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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


    • Sarah

      If you use the magic loop, I think it should work. You’d probably need double points to start off with though. I’m not sure as I don’t use the magic loop method myself.

  1. Margaret

    In the pictures on Ravelry there is a border around the finished counterpane. Can you suggest where to find instructions on how to knit this?

  2. Mem

    Hello what do you do if you dont want the lacy border just the leaf square please? Presumably if I used thicker yarn such as DK and corresponding needles the square would then be bigger so the lacy bit would not be needed and would be simpler to knit for someone not very experienced?

  3. Anna R├╝ckwald

    The lacy border begins with the row of holes, that would be row 33. If you only want the leaf without the border, you’d bind off after row 32.

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