Equality Forward Square #2 Pattern
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Equality Forward Square #2 Pattern

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This is the second square in the Traveling Afghan 2021 series organized by Arica Presinal and sponsored by Lion Brand Yarns.

I've had a version of this pattern stuck in my head for more than a year now. Inspired partly by the graphic designs of women weavers of the Bauhaus movement from the 1920s-1930s (I have Pinterest boards, follow me here). They created these beautiful graphic weavings that turned into mostly wall hangings, but I wanted to create a knit version that could be used as a throw, pillow or eventually a sweater!

The second half of my inspiration stemmed from a Brandon Mably stash-busting project where he used bits of yarn to make two-colored squares and stitched them together. I (accidentally) misread the directions, and created squares using specific colors-in Brandon's examples he uses a number of different color ways.

And finally, once I translated the pattern using Lion Brand's Feels Like Butta Yarn, I realized that the pattern looks like equal signs, going in different directions-and moving forward in a way. If you are knitting along with the group using the same colors-great! But I'd also encourage you to use any other colors that Lion Brand offers in the Feels Like Butta family because the combinations are endless.

Yarn:​ MC Feels Like Butta, #108 Dusty Blue; CC #158 Lemon; 218 yards/199m; 100g; 100% polyester

Needles:​ US 7/4.5mm or whatever needed to obtain gauge of 24 sts & 34 rows = 4”/10cm

Notes: Working in stockinette stitch,​ ​you are making 9 small squares and stitching them together using the mattress stitch. Each square should be 7.5” (allowing for 1⁄4” seam allowance all around) giving the finished piece measurements of 20” x 20”

Instructions:

Make 5 squares
Using long tail cast-on method, cast on 32 stitches in MC
Row 1 (WS):Purl
Row 2 (RS): Knit
Rows 3-15:
Rep Rows 1 & 2
Row 16:change to CC for 15 rows
Row 31:With MC, Purl
Row 32: Knit
Rows 33-45:
Rep Rows 31 & 32
Row 46:cast off in pattern-should be knitwise

Make 4 squares
Using long tail cast-on method, cast on 32 stitches in CC
Row 1 (WS):Purl
Row 2 (RS): Knit
Rows 3-15:
Rep Rows 1 & 2
Row 16:change to MC for 15 rows,Row 31:With CC, Purl Row 32: Knit
Rows 33-45:
Rep Rows 31 & 32
Row 46:cast off in pattern-should be knitwise

Seam all 9 squares together (see photo above for placement). I would recommend lightly steaming each individual small square to help flatten out the edges before you stitch all of the squares together.

Happy Knitting!


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