A while back, I picked up a bunch of Red Heart Designer Sport yarn on clearance – two balls each in Crimson, Berry, and Lemon Zest. I didn’t have any plans for them, but I knew I wanted to cheap yarn to experiment with.
Anyway, I decided to knit up a bunch of squares to sew together into a quilt. Here’s what I produced from the first ball of crimson. I got five ~6″ squares (I haven’t actually measured them, so this is a very loose estimate) in my tight-ish knitting.
For each square I cast on 38 stitches (I picked 36 as a good number that’s divisible by a bunch of things, and therefore versatile enough for me to try out a lot of different knit=purl combinations, with an extra to stitches to make sure I have clean edges.
So, for most of these squares, what I did for each row was:
slip one purl-wise, *follow pattern for given row until last stitch*, k1.
And I cast off when it approaches squarishness.
Here’s my first five completed squares!
1) Moss diamond and lozenge pattern (available here)
2) Sailor’s Rib (pattern)
3) Garter stitch Basketweave (pattern)
4) Broken Stocking (pattern)
For this one, because I was concerned that the fabric would curl at the edges, I did something slightly different than for the the others, and added a border of moss stitch. So the pattern for this square is as follows:
Cast on 38
Row 1: Slip 1 purl-wise, *k1, p1*, knit last stitch
Row 2: Slip 1 purl-wise, *p1, k1*, knit last stitch
Row 3: Same as Row 1
Row 4: Slip 1 purl-wise, p1, k1, p1, *repeat row 1 of broken stocking pattern until last 4 stitches* k1, p1, k2
Row 5: Slip 1 purl-wise, k1, p1, k1, *repeat row 2 of broken stocking pattern until last 4 stitches* p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 6: Slip 1 purl-wise, p1, k1, p1, *repeat row 3 of broken stocking pattern until last 4 stitches* k1, p1, k2
Row 7: Slip 1 purl-wise, k1, p1, k1, *repeat row 4 of broken stocking pattern until last 4 stitches* p1, k1, p1, k1
Repeat Rows 4-7 until almost square, and then end with three rows of moss stitch (i.e. as Rows 1-3) before casting off.
Here’s what it looks like:
5) Triangle Tesselation (pattern)