Since moving to a warmer climate some 7 years ago where knitwear is only needed for a couple of months a year I have been knitting squares for charity as I have plenty of jumpers in 'stock'.
This rug is for St John Ambulance and they send them somewhere overseas, Africa I think. I got this one from my sister and I have modified it to suit.
It starts off with one square, 61 sts and is decreased every second row in the centre making a mitre, until one st left. The next square is added by picking up stitches from the previous square etc. Sounds complicated but it is easy once under way. I use acrylic yarn for these so they are not too expensive and the colors are much brighter. The next project will be one big square, 181 sts and much softer shades. I will give more detailed instrctions if anyone wants them.