Knit a purple square

or two, or three…

I’m knitting a few squares for Anne’s Knit A Purple Square project.


These go pretty quickly in worsted weight yarn. The upper left square is the same pattern and yarn as my Checkerboard Scarflet. I measured my scarflet, and it’s 6 inches wide, which meant no refiguring gauge to get a six inch square! The Mitered Square is the same gauge as my garter stitch log cabin blanket; I just counted to find that 27 stitches = 6 inches, so this mitered square starts with double that, or 54 stitches.

The third square, still in progress, is based on Joan Schrouder’s afghan square in XRX’s Great American Afghan. It’s a twirly square! I’m going to rip it out and do it again with fewer rounds of the stockinette/reverse stockinette per stripe, so it can have more stripes within the 6 inches. Instead of 6 rounds, I’ll cut it back to 4 for each stitch pattern. I’ll stop at 5 inches, and add a garter stitch border. It didn’t take long to do (I was standing in line at student/teacher conferences this morning) so it’s an easy re-knit.

How was *your* weekend?

I’ve been thinking about this picture for a week. I didn’t have a camera on my walk last Sunday, and then the rains came. My next chance came yesterday.


I love the way the ghosts of the leaves remain, long after the leaves are gone.


The brown leaves caught in the camellia hedge look bittersweet.

I like these late afternoon walks. The slanting light makes everything look slightly magical. There’s not time for a long walk, but it’s pretty invigorating anyway, because of these:



The neighborhood is built along a ridge, and there are public staircases between some of the hillside lots. Three are close to my house. They’re like secret passages, and they get the heart pumping!

7 responses to “Knit a purple square

  1. I love your ‘ghost of leaves’ picture! That phenomenon always seems so beautiful and melancholy at the same time.

  2. Ooh, I love that twirly square! I can just picture being wrapped up in a huge twirly square afghan, knitting and drinking a cup of tea…

  3. Your photos are awesome! I love those kinds of staircases. There are a lot of them in and around Pittsburgh neighborhoods, too…I remember going to visit my grandmother as a kid and seeing them and thinking they were just the most enchanted places with all of the trees around them!

    Love your purple squares, too. I have to finish two more afghan squares for a swap I’m in, and I was thinking of doing the twirly square for one. Good to know it goes quickly!

  4. Love the twirly square, very clever!

  5. I love that last photo of the stairway!

    Squares are actually harder than they look. I discovered this when I contributed a 12″ square towards a blanket project. It was tough to get it exactly 12″ square for the first one. It was a little easier when we did the second blanket.

  6. Wicked pictures. Love the ghosts of leaves shot, too. That would be an excellent walk! I wish I had elevations like that around my neighbourhood so I could get more out of my nightly walk. Good on you!

  7. The photo of the leaf imprints is inspirational, the textures and colors in this photo calls fabric to mind, if I were a fabric designer, I would definately draw from this. I also like the contrast with the brown leaves caught next to such a fresh looking Camelia.