Learn-a-Stitch Three-Part Workshop Series Part 1: It’s All Geometry My Dear! The Magic of Mitered Knitting

In Part 1 of my Learn-a-Stitch Workshop Series on Knitting.About.com, I go into detail about the characteristics of a mitered square. I discuss exactly how this look is achieved by working a series of decreases which creates a diagonal line that runs from the cast on edge, to the bind off row.

Watch this quick “mitering 101″ video for my explanation of a mitered square:

I personally find this technique fascinating because the possibilities are virtually unlimited. Once you understand some basic decreasing methods and can do a little math, you’ll be on your way to making mitered squares of any shape and size!

One-Color Mitered Square

4 x 4-Inch One-Color Square

This is the most basic of all mitered squares because you work with just one color for the entire square.  This small 4 x 4 inch size is an easy way to practice the technique…and make a few coasters while you’re at it!

Cast on 32 sts.
Row 1 (set-up row) (WS): K16, pm, k16.
Row 2 (RS): Knit to 2 sts before marker,
k2tog, sm, ssk; knit to end.
Note: Place safety pin on this side of work,
marking it as the RS.
Row 3: Knit across row, slipping marker.
Rep Rows 2 and 3 until 4 sts rem on
needle.
Next row: Ssk, remove marker,
k2tog—2 sts.
Last row: K2tog, fasten off.

Two-Color Mitered Square

4 x 4-Inch Two-Color Square
With A, cast on 32 sts.
Row 1 (set-up row) (WS): K16, pm, k16.
Row 2 (RS): With B, knit to 2 sts before
marker, k2tog, sm, ssk; knit to end.
Note: Place safety pin on this side of work,
marking it as the RS.
Row 3 Knit across, slipping marker.
Rows 4 and 5 With A, rep Rows 2 and 3.
Rep [Rows 2–5] twice more.
Rep Rows 2 and 3—18 sts.
Cut B.
With A, rep Rows 2 and 3 until 4 sts rem
on needle.
Next row Ssk, remove marker,
k2tog—2 sts.
Last row K2tog, fasten off.

Stay tuned for my Part 2 Workshop all about getting creative with Seed and Moss Stitch. To learn more about mitering and other useful knitting techniques, visit AnniesOnlineClasses.com and check out my Mix & Match Knit Sampler class. You can also read Knitting.About.com editor Sarah White’s review of my class here.

4 Responses to Learn-a-Stitch Three-Part Workshop Series Part 1: It’s All Geometry My Dear! The Magic of Mitered Knitting

  1. Cathy Bisson says:

    I am not a really experienced knitter. After staring at kitchen linoleum pattern for years, I wanted to try to duplicate it in a piece of knitting, only to find this impossible since knit stitches are rectangular. I’ve made many pairs of socks and now can see how the stitches work together to form the square. I’ve already begun planning projects with this new knitting revelation. THANK YOU!!!

  2. Christine Harrison says:

    I’d love to have a go at the mitered square but can you please tell me what the abreviations sm & ssk mean. Thank you!

  3. Lydia says:

    All the hints you give through this site are very useful and I really enjoy the newsletter. Thank you

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