Learn a Stitch, Share the Love Knitalong Series–Free Washcloth Pattern #4- Let’s Make it Mitered!

I hope you’re enjoying this special knitalong series! This week, I’m moving into some new territory. Today, I’ll show you how to play around with 4 x 4 mitered squares to make the easy washcloth shown below. This is a great way to use up those leftover yarns that you now have in your stash after making all the fun free washcloths featured in this Learn a Stitch, Share the Love series!

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In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to make the washcloth pictured above, which is created by joining four Two-Color Mitered Squares. This is done by picking up stitches along the edge of a finished square to begin the next one. I’ll explain in detail how this is done later in this tutorial, but for starters let me give you a quick rundown of what you’ll learn:

Here’s what you need to do to get started making your washcloth:

  1. Watch this quick video for how to make a mitered square.
  2. Go get this pattern for a 4 x 4 two-color mitered square.
  3. Visit Annie’s to pick your colors of Premier Home Cotton™ here.

Now, let’s get started!

Step 1: Make your first 4 x 4 mitered square. Click HERE for the pattern.

4 x 4 mitered square

Step 1: Make your 4 x 4 mitered square

Step 2: With the right side facing, pick up 16 stitches along cast-on edge. To learn how to pick up stitches with a knitting needle, watch this 10-second video tutorial.

Tip: This technique can also be worked with a crochet hook, which is my favorite method.

Pick up new stitches for your second mitered square. Using a crochet hook is my favorite method.

Pick up new stitches for your second mitered square. Using a crochet hook is an easy way to do this, and it’s my preferred method of choice.

If you were using a crochet hook, transfer your stitches to a knitting needle.

If you were using a crochet hook, transfer your stitches to a knitting needle, making sure that your working yarn is to the left (as shown above) so you can begin the next step.

Step 3: Turn your work. The wrong side is now facing you. Pick up a second knitting needle and cast on 16 new stitches using the cable cast-on method. You can watch a quick tutorial for this here.

Note: You may use a different cast on method to add the new stitches. I use the cable cast-on because it is the method I like best.

Cast on 16 new stitches using the Cable Cast-On method.

Cast on 16 new stitches using the cable cast-on method. With your second needle, place tip between first and second stitch on left-hand needle. Wrap working yarn around needle and draw loop through.

Cable Cast-On, pulling new loop between first and second stitch on left-hand needle.

After pulling through the new loop, place it on the left-hand needle. Repeat this process until you have a total of 32 stitches on your needle. Watch the video again here so you can see how to place the new stitch on the needle.

Step 4: Now that you have 32 stitches on your needle, work the  Two-Color 4 x 4 Mitered Square pattern, starting from Row 1.

The photo above shows what your square looks like after completing Row 1 of the 4 x 4 mitered square.

The photo above shows what your square looks like after completing Row 1 of the Two-Color 4 x 4 Mitered Square. Simply work the pattern as instructed until your square is complete.

Second mitered square with a few rows of knitting.

Second mitered square with a few rows of knitting.

Square showing how the miter begins to form.

Square showing how the miter begins to form.

Two joined 4 x 4 mitered squares.

Two joined 4 x 4 Mitered Squares.

Next...sew the center seam to create the finished washcloth! Click here for a quick tutorial on how to work Mattress Stitch.

Next…sew the center seam to create the finished washcloth! Click here for a quick tutorial on how to work mattress stitch.

Also, check out Learn to Seam Like a Pro for how to sew seams using mattress stitch.

Seaming with Mattress Stitch.

Seam your knits like a pro using mattress stitch!

Congratulations, you made your finished washcloth!

Congratulations, you’ve finished your washcloth!

Now, head on over the Creative Knitting Fans Group on Ravelry to chime in with other knitters making this washcloth!

2 Responses to Learn a Stitch, Share the Love Knitalong Series–Free Washcloth Pattern #4- Let’s Make it Mitered!

  1. Sandra Spencer says:

    I have really enjoyed doing these washcloths. I am almost finished with the last one, just have to sew it together now. I have used different colors and the washcloths still have come out nicely. This is fun. I will try more knitalongs.

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