Disley’s Community Together event 2018

Would you like to be involved in Disley’s Community Together event in 2018?

[Possibly another Great Get Together event    click here to go the Great Get Together website]

If so, please come along to a meeting at the Quaker Meeting House (top of Ring’o’Bells Lane) at 11am on Sat Jan 6th

Any questions or comments – please send an email to 



Blankets and quilt squares

Two of the activities at Disley’s Great Get Together were

A total of 19 blankets were made


And 27 Quilt squares were created


June Happenings in Disley WI

The Craft Group had a great social evening in the Rams Head at the start of the month, and a couple of weeks later had a workshop on crochet skills

As usual, WI members created a wonderful well dressing board for the Disley Well Dressing


Many members helped to organise and took part in Disley Great Get Together – by knitting squares, waitressing, making peace quilt squares, singing in the community choir and coming along and eating cake. The event was a great success!

The Monday Book Club read ‘the flight between oceans’ by ML Stedman


June meeting

Our speaker this month was Jane Murison who is Head of User Experience & Design at the BBC.


Also, Elicia gave a five minute talk on the charity she volunteers for – Affecting Real click here for the website

Elicia goes out to the Gambia where she works with venerable children and children with special needs. She has now been 9 times and the latest project involves setting up of a computer lab


Several members went to see comedian Stewart Lee at the Buxton Opera House – great night!

The Supper club went to The Sycamore in Birch Vale]



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 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


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.


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).



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)