Mitred Squares

Hi guys, just a quick question.

Wondered if anyone has ever knitted a mitred square before by hand? and if so do you have a pattern. Ive started making a mitred square blanket on one of my machines, and the mitred squares are fairly easy to do on the machine, and want to use these for the majority of the blanket, but i want to knit the central four squares by hand to give some interest in the shaping.





chipsir's picture

If you are on Ravelry try the pattern section. Or try knitting

HuskerChub's picture

I'm wondering if you are talking about short rowed squares on the knitting machine. A short rowed square is very easy to do on the machine while a mitered square is almost as time consuming as hand knitting a mitered square. Are you simply casting on x number of stitches, taking 1 needle out of work on every other row getting down in a few stitches in work and then adding one needle back into work? If so that is actually a short row technique and yes you can do exactly the same thing by hand by simply knitting on less stitch every other row.
If you are casting on the number or stitches that make up 2 sides of the square and doing a double decrease in the center by moving all of the stitches in one stitch every other row then that is a mitered square. Once I know exactly what you are trying to duplicate I can be a little more help on the hand knitting.

phil_nov1987's picture

Hi there, yes thats what im doing. On the machine im casting on 40 stitches then puting one needle out of work on every other row until i have 2 sts left, then putting one needle back into work on everyother row, changing colours every 10 rows. It looks nice on the machine but was wondering how i would go about it by hand. Yes on the machine we call it short rowing too.

HuskerChub's picture

OK...that is very easy. You will basically do the same thing by hand. Cast on 40 sts, knit 1 row and purl back, next row knit to last 2 sts on left needle, [move yarn to front of work, slip one st from left to right needle, move yarn to back of work, slip st back to left needle, turn you work and purl back]. The instructions in []'s is often called w&t or wrap and turn. You will continue to knit one less st each row with a w&t until you only have 1 sts before the w&t. This is the same as putting needles out of work, the out of work sts are the ones just held and not knitted on the left needle. Now to put needles/sts back into work, knit to the "hole" that is caused but the wrap around the base of a st on your right needle. Pick up the wrap with your left needle tip and knit the wrap and the next stitch together, K2Tog turn and purl back. example on your last knit row you had 1 st in work, purled back 1, turn knit 2. The 2nd st is the wrapped one, pick up the wrap, k2tog, turn, purl 3, k3, pick up wrap, k2tog, purl 4 etc until all sts are being worked.

Hope this helps, I think if you sit down with a pair of needles and some yarn and just try it and think exactly like you do about machine knitting it will make sense and be simple to do. The reason that you are wrapping a stitch and then knitting the wrap with the next st is to stop the formation of holes along the short rowed diag line. You can do the same thing on the machine, depending on which side the carriage is on when you pull the needle to non-working position it will create a hole or not.
Hope this helps...if not send me a msg with questions and I'll try and clear it up.

Thepook's picture

I do garter stitch mitered squares. My recipe:

CO 40 stitches, place marker, CO 40 stitches
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Knit to 2 before marker, K2Tog, slip marker, SSK knit to end of row

Repeat those 2 rows until only 2 stitches left, BO.

Tallguy's picture

Mitred square by hand? Sure, of course, we all have done them thousands of times. But on a machine? I don't think you can do them easily on the machine -- just too much work.

What you described is a short row square, and that is NOT the same thing! A mitred square produces a ridge down the centre from corner to corner created by your decreases.

You cast on enough stitches for TWO sides of your square. You can use an odd number, or you can use an even number. You can use garter or stocking stitch. Mark the centre stitch, or the centre point between stitches if an even number. And then do a double decrease (use any of the methods available to you) on the right side, and work without decreaes on the back side. You will eventually come down to one or two stitches. You can then cast off, or pick up stitches along one side and cast on for the other side, and continue as before. These are fun to do. See the book by Vivian Høxbro on domino knitting for many ideas on ways to use this in your knitting.

If this looks familiar to a raglan sleeve, you are right.