What's The Knitting Equivalent To Crochet's Granny Square?

I do not crochet. Heard that the granny square is one of the very easy and fast way to produce items when crocheting. Can you think of anything like that when knitting?

Thanks in advance.

Tallguy's picture

Knitting is not as fast as crochet. Are you looking to make things FAST, or something that is similar to a Granny square? These are two different approaches to the art of knitting.

If you want to make things fast, then you should look into the use of a knitting machine, although you won't have the same experience of knitting. You can also use really thick yarns, with larger needles, and produce thicker fabric, again, perhaps not that useful as general knitting.

If you want to make something similar to a granny square, which begins in the centre and then is worked outwards, you may find several patterns that are worked the same way in knitting, as squares, or circles. Again, not generally very fast (how fast can you knit?), but you get the similar looking thing in the completed item (nicer, in my opinion).

rjcb3's picture

The Baby Blanket by that Zimmermann woman ;-)

(Oh, I love her)

Tallguy's picture

Pattern description from Knitting Workshop: “It is made all in one piece, with just one invisible join. Decide how wide you want it to be, multiply by your GAUGE and cast on…”

This pattern does not specify yarn weight or brand, needle size, gauge, yardage or size shown. These factors are left entirely up to the individual.

This pattern may be found on pages 92-93 of "Knitting Workshop".

You can make it as one large square blanket, or make many, many smaller ones which are stitched together to make a large one. Personal options.

Bill's picture

Probably basic garter stitch...that's about as simple as we get...

AKQGuy's picture

By what I hear, hexipuffs are fast, simple, and easy knitting.

Bill's picture

They are!
...and much nicer than granny squares...(grin)

ronhuber's picture

Bill, I have heard that you can leave the puffs unstuffed. Is that right? And do you think they would make a nice blanket if unstuffed?

Bill's picture

Ron, I've been stuffing mine with just a tiny bit of stuffing, I like the puffy look, but I've seen unstuffed ones, and they're nice. it's purely personal preference.
I started out using a bit of feathers to make it a down comforter...then realize that wouldn't be very washable, so I switched to poly batting.
If you use a sightly heavier yarn than the sock yarn many re using...it might be beautiful unstuffed.

rjcb3's picture

Well, if it's squares that you're thinking, why not try to cast on about twenty, and turn four corners a la Zimmermann?

Simple enough and easy to crank out a few.

...but also depends on what you're making. I mean, when I was recovering from my surgery seven years ago, I did like my grandmother taught me and simply made a huge granny square into one great big square afghan...up to (I think) just over 100 clusters per side of square; and all the while I thought to myself (here's the Scottish in me speaking: ) "I could save two thirds the yarn if I knit all of this."

Are you doing an afghan? Perhaps a log cabin quilt might be the thing you could do; lots of patterns and just plain simple technique sheets out there.

(just my two-hundreths-of-a-dollar)

Crafty Andy's picture

Granny Squares are so easy even knitters can make them. I say a mitered squares are probably the equivalent of a granny square. Crochet is a lot faster than knitting, as long as you are doing basic stitches. Your question is about knitting. Depending on what you are making, you can decide , but it won't be as fast as making granny squares. Hexi puffs are probably what you are looking for, but you will not find any grannies making them lol.

Gnosis's picture

Hmmm.... maybe the 2nd cutts from my wool stashes would make good stuffing for flexipuffs? Now that is a thought. I've been wanting to make a nice wool blanket.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I agree with the use of mitered squares or something similar. A simple dishcloth pattern that is knit from tip to tip makes a nice square and is easily sewn into strips and a finished piece.
As to whether crochet vs. knitting is faster: That totally depends on your knitting speed. Besides, it only matters if you have a really strict deadline. If you just want squares to work on to help pass the time and use up odds and ends of yarn, it really doesn't matter. Just my opinion.

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superi's picture

I would also suggest making a log cabin style square. These are made relatively quickly by making a center garter square (casting on X number of stitches, then knitting 2X number of rows, and bind off). Then go around to the next edge and pick up 1 stitch for every 2 rows (or pick up 1 stitch every cast on stitch on the bottom and top), and knit 1/2 the number of rows you knit in the center square. Continue in this fashion until you've made all the way back around, now you'll have a bigger square. You can keep going around and build your square bigger, and make one big square blanket or make a bunch of little squares and sew them together. The great thing is is that it's all garter stitch and makes for some great mindless tv knitting.


docs1's picture

Knitting is not as fast as crochet (too me, been crocheting for years), but crochet uses more yarn, in general. The two are not equivalent. They are the most similar in effect when you think of lace knitting, but still crocheted lacy stitches really are different than knitted lace. Crochet seems less versatile when thinking of fitted garments, but I suppose if you are really good at either, no problem.
I can knock out a crocheted scarf, cowl, or hat in a part of an evening, can't remember the last time I made a granny square!