WARNING - There is nothing boatie in this post
Some time ago I posted a photo of a blanket Jan knitted. It was made by knitting woollen squares using a technique that allows the individual squares to be knitted together rather than being sewn.
These are the instructions from Jan.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR KNITTING SQUARES (NO SEWING)
Size 10 needles 8 ply or double knit wool
Slip 1st stitch on every row. Knit into back of every last stitch.
- Row 1 – Cast on 29 stitches
- Row 2 – K13 K3 together K13
- All odd number rows - Knit
- Row 4 – K12 – K3 together – K12
- Row 6 – K11 – K3 together – K11
- Row 8 – K10 – K3 together – K10
- Row 10 – K9 – K3 together – K9
- Row 12 – K8 – K3 together – K8
- Row 14 – K7 – K3 together – K7
- Row 16 – K6 – K3 together – K6
- Row 18 – K5 – K3 together – K5
- Row 20 – K4 – K3 together – K4
- Row 22 – K3 – K3 together – K3
- Row 24 – K2 – K3 together – K2
- Row 26 – K1 – K3 together – K1
- Row 27 – K3 together
First square is now complete.
- Cast on 15 stitches & pick up 14th stitch from the first square
- Knit one row and now you have 29 stitches.
- Continue as for the first square.
If you want the diagonal line in each square to appear as a defined pattern in the blanket you need to do some thinking about where to pick up the stitches for the subsequent square.
There will probably be some “trial and error” along with some serious
swearing thinking! Jan found that poking one’s tongue out the corner of the mouth helped her concentration when teaching herself the technique!