How to knit a 10 inch/25 cm square

How to knit a 10 inch/25 cm square for the Disley Great Get Together on Sunday June 18th 1.30pm to 4.30pm in Disley Community Centre  click here for details

If anyone needs some help – please just ask Paula or one of the other knitty people

And if anyone has a yarn stash they’d like to donate to this worthwhile cause – it would be  very gratefully received

Any thickness of yarn can be used – similar squares will be matched up for sewing together – see chart for size of needle needed for which type of yarn

Yarn Approx Needle Size in mm
4 ply 3.25
Double knitting 4
Aran 5
Chunky 6

HOW MANY STITCHES SHOULD I CAST ON?

How many stitches you need for a 10 inch square will depend on the thickness of the yarn and the size of the needle, and how tightly you knit.

This is a (very) rough guide to how many stitches …

  • 4 ply yarn with 3.25mm needles needs 63 stitches
  • DK yarn with 4mm needles needs 53 stitches
  • Aran yarn with 5mm needles needs 40 stitches
  • Chunky yarn with 6mm needles needs 36 stitches

 

There are various methods of ensuring you end up with the right size square

METHOD 1 – WORK OUT HOW MANY STITCHES YOU NEED

Cast on 20 stitches, knit a few rows and then measure across the row nearest the needle. Then work out how many stitches you need to cast on to obtain 10 inches

e.g. if your 20 stitches measure 3.25 inches, then you need to cast on approx 62 stitches to get a 10 inch square  (10 divided by 3.25,  and then multiplied by 20)

Then just keep knitting until your work measure 10 inches/25cm long and cast off.

METHOD  2 – KNIT A DIAGONAL SQUARE

Increasing half

Row 1: Cast on 2 stitches.

Row 2: Knit to end of row.

Row 3: Knit 1, increase 1, Knit to end of row.

Repeat Row 3 until the side of the square measures 10 inches/25cm

Next row: Knit to end of row. Do not cast off.

Decreasing half

Row 1: Knit 1, k2tog, knit to end of row.

Repeat Row 1 until 2 stitches remain.

Next row: Bind off/cast off. Leave a 50 cm/20” tail (for sewing the squares together).

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METHOD  3 – KNIT A MITRED SQUARE

Work out how many stitches you need for 20 inches (see method 1)

Cast on enough stitches for 20 inches

Row 1 (wrong side): K across

Row 2 (Right side): Slip one, knit to the centre 3 stitches, knit those together and knit to the end

Row 3: Sl 1, K across

Repeat rows 2 and 3. Slip one. Eventually, you will have just 3 stitches. Knit them together and fasten off (with long tail that can be used for sewing squares together)

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