|Knit a Domino Square Potholder in just
one evening! (Patterns from Domino Knitting by Vivian Høxbro)
Ever since I watched the Knitting Daily Workshop, Domino Knitting with Vivian Høxbro, I've gotten really interested in learning how to knit mitered squares and figuring out how to put them together to make more things.
Vivian is the queen of what she calls "domino knitting," aptly named because the squares fit together like dominoes to make all kinds of knitted objects. And everything starts with one simple square!
My interest started in earnest when I first featured domino knitting in January, and I've been thinking about it on and off ever since. I figured I'd do something small to get me going and I found the simple potholder pattern in Vivian's book, Domino Knitting. It's knitted with just one square, and it's a large one so you really get the feel for the process.
Instructions for knitting smaller square are below right; the potholder has more stitches, but the technique is the same.
Domino Square Potholder
Measurements: 7.5" x 7.5" (19 x 19 cm) without border, 8" x 8" (20 x 20 cm) with
Yarn: DK weight cotton yarn
Colors: Purple, fuchsia, and violet.
Needles: Dn 4 (3.5 mm). Circular needle 4 (3.5 mm) for the border.
K-CO: knitted cast-on
dn: domino needle (see sidebar below)
||How to Knit a Basic Domino Square
Using the knitted cast-on, CO 25 stitches.
Row 1 (WS):
Knit to the last st, p1. Mark the center three stitches.
Row 2 (RS):
(Note: The yarn tail hangs at the right side.) Sl 1 kwise,
knit to marker before center 3 sts (=k10), sl 1 kwise, k2tog, psso, knit to the
last st (= 10sts), p1 (=23 sts).
Row 3 and all WS rows:
Sl 1 kwise, knit to last st, end p1.
Sl 1 kwise, knit to marker before center 3 sts (= k9), sl 1,
k2tog, psso, knit to last st (= k9), end p1 (= 21 sts).
Sl 1 kwise, knit to marker before center 3 sts (= k89), sl 1,
k2tog, psso, knit to last st (= k8), end p1 (= 19 sts).
Sl 1 kwise, knit to marker before center 3 sts (= k7), sl 1,
k2tog, psso, knit to last st (= k7), end p1 (= 17 sts).
Continue in this manner until 3 sts remain.
Next row (WS):
Sl 1 kwise, k1, p1.
Sl 1, k2tog, psso (= 1st) This is a live stitch that you will use when you knit the next square.
K-CO 75 stitch on dn and knit a square (see instructions above) with 9 purple ridges, 1 fuchsia, 1 purple,
10 fuchsia, 1 violet, 1 fuchsia, ridge and the rest with violet. When 3
stitches remain, knit a 2¾" (7 cm) long strip for the loop. Turn the loop to
the wrong side and sew it down neatly.
Knitted "Mouse Teeth" Picot
With circular needle, purple yarn, and right
side facing, pick up and knit 75-76 stitches in the stitches of the CO row.
Knit 1 row.
*Using the first
stitch on the needle as the beginning stitch, K-CO 2 new stitches, BO 4
stitches, move the stitches on the right needle to the left needle*; repeat
*-*. Cut yarn and pull tail through last stitch.
Domino Needles (Dn)
According to Vivian Høxbro, "A pair of domino needles is absolutely indispensable. The needles are only
about 8" (20 cm) long, with a knob on one end so that the needle ends won't get
stuck in your clothes or your knitting."
I agree, knitting small pieces is easier if you use short needles! You can buy short needles if you want to, or simply place a point protector on a pair of double-pointed needles and use those. Double-pointed, bouble-duty! When you need to return the needles to their set, just take the point protectors off and you're good to go. I use DPNs all the time when I'm knitting scarves or baby clothes.
You could also use circular needles; I'd recommend 24-inch-long needles because 16-inch circulars are too short to comfortably work with and a cable longer than 24 inches can be awkward when you're turning your work all the time.
Another reason that short needles are great in this type of knitting is because you use less movement when you're turning the work, which is a good thing and helps avoid repetitive motion injuries.
I hope you'll try this fun, quick, and useful project, and then go deeper into how to knit
the domino technique with Vivian's DVD workshop Domino Knitting with Vivian Høxbro; it's on sale, too