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.
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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.
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!
- Lion Brand Wool-Ease They have this yarn in about 20 colors, I’m sure you’ll fall in love with more than one.
- La Mia Just Wool
- RED HEART Super Saver Yarn. This yarn also exists in more than 60 colors.
The pattern is written for a 15cm by 15cm / 6” by 6” 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”).
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 stitches.
Row 1 – 2: [k2, p2] across.
Row 3 – 4: [p2, k2] across.
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.