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!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:
- How to work a 4 x 4-inch, 4 x 4 Two-Color Mitered Square
- How to work two important decreases: k2tog and ssk.
- How to pick up and knit using a knitting needle and a crochet hook.
- How to seam in mattress stitch.
Here’s what you need to do to get started making your washcloth:
- Watch this quick video for how to make a mitered square.
- Go get this pattern for a 4 x 4 two-color mitered square.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Also, check out Learn to Seam Like a Pro for how to sew seams using mattress stitch.
Now, head on over the Creative Knitting Fans Group on Ravelry to chime in with other knitters making this washcloth!