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Design 102: Designing with Squares

March 25th, 2010

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Once you’ve gotten past the basics of knitting & crochet, you may be thinking about how to branch out and create your own unique items. Designing your own pieces doesn’t always have to involve complicated calculations and planning.  By piecing together blocks in creative ways, you can create many different accessories, home goods, and more.  So many of the things we make are rectangular–afghans, bags, pillows, scarves, etc.  Using squares that are different textures and colors is a fun way to design your own items!

The crochet Patchwork Bag is a great example of a project made from squares. It’s four squares for the front and four squares for the back, stitched together with contrasting yarn for the handles and embroidery to add interest. Here are a few other examples of designs made with just basic squares or rectangles like the crochet Granny Squares Scarf:

Or even the knit Curtain Call Shrug and the crochet Acorn Shrug (both made from folded rectangles):

In addition to using a unique stitch for sewing your squares together, you can make squares from any stitch pattern–see our Stitch Finder for some great ideas!  Using different stitches for small squares is a great way to test out a pattern stitch without commiting to a larger project.  Piecing squares together is also a great way to use up your gauge swatches.

Whether you’re designing your own home decor, children’s toys, or anything else you can imagine, we’d love to hear about your project.  Comment below or post pictures in our Customer Gallery.

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  • http://www.fantasymarks.com Rhiannon

    This is good, as I hate calculations and planning. <3

  • http://www.restlessgrace.blogspot.com Grace

    Those square shrugs are so simple and so great. really should knit one to keep at my office. I tend to freeze in the summer when they have the AC cranked up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Arizona-Powers--Lagousakos/1641766969 <fb:name linked="false" useyou="false" uid="1641766969">Arizona Powers- Lagousakos</fb:name>

    I love the patchwork bag! It is officially on my queue!!!!

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