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Quilt (Square Counterpane with Leaves)

Square counterpane with leaves

A single square knit with fingering weight yarn and 3.25mm needles

A mockup of a finished quilt

Mockup of a finished quilt

This counterpane square is knit in rounds from the centre out using yarn and needles of your choice. The squares are then sewn, knit, or crocheted together using a technique of your choice and a border can be added.

To figure out how much yarn you’ll need for your bed cover, knit one square and use it to work out how many squares you need for a bed cover of your chosen size. You can then undo it and measure how much yarn you used, or use the weight of the finished square to work it out (use a McMorran yarn balance, or the yardage on your ball band if using commercial yarn)


Cast on 8 sts and divide them evenly over 4 double pointed needles (2 sts on each needle). You will need a 5th dpn to knit with.

The instructions for each round are written for one needle only. Repeat the instructions 4 times (once on each needle) for a complete round.

1st round: (Yo, k1) twice
2nd round: Knit
3rd round: (Yo, k1) 4 times
4th round: P1. k5. p1. k1
5th round: (Yo, k3, yo, k1) twice
6th round: P2, k7, p2, k1
7th round: (Yo, k5, yo, k1) twice
8th round: P3, k9, p3, k1
9th round: (Yo, k7, yo, k1) twice
10th round: P4, k11, p4, k1
11th round: (Yo, k9, yo, k1) twice
12th round: P5, k13, p5, k1
13th round: (Yo, k11, yo, k1) twice
14th round: P6, k15, p6, k1
15th round: (yo, k13, yo, k1) twice
16th round: P7, k17, p7, k1
17th round: Yo, k7, sl 1, k1, psso, k13, k2tog, k7, yo, k1
18th round: P8, k15, p8, k1
19th round: Yo, k8, sl 1, k1, psso, k11, k2tog, k8, yo, k1
20th round: P9, k13, p9, k1
21st round: Yo, k9, sl 1, k1, psso, k9, k2tog, k9, yo, k1
22nd round: P10, k11, p10, k1
23rd round: Yo, k10, sl 1, k1, psso, k7, k2tog, k10, yo, k1
24th round: P11, k9, p11, k1
25th round: Yo, k11, sl 1, k1, psso, k5, k2tog, k11, yo, k1
26th round: P12, k7, p12, k1
27th round: Yo, k12, sl 1, k1, psso, k3, k2tog, k12, yo, k1
28th round: P13, k5, p13, k1
29th round: Yo, k13, sl 1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog, k13, yo, k1
30th round: P14, k3, p14, k1
31st round: Yo, k14, k3tog, k14, yo, k1
32nd round: Purl to last stitch of needle, k1
33rd round: (Yo, k2tog) 15 times, (yo, k1) twice
34th, 36th, 38th, 40th, 42nd and 44th rounds: Knit
35th round: Yo, k2tog, (yo, k4, k2tog) 5 times, (yo, k1) twice
37th round: Yo, k2tog, (yo, k1, yo, k2tog, k1, k2tog) 5 times, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, yo, k1
39th round: Yo, k2tog, (yo, k3, yo, k3tog) 5 times, yo, k3, yo, k2tog, yo, k1
41st round: Yo, k2tog, yo, k1, (yo, k2tog, k1, yo, k3) 6 times, yo, k1
43rd round: Yo, k2tog, yo, k3, (yo, k2tog, yo, k5) 6 times, yo, k1
45th round: (yo, k2tog) 27 times, (yo, k1) twice
46th, 47th and 48th rounds: Purl
49th round: Knit
Bind off