Here is the KAS SQUARE MEASURE for members to download - printed onto card (double-sided), or, paper placed back-to-back they make great hand-outs for spreading-the-word about Knit-a-Square. Cut to the size of an 8x8inch, or, 20x20cm.
Thanks to Adelina, the KAS Square Measure.pdf file now has a dotted line to make cutting-out easier.
As members knit or crochet they can hold their work over the jig to keep an idea of the sizing, especially when it is nearly time to stop! Then they will be the exact size of square that KAS needs for the stitchers to turn into blankets.
They can be used as a flyer, for they contain all the information that anyone would need in order to start knitting or crocheting for KAS!
At the bottom of the page is the pdf.file for downloading.
Thanks Pam. This will be so helpful to hand out to interested knitters/crocheters.
Hopefully Linda, it will make the lives of the stitchers sewing the blankets together easier. We will need the help of our wonderful members to spread-the-word, as the issue of square sizes is becoming a problem for the team in South Africa. The emphasis needs to be on the 8x8" or 20x20cm - as somehow, Chinese whispers have slipped around the world and too many varying shapes and sizes are being received!
It is wonderful that people care enough to send, but it is difficult to store some rectangles or extra-large sizes arrive until another similar 34 arrive!! Sadly, some have to be frogged by the courageous Yvette.
When you print this out, the printed ruler on it is not 8 inches, it is really 7.75 inches when you put a ruler to it.
You can still cut the paper to a true 8x8 but if people follow the printed ruler, KAS is going to end up with some small squares.
It may be that American standard paper and print parameters vary from others. I had a problem with this before. I was given one of the KAS resource rulers and used it for a while and then many squares later realized it was not really 8 inches. I was so sad I had been sending the wrong sized squares thinking they really were 8 inches. Now, I have fixed that problem.
I imagine the fact that there's a bit of 'give' in knitting particularly, and also in crochet, will compensate for that. As you say Dana, the ruler is a bit small but my white square is exactly 8" and that's easier to measure by. I think the aim is to get people to make actual squares and not rectangles - of the ones I get given many are too short. These will make great handouts as they're very attractive.
Sorry Dana, I've added a note in red to see if we can solve this slight problem. We think that when the measures are turned into pdf.files they must shrink a fraction.
Your squares would have been used Dana as they were only a fraction out - the stitchers would have stretched them into place.
The problem occurs when Ronda receives 8x10" or more inches, and, sadly, it is on the increase - they simply are not square! They have to be set aside until more of the same arrive, but it can be a long wait and in the end all that lovely work has to be frogged, so, at least the yarn gets used.
We will be creating a discussion page with photographs of some of the 'not-so-square-squares' and asking members for suggestions and solutions to this problem!
Hi Dana, sending squares that are 7.75 inches wouldn't be a problem for the sewers. The problem is with squares that arrive which are 6 inches or 9 inches or unfortunately, too often, not squares at all. I have received donations of 'squares' that are beautifully made but for some reason are 8 inches wide and 10 inches long ! I know I asked her to make squares [and gave her a ruler] but somehow she made rectangles. These are extremely difficult to fit into blankets. I keep the rectangles until I have enough to make a Go-Over.
To make the ruler 8 inches I had to unclick the 'fit to page' setting. As you mentioned it has something to do with North American sized paper.
Thanks Linda, you have explained it a lot better then me!
It seems we were both typing at the same time :-)
Dana, I take that back about the ruler fitting ! I just printed a new copy of the Square Measure and it is 1/8 inch short !!! I must have been thinking about the KASrulers :-(
However the measure is so close that it won't be a problem. The Square Measure will give new knitters/crocheters a good idea that we need square squares.
I cannot remember exactly how much off the KAS ruler was that I was given back in 2011 but I remember it measuring closer to 6.5 inches than 8 inches. I suspect helpers on the South African end must have used some extra yarn and increased them for me to 8 inches. If not, well, my heart was good and I THOUGHT I was doing 8 inch squares. THAT experience is how I realized I must double measure anything I print out because you just never really know what print setting are automatic and such. Technology STILL needs the human touch I am so glad to know. :) :)
I do have frustration still with my squares seeming to be 8 inches when I start but then they either shrink or grow as I crochet in rows. I do different stitches, yarns and hooks so I throw myself off every time. I often have to restart several times and it is not apparent til like the fourth row. I write it off to 'whatever' and redo til I get it right. There have probably been a few that I sent in that were not perfectly square but they were really really close. Sometimes in crocheting in rows if you add a row it's too big and if you don't it's too small.
Anyway, hopefully everyone will make sure they cut this tool out exactly at 8x8 and use it. I have already printed mine on to a pretty blue card stock and have doubled checked it for accuracy. Ready to roll!
Note: the KAS ruler resource prints as 8 inches now (as long as you don't have the 'fit to page' box checked, as noted above) but somehow the one I was given in 2011 was not.
Pam, you may want to delete some/all of my stuff below so we don't confuse people with all the back/forth. Just a thought.