Coolest Knitting Patterns using just squares and rectangles.
Easy knitting with squares and rectangles.
It's amazing what you can knit using only the most basic shapes. Whether you are a beginner, afraid of increases and decreases, a loom knitter, pattern reading impaired, or just lazy, you will enjoy these patterns that can be made out of squares and rectangles.
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Different Patterns for Knit Squares - Knit Granny Squares, Mitered Squares, Sock Yarn Squares...
While collecting patterns I have come across some great instructions for different ways to knit squares.
- Mitered Square
This is intended to be a dishcloth but really is a neat way to make a radiating garter mitered square.
- Knit Granny Square
This knit square has the look of a lacy granny square with an x made of eyelets.
- Mason Dixon 9 Patch Dishcloth
This free dishcloth pattern uses 9 squares, mitered and garter stitch. I love the ladies from the Mason Dixon blog.
- 4 Ways to Knit Center Out Squares
This site has great instructions for four ways to knit squares from the center out. There are four (or five) ways to knit a centre out square Geometric (method courtesy of Joan Schrouder) and Swirl (method from Mary Thomas).
- Basic Granny Square - Crochet
Easy beginner instructions for the classic granny square.
- Never Endng Crochet Blanket Square
This is a really clever and easy way to do a crochet square. You can keep going around and around to make it as big as you want - make a whole blanket out of one square, or many small squares. Kind of like a mitered square of crochet.
- Knit me a river: How to Knit a Sock Yarn Square
Here's a great how to for making a sock yarn square. She uses two circular needles (method I like) but you could also use double pointed needles.
Patterns using squares and rectangles. - No increasing or decreasing to see here, folks.
Here is the list of patterns I have compiled. These are all very cool fresh patterns. All are available on the net either free or for a reasonable price.
- Squares Slippers
These CUTE pointy toed slippers are made from 7 garter stitched squares, sewn together. So easy a kid could make them. 99 cent pattern
- Mason Dixon 9 Patch Dishcloth
Super cute dishcloth. Learn how to make mitered squares and you will make your modular knitting really stand out. FREE Pattern
- Fuzzy Galore's Moebius Capelet
Looks complicated, but it's a rectangle knitted in garter stitch. Love it! FREE Pattern
- Double Rectangle Poncho
The classic poncho pattern. Can use any yarn any size needles, loose and lacy or thick and warm. FREE Pattern
- Masa Bag
This cleverly constructed Bag is made from a rectangle and then folded sort of like an envelope to become a bag. By Artemis Adornments FREE PATTERN
- Rectangular Purse
Lovely and stylish little knitted clutch purse. FREE Pattern
- Portland Sweater
Sweater made from scarf like rectangles. $1.99
- Quality in A Square Hoodie
Made from leftover sock yarn, this cool hoodie is one big mitered square. Blog is in German - English translation is at bottom of post. FREE Pattern.
- Grandma Telford's Slippers
Another pattern for slippers made from squares. This one features a different way of knitting and sewing the squares together. FREE Pattern.
- Magical Mitered Vest
Mitered Vest pattern by Jill Vosberg of JustOneMoreRow.com. Features a low V-neck in front, shallow V-neck in back, and squared armholes. Squares are knitted together as you go. $8.00
- DROPS Norwegian Slippers in Garter Stitch
Yet another pattern for slippers made from squares. Too many options...can't handle the choices. FREE PATTERN
- Mitered Square MÃ¼tze Hat
A funky cool hat knit from mitered squares of sock yarn. FREE PATTERN from Ravelry. What? You don't have a Ravelry accout? Get one - its the coolest knitting/crochet community on the web.
- Diamond Fantasy Tunic from Cherry Tree Hill Yarn
Reversible front to back and knit with alternating solid and patterned sock yarn squares. "A simple mitered square repeat is used to create each diamond and you knit one onto the next by picking up stitches as you go. Very easy finishing--a great pro
- Sonata Print Lace-Up Tank
Constructed of 1.5" mitred squares, this lace-up tank top makes the most of the 5 colors in every Sonata Print yarn. Its shape is a figure-flattering a-line, accomplished by knitting squares below the waist with progressively larger needle sizes. Fre
- Knit Granny Square Afghan
Knit "Granny" Square & Notes for a No-Join Afghan. Very interesting pattern for a knitted version with the look of a granny square. This could be adapted to many other things. FREE PATTERN.
- Asymmetrical Neck Cozy
This free pattern by Miryha Runnerstrom takes the simplest rectangular scarflette and by putting a button on and buttoning it on asymmetrically it takes it to a whole new place in terms of style and design. This pattern is on my list for holiday knit
- Cute Knitted Pincushion - The KnitCushion
Cute easy pincushion made from garter stitch bands. Not just for pins - the large size can be used to hold pencils, knitting needles, cable needles, darning needles, crochet hooks. Suitable for beginning knitters who know how to cast on, knit, and ca
- Easy Knitted Turtleback Sweaters
Annie's Attic brings you this set of easy sweater patterns made with a "one piece rectangle, then folded in half, and finished with each side being stitched together to form arm-holes." One uses chunky and one worsted weight yarn. Pattern is $6.99
- Felted Slippers by Midnattsol
Felted slippers made from squares. Instructions for for baby, child, women, and men's sizes.
- Windmill Bag
You must check out this clever bag made from modular rectangles. So easy and yet it looks much more complicated than it is. FREE PATTERN
- Grandpa 60's Slipper
These are a cute free slipper pattern made from just one square. They are cute and could not be any easier.
- Sweater Shawl
This is a loom knit pattern, but could just as well be needle knit. It is a lovely chunky shawl with buttons on each end so that it can be worn as a wrap with a collar, or as an asymmetrical wrap. This is one of those versatile pieces that can be wor
- Squares on the Roll
These unusual textured squares with stocking stitch rolls are a free pattern on Ravelry. The pattern designer asks that people support the charity the Children's Liver Disease Foundation if they wish.
- Pretty sweater made from rectangles - Chromatic in Liberty Wool Print
This cute sweater is sized from xs to 2x. The pattern booklet can be ordered online for $10.95.
- Easy House Slippers by Liecel Tverli Scully
These are a felted slipper made from squares. This is the lady in the slipper folding video towards the bottom of the lens. Formerly in craftizine magazine the pattern is now free on their blog.
Patterns for Babies and Kids using Squares & Rectangles
Taking the humble square and rectangle far beyond blankets, baby afghans, into bonnets, stuffed animals and other super cute baby knits.
- Knitted Bunny from Hearstrings
This bunny magically forms from one knitted square along with a pair of ears. Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer of Heartstrings Fiber Arts is offering the pattern for free. It is available in English as well as Espanol (Spanish) as Conejito Tejido. This is
- Five-Rectangle Knitted Baby Sweater
From HGTV.com's web site and designer Lynne Foster comes this adorable baby sweater made from 5 rectangles. Nice step by step photos.
- Mitered Square Baby Bonnet
Adorable baby bonnet from Maria Grace made with mitered squares, an I-cord tie, and a little crochet ruffle. FREE Pattern Pattern is worked from side to side, using mitered squares. Skills: iCord, e-loop increases, double decreases, crochet (for the
- Kids Modular "Longies"
Kids long john pants made from sock yarn leftovers in modular mitered squares. Very hippy dippy and way too cute for the crunchy granola knitting moms out there. $4.00 Ravelry download. What - you don't have a Ravelry account yet? I don't believe it!
- Easy Peasy Knitting Pattern
Baby sweater made all in garter with minimal seaming and is billed that "even a rank newbie knitter" can make. $8.00
- Knitted Kitty
This way cute easy stuffed kitty is knitted from a square and two rectangles. (There is a teeny decrease in the middle of the cat's body for shaping for 4 rows - but we will pretend its just a regular square) Warning though - there is some "adult la
- Square Bear - Teddy made from squares and rectangles
Cute fuzzy Teddy Bear made from squares and rectangles with no shaping. Uses a fuzzy yard to look like bear fur. FREE PATTERN
- Juggling Balls or Baby Blocks
Free pattern from Lion Brand for juggling balls or could also make baby blocks.
- Free Baby Sweater made from three rectangles in garter stitch
This looks fantastic - free from Lion Brand. (You do need to sign up for a free account but they do not spam you) This has got to be the easiest baby sweater and looks really cute. Garter stitch rectangle with armholes formed by slipping stitches
Some Additional Handy Information
Here is a great tutorial for knitting 4 kinds of squares from the center out.
I only know the most basic crochet, but I think I could manage to follow these simple instructions for making a basic Granny Square from KnitSimple Magazine.
Coupled with the information found on Coolest Knitting Patterns using just squares and rectangles the humble Granny Square could become a building block for some interesting things.
Loom Knitters might need to convert needle knitting patterns for use on a Knitting Loom. Here are some handy instruction from my blog on how to convert patterns for the loom. It's not very hard at all.Mariannes Motifs: Converting Needle Knit Patterns to the Loom
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Youtube Video "Folding the Norwegian House Slippers" - One more way of making slippers out of garter squares
These felted slippers are from Craft Magazine - Volume 5. This video is to assist in the folding method. Author Liecel Tverli Scully states that she uses the following for gauge: 22 stitches equals 10cm on a size 9 (US) needle. The teaser page says stitch until your square counts 20 garter ridges for a woman's size 9 slipper, 19 stitches for size 8 and 16 stitches for size 5. I say go buy the magazine cause its a very cool magazine.