The Mini Checkered Squares Stitch

Mini Squares knit stitch tutorial

The thick textured look of the Mini Squares knitting stitch makes it perfect for a men’s garment. The reversibility makes it wonderful for a blanket or scarf. I’ll walk you through this easy knitting stitch pattern. Find the step-by-step knit stitch tutorial below.

No time right now? Pin this beginner knit stitch pattern for later!

Minin Squares knit stitch tutorial

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What to Make with the Mini Square Stitch

The mini square stitch is a very versatile stitch. It works up easily and makes small decorative squares. It’s completely reversible which makes it great for blankets and garments. In addition it doesn’t have a feminine look as a lot of stitches do so it’s great for handmade gifts for the special men in our lives. 

Charity Cozy Fall MAL

This blanket square knitting pattern is part of the Charity Cozy Fall MAL.

20 unique knit square designs are released throughout the month of October 2022 to form a cozy fall blanket.

You can find all the knit square patterns here

Stitch Exploration

This easy knit stitch tutorial is part of a fun stitch exploration. You can find all 10 stitches here.

Or grab the convenient PDF bundle with all stitch patterns here.

knit stitches pattern PDF

Before You Start 


  • 4.5 mm/ US 7 knitting needles. I use circular needles for convenience but you can use straight needles. Confused about all these types of knitting needles? Here’s a complete overview that will answer all your questions. 
  • Worsted weight Zeeman Royal yarn (100% acrylic, 241m /264yd, 100g) 
  • Tapestry needle to weave in the ends – I love this set as it has different eye sizes for different yarn thicknesses and it comes in a small tube which is very convenient so I don’t lose them.

Because the yarn I used is not available everywhere, and I know how painful it is to try to find equivalent yarn which will give you the same effect I have selected a few equivalent yarns for you. I haven’t tried them out myself, but they look so pretty, check them out!

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The pattern is written for 2 sizes: 15 (20) cm / 6 (8) ” square. 

You can easily adapt the size to your desired project size. The pattern needs a multiple of 4 number of stitches. 


The gauge for this pattern, in stockinette stitch, is 18.5 st by 26 rows for a 10 cm by 10 cm square (4” by 4”). 

Confused on how to make or measure gauge? Check out my detailed post all about knitting gauge.

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Abbreviations & Instructions 

  • st = stitch 
  • k = knit 
  • p = purl 

Repeat instructions between [ ] the indicated number of times or until the end of the round/row. 

The final number of stitches is indicated at the end of the round/row between < >. 

The Actual Stitch Knitting Pattern 

  • Cast on 28 (36) stitches. 

  • Row 1 – 2: [k2, p2] across. closeup of needle creating Mini Squares knitting stitch

  • Row 3 – 4: [p2, k2] across. closeup of needle creating Mini Squares knitting stitch

  • Repeat Rows 1 to 4 until you reach 15 cm / 6”.
    Cast off and weave in the ends. 

Blocking and Assembly 

You’re done with the knitting part. Make sure to weave in all the ends. 

To make your stitch pattern even prettier and help straighten your edges block your project lightly. 

Don’t skip this step as it can make a huge difference. Read my detailed tutorial on why block, how-to, and all my tips and tricks if you need help. 

Minin Squares knit stitch tutorial
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