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MyGastIsFlabbered Tue 14-Nov-17 06:30:08

I’m new to knitting but would love to get involved. Would you be happy with plain squares as I’m not up to patterns yet. Or have you got any tips for a simple square that a new starter could manage?

tribpot Tue 14-Nov-17 06:52:03

The mantra is: plain squares are good, plain squares are essential. Don't worry - dive straight in. The value of plain squares is that they can go with everything, and they can be used for decorative motifs when a particular theme has been requested, So they are great.

I would start with a garter stitch square (every row knit, easiest thing there is) and then you could do a framed stockinette square, basically like this:

first five or so rows - knit (to make the bottom border)
row 6 - knit 3, purl to 3 stitches before then end, knit 3
row 7 - knit all stitches

repeat row 6 and 7 until the square is big enough, then do 5 more rows all knit. Voila. It's stockinette in the middle (alternate rows of knit and purl to make a smooth surface) with a garter stitch border to stop it from curling.

MadisonAvenue Tue 14-Nov-17 17:45:21

Hi MyGast
Plain squares are absolutely essential smile

These are a couple of very easy stitches to try

To get a 6" square, depending on your tension, you will need to cast on between 30 and 33 stitches on size 4 needles with double knit yarn.

MyGastIsFlabbered Wed 22-Nov-17 18:39:44

I’m also getting into loom knitting...any other loom knitters that can offer tips on flat panels?

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