This is the eighth post (out of 16) in a series about different shawl shapes and how to knit them. The introduction post, which lays out the game plan can be found… thisaway.
Edge to Edge square
Determine your gauge, and decide how wide you want your square to be.
Your width will be [number of stitches per inch] x [width of desired square] = [total number of stitches to cast on].
And your length will be [number of rows per inch] x [width of desired square] = [total number of rows to work].
Cast on this number of stitches and work this number of rows.
If you want to incorporate a stitch pattern or motif, make sure your cast on number is divisible by the number of stitches in your stitch repeat, and your number of rows is divisible by the number of rows in your stitch repeat.
The books this series spawned:
Shawl Geometry I: the math of shaping shawls for non mathy people
Shawl Geometry II: 16 more shawl shapes to design and play with
Shawl Geometry III: the relationships behind the numbers