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Coolest Knitting Patterns using just squares and rectangles.

Updated on August 25, 2011

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.

Looking for crochet patterns?  Check out Coolest Crochet Patterns using Granny Squares

Use your squares to help orphans in South Africa! Check out this wonderful group - Knit-A-Square

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.

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.

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.

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

Want to learn more about Loom Knitting?  Check out these great lenses:

Loom Knitting by Isela

Another Loom Knitting Lens by KathrynJB

And my Loom Knitting Lens.

Enjoying this Lens?

If you like this Squidoo Lens you might also enjoy my blog Marianne's Motifs.

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.

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    • Kathryn Beach profile image

      Kathryn Wallace 

      6 years ago from Greenbank, WA, USA

      Too cool - great lens! Spread the word, knitting isn't rocket science, it's easy and fun!

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      Leah J. Hileman 

      6 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I love Jan Eaton and Darla Sims' work. Jan Eaton has produced books 200 Knit Blocks and 200 Crochet Blocks that I use for the charity I run, Kidney Afghans for Kids ( Darla Sims' books 63 Squares and 63 More Squares are patterns I returned to over and over again for crocheting. I also like 99 Knit Stitches from Leisure Arts for coming up with interesting square patterns.

    • jadehorseshoe profile image


      6 years ago

      Another FINE Lens!

    • franstan lm profile image

      franstan lm 

      7 years ago

      Very nice lens and lots of great ideas for more knitting projects that I can try

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      7 years ago

      Nice Squidoo. Very interesting, its always great to read and know. Chris

    • Lee Hansen profile image

      Lee Hansen 

      9 years ago from Vermont

      I haven't made any knit or crochet projects for more than 10 years - it's time to start again, and this lens inspired me to dig out my needles and yarn.

    • kerbev profile image


      10 years ago from Upstate, NY

      Knitting is another thing on my list to learn. (My list is getting long)

    • grandma deal profile image

      grandma deal 

      10 years ago

      Hi, I appreciate your visit to hats for homeless. I tried knitting, but 2 needles was one more than I could hangle. Great job on your lens.

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      10 years ago

      Thanks for commenting on my YouTube lens Marianne. Maybe a Free YouTube background for knitters should be added as an option! I love the quote on the tote bag above, "I'd rather be knitting" would make for a great background...

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      10 years ago

      Thanks for commenting on my lens. I love yours! I'm still figuring out Squidoo and hope to add some more features to my lens soon :) in case you forgot ;) I love meeting other knitters too.

    • Mar1anneC profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Thanks for the starts and comment, BadMsM. I checked your Charity Knitting project. I added Machine knitting to the poll.

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      10 years ago

      Don't forget to add machine knitting to your poll! :) Great lens, one of my favorite pattern books is called "Square Knitting For Round People", works on the same concepts you have here. Welcome to the Fiber Arts Forum!


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