Mitered Squares

May 10, 2010 at 11:07 am 8 comments

Provided by Irene York – Knitting Basket & Karen Huntoon – What a Knit!

This “Knitting Technique” will teach you how to get started knitting mitered squares. Mitered Squares are the most basic of the patchwork or modular shapes. There are endless opportunities for creativity through the use of yarns in a variety of colors and textures. You can also change your stitch pattern for different looks. I usually use garter stitch and stockinette stitch. 

The best way to learn about this super fun (and easy) technique is to pull out your stash and experiment. Once you get started, you’ll want to keep on going!

The Basics: 

  • You can knit your mitered squares as big or small as you like. All you need to know is that you will cast on an equal number of stitches from  “A” to “B” and also from “B” to “C” plus you will add 1 corner stitch. See diagram below.
  • The mitered squares are knit individually; however they are joined as you knit. In other words, you won’t end up with a bunch of squares that you have to sew together at the end because the squares are joined while you are knitting.

co—cast on
k3tog—knit 3 together
sl1p—slip 1 purlwise
tbl—through back loop
wyif—with yarn in front 

Let’s get started: 

All rows begin and end with edge stitches. You will start each row with k tbl (knit through back loop) and you will end each row wyif sl1p (with yarn in front, slip 1 purlwise). 

Row 1: cast on 19 sts (9 sts from “A” to “B” and 9 sts from “B” to “C” plus 1 corner stitch)
Row 2: k1 tbl, k7, k3tog, k7, wyif sl 1p
Row 3 & all odd numbered rows: k1 tbl, k, end wyif sl 1p
Row 4: k tbl, k6, k3tog tbl, k6, wyif sl 1p
Row 6: k tbl, k5, k3tog tbl, k5, wyif sl 1p
Row 8: k tbl, k4, k3tog tbl, k4, wyif sl 1p
Row 10: k tbl, k3, k3tog tbl, k3, wyif sl 1p
Row 12: k tbl, k2, k3tog tbl, k2, wyif sl 1p
Row 14: k tbl, k1, k3tog tbl, k1, wyif sl 1p
Row 16: k tbl, k3tog tbl, wyif sl 1p
Row 18: k3tog tbl, cut yarn and pull through loop 

Joining Squares:  

To join mitered squares, you will cast on and/or pick up stitches from an existing square. Always work from the right side and always work from right to left. When picking up stitches, go under two threads of edge stitch. 

Pick up 10 stitches along the left side of square #1, cast on 9 stitches. Follow the directions for the mitered square starting with row 2. 

When you knit a unit of 4 joined squares, on the last square you will pick up stitches from edges of two squares. 

Ready for a project? 

 A great project for the mitered square is Irene York’s Mitered Square Purse. Click on the link to check out this great pattern.  Patchwork Purse Collection #1.                                                       

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sandy Steen  |  August 11, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Great instructions, thank you. I’ve fallen in love with mitered squares and started an afghan but my squares are out of shape by the time I get to the last stitch. Any advice on how to fix that?

  • 2. whataknit  |  September 10, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Glad to hear you had success! Try the other shapes too!

  • 3. Barbara  |  September 10, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Thank you – I have been trying to work out how to do these and your instructions are so clear.

  • 4. whataknit  |  April 9, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Have fun!!!

  • 5. Soke-Fong Taylor  |  April 9, 2012 at 8:53 am

    You have made the explanation very clear and I think I will enjoy using the instructions the way you have set it up.

  • 6. Cindy  |  December 12, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial. It was very clear.

  • 7. Irene York  |  June 27, 2010 at 12:05 am

    Great tutorial! Thanks.

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