LITTLE GEMS stitch knitting pattern 52 SQUARE PICKUP knitted blanket OhLaLana dishcloth free pattern

I’m publishing this pattern a bit earlier as a surprise for our knitting friends who greet the sun earlier than others (in Australia, New Zealand, etc) So… good morning to you! Meanwhile, I’ll get back to the kitchen to prepare dinner for me and Tomi 😉


Hi there!! How are you? 

I saw a lot of squares number 1 in Ravelry and Instagram and I could not be happier with the amount of people who joined this project, from many countries of the world. Isn’t it wonderful? Also, did you see that our Ravelry group already has almost 600 members? Amazing!

For all those who did not follow my previous KAL of blocks (12 blocks for Xmas) I would like to remind you that I always leave at the end of each pattern, here on my blog, a PDF copy so you can download it and take it with you anywhere (after the KAL is finished, I’ll remove them, so make sure to download them in time!). Speaking of which: does anyone use the first file? I think that, unless someone objects, I’ll start to create just one file: the ROW-BY-ROW. What do you think? Please let me know. Thank you!

I’m going to publish square number 3 next Thursday. And so we began to advance the days a little bit, to arrive with plenty of time in December to assemble the blanket.

Have a wonderful weekend, and Happy Knitting!


You just find this MKAL?

Don’t worry, you can start now! Look for more info in the following page: 52-SQUARE PICKUP: An all year round KAL”.

You’re also welcome to join our Ravelry group.

UPDATE February 2020

If you want to add the pattern to your Ravelry library, click HERE.

The entire pattern is below.

You can also find this pattern in my collection “52 SQUARE PICKUP: Patterns 1 to 20” HERE. As a “Beginner Stitch Patterns” mini book it could be a great resource for your future projects.

The high quality PDF file includes:

  • gauge/tension info and materials
  • written instructions
  • charted instructions
  • row-by-row CONTROL TABLE for each block: specially prepared for novice knitters, with integrated instructions for the block pattern AND edge stitches, to avoid confusion. You can use the table cells to check each row as you finish it, and there is a column for every repeat of the pattern you need to make according to the instructions. A great resource to print and check your progress as you knit.

52 square pickup KAL


LITTLE GEMS stitch knitting pattern 52 SQUARE PICKUP knitted blanket OhLaLana dishcloth free pattern


  • CO: cast on
  • RS: right side
  • WS: wrong side
  • st: stitch
  • k: knit
  • p: purl


– CO 43 sts with US 7 (4.5 mm) needles.

– With US 6 (4 mm) needles, knit 4 rows.

– Continue working as follows:

4 garter sts, LITTLE GEMS Stitch over 35 sts, 4 garter sts (see the stitch glossary below)​ until you have a total length of 8’’ (20.5 cm).

I knitted 6 times the LITTLE GEMS pattern complete + rows 1 to 7).

– Knit 4 rows.

– Bind off with US 7 (4.5 mm) needle. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

LITTLE GEMS stitch knitting pattern 52 SQUARE PICKUP knitted blanket OhLaLana dishcloth free pattern


Garter Stitch  

k all sts, all rows.


(Over a multiple of 10 sts. I added 5 more sts to adjust for our needed 35.)

Repeat instructions between brackets as many times as needed. For this block, make them a total of 3 times, horizontally.

Row 1) (RS) k1, p1, [k1, p1, k7, p1], k1, p1, k1

Row 2) p2, k1, [p4, k1, p4, k1], p2

Row 3) k2, [k4, p1, k1, p1, k3], k3

Row 4) p3, [p2, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p3], p2

Row 5) k2, [k4, p1, k1, p1, k3], k3

Row 6) p2, k1, [p4, k1, p4, k1], p2

Row 7) k1, p1, [k1, p1, k7, p1], k1, p1, k1

Row 8) k1, p1, k1, [p1, k1, p5, k1, p1, k1], p1, k1

LITTLE GEMS stitch knitting pattern 52 SQUARE PICKUP knitted blanket OhLaLana dishcloth free pattern


  • Read all odd rows from right to left, and all even rows from left to right.
  • Repeat the grey painted part as many times as the pattern calls for (3 times horizontally in the case of this block).

2 - Little Gems





  1. Oh my goodness…. a treat for us down under and it is oh so gorgeous!

    • I didn’t mean to be anonymous… I’m Dale, nztails on Rav. Busy working at the moment but as soon as that’s done, I’m all about the block!

  2. Thank you for the Christmas blocks and now for the 52 Pickup blocks. I downloaded both copies each time but really prefer row by row so will be using that one.

    • Thank you for knitting along! And thank you too for the feedback about files 🙂

  3. Thanks again for all of your wonderful blocks! I download the first file because I like to read the charts. Unfortunately, the pdf for this block did not include the chart.

    • Hello Jeanne! I must have made a mistake when uploaded the file. I’ll check right away and let you know in a bit.

    • I checked and uploaded the files again for square 1 (FLAGS) and square 2 (LITTLE GEMS). You should be able to see now the charts on both “printer friendly” versions. Since square 3 I’ll include the chart in the row-by-row file in order to create and upload just one file that contains everyting 🙂
      Thank you for making me aware of my mistake. Have a lovely weekend!

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: