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sorry to ask such a basic question

here I am ladies starting out knitting and it is like morse code! 

Well I’ll I tried following the instructions for a square and with 4.5mm needles and 42 stitches it was much longer than 20cm

i have reduced the stitches down to 31/30 to make 20cm

is this ok, would the squares 

be usable? 

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Hi Tooth.

For most of my squares, I tend to need 42-43 stitches, but I use 4mm needles and 8 ply yarn. I do tend to have a firm tension.I also slip the first stitch at the beginning of each row to create a neater edge for myself. I usually measure the square after about an inch or so, as the thickness of the yarn can vary, even in balls of the same brand of yarn.

You can use whatever thickness of yarn you like and they will be put with squares of equal thickness in South Africa.

Your squares sound fine to me. As long as they are around 8"/20cm square they will be perfect. It becomes a little trickier for the sewing volunteers when squares are 7 x 9 or 6 x 8, for example.  :))

If you would like, you could add a pic of your squares to the photo section. Just click on the 'photos' tab at the top of the page, then click on the little 'add' box in the r/hand corner and follow the prompts. We would love to see what you are making, but no pressure if you'd rather not.

Happy knitting!!

Thank you Bev

really helpful 

i have posted a photo 

and it’s really useful to know squares are usable

hope I can post this 

great project lovely things you are all knitting I have sent a thank you message too as I was having problems posting a reply ,!


beautiful knitting you are all doing x

Hi Tooth

A simple way to make sure  you always get the right size is to do a diagonal square. Start with two stitches add one stitch each row until you make 8 inches along your side then decrease by one stitch each row. This way it doesn't matter what your tension / guage is and you can use different thickness of yarn without worrying about the number of stitches to cast on


i am interested in this challenge

i will try it for the next square


Tooth, I agree with Mary . Here are the instructions for a diagonal from which I my first and many more after. 

This is Christine Johnson's pattern. It is perfect . It works every time. Happy Knitting. 

 Christine Johnson 

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.]

Just to give you another choice....or confuse you completely.......I follow this pattern in the KAS pattern book......http://www.knit-a-square.com/sites/default/files/Knitted_Square_Dia...

I find to avoid the 'kite' shape that Diana mentioned, when you are doing the decreasing part...... when you get to the last 6 stitches, k1,k2 together, k2 together, k1. Next row, k1, k2 together, k1. Next row, k3 together. draw yarn through the one stitch....and leave a 50cm/20 ' tail. 

I k2 together rather than s1, k1. psso, because it goes neater for me. 

Have fun....with whatever works for you. You have made a great start.  :))

Hi ladies you are so helpful thank you so much!,

This is lovely having this support I will try this the squares are pretty for the children 

thank you

when I progress I will photo it in a few days

happy knitting x



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