Do you fancy knitting mitered squares? In this post, I am sharing how to knit a mitered square in garter and stockng stitch. This is a new variation to my original pattern and the 8th mitred free knitting pattern.
Scroll to to the bottom of this post to find links to all the free mitred square knitting patterns on this blog.
You may ask how do you make a blanket out of knitted squares?
To give you some inspiration, you can use all or some of the mitered patterns as follows:
- Use one mitred square pattern and knit enough squares for your blanket, with color changes and combinations only. A great way is to chose 8 to 10 colors and create a temperature blanket.
- Go on a stashbusting project and use up all your leftover yarn from previous (years and years) of knitting! Remembering the past knitting projects whilst using the yarn, makes a great memory blanket.
- Knit squares in say 5 soft pastel colors, using 5 different variations of the mitered square pattern. Arrange the colors and different patterns in a diagonal line, resulting in a lovely baby blanket.
- As a decorative element, knit your throw in your own unique way, and add rows of the lace square for pretty corners and edges.
- or, Knit a row of squares, each with a combination of color and patterns.
- Arrange your knitted squares to form a square throw and then stitch it together, add a border, pom-poms or tassels and show off your creation!
The possibilities to create designs to your liking are endless!
HOW TO KNIT A MITERED SQUARE IN GARTER AND STOCKING STITCH
(How to Knit a Mitred Square)
WHAT YOU'LL NEED TO KNIT THE GARTER AND STOCKING STITCH MITERED SQUARE:
- Knitting Needle Size (4mm, 6 US size, 8UK)
- Elle Gold Double Knit (DK) yarn / Light worsted yarn
- Stitch or Place Marker (optional)
- Embroidery Needle
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KNITTING TECHNIQUES USED:
- Casting on stitches (knitted cast on video)
- How to knit
- How to purl
- SKPSO - Slip one, knit one and purl slipped stitch over
- K2tog - Knit 2 together
- Casting off stitches
- Weaving in yarn ends
- Stitching or sewing the squares together
SIZE / DIMENSIONS (APPROXIMATE):
My gauge swatch measures approximately 5" wide (12cm) x 5" long (approximate 12cm).
You won't need much yarn to knit squares - each square requires approximately 20g of yarn.
Beginner with some experience / Intermediate
Don't think because you are a beginner you can not attempt something more advanced. It is just a matter of trying and stick to the basics.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU START KNITTING YOUR SQUARES BLANKET
- The pattern is for single squares.
- Alternating between garter and stocking stitch, creates a garter ridge with a beautiful shape or texture.
- To ensure neat edges, slip the first stitch of each row.
- Re-sizing the pattern is fairly easy - just follow the formula as explained in this post.
- A mitered square is created when an odd number of stitches is casted on and double decrease occur on both sides of the center stitch, in every alternative row (center decreases).
- As always - if you knit 1, purl 1, knit 1 - you will k1, yarn to front, p1, yarn to back, knit 1 etc.
k - Knit
p - Purl
sts - Stitches
skpso - Slip one, Knit one, Pull slip stitch over
k2tog - Knit 2 stitches together
FREE KNITTING PATTERN FOR A MITERED SQUARE IN GARTER AND STOCKING STITCH
Cast on 47 sts
2 - Knit
4 - Knit
5 - K19 sts, k2ststog, k1, skpso, k19 sts (41sts)
6 - Purl
7 - k18 sts, k2ststog, k1, skpso, k18 sts (39sts)
8 - Purl
9 - k17sts, k2tog, k1, skpso, k17 (37sts)
11- k16, k2tog, k1, skpso, k16 (35sts)
13- k15, k2tog, k1, skpso, k15 (33sts)
15- k14, k2tog, k1, skpso, k14 (31sts)
17- k13, k2tog, k1, skpso, k13 (29sts)
19- k12, k2tog, k1, skpso, k12 (27sts)
21- k11, k2tog, k1, skpso, k11 (25sts)
23- k10, 2tog, k1, skpso, k10 (23sts)
25- k9, 2tog, k1, skpso, k9 (21sts)
27- k8, 2tog, k1, skpso, k8 (19sts)
29- k7,2tog,k1, skpso, k7 (17sts)
31- k6, 2tog, k1, skpso, k6 (15sts)
33- k5, 2tog, knit1, skpso, k5 (13sts)
35- k4, 2tog, k1, skpso, k4 (11sts)
37- k3, 2tog, k1, skpso, k3 (9sts)
39- k2, 2tog, k1, skpso, k2 (7sts)
41- k1, 2 tog, k1, skpso, k1 (5sts)
43- k2tog, p1, k2tog (3sts)
44 - p3
Leaving a long tail will ensure to knit one edge of a square to the second square.
what else can you make with mitered squares?
- Double up on the number of stitches and knit large squares for pillow covers; or
- mix large squares with smaller squares, which is a quick way to add an interesting design to your blanket or throw.
How to join knitted squares
First, arrange your squares in the shape and size you want. Baste or pin your squares together and align the top and bottom.
There are various ways to join your knitted squares as listed below (clickable link to You Tube videos or posts):
- Edge to edge seam as usually done when sewing knitted pieces together by Easy on the Tongue
- How to seam pieces together with a knit strip by Little Nutmeg Productions
- Using mattress stitch as demonstrated by Debbie Stoller of Creativebug
- Join knit squares using the crochet slip stitch method by Meghan of Meghan Makes Do
- Slip Joins in a different manner (joining outer loops) by Cynthia Hyslop
- or Use Baseball stitch as demonstrated by 10RowsADay
VARIATIONS ON THE FREE KNITTING PATTERNS BLANKET SQUARES (MITERED)
Check out the variations on the mitred square knit pattern:
- Original garter stitch mitered square pattern.
- Rainbow mitered square knitting pattern.
- Knit a lacy version of the square - pattern here.
- A garter stitch ridge-like variation of the knit block, can be found here.
- Block in the square variation is available here.
- Contrasting Stripey Knit Block.
Knitting squares is such a relaxing exercise or craft.
And I know most of us don't like stitching all the squares into something useful. But, it is just another way to challenge yourself into starting and completing a knitting project.
You'll be so proud to see someone actually using your blanket!
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