Thursday, March 28, 2013

How to Knit a Mitered Square


Cut yarn and pull through last stitch on needle & tie off.  You now have a mitered square.

I love trying learning new knitting skills and this was one of those things that you look at it and think it is soooo much harder than it is.  Mitered squares can be used in making blankets, scarves, shawls, rugs, clothes, etc.

When you try this skill for the first time make sure that you are able to give it your full concentration.  I am in the process of putting together a pattern for this skill type.

to do this project all you need is some yarn and knitting needles.  For my sample I used some leftover yarn from my stash.  I think it was some Berroco Vintage in lavender, this is a line of yarn that I love because it feels soo soft, and I used size 8 knitting needles.

To create a mitered square you are going to cast-on double the number of stitches you want one side of your square to be plus one stitch.  So for example if you want your square to have 11 stitches on one side than you will cast-on 23 because it is 11 (your # you want to end with) + 11 (doubling the amount you want to end with) + 1= 23 sts

Abbreviations
CO= cast-on
sts= stitches
k= knit
sl 1 pwise= slip 2 stitch as if to purl
k2tog= knit two stitches together
psso=pass slipped stitch over stitch that was just worked and drop it off the needle

CO 23 sts
My 23 cast-on stitches.

Row 1: knit all sts
Row 1: knit all stitches

Even rows will be decrease rows and to do them you will take your total number of sts and subtract 3.  For row 2 my square would be 23 (# of original sts)-3=20 and then divide your number in half.  This will give you the total number of sts before and after the decrease.  So for row 2 it would be 10 sts, 3 sts for decrease, 10 sts.

Row 2: k until st before decrease.  For my square I k 10 sts
Row 2: knit until st before decrease. For my square I knit 10 sts.

Next slip 1 st as if to purl then k the next 2 sts together.  Finally take the st you slipped and pass it over the last st you knitted and drop the slipped st off the needle.
Next slip 1 st as if to purl then knit the next 2 sts together.  Finally take the st you slipped & pass it over the last st you knitted & drop the slipped st off the needle.

To finish the row k the remaining sts which should be the same amount as before the decrease.  Each decrease row decreases your sts by 2 sts.  So for my square I now have 21 sts.
To finish the row knit the remaining sts which should be the same amount as before the decrease. Each decrease row decreases your sts by 2 sts. So for my square I now have 21 sts.
The bump in the middle are the sts that you decreased.
To finish the square you will keep repeating the below rows until you have 3 sts left on your needles.
Row 1: k all sts
Row 2: k until st before dec, sl 1 st pwise, k2tog, psso, k remaining sts

So to continue the square we were working on it would continue like this:
Row 3: k all sts (21 sts)
knit row (21 sts)

Row 4: k9, sl1 pwise, k2tog, psso, k9 (19 sts)
Decrease row: k9, sl1pwise, k2tog, psso, k9 (19 sts)

Row 5: k all sts (19 sts)
knit all sts (19 sts)

Row 6: k8, sl1 pwise, k2tog, psso, k8, (17 sts)
Dec Row: k8, sl1pwise , k2tog, psso, k8 (17 sts)

Row 7: k all sts (17 sts)
knit all sts (17sts)

Row 8: k7, sl1 pwise, k2tog, psso, k7 (15 sts)
Dec row: k7, sl1 pwise, k2tog, psso, k7 (15 sts)

Row 9: k all sts (15 sts)
knit all sts (15 sts)

Row 10: k6, sl1 pwise, k2tog, psso, k6 (13 sts)
Dec Row: k6, sl1 pwise, k2tog, psso, k6 (13 sts)

Row 11: k all sts (13 sts)
Knit all sts (13 sts)

Row 12: k5, sl1 pwise, k2tog, psso, k5 (11 sts)
Dec Row: k5, sl1 pwise, k2tog, psso, k5 (11 sts)

Row 13: k all sts (11 sts)
knit all sts (11 sts)

Row 14: k4, sl1 pwise, k2tog, psso, k4 (9 sts)
Dec Row: k4, sl1 pwise, k2tog, psso, k4 (9 sts)

Row 15: k all sts (9 sts)
knit all sts (9 sts)

Row 16: k3 sl1 pwise, k2tog, psso, k3 (7 sts)
Dec Row: k3, sl1 pwise, k2tog, psso, k3 (7 sts)

Row 17: k all sts (7 sts)
knit all sts (7sts)

Row 18: k2, sl1 pwise, k2tog, psso, k2 (5 sts)
Dec Row: k2, sl1 pwise, k2tog, psso, k2 (5 sts)

Row 19: k all sts (5 sts)
knit all sts (5 sts)

Row 20: k1, sl1 pwise, k2tog, psso, k1 (3 sts)
Dec Row: k1, sl1 pwise, k2tog, psso, k1 (3 sts)
Look at the pretty square we have made!!

Row 21: k all sts (3 sts)
knit all sts (3 sts)

Row 22: sl1, k2tog, psso (1 st)
Dec Row: sl1, k2tog, psso (1 st)

Cut yarn and pull through last stitch on needle and tie off.  You now have a mitered square!  Wasn't that really easy?
Cut yarn and pull through last stitch on needle & tie off.  You now have a mitered square.

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