To Be Murphy Knit Square Pattern

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A new blanket square knitting pattern, the To Be Murphy Square by JojodabomsCrafts., is now a free knitting pattern here on the blog! Read about the inspiration and Cozy Fall MAL it was a part of, or scroll down for the free knit pattern.

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A Word from Jojodabom

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Hey Ya’ll I am Katherine aka jojodabom! I am a designer, mom, and emergency room nurse. Even though I have only started publishing patterns I have been designing since I was 16 and honestly it is my happy place.

Today, I have more cabled goodness for you, this square is called To Be Murphy, and of course there is a story behind that.

Legend has it fisherman sweaters were hand knit by the wives of those who spent longs days at sea. Each sweater was unique, with different cables meaning different things. For example, the diamonds seen here resemble the fisherman nets and signify, wealth and success, while the moss stich signifies abundance and growth. And the Braid that I have used as an edging here signifies the interweaving strands of life. These sweaters were knit tightly in small gauge in local Irish Wool to keep out the cold seas and protect the fisherman so he would make it home safe to his loved ones. Each family, it is said, had their own cables, much like a Scottish tartan, with the children building off the original Family cables. So much so that families were said to identify the loved ones lost at sea by their sweaters.

This particular square is inspired by the Murphy sweater. My sister, she is five years my junior, married an Irish Scott, fresh off the boat, he moved here to be with her. The cables found in this square are those found in his family’s sweater, and therefore it is near and dear to my heart. And if you have never seen the Murphy tartan, it is just as lovely as this square, my sister was married in it.

Ok enough story time back to the square and the wonderful make along it is apart of. This make along has a whole bunch of wonderful patterns! You can get them in an entire bundle here Cozy Fall Make Along Knitting Bundle. 50% of your purchase goes to Cure Childhood Cancer. And then you have all the adorable squares in one place!

Once again this square is made in worsted weight with size 8 needles, and you are going to need your trusty cable needle to get those diamonds twisted just right.

I hope you all enjoy this pattern, and I can’t wait to see all your squares! Do not forget to use #CozyFallMAL And tag @KnittingwithChopsticks and @NoorsKnits in all your finished squares for some great prizes! And every bundle purchase enters you into win some awesome prizes!

Now on to the pattern for this lovely square!

To Be Murphy Knit Square Pattern

Yarn

Worsted Weight yarn, 75yds

Sample was created in Caron DuPont Acrylic, vintage yarn, Peach (160yds/3oz, 100% acrylic) 

Size 

8 inches x 8 inches (20 x 20 cm) 

Needles

US Size 8 (4.5mm) or whatever needle size is needed to achieve gauge

Gauge 

Working Rows 1-24 of the pattern

18sts x 24 rows = 4 x 4 inches (10 x 10 cm)  

Special Sts

  • C3F – Slip 2sts on the cable needle, hold in the front of the work, k next 1st, k2 from the cable needle
  • C3B – Slip 1st as if to p onto a cable needle and hold in the back of the work, k next 2sts, k1 from the cable needle
  • C4F – Slip 2sts as if to purl onto a cable needle and hold to the front of the work, knit 2sts from the left hand needed and then knit the 2sts from the cable needle
  • C4B – Slip 2sts as if to purl onto a cable needle and hold in the back of the work, knit 2sts from left hand needle, and then knit the 2sts from the cable needle
  • C5B – Slip 3sts as if to purl onto a cable needle, hold in the back of the work, k next 2sts, k3 from the cable needle

Tools

  • Scissors 
  • Cable needle 
  • Yarn needle

Abbreviations

  • RS – Right Side
  • S1 – Slip 1 purlwise
  • K – Knit
  • WS – Wrong Side
  • P – Purl
  • C4F – Cable 4 Front (see Special Sts)
  • C4B – Cable 4 Back (see Special Sts)
  • C5B – Cable 5 Back (see Special Sts)
  • C3B – Cable 3 Back (see Special Sts)
  • C3F – Cable 3 Front (see Special Sts)

Notes

All measurements are done in Imperial measurements other than gauge 

The first stitch of each row is slipped as if to purl to create a selvage st.

There is a stitch chart available on the last page.

Afghan Square Knitting Pattern 

For visual learners, refer to the graph below.

Using the Long Tail Cast On method, cast on 43sts. 

Row 1 (RS): S1, k across 
Row 2 (WS): S1, k2, p6, k25, p6, k3
Row 3: S1, k1, p1, C4F, k2, p1, k23, p1, k2, C4B, p1, k2
Row 4: S1, k2, p6, k25, p6, k3
Row 5: S1, k1, p1, k2, C4B, p2, k1, p1, k1, p5, C5B, p7, k1, p2, C4F, k2, p1, k2
Row 6: S1, k2, p6, k2, p1, k1, p1, k5, p5, k5, p1, k1, p1, k2, p6, k3
Row 7: S1, k1, p1, C4F, k2, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p3, C3B, p1, C3F, p3, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k2, C4B, p1, k2
Row 8: S1, k2, p6, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k3, p3, k1, p3, k3, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p6, k3
Row 9: S1, k1, p1, k2, C4B, p2, k1, p1, k1, p3, C3B, p1, k1, p1, C3F, p3, k1, p1, k1, p2, C4F, k2, p1, k2
Row 10: S1, k2, p6, k2, p1, k1, p1, k3, p3, k1, p1, k1, p3, k3, p1, k1, p1, k2, p6, k3

Row 11: S1, k1, p1, C4F, k2, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, C3B, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, C3F, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k2, C4B, p1, k2
Row 12: S1, k2, p6, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p6, k3
Row 13: S1, k1, p1, k2, C4B, p2, k1, p1, k1, p1, C3B, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, C3F, p1, k1, p1, k1, p2, C4F, k2, p1, k2
Row 14: S1, k2, p6, k2, p1, k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p1, k1, p1, k2, p6, k3
Row 15: S1, k1, p1, C4F, k2, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k3, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k3, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k2, C4B, p1, k2
Row 16: S1, k2, p6, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p6, k3
Row 17: S1, k1, p1, k2, C4B, p2, k1, p1, k1, p1, C3F, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, C3B, p1, k1, p1, k1, p2, C4F, k2, p1, k2
Row 18: S1, k2, p6, k2, p1, k1, p1, k2, p2, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p2, k2, p1, k1, p1, k2, p6, k3
Row 19: S1, k1, p1, C4F, k2, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, C3F, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, C3B, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k2, C4B, p1, k2
Row 20: S1, k2, p6, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k2, p2, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p2, k2, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p6, k3


Row 21: S1, k1, p1, k2, C4B, p2, k1, p1, k1, p3, C3F, p1, k1, p1, C3B, p3, k1, p1, k1, p2, C4F, k2, p1, k2
Row 22: S1, k2, p6, k2, p1, k1, p1, k4, p2, k1, p1, k1, p2, k4, p1, k1, p1, k2, p6, k3
Row 23: S1, k1, p1, C4F, k2, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p3, C3F, p1, C3B, p3, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k2, C4B, p1, k2
Row 24: S1, k2, p6, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k4, p2, k1, p2, k4, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p6, k3
Row 25: S1, k1, p1, k2, C4B, p2, k1, p1, k1, p5, C5B, p5, k1, p1, k1, p2, C4F, k2, p1, k2
Row 26: S1, k2, p6, k2, p1, k1, p1, k4, p7, k4, p1, k1, p1, k2, p6, k3
Row 27: S1, k1, p1, C4F, k2, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p3, C3B, p1, C3F, p3, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k2, C4B, p1, k2
Row 28: S1, k2, p6, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k3, p3, k1, p3, k3, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p6, k3
Row 29: S1, k1, p1, k2, C4B, p2, k1, p1, k1, p3, C3B, p1, k1, p1, C3F, p3, k1, p1, k1, p2, C4F, k2, p1, k2
Row 30: S1, k2, p6, k2, p1, k1, p1, k3, p3, k1, p1, k1, p3, k3, p1, k1, p1, k2, p6, k3


Row 31: S1, k1, p1, C4F, k2, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, C3B, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, C3F, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k2, C4B, p1, k2
Row 32: S1, k2, p6, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p6, k3
Row 33: S1, k1, p1, k2, C4B, p2, k1, p1, k1, p1, C3B, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, C3F, p1, k1, p1, k1, p2, C4F, k2, p1, k2
Row 34: S1, k2, p6, k2, p1, k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p1, k1, p1, k2, p6, k3
Row 35: S1, k1, p1, C4F, k2, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k3, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k3, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k2, C4B, p1, k2
Row 36: S1, k2, p6, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p6, k3
Row 37: S1, k1, p1, k2, C4B, p2, k1, p1, k1, p1, C3F, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, C3B, p1, k1, p1, k1, p2, C4F, k2, p1, k2
Row 38: S1, k2, p6, k2, p1, k1, p1, k2, p2, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p2, k2, p1, k1, p1, k2, p6, k3
Row 39: S1, k1, p1, C4F, k2, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, C3F, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, C3B, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k2, C4B, p1, k2
Row 40: S1, k2, p6, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k2, p2, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p2, k2, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p6, k3

Row 41: S1, k1, p1, k2, C4B, p2, k1, p1, k1, p3, C3F, p1, k1, p1, C3B, p3, k1, p1, k1, p2, C4F, k2, p1, k2
Row 42: S1, k2, p6, k2, p1, k1, p1, k4, p2, k1, p1, k1, p2, k4, p1, k1, p1, k2, p6, k3
Row 43: S1, k1, p1, C4F, k2, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p3, C3F, p1, C3B, p3, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k2, C4B, p1, k2
Row 44: S1, k2, p6, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k4, p2, k1, p2, k4, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p6, k3
Row 45: S1, k1, p1, k2, C4B, p2, k1, p1, k1, p5, C5B, p5, k1, p1, k1, p2, C4F, k2, p1, k2
Row 46: S1, k2, p6, k25, p6, k3
Row 47: S1, k1, p1, C4F, k2, p1, k23, p1, k2, C4B, p1, k2
Row 48: S1, k across

Bind off in knit.

Break yarn. 

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Finishing

Weave in ends and block gently ensuring to open the cables, to the measurement of 8 x 8 inches (20 x 20 cm). 

And on to the next square !

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