How to Knit a Swirly Square with Studio Knit

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. We can 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!

Swirly Square Knit Stitch Pattern

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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.

Knitting on 4 Double Pointed Needles for the Swirly Square Knit Stitch Pattern _____

As your Swirly Square gets larger, you will need to switch to circular needles. Continue increasing the length of your circular needles, as needed. Switching from Double Pointed Needles to Circular Needles for the Swirly Square Knit Stitch Pattern

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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.

Knitting on Circular Needles for the Swirly Square Knit Stitch Pattern


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!

Changing Yarn Colors of the Swirly Square Knit Stitch Pattern Knitting up the Swirly Square Knit Stitch Pattern

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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.

Full Blanket in the Swirly Square Knit Stitch Pattern


KNITTING MATERIALS for Swirly Square Pattern

Knitting Materials by Studio Knit

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KNITTING TECHNIQUES for Swirly Square Pattern

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Slip Knot 
• CO = Cast On Long Tail Method
• K = Knit Stitch 
• KFB = Knit Front and Back (increase)
• P = Purl Stitch
Change Yarn Color
• BO = Bind Off
Weave In Ends


KNITTING PATTERN + VIDEO TUTORIAL

Swirly Square Stitch Knitting Pattern and Video Tutorial

Swirly Square Stitch Knitting Pattern and Video Tutorial

Yield: Swirly Square Stitch Pattern
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 2 hours
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Difficulty: Experienced Beginner

The Swirly Square Knit Stitch Pattern is so fun, whimsical, and modern. It has great texture and curving seams.

Materials

  • Yarn - Any Gauge

Instructions

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.

Bind Off

Notes

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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How to Knit the Swirly Square Knit Stitch Pattern in the Round on DPNs with Studio Knit