In the wake of the recent floods in Queensland and Victoria, Australia; the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand; and most recently the quake and tsunami in Japan, I–and I’m sure many others–have felt pretty overwhelmed and powerless to help. Of course monetary donations are what’s needed, and that was my initial response, but it seems so abstract when the stories we hear and images we see are so immediate. I felt the need to do something with my hands.
This mitred square is the beginning of a project I hope to donate to K4C’s May Charity of the Month, the Footpath Library in Sydney, who have expressed a need for baby blankets for women escaping domestic violence. It’s small, I know, but it’s a start.
Stockinette Mitred Square
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Needles: US Size 7/ 4.5mm straight or circular
Stitch gauge: 18 sts to 4″/ 10 cm
Row gauge: 24 rows to 4″/ 10 cm
Yardage: 98.5 yd/ 90 m
Measures: 11.5″/ 29 cm square
Cast on 101 sts.
Setup row [WS]: p 50, pm, p to end.
Row 1 [RS]: sl 1, k to 4 before marker, k4tog, sm, k1, sm, k to end.
Row 2: sl 1, p to end.
Row 3: sl 1, k to marker, sm, k1, sm, s4k, k to end.
Row 4: work as for row 2.
Repeat last 4 rows until 5 sts remain, ending on a WS row.
Decrease row 1 [RS]: k2tog, remove marker, k1, remove marker, ssk. (3 sts remaining)
WS row: work as for row 2.
Decrease row 2: dd. (1 st remaining)
Cut yarn and pull tail through remaining live st to secure.
Weave in ends and block to specified measurements.