Knitting a string of words

A year ago I came across Magazine91’s special craft edition, featuring dottie angel’s a little string of yarny goodness. You can read the article and her instructions “here”

I was inspired to adapt her idea to create my own knitted string of words. In this version I will use an inspirational word for square.

The words that will be chosen are not any words. They are words of strength. The idea  came from Stephane Dowrick’s book “Choosing Happiness”. I am adapting her “The Library of Strengths” by choosing one word each month and transforming it from the page into a piece of art to hang on the wall as  reminder every day.

While the words having meaning in my life, they may have meaning for you too. During the month focus on the word and let it work for you. Let it guide you. Praise yourself when you find yourself using the word to support you in various situations. Appreciate every time you see others behaving in a way that is consistent with the word.

January’s word was “Courage”.  Courage is the ability and willingness to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. How often do you show courage in your life? Do you need to be a little more courageous from time to time? If you have not been as courageous as you would have liked to be, ask yourself why.

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If you want to knit and stitch along here are the details;


  • 4 ply wool (you could use any wool you have left over)
  • Knitting needles size 3.25
  • A few buttons
  • Ribbon
  • Cotton floss

Here’s how to make the knitted square:

  1.  Cast on 24 stitches then knit the garter stitch which is one of the easiest stitch patterns in knitting.
  2. Garter stitch is achieved by knitting every row.  If you don’t know how to knit this stitch then visit “How to Knit Garter stitch”.
  3. Knit until your piece measures around 14cm long or 5.5 inches.
  4. Take your chosen ribbon and hand sew onto the knitted piece.
  5. Embroider the word “Courage”.
  6. Embellish with a few buttons or other items that take your fancy.

I am working on the February knitted square. Can you guess the word for the month of February?


2 thoughts on “Knitting a string of words

  1. Hello dear sally… I was going to choose the word “love” but I think your word is better and goes very well with courage. Thank you for your idea its great!

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