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Knit one, pearl one, drop one…

Here at Upton we like to be warm, so what better way than to make a blanket!

So far we have had hundreds of contributions of colourfully knitted squares to the Great Upton Blanket from volunteers and visitors alike.


So many in fact that we’ve already started to join them together! The blankets will dress a bed each in our male and female dormitories.


Our male dormitory

So, if you can knit or have never knitted before, when you visit Upton, make your way to the ‘Make Do and Mend’ room to chat to a volunteer and pick up your quick and easy guide on how to knit a square and do your bit for the Great Upton Blanket!


Alternatively, see below for details on the different types of square you can knit!

We’re working on 4” squares (10cm) and using, where possible 3 ¼ (size 10) needles. If you use a very thin yarn, you may need to increase the number of stitches/rows to make your square 4” (10cm). Please use what colours and techniques you like, including double knitting which was not available in the 1940s, but please no glittery or pearlised yarn.  You can use any stitch you want in the square but here are a few basic ideas to get you started:

Diamond Style Square (garter stitch)

  1. Cast on 1 stitch.
  2. Increase 1 stitch at the start of each row until you have 34 rows.
  3. Knit one row.
  4. Decrease 1 stitch at the start of each row until 1 stitch is left.
  5. Cast off.

Bordered Square

  1. Cast on 30 stitches.
  2. Work 5 rows in garter stitch (knit).
  3. Knit 3, pearl 24, knit 3.
  4. Knit.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the square measures 3 ½ “ (9cm).
  6. Repeat step 2
  7. Cast off.

Basket Weave Square

  1. Cast on 30 stitches.
  2. Knit 3, pearl 3 to end of row.
  3. Repeat step 2 twice more.
  4. Pearl 3, knit 3 to end of row.
  5. Repeat step 4 twice more.
  6. Continue in this 6 row pattern until your square measures 4” (10cm).
  7. Cast off.

When you have finished your square(s), please return it c/o Michelle Leake to Upton House, Nr Banbury, Warwickshire OX15 6HT.

Thank you for your support!