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March Afghan Knit-a-long Square

I know, I know. It’s not March, but we had a lot going on the last few months. The good news is the April square will be out by the end of the 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.

Look at all those pretty stitches!

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


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 60sts

K 5 rows

Row 1: (RS) k7, *p1, k8, rep from * to last 8sts, p 1, k7
Row 2: k3, p3, *k3, p6, rep from * to last 9 sts, k3, p3, k3
Row 3: k 5, *p 5, k 4, rep from * to last 10 sts, p 5, k 5
Row 4: k 3, p1, *k 7, p 2, rep from * to last 11 sts, k7, p1, k 3
Row 5: k3, purl to last 3st, k3
Row 6: as 4th row
Row 7: as 3rd row
Row 8: as 2nd row

Repeat rows 1-8 until piece measures 11 1/4″ 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

This is what your beautiful square will look like!



  1. Jean

    January 1, 2013

    When do we get another square please

    • Johnny Vasquez

      January 1, 2013

      probably in a couple weeks. We’ll be doing the squares a little differently in 2013 so look out for that announcement.


    January 23, 2013

    I am new to Stitch-a-day and do find your tutorials very helpful and especially easy to follow. Are we able to print the pattern square for the month?

    • Johnny Vasquez

      January 23, 2013

      You can print the page or copy and paste, but we do not have a specially formatted pattern just for printing.

  3. anny

    February 28, 2013


    I just finished doing the Jan 2012 knit-a-long square but now i’m stuck. I’m new to knitting and still need to try to learn how to crotchet. I decided to do the march 2012 knit-a-long but don’t understand what RS stands for. Could you let me know what that means? Thank you!

    • Johnny Vasquez

      February 28, 2013

      It means right side.

  4. Judi

    March 19, 2013

    How does one print the patterns for the squares? I can’t get the complete directions.

    • Johnny Vasquez

      March 19, 2013

      We do not have a special print function. You may need to copy and paste for now until we implement a better system for printing.