Some of you may recall we knitted 14″ blankets for the maternity hospital a couple of years ago now and the pattern many of us used was knit on the diagonal.
The beauty of the pattern was that you started with 1 stitch and increased by 1 stitch on every row until you’d reached your desired size. You then knit one row plain and begin decreasing 1 stitch every row until they’re all gone.
8inch/20cm Charity Blanket Square
Any weight of yarn
Appropriate size needles for yarn
Eg: Double knit yarn = 4mm,
Aran weight = 5mm
Chunky yarn = 6.5mm
Super chunky weight = 10mm
K – Knit
KFB – Knit into the front and the back of the next stitch
K2Tog – Knit the next 2 stitches together
Cast on 1 stitch
1st Row – Knit into the front and the back of the stitch, (2 stitches).
2nd Row – K1, KFB, (3 Stitches)
3rd Row – K1, KFB, K to end, (4 Stitches).
You can see that by increasing in every second stitch a decorative border is produced. Repeat row 3 until either of the sides is approximately 8”/20cm (please note you are working on the diagonal).
Next work one row in knit without any increase.
To decrease K1, K2tog, K to end.
Repeat this decreasing 1 stitch on every row until only 2 stitches remain, K2Tog
Cast off final stitch and sew in ends.