Checkular Scrapghan

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Modular knit afghan square

The modular afghan square

Square placement diagram

Mockup of a 1.8 m square (6 x 6 ft) afghan done in checks of modular and st st squares.

Size

Each square measures 30 x 30cm/ 12 x 12 inches

Materials

110 grams (210 m/ 231 yards) of dk weight yarns in various colours for each modular square
110 grams (210 m/ 231 yards) of dk weight yarn in a single colour for each plain coloured square
1pr 4mm needles (US size 6)

Gauge

22sts to 10cm

Abbreviations

Sl2tog = slip 2 sts together. Insert your needle into the next 2sts as if you were going to knit them together, but slip them onto the right hand needle instead.

PSSO = pass the slipped sts over the stitch just knit

alt = alternate

Pattern

Plain Squares:

Cast on 66sts and work in st st for 30cm/ 12 inches. Cast off.

Modular Squares

Modular blanket square diagram

Work all modules in random stripes.

Note: My square measured 11 inches square while knitting because of the way the modules pull in along the seams before blocking, but when blocked it was 12 inches square. Sample square is 100% wool and was blocked by washing and steam ironing.

Begin with rectangular module 1 (number 1 on the chart above).

Cast on 42 sts

1st row: (Wrong side facing) * Knit 1 row.

2nd row: K9, sl2tog, k1, psso, k18, sl2tog, k1, psso, k9

3rd and every alternate row: Knit

4th row: K8, sl2tog, k1, psso, k16, sl2tog, k1, psso, k8

6th row: K7, sl2tog, k1, psso, k14, sl2tog, k1, psso, k7

8th row: K6, sl2tog, k1, psso, k12, sl2tog, k1, psso, k6

10th row: K5, sl2tog, k1, psso, k10, sl2tog, k1, psso, k5

12th row: K4, sl2tog, k1, psso, k8, sl2tog, k1, psso, k4

14th row: K3, sl2tog, k1, psso, k6, sl2tog, k1, psso, k3

16th row: K2, sl2tog, k1, psso, k4, sl2tog, k1, psso, k2

18th row: K1, sl2tog, k1, psso, k2, sl2tog, k1, psso, k1

20th row: (sl2tog, k1, psso) twice

21st row: K2 tog, cut yarn and fasten off.

Rectangular Module 2

Pick up 11sts along the left hand side of rectangle 1. Cast on 31sts. Turn, and work as for rectangle 1 from *.

Rectangular module 3

Pick up 11sts along the left hand side of rectangle 2. Cast on 31sts. Turn, and work as for rectangle 1 from *.

Note: If you want to work your whole afghan in modular knitting, keep adding more rectangles until your blanket is wide enough. When your first row of modules is wide enough, continue with the next row of modules, beginning with square 4.

Square Module 4

Pick up 11sts along the first half of the top of module 1. Cast on 10sts. Turn

1st row: * Knit

2nd row: K9, sl2tog, k1, psso, k9

3rd and every alt row: Knit

4th row: K8, sl2tog, k1, psso, k8

6th row: K7, sl2tog, k1, psso, k7

8th row: K6, sl2tog, k1, psso, k6

10th row: K5, sl2tog, k1, psso, k5

12th row: K4, sl2tog, k1, psso, k4

14th row: K3, sl2tog, k1, psso, k3

16th row: K2, sl2tog, k1, psso, k2

18th row: K1, sl2tog, k1, psso, k1

20th row: sl2tog, k1, psso, fasten off

Rectangular Module 5

Pick up 10sts along the left hand side of square module 4, 1st in the corner, 21sts along the top of rectangles 1 and 2, cast on 10sts.

Work as for rectangle 1 from *

Rectangular Module 6

Pick up 10sts along the left hand side of rectangular module 5, 1st in the corner, 21sts along the top of rectangles 2 and 3, cast on 10sts.

Work as for rectangle 1 from *

Square Module 7

Pick up 10sts along the left hand side of rectangular module 6, 1 st in the corner and 10sts along the top of rectangular module 3. Work as for square 4 from *

Rectangular module 8

Cast on 10sts, pick up 22sts along the top of modules 4 and 5, cast on 10sts. Work as for rectangle 1 from *.

You should now be able to work the remaining modules following the order in the diagram above.

Finishing

Darn in all your loose ends on the back of your work. If you have worked your afghan in squares, sew them together using a neat back or mattress stitch.

You now need to decide how to finish your edges. You can work double crochet (US single crochet) all round, pick up sts and knit a border, or pick up sts all round and work attached icord.


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