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January Afghan Knit-a-long Square

New Stitch a Day Afghan Knit-a-long Square - January

I know, I know. It’s not January, but we had a lot going on last month. The good news is we’re mostly caught up and the February square will be out next week. In the meantime you can have fun knitting this square!

The New Stitch a Day Afghan Knit-and-Crochet-a-Long is a year long project that will challenge you to try out some of the patterns we have here on the site. Each month we will alternate between a knitted and a crochet pattern and turn it into a 12″x12″ square. At the end of the year you will have 12 (or more) unique afghan squares you can use to make a beautiful blanket.

Detail shot of the New Stitch a Day Afghan Knit-a-long January Square

Look at all those pretty stitches!

The January New Stitch Afghan Knit-a-long square consists of a waffle stitch pattern, which uses simple knits and purls to create a nicely textured fabric.

Favorite this project on Ravelry:


1 skein Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice
(100% Acrylic | 3.5 oz /100 g, 170 yards /156 m)
color shown: Olive

or any worsted weight yarn

1 set of size US8/ 5mm knitting needles

tapestry or darning needle


18 stitches x 22 rows = 4″x4″ in pattern

Pattern Instructions

Cast on 55sts

K 5 rows

Row 1: k3, *k1, p2; rep from *to last 4 sts, k4
Row 2: k3, *p1, k2; rep from *to last 4 st, p1, k3
Row 3: knit all sts
Row 4: k3, purl to last 3 sts, k3

Repeat rows 1-4 until piece measures 11″ from CO edge.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 once more

K 5 rows
Bind off all sts

Weave in ends

Lightly steam block to size

Finished afghan square

This is what your beautiful square will look like!



  1. Marilyn Caldwell

    March 2, 2012

    Really like the site. Is there somewhere on the site that lists the stitch patterns in an index to date? Thanks.

    • JohnnyV

      March 2, 2012

      You can click on the Archive link at the top of the page for an index.

  2. Dinahflo

    May 3, 2012

    Well I am starting out late, but I want to do this knit-a-long. Thanks for giving us a fun opportunity to learn new stitches Johnny.


    January 17, 2013

    Is this he 2013 square

    • Johnny Vasquez

      January 17, 2013

      No we haven’t released it yet.


    January 25, 2013

    All I can find are four patterns and I do not have an archive button at the top of the page. I really like the idea of this and would like to find the rest of them. Thanks

    • Johnny Vasquez

      January 25, 2013

      we alternate between knitting and crochet each month. We haven’t started up this years yet.