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At 12:36pm on November 10, 2015, Diana D said…

Hi Monika,

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.]

This is a perfect diagonal/striped square!!!! 


At 2:31pm on November 9, 2015, Diana D said…

Hello Monika,

Thanks for your kind words about my squares. Which pattern are you asking for? All came from Member's Patterns - Squares . They are many in there. Let me know which one you are looking for.



At 12:30am on June 22, 2013, Bev Jeffery said…

Hi Monika

Happy Birthday. I hope you have a lovely day.  :))

At 6:06am on May 29, 2013, gillian albrecht said…

hi Monika ..thanks for your friendship offer...nice to know you :-))

At 10:44pm on May 27, 2013, Heide said…

Hallo Monika,

ich habe deine Freundschaftsanfrage entdeckt und gleich akzeptiert - wenn sie kein Versehen war? Du bist derzeit auf Heimaturlaub in Hessen? Wo wohnst du denn normalerweise?

Auf alle Fälle willkommen als seltene Deutschspachige in der englischsprachigen Community und "Gut Strick"!!

At 4:09am on April 28, 2013, Valerie Zalewski said…

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.

It's a very easy pattern, but very effective.

At 3:18am on April 9, 2013, Gitta Seyfert said…

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 :)

At 8:59am on March 29, 2013, Anneke said…

Hi Monika, for the Diaogonal Squares I also have used this pattern, here is the link:

http://knithaven.wordpress.com/2012/02/01/diagonal-square-knit-patterns/ . Enjoy :)

At 8:35am on March 29, 2013, Anneke said…
At 8:32am on March 29, 2013, Anneke said…

Hi Monika, the "hats for Kareemah"was a very special project, we reached the target of 600 red and white hats, many members took part in this challenge. Here is the link to the (closed) discussion. http://forum.knit-a-square.com/forum/topics/red-white-hat-s-for-kareemah-challenge-progress-tally .

At 8:19am on March 29, 2013, Anneke said…

Great to be friends Monika :)

At 8:17am on March 29, 2013, Anneke said…

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

At 7:21am on March 29, 2013, Anneke said…

This is also Mary Kristel's chain stitch pattern :) see:http://www.knit-a-square.com/support-files/crochet-square-chain_stitch_square.pdf. xo

At 7:20am on March 29, 2013, Anneke said…

Hi Monika, for the square with the mushrooms I used Mary Kristel Lokken's chainstitch square as a background. I am truly and very addicted to this pattern, it gives soooo many possibilites! :) Most of my squares are made with this pattern! Here is the link, it is in the KAS pattern book: http://www.knit-a-square.com/support-files/crochet-square-chain_stitch_square.pdf Have a lovely time :) xo

At 7:12am on March 29, 2013, Anneke said…

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:)

At 6:21pm on February 7, 2013, Gitta Seyfert said…

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.

At 10:05am on January 21, 2013, Linda Maltby said…

Thanks Monika.  I do love helping the children :-)

At 6:03am on January 18, 2013, Gitta Seyfert said…

Welcome to KAS Monika and warm greetings from South Africa :)

At 3:05pm on January 17, 2013, Debbie Posmontier said…

Welcome, Monika, from suburban Philadelphia. So glad you've joined us!

At 5:47am on January 17, 2013, Linda Maltby said…

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

Here is the link to the discussion of what is needed for 2013 :  http://forum.knit-a-square.com/forum/topics/kas-wish-list-guidelines-for-2013

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.

Enjoy !


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