Some months ago I wrote a post on the inspiration knitters and crocheters can get from quilting patterns. It came on the heels of crocheting an granny square afghan for granddaughter F where I discovered I can no longer crochet. (Crocheting aggravated the damage in my right wrist so badly that I couldn’t knit for quite a while.) But of course I couldn’t give my granddaughter a hand made afghan without making another one for my grandson.
I decided to knit mitered squares and piece them together for a quilt-inspired afghan for grandson O. This was an easy project – all garter stitch (great for beginner knitters). Further, combined with the very manageable size of the squares, it was a great project for the “mindless” knitting good for traveling. While easy, nonetheless it took some forethought and planning. Size mitered square: 12″ square. Multiple sized squares: Maybe. Solid colors or stripes: Stripes.
I put various colored skeins next to each other to see what worked best. As you can see from the picture of my note book, I sketched out some ideas using colored pencils. (There were several other sketches, but not all made it into my notebook.) I created little miter cutouts to move around while I decided on color and layout.
Using worsted weight yarn and a US #7 needle, I cast on 48+1 (for the mitered corner)+48 stitches, and then started knitting. (I wanted to knit the first square in a multiple of 4 [not including the corner stitch] so that I would have the flexibility if I decided to mix it up and knit smaller squares that I could piece into the pattern, e.g., 4 +1+4, 8+1+8, 12+1+ 12, 16+1+16, 20+1+20, etc.). After quickly knitting the first 12″ mitered square, I decided to stick with simple and fast (no multiple sizes!).
I couldn’t make up my mind about the border. I threw the finished afghan over a couch to stare at for a few days – hoping that some interesting idea for a border would come to me. I finally decided on knitting a striped border with miniature mitered square corners.
Knitters and crocheters who want an easy project – one that can make much more complicated if you choose – give a mitered square afghan a try. If you want to really go wild with mitered squares – knit or crocheted – check out Wooly Thoughts. (See also its Ravelry page.)
What have you done with mitered squares?