How to Knit a Tension Square (Stocking Stitch)
Posted on October 19 2017
Our blog post 'Tension squares - are they really necessary?' talks about the importance of doing a tension square.
This is a good pattern for a square and you need to cast on at least 10 stitches more than the tension stated on the yarn ball. So, if it says 28stitches to 10cm/4in I would cast on 40stitches to ensure I had enough to take a measurement from. Similarly do an extra 10 rows to enable an accurate measurement.
- Cast on (x) stitches
- Knit 3 rows
- Row 1: Knit all stitches
- Row 2: Knit 3, Purl to last 3 sts, Knit 3
- Repeat the last 2 rows 14 times more for a total of 30 rows
- Knit 4 rows
- Cast off all stitches
- Press lightly using a damp, clean tea towel and with the iron on a cool wool setting
- Measure the square and repeat if necessary!