I copy for you Christine Johnson' pattern to knit a diagonal/striped square . It works. I just knitted my first not too long ago - a month - following her instructions:
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 stitch of every row - it works if you don't but that's just how I do it.]
Hi Monika. The Wendy square is not in the KAS Pattern Book. If you click on the Forum page on the Home page you'll find the Discussion Forum with all kinds of subjects. If you scroll down about half way down the page you'll see Members Patterns. This is for our patterns that are not in the official pattern book. Click on the title and you'll find a page with 4 different categories of pattern. Click on mMembers squares and go to page 4. Near the bottom of the page is Wendy's pattern with a photo in a deep reddish-pink colour.
If you get lost, just remember the pattern is very basic. You need to cast on a multiple of 4 stitches + 2, depending on the type of wool and size needles, this is about 30 or 34.
Row 1 = K2, P2. Row 2 = P2, K2. Row 3 = knit. row 4 = purl. Just repeat these 4 rows until work measures 8 inches.
Hi Monika, I am so sorry about my late response, but some how your comment on my page slipped through the cracks and I only saw it now. There are different ways to join the squares together. I think the majority are sewn together with a simple blanket stitch. I personally use the following methods: slip stitch or single crochet for knitted squares and a crochet border which connects all the granny squares. I hope this makes sense :)
Hi Monika, re the Origami slippers you are right about the number of stitches. I used a 4 or 4.5 mm hook (it is a long time ago, I am not sure what I used, it is a matter of trying depends on the type of wool) and I used Lana Grossa sockwool, one thread plain blue and one thread varigated yarn together, which gives lovely warm slippers. xo
Hi Monika, I have seen all your positive comments, thank you so much for that and I will come back to you a.s.a.p. but wanted to let you know now that this diagonal square is in the KAS pattern book , here is the link to it: http://www.knit-a-square.com/support-files/knitted-square-diagonal.pdf. I used Lana Grossa sockyarn, very soft. Needle 3.5mm (european size).
Also the beanie comes from the pattern book, it is the FPDC front post double crochet), Mary Kristel Lokken has designed this hat for KAS. I did a little bit less FPDC's in it but basically it is the same pattern. I am addicted to Mary Kirstel's FPDC pattern, I made most of my beanies with it. xoxo speak to you soon:)
Hi Monika, the yarn you have mentioned is not available in South Africa and I haven't knitted with it yet. I think 8-ply is the same than our DK. I normally use 4.5mm needles for this :) I hope this helps.
Hello Monika, so glad you have joined us. Keeping the children in South Africa warm has brought together a world-wide group of caring knitters and crocheters.
If you haven’t already, please read through the welcome message on the forum main page for helpful hints and things that might interest you. The FAQ category should answer any general questions you may have. If not, please ask. http://forum.knit-a-square.com
You might like the Monthly challenge. This is a fun way to try new ideas or patterns. Every month, a theme is chosen, and if you wish, you may create something new and different.
January’s challenge is Ronda's Winter Drive-Celebrating the Year of the Older Child. It is so important that the children have warm clothing when the South African winter starts arriving in March/April. (Winter officially starts in June.) We are focusing on children aged 4-9 years old. Using patterns from the KasPattern Book which are designed for the older child, will ensure you send exactly what the children need to keep them the warmest.
If you are interested in joining any of our challenges, please note: Your parcel does not need to arrive in South Africa before the end of the month. Those of us who use sea-mail find parcels take between 8-10 weeks to arrive. Thus if you mail a parcel by the end of January it will reach Ronda and the volunteers at the beginning of their fall/winter. But, whenever your parcel arrives, know that you are keeping children warm.
As always, making the basic square is a wonderful way to relax and still help the children. Plain Janes, as they are affectionately called, are the backbone of KAS. Since it takes 35 squares to make one blanket, squares are needed all the time
Whatever you decide, we would love to see photos of your work.