Take each day one square at a time: free pattern for an easy quarantine quilt

Five years ago, my husband, son and I went on a crazy and amazing journey from Sydney Australia to London UK without flying. Seriously. We drove across Australia from Sydney to Perth, took a repositioning cruise from Perth to Singapore and then only trains and buses all the way from Singapore to London.


During this trip I knit a square every day and sewed them together to make a blanket that represents that time for me.


Every day now I can look back at that blanket, look at each square and go back to the day and place I made it. It is really special – now more than ever when literally life is the complete opposite of that journey.


Below is the pattern I used to make each square. Note that this is also the same pattern you can use to make a simple washcloth.


If you are making a wash cloth try to use a yarn that is cotton or cotton blend (this absorbs water better and is sturdier).


This could be a lovely project for you while at home to look back on the time that time for many stood still. <3


If you try this pattern, I would love to see your results! Tag me on Instagram @karlacourtney

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My backpack became 100% squares and 0% essentials

My backpack became 100% squares and 0% essentials


The final blanket at home in the UK

The final blanket at home in the UK


Tutorials that may help:

How to cast on

How to knit stitch

How to decrease: s1k1psso

How to decrease: k2tog

The knitted quilt pattern

  1. Cast on 2 sts 

  2. Knit these two sts

  3. Inc1 in both sts, (4 sts)

  4. K1 row

  5. Inc 1, k2, Inc 1, (6 sts)

  6. K1 row

  7. Inc 1 K to the last 2 sts, inc1, K1 (8 sts)

  8. K1 row

  9. Inc 1 K to the last 2 sts, inc1, K1 (10 sts)

Continue this pattern of one row with increasing on either end, then one regular row, until your work on the needle measures around 20 cm (for a cloth) or whatever size you want for your quilt squares. Stop after completing a K1 row (no increases)

  1. S1, k1, psso, k to the last 2 sts, k2tog

  2. K1 row

  3. Complete this until you only have 2 sts left, 

  4. Pass one st over the other so you only have one st left

  5. Cut your working wool and put the loose end through this final st

If you are making a quilt, keep these loose ends to sew your squares together.

If you are making a cloth, follow these instructions to weave in your loose ends.


Knitting Patterns