My first KAL for 2019 is about to start, YAY!! I’m posting the characteristics today to give you time to gear up. The first pattern of the “52-square pickup” KAL will be published in January 4th. —–> (Update Jan 5th) You can find it here already!

I wanted to thank here to Nicola, one of the gals in our Ravelry group (or should I say “lass”? 😉 for giving this KAL a nice name. I was at a loss for ideas! And, speaking about Ravelry, we will continue with the group throughout all 2019. I renamed it as “Oh La Lana!’s KALs”and everyone is welcome to join. I will be sharing the link to each new post regarding my KALs there, as well as in my community forum at Patreon.

52-square pickup ohlalana knitting patterns free dishcloth pattern


  • 1 straight needle US 7 (4.5 mm) for Casting on and Binding Off sts.
  • 1 pair of straight needles US 6 (4 mm).
  • For EACH BLOCK: approx. 70 yds (64 m) of DK yarn (8 ply). OR 140 yds (128 m) of light fingering yarn (approx 3 ply) USED DOUBLE.
  • Tapestry needle to weave in yarn ends and scissors.


21 sts x 28 rows in stocking st with US 6 (4 mm needles) and DK yarn =  4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm)


  • Skill level of BEGINNER (only use knits and purls!)
  • I’m designing all squares with the same number of stitches and rows, as I did for the “12 Blocks for Xmas” blanket. In this case, they will be 43 stitches wide and have 63 total rows.
  • The approximate measure for each of my blocks is 8.75” x 8.75” (22.5 cm x 22.5 cm). Of course, this will vary if your tension is different than mine or if you decide to knit them with another yarn weight and needle size.
  • They will have 4 rows garter st at each end (casting-on and binding-off edges) and 4 garter stitches at each side. This means that the internal surface (my stitch pattern design playground!) has 35 stitches x 55 rows.
  • PDF files. I decided to keep going the extra mile and create PDF files for each square. Specially knowing that some of you find them so useful to share in nursing homes, hospitals, addiction recovery centers, education courses, etc.

If you read my goals for Oh La Lana! in 2019, you know that I also will be publishing alphabet dishcloths. They all have the same characteristics as these.


I know, 52 is a weird number. Interesting for a mathematician or a pianist but when it comes to turn 52 squares into a blanket it’s just impossible. My goal is to release one pattern each week throughout all year, and that’s where the number came from: a year has 52 weeks.

So what can you do with such a strange number of squares? Well, you can make blankets in different sizes (you can see the standard blanket measures in a table here), or a small blanket only with the patterns you like most… Or just use my patterns to make dishcloths, whatever you like!


If you’re planning to join the squares to make a blanket, and you are not a fan of sewing the blocks (just like me 🙂 ) you can save yourself A LOT of sewing by knitting in strips. Just add 2 rows between patterns, to replace the cast-on and bind-off rows.

I hope you like the idea and join me in this new project! And as always, I would love to see your results! You can upload them to Ravelry or share them on Instagram with the tag #52squarepickup

I wish you and your loved ones a very Happy New Year!



PS: I will make a blue blanket for Tomi with my squares!


Posted by:Cecilia, from OhLaLana!

17 replies on “52-SQUARE PICKUP: An all year round KAL

  1. If I am making a blanket in strips should the ridges between be in the larger or smaller needle? This is a perfect project for some of my stash yarn. My 2019 goal is to make a dent in the treasures I have acquired.

    1. Hello Sally!
      Smart choice, you’ll save yourself a lot of sewing 🙂 You should use the smaller ones and use the larger needles only to casting and binding stitches. And I also advise you to add 2 more rows between each square pattern, to make up for the cast-on and bind-off rows you won’t be doing.
      Happy knitting!

  2. On which row did you add the extra stitches. The fourth roe of the garter stitch or the first row of the flag stitch. Thank you

    1. Hello Karen.

      Once you finish the first block (flags), AFTER the final 4 rows in garter st. You can add 1 row of garter stitch or 3 or more if you want to add length to your project, but always an odd number to end up with an WS row. I’m making 3 rows of garter stitch between patterns. After these extra 3 rows of garter, you start the second pattern (Little Gems) just as it is: 4 rows in garter st and then the pattern.

      I hope this make sense to you!

      1. Not really. I’m the instructions you said you added 6 extra stitiches to give you the 35 that you needed I presume for the flag shop pattern but you don’t say which row you do it on

      2. Oh, I understand now! I’m sorry 🙂
        I already included them in the instructions. In the post of the FLAGS pattern ( you can see the instructions for each row. In the odd rows of the pattern, those 6 extra stitches are AFTER the brakets. In the even rows, they are BEFORE.
        For example, let’s take the first row:
        Row 1) (RS) k1, [p1, k6], p1, k5
        “p1, k5” are the 6 extra stitches I added to the pattern to reach our needed 35. Otherwise, the FLAGS stitch pattern is knitted over a number of stitches that is a multiple of 7, plus 1 additional st to form the first flagpole.

      3. You can also download the file at the end for ROW-BY-ROW instructions if you find it useful 🙂
        Please, ask me again if you need more help or clarification.

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