Designed for the “Kate’s
Blankets” group on Ravelry
“Making blankets for cancer patients one square at a time”
Worsted weight acrylic
yarn in the following quantities and colors:
please use an easy-care machine-washable/dryable 100% acrylic yarn,
such as Red Heart “Super Saver”)
each of three colors: Color A, B, C
of Color D (bright white*)
contrast color (CC) of choice (for optional embellishment)
*Bright white is a requirement for the last few border rounds of
each square so that when joined together into blankets the overall
effect will be coordinated.
5 double-pointed needles (dpns) size US 8 (5 mm)
non-slippery needles such as bamboo are recommended)
15 sts & 20 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch on size US 8 (5 mm)
Commentary: It can feel awkward and fiddly working a center-out
square on dpns with color stripe changes, but a bit of patience will
see you through. Take it step-by-step and round-by-round -- it’s
really not too difficult!
is worked from center out using four double-pointed needles (dpns),
working with a fifth needle.
ease of working and keeping track of stitch counts, an equal number
of stitches is maintained on each needle.
color changes as instructed.
turn at end of each round but continue in same direction throughout.
optional embellishment may be embroidered in center of completed
front and back (kf&b) increase: Knit in front of stitch, then in
back of same stitch (one stitch increased.)
one (M1) increase: Make a backwards loop over right thumb and place
this new stitch on right needle (one stitch increased.) Knit this
new stitch when you come to it on the next round.
beginning (beg), bind off (BO), cast on (CO), decrease (dec),
increase (inc), knit (k), knit front & back (kf&b), knit two
together (k2tog), make one (M1), needle (ndl), pass slipped stitch
over (psso), purl (p), remaining (rem), repeat (rep), slip (sl),
stitch (st), stockinette stitch (st st), yarn over (yo)
rnd: Leaving a 12” beginning tail (to be used later) with Color A,
CO 16, placing 4 sts on ea of 4 dpns. Join by beginning work on Rnd
1 with fifth needle. Use a stitch marker to note beginning of
(inc rnd): *K2, yo, rep from * around (24 sts)
*Sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo twice, rep from * around (24 sts)
*K1, (k1, p1) in the double yo, rep from * around. Drop and cut
Color A (leaving 6” tail for weaving in), join Color B.
With Color B, k.
(inc rnd): *K1, yo, k2, yo, rep from * around (40 sts)
(inc rnd): *K1, M1, k1, yo, rep from * around (80 sts)
K. Drop and cut Color B (leaving 6” tail for weaving in), join Color
(dec rnd): With Color C, *k1, (sl 1, k2tog, psso)6 times, k1, rep
from * around (32 sts)
(inc rnd): *K1, yo, rep from * around (64 sts)
12: K. Drop and cut Color C (leaving 6” tail for weaving in), join
Color D (bright white.)
(inc rnd): With Color D (bright white), *kf&b, (k2tog, yo)6 times,
k2tog, kf&b, rep from * around (68 sts)
(inc rnd): *Kf&b, k15, kf&b, rep from * around (76 sts)
(inc & edging rnd): *Kf&b, k17, kf&b, rep from * around (84 sts)
somewhat loosely in purl, joining up last corner by binding off last
knit stitch together with first bound-off stitch.
beginning yarn tail, close center hole by gathering unused loops of
cast-on stitches and drawing gently to close.
in all tails.
CC, work 8 straight stitches in center of square, bringing yarn up
through center hole and down into the space between two “petals”
formed by Rnds 1-4. Finish by working a French knot in center of
to 6” square.
Copyright 2011 – Designs by KN –
personal or charity use only. Do not duplicate pattern for