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Afghan Square Knitting Patterns

Knit these four afghan squares with step-by-step instructions from expert knitters.

Knitters Janet Szabo and Vickie Howell demonstrate how to use different stitches — like the trinity, diamond and garter stitches — to make different afghan squares.

Trinity Stitch Afghan Square

The trinity stitch, also known as the popcorn or blackberry stitch, is one stitch where all the action happens on the wrong-side rows.

Steps:

Using Plymouth's Encore Worsted and size 7 (4.5 mm) 16" circular needles, cast on 60 sts. Work 5 rows garter stitch (knit every row).

Keeping first and last three sts of each row in garter stitch, work patt across center 54 sts as follows:

Row 1 (WS): K1, *[k1, p1, k1] into next st, p3 tog; rep from * to last st, k1.
Rows 2 and 4: Purl all sts.
Row 3: K1, *p3 tog, [k1, p1, k1] into next st; rep from * to last st, k1.

Rep rows 1-4 a total of 18 times. Discontinue pattern and work 5 rows of garter stitch. Bind off loosely.

Moss Diamond Cable Afghan Square

This square uses a right cross (RC, Image 1) and left cross (LC, Image 2) stitch.

Steps:

Using Plymouth's Encore Worsted and size 7 (4.5 mm) 16" circular needles, cast on 60 sts. Work 5 rows garter stitch (knit every row), increasing 6 sts evenly across last row (66 sts).

Keeping first and last three sts of each row in garter stitch, work patt across center 60 sts as foll:

Row 1 (WS): K7, [p4, k10] three times, p4, k7.
Row 2: P6, [2/1 RC, 2/1 LPC, p8] three times, 2/1 RC, 2/1 LPC, p6.
Row 3 and all WS rows: Knit the knits and purl the purls.
Row 4: P5, [2/1 RC, p1, k1, 2/1 LPC, p6] three times, 2/1 RC, p1, k1, 2/1 LPC, p5.
Row 6: P4, [2/1 RC, (p1, k1) twice, 2/1 LPC, p4] four times.
Row 8: P3, [2/1 RC, (p1, k1) three times, 2/1 LPC, p2] three times, 2/1 RC, (p1, k1) three times, 2/1 LPC, p3.
Row 10: P2, [2/1 RC, (p1, k1) four times, 2/1 LPC] three times, 2/1 RC, (p1, k1) four times, 2/1 LPC, p2.
Row 12: P2, k2, (p1, k1) five times, [2/2 LC, (p1, k1) five times] three times, k2, p2.
Row 14: P2, [2/1 LPC, (p1, k1) four times, 2/1 RPC] three times, 2/1 LPC, (p1, k1) four times, 2/1 RPC, p2.
Row 16: P3, [2/1 LPC, (p1, k1) three times, 2/1 RPC, p2] three times, 2/1 LPC, (p1, k1) three times, 2/1 RPC, p3.
Row 18: P4, [2/1 LPC, (p1, k1) twice, 2/1 RPC, p4] four times.
Row 20: P5, [2/1 LPC, p1, k1, 2/1 RPC, p6] three times, 2/1 LPC, p1, k1, 2/1 RPC, p5.
Row 22: P6, [2/1 LPC, 2/1 RPC, p8] three times, 2/1 LPC, 2/1 RPC, p6.
Row 24: P7, [2/2 RC, p10] three times, 2/2 RC, p7.

Moss Stitch Afghan Square

Steps:

Using Plymouth's Encore Worsted and size 7 (4.5 mm) 16" circular needles, cast on 60 sts. Work 5 rows garter stitch (knit every row).

Keeping first and last three sts of each row in garter stitch, work patt across center 54 sts as foll:

Row 1 (WS): *K1, p1; rep from * across.
Row 2: *P1, k1; rep from * across.
Row 3: *P1, k1; rep from * across.
Row 4: *K1, p1; rep from * across.

Rep rows 1-4 a total of 18 times. Discontinue pattern and work 5 rows of garter stitch. Bind off loosely.

Honeycomb Cable Afghan Square

Steps:

Using Plymouth's Encore Worsted and size 7 (4.5 mm) 16" circular needles, cast on 60 sts. Work 5 rows garter stitch (knit every row), increasing 18 sts evenly across last row (78 sts).

Keeping first and last three sts of each row in garter stitch, work patt across center 72 sts as foll:

Row 1 and all WS rows: Purl.
Row 2: Knit.
Row 4: [2/2 RC, 2/2 LC] nine times.
Row 6: Knit.
Row 8: [2/2 LC, 2/2 RC] nine times.

Rep rows 1-8 a total of 9 times. Discontinue cable pattern and work 5 rows of garter stitch, decreasing 18 sts evenly across first row of garter stitch (60 sts). Bind off loosely.

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