The Swirly Square Knit Stitch Pattern is so fun, whimsical, and modern. I love its texture, curving seams and the entire graphic look of this design! We knit in the round, starting from the very center, and continue knitting round and round, in alternating Knit and Purl increase rows. You can get really creative with your Swirly Square.
You may either knit it all in one color, switch up our colors, make a square for a blanket or dishcloth, or keep going for a baby blanket or afghan. My colorful blanket is one of my favorites. I knit up for myself because I’m knit-worthy, too!
CLOSER LOOK at the Swirly Square Knitting Pattern
Complete step-by-step video and printable pattern are below.
We knit in the round on 4 Double Pointed Needles, starting from the very center. Increasing one stitch on each needle.
As your Swirly Square gets larger, you will need to switch to circular needles. Continue increasing the length of your circular needles, as needed.
Continue knitting in the round on circular needles. Once you’re ready to finish your work, we will make 4 rows in the Garter Stitch, which in the Round is alternating rows of Knit and Purl stiches.
CHANGING YARN COLORS of the Swirly Square
You can get really creative with your Swirly Square. Knit it all in one color or change yarn colors. Each color change should occur prior to knitting Row 1 of the 8-Row Repeat in the knitting pattern. Printable pattern available below!
In my example, I knitted with 5 different yarn colors. Again, you will change your yarn color prior to knitting up Row 1 in the pattern.
KNITTING MATERIALS for Swirly Square Pattern
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- Worsted or Aran Weighted Yarn, in any fiber of your choice
My colorful blanket used Malabrigo Worsted Merino Wool
- 5 – Double Pointed Knitting Needles
- Circular Needles in various increasing lengths, as needed
- Tapestry Needle
- Blocking Mats
KNITTING TECHNIQUES for Swirly Square Pattern
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WATCH VIDEO TUTORIAL for Swirly Square
- Yarn - Any Gauge
Cast On 8 Stitches
Divide stitches evenly among 4 Double Pointed Needles. (2 stitches per needle)
Knitting Rows. Knit All Stitches in the round on each needle with one stitch remaining, then KFB last stitch.
- Row 1: On each needle: * K1, KFB * (12 stitches)
- Row 2: On each needle: * K2, KFB * (16 stitches)
- Row 3: On each needle: * K3, KFB * (20 stitches)
- Row 4: On each needle: * K4, KFB * (24 stitches)
Purling Rows. Purl All Stitches in the round on each needle with one stitch remaining, then Purl Increase last stitch.
- Row 5: On each needle: * P5, Purl Increase * (28 stitches)
- Row 6: On each needle: * P6, Purl Increase * (32 stitches)
- Row 7: On each needle: * P7, Purl Increase * (36 stitches)
- Row 8: On each needle: * P8, Purl Increase * (40 stitches)
Repeat these 8 rows by continually adding a stitch at the end of each needle until your piece is the size you desire.
Want to Change Yarn Colors? Change yarn prior to knitting Row 1.
Pattern Repeat: Repeat pattern between the * * asterisks
Switch to increasingly longer circular needles as your piece gets larger to continue knitting.
To help piece lay flat, finish with 4 rows of Garter Stitch.
Blocking your Swirly Square Pattern will give the best results.
Reversible Knit Stitch Pattern with one yarn color. Not Reversible when knitting with 2 or more yarn colors.
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