Secret Knitting

Edit: We had an amazing response to this challenge, you can see the result here

Soooo, you’re up for the challenge?

Hoorah! Welcome along.

We need 20cm x 20cm squares. They can be knitted or crocheted. It doesn’t matter what stitch you use, just as long as they are 20cm x 20cm.

You can use any kind of yarn (wool, cotton, acrylic etc) and any thickness.

You will need to adjust the number of stitches you cast on dependent on the thickness of your yarn. The ball band will give you an indication of how many stitches per 10cm are needed and on what size needles.

Alternatively you can knit your square on the diagonal so you don’t have to guess how many stitches to cast on.

To use this method.

Cast on 3 stitches

Row 1: Knit (3 sts)

Row 2: Inc in first st by knitting into front and back of first stitch, K2 (4 stitches)

Row 3: Repeat row 2

Continue knitting and increasing in the first stitch at the beginning of every row, until your edge measures 20cm

Knit 1 row

Start to decrease

Next row: Knit first 2 stitches together, knit to end of row

Repeat until you have 3 sts left

Knit 2 sts together, K1, Pass first stitch over second and fasten off.

Leave a 1 metre length of yarn to enable squares to be sewn together.

Our challenge is to knit at least 100 squares, which I’m sure won’t be a problem for our talented group.

The squares are a great way to learn to knit too, so don’t be shy at giving it a go. Shout up to be partnered with a seasoned knitter if you are a novice.


To add your name or update your total, please leave a comment below. Thank you so much for your dedication.

Janine - July 29, 2012 - 1:45 pm

Add 1 to the list for me please! :o) Off to start No2!! xx

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Morven Duncan - July 29, 2012 - 4:00 pm

Hello all – I’ve finished 4 squares (obviously too much time on my hands!) x

Cathy gibson - July 29, 2012 - 6:32 pm

Ive done 2 !!

WIADMIN - July 29, 2012 - 6:36 pm

High five to you! Thank you

WIADMIN - July 29, 2012 - 6:36 pm

Ooh, neck and neck between you and Deb in the leader stakes. Who’s going to get gold?

Deb - July 29, 2012 - 10:29 pm

I can’t believe I’m saying this but please can you add me on another one, I’ve now knitted 5 in total. I’m thinking of getting a special bag to put my knitting in… when I should I begin to worry about a knitting addiction?! x

Deb Connor - July 30, 2012 - 4:20 pm

Pat you are a LEGEND!! Well done on knitting so many.

I think I should start to worry about a knitting addiction right about now! I have developed a one a day habit (yes, please put me down for another square- 6 in total now!) Nipped out during my lunch break to Wilko to buy more wool! Deb x

Morve Duncan - July 31, 2012 - 7:57 pm

Hi all, I’ve now done another 2 squares (total of 6) AND my wee scottish Mum, Morag, who is an avid knitter and a member of the SWRI has knitted 3 squares (so far!)for us. She says its more enjoyable knitting squares than listening to my Father grumble about the olympics :)

Deb Connor - July 31, 2012 - 11:58 pm

Totally hooked on this knitting squares lark! I’ve now done 8 in total! Although I can’t really believe I have- might have a go at knitting another purse (in red wool of course!!) x

maggie smith - August 1, 2012 - 11:55 am

Am on to third square!
Olympics and knitting a good combination!
Maggie Smith.

Deb Connor - August 2, 2012 - 6:31 am

Morven Go Girl! 9 squares!! Big thanks to your wee Scottish Mum, I love that she is called Morag. Did you used to watch ‘Take the high road’? I don’t have a TV anymore, I’m not saying that said famous Scotish soap is to blame for that I just don’t watch TV anymore!!! Deb x (ps i’m still on my one a day habit total of 9 for me now as well!)

cathy g - August 2, 2012 - 12:45 pm

im on 6 now

Morven Duncan - August 2, 2012 - 3:41 pm

Hello Deb! Does it make it even better that my Dad is called Hamish – you can’t get any more scottish than ‘Morag & Hamish’!! I did used to watch ‘Take the High Road’ – awful wasn’t it?! Although I did meet ‘Mrs Mac’ at my school sports day many (many) years ago. I do feel a little guilty that it appears that i have done 9 squares when some of them are my mum’s but i will still leave a running total here in the comments.

Deb Connor - August 3, 2012 - 4:23 pm

Hey everyone we’re all doing brilliantly! Clearly of us all I’m the one who needs to get a life!!! I’ve started doing lunchtime knitting at work too… this could be a knitting addiction for sure! (Dare I even admitt to having done 12 now??!!!)

Morven, I think if your Mum & Dad are called Morag & Hammish then you may have any total you wish! Oh the pain of having watched ‘Take the High Road’, yes it was terrible but that did make it compulsive veiwing!! Very impressed you met Mrs Mac, bet she could knit a few squares!!!! x

Deb Connor - August 9, 2012 - 4:36 pm

Hey Hey Hey, aren’t we all doing well!

Crickey Morven, did you knit 10 squares since Tuesday evening…????? Or have you had a wee hand from Mummy Morag?!

Keep up the good work everyone, we’re doing so well!


Val - August 9, 2012 - 11:37 pm


Put me down for 3. Your gold medal is safe from me Deb, well done.

Morven Duncan - August 10, 2012 - 9:49 am

I have definetly had some help from my mammy – Morag’s knitting needles havenae stopped. My dad has even tried to take some of the credit by saying he’d done a couple but unlikely i think!
Morven – 9 Morag – 8

Deb Connor - August 25, 2012 - 12:33 pm

Hello ladies

Very excited to hear what we’ve all been knitting for! Well done Helen, Cara & Team for such a great idea!
I’ve been knitting everywhere whenever I have a spare second! Lunchtime knitting has become a favourite and I’ve been seen knitting in the supermarket queue, while waiting for a table in a resturant and my personal favourite… in the first class compartment of the Liverpool to London train (yes and on the way home again! Lots of furrowed brows from the business suits who were my fellow travellers!)
Keep up the good work folks, we’re all doing really well!
See you at the next knit and natter on Tuesday 28th- looking forward to it!

PAT SEPHTON - September 4, 2012 - 5:35 pm

I’ve completed 10 squares, sadly me needles have gone blunt, must find a pencil sharpener!

OOOH! I feel a poem coming on!

Pat Sephton - September 18, 2012 - 9:33 pm

Hi, I did say I felt a poem coming on!

Went to Lowe House to do the thing,
To stitch the squares, not, to sing,
Tried the doors – all shut tight,
Stood outside on Tuesday night,
Tapped the windows: “Anyone around”?
Not a movement, nor a sound,
My intent is not to roam,
So got in car, and drove back home.

An early night for me!
Night Night Godbless xx

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Jennifer Sandell - October 6, 2013 - 7:41 pm

My work colleagues and I are starting knitting tomorrow in the staffroom of a Primary School we will let you know how we are getting on

WIADMIN - October 7, 2013 - 11:10 am

Hi Jennifer, thank you for your comment. Our squares knitting challenge was last year and is now complete, you can see the result here:

If you are looking for a charity to knit for then Project Linus is a charity that provides blankets for children or we as a WI are knitting small blankets, cardigan, hats and bootees for premature babies (so premature/newborn sized) for the Special Care Baby Unit at Whiston Hospital.

If you have any questions please drop us a line at



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