Corner-to-Corner Squares To work a simple square as shown before in Photo 1, cast on five stitches and use the pattern below. It will make a great washcloth if you use kitchen cotton yarn! Work Inc Rows 1 and 2 until your square (or yarn) is half finished, and then work Dec Rows 1 and 2 until five stitches remain, then bind off. Knitting a square blanket from corner to corner is one of the easiest ways to work up a blanket that makes the most of your yarn. Use half of your yarn for the increasing half of the square and the remaining yarn for the decreasing half of the square. Inc Row 1 (RS): Sl 1, kfb, knit to last 2 sts, kfb, k1. Inc Row 2 (WS): Sl 1, knit to end. Dec Row 1 (RS): Sl 1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. DECREASES Dec Row 2 (WS): Sl 1, knit to end. In the second mini square, below in Photo 2, you will use one type of increase—a yarn over (yo)—and one type of decrease—a slip, slip, knit (ssk). INCREASES Photo 2 To knit a square as shown in the diagram above, begin with a few stitches and increase at each end of every other row (or at the beginning of each row) until you’ve completed half of your square. Then decrease at each end of every other row (or decrease at the beginning of each row) until you have the same number of stitches that you began with. It’s simple to practice this technique by working up a mini square. In this first mini square, you will use one type of increase—the knit in front and back (kfb)—and two types of decreases—the slip, slip, knit (ssk) and the knit two together (k2tog). This square uses a yarn over at the beginning of every row to work the increasing half; these yarn overs create decorative eyelets at each edge. Because the shaping is at the beginning of every row (on both the right and wrong sides), it will yield a 90- degree triangle for the first half of the square. In order to create a decorative eyelet effect in the decreasing half that’s similar to the first half of the square, you will work two decreases at the beginning of every row (one decrease will compensate for the stitch that’s added with the yarn over, and the second decrease will shape the fabric). Photo 1 To work a decorative square as shown in Photo 2, cast on five stitches and using the pattern below, work the Inc Row until you’ve completed half the square, then work the Dec Row until five stitches remain and bind off. Inc Row (RS): All of the increase rows have a kfb at each end of every right-side (RS) row, and all of the decrease rows have an ssk at the beginning of each RS row and a k2tog at the end. Marking the RS of the piece will help keep track of RS and wrong side (WS). Sl 1, k1, yo, knit to end. Dec Row (WS): Sl 1, ssk, yo, ssk, knit to end. So, grab your favorite yarn and try out a corner-to- corner square and the McMicken Throw on page 93. 95 CreativeKnittingMagazine. com FOLLOW US @ CreativeKnittingMagazine. com/ blog APRIL 2019
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