Diagonal Square Knit Patterns

As promised on my last post, I’ve some patterns and pics to show you all. Instead of making multiple posts of the same pattern type with variations, I’ll just mush them together in one!

Key Patterns for Diagonal Squares

Simple Diagonal Square

Needles: One Pair of Size 6 (4.25mm) Straight
Yarn: Varies depending on project. 4 worsted weight is a good range. Do use ‘Dishcloth’ yarn for dishcloths. [It’s rough and tough cotton strands that can take a scrubbing!]

CO: 4 stitches
(Increase)
Row 1: K1 (M1), knit across the row.
Row 2: Continue as above until desired width.
— Halfway Point —
(Decrease): Knit 2, Knit 2 together, knit across the row.
Next Row: Repeat until you’re left with 4 stitches. Gather these with a knitting needle or crochet hook, weave in end.

Lace Border Diagonal Square

Needles: One Pair of Size 6 (4.25mm) Straight
Yarn: Varies depending on project. 4 worsted weight is a good range. Do use ‘Dishcloth’ yarn for dishcloths. [It’s rough and tough cotton strands that can take a scrubbing!]

CO: 4 stitches
(Increase)
Row 1: K2, yo, knit across the row.
Row 2: Continue as above until desired width.
— Halfway Point —
(Decrease): Knit 1, Knit 2 together, yo, Knit 2 together, knit across the row.
Next Row: Repeat until you’re left with 4 stitches. Gather these with a knitting needle or crochet hook, weave in end.

Note: Halfway point is the full length/width. So if you want an 8 inch square, you stop increasing at 8 inches.

Variations

Two yarns: Using one of the key patterns above. Do two rows of one color(A) then add the new yarn(B); Tie in B but do NOT cut A. Knit two rows of B until it meets the side where you left A color. Then pick up A, dropping B, and do two rows of that, following the key pattern till you finish. Then cut both strands and weave in ends.

Ribbed: Using one of the key patterns above. [Knit one row, purl the next, then knit one row]. Repeat this pattern as you continue with one of the key patterns.

[You’re basically creating three rows of rough, three rows of soft as you go.]

Go Crazy: Not so much a pattern but an example of how you can mix/match colors or patterns.

Using one of the key patterns above, I alternated rows, then just before the middle stripes I ‘carried’ the two strands, alternating between them every few knits. The middle is just more of one color, picked up later with the other. Simple!

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I use both of the above key patterns in different yarn styles, weights, needle sizes, and pattern variations for different projects. The limits to these squares for projects is endless! Dishcloths, hats, sweaters, blankets, bags, scarves, and more!

Please note the diagonal key patterns are public domain but my personal variation ‘ribbed’ is (CC BY). I’m not seriously picky about credit, I just would appreciate a link back to knithaven to get more exposure to this blog. Thanks for your support!

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Jillian Hancock
    Apr 14, 2013 @ 21:33:01

    thank you very much for this lovely pattern for squares I very much like the lacy effect.of the borders…just great.I have been knitting them with 2 different colours mixed then change combo midway..each square different combo of colours for a shawl/rug..I have found that after cast on it seems best to do 2 rows plain k before starting pattern then it fits in better with the other corners Would like to ask about your ideas of joining them ..what stitch do you find best…!….thanks again I love them..great with many colour comb.
    When I knit them I focus deep within and with each stitch I say a mantra for world peace or for victims of war and destruction….every day a new idea…I deeply hope the Blessings are spread … the effects on me are Bliss…and the shawl becomes a tribute to peace, love and Healing ….Wow.

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