Mitered Square Afghan

F_blanketSome 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.

Miter_notes1I 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 Miter_notes2ideas 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!).

O_Mitered2This is what it looks like.

O_Mitered1I 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?

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24 Responses to Mitered Square Afghan

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  3. Thank you! It was the first time I’d knit mitered squares. You’re right; they are a lot of fun. Eventually I’m going to knit some more and turn into an afghan for us (i.e., not for the kids or grandkids). 🙂

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  4. kmkat says:

    Mitered squares are such fun, but you turned yours into a fabulous design — love it!

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  5. I am sure designing one with various sized squares could be very interesting (and fun!). I decided to take the quick route … 🙂

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  6. It looks stunning. Imagine knitting smaller squares! That would be a great project for using up old stash (make note to self!).

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  7. From one fiber addict to another: Go for it! 🙂

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  8. That’s so cool looking! I feel a bout of start-itis coming on…

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  9. Thank you … now hopefully the grandkids won’t be too disappointed they’re not getting a sack of toys from me. 🙂

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  10. Wow … socks! I look forward to seeing pictures when they’re finished.

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  11. Me too. And they look so homey!

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  12. Thank you. One of these days I’ll make another … maybe out of stash ends. 🙂

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  13. Thank you. It was fun to make (and easy!).

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  14. Me too. As soon as I put it together I wanted to knit another one!

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  15. I am very pleased how it turned out!

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  16. Oh, it’s not difficult at all! I’d suggest practicing on a smaller mitered square using a light colored yarn so you can see what’s going on. Give it a try!

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  17. kaydeerouge says:

    This is so ingenious! I’m very tempted to have a try – but I’m not sure I’d find it as easy as you. Perhaps one day I’ll have a go …….

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  18. tkreader says:

    Really nice! Love the color.

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  19. thetinfoilhatsociety says:

    Oh, I love the Greek key look!

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  20. lissymail says:

    lovely! I made a blanket with them as well and love it–the colors are amazing!

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  21. bonnyknits says:

    Very cool blanket!!

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  22. Very clever! I like the knitted quilt pattern idea a lot. 🙂

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  23. Vix says:

    It’s lovely! I’m making socks with teeny tiny mitred squares, it’s certainly slow going but I love the process so a blanket may be in order next year

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