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How to Knit a Mitered Square

This stitch originally posted on March 20, 2012

I love magic. I can remember watching Lance Burton perform this illusion where he ends up defending this woman at a restaurant by fencing with a mysterious masked man. What ends up happening blew my young mind! (You can see what I mean here)

Ever since then I’ve always tried to find cool tricks to impress my friends. Some have been more impressive than others. My brother wouldn’t let me try to stab him with a sword to make him disappear, but I did find a Svengali card deck that let me read other peoples cards. Strangely no one liked playing go fish with me.

Well today I’m going to show you a knitting trick that will amaze and astound your friends. You’ll be able to make garter stitch do some pretty interesting things when you learn how to make a miter square.

This video knitting tutorial will help you learn how to knit a mitered square. This technique is used to create square pieces of fabric when knitting flat. By decreasing at a particular point in your work you can make a 45 degree angle that looks really nice with garter stitch. Miter squares are often used for making afghans.

Skill: Intermediate
Cast On: Multiples of 2 + 1
For this pattern you will need to know the following techniques:
Knit – k
Knit Two Together – k2tog
Slip Stitch – sl st
Pass Slipped Stitch Over – psso

Pattern Instructions:

Row 1: Knit all sts.

Row 2: Knit until one st before where you want to decrease, sl 1, k2tog, psso, knit to end.

Repeat rows 1 – 2 until you have 3 sts left. Then slip 1, k2tog, psso. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

When you finish your pattern should look like this:

Example of a Mitered Square (click for larger)
Example of a knitted mitered square

music in video is from demo 2008 by (Latchxe9 Swing) / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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Comments

  1. Manjula singhi

    February 6, 2013

    I like your all pattern it’s help me a lot. I am very much interested hand knitting from this site I’ll get idea to knit cardigan and pounchu for my daughter.very soon she is settle in us. And also help me to knit blanket your new pattern how to knit a mitered square. Thank you.

  2. fiesta.ware@hotmail.com

    February 22, 2013

    Here is the math to figure out where your three stitches are: For example if you casted on 20 plus 1 the math is 21-3=18 then you divide by 2. 18/2=9 so you would knit 9, mark three stitches, then knit 9. Again count your total stitches minus 3, divide by 2.

    • Johnny Vasquez

      March 2, 2013

      great tip!

  3. Desiree

    July 24, 2013

    Just wondering if this stitch could be done with rib stitch (knit1,purl1) instead of the garter stitch? I am making a trim for my blanket. The trim is ribbed. I will have to attach the miltered square to the trim and the blanket. Unless there is another stitch out there that can make my 12 stitch-wide rib stitch turn 45 degrees. Thanks!

    • Johnny Vasquez

      July 24, 2013

      That should work fine, but your square will be a bit smaller with ribbing.