Continue knitting rows 1 and 2 until your square is as long as it is wide.
To ensure your square is 8″ (20cm), either use a tape measure or form a triangle by folding one corner of your square over to meet the opposite corner as shown – if all sides are equal then you have a square!
Cast off/bind off. Leave a 20″ (50cm) tail (for sewing the squares together). Butterfly the tail to the square.* Sew in all other loose ends of yarn. If possible, also tie the squares into bundles of 5 or 10.
* To “butterfly the tail,” use contrasting yarn and follow these directions:
To create stripes in the square, wait until the end of a row, then change to a different coloured yarn. You can do this as often as you like. Experiment with different colours to get interesting new looks.
Cast on 35/36 stitches.
Once you have mastered knitting a basic square, perhaps you would like to try more complicated patterns, which are available in our library of free patterns.
We would love to know how you get on with knitting squares. Please join our friendly, warm KasCommunity in the Square Circle forum to show us your hard work. Check out the Square Gallery to see some of our KAS members’ creativity!