monika, the "hats for Kareemah"was a very special project, we reached the target of 600 red and white hats, many members took part in this challenge. Here is the link to the (closed) discussion. .



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