©Pat Ashforth & Steve Plummer 2018

©Pat Ashforth & Steve Plummer 2018

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MITRED SQUARES 1

Each ridge has a double increase at the centre. You may want to experiment with various decreases to find which you like best.


My preferred method is:



If you are familiar with any method of temporary cast on, you might want to use it whenever you are not picking up from existing stitches. Where the instructions say cast on you can use a temporary cast on and remove it later.



A mitred square begins with the number of stitches you need for two sides of the square. Each ridge of knitting is shorter than the one before so the ridges turn inwards to form an L-shape and eventually disappear away to a point to complete the square.

The squares could be made in several orders to create this block of four. The instructions are for the squares as they are numbered here.


The blue lines denote cast-on edges.

The red lines show edges where stitches are picked up.

1

2

4

3

Square 1

Using Light, cast on 47 stitches. Count this as the first row of the first ridge.
Ridge 1 - Second row : knit 22, double decrease (using knit row method described above), knit to the end (45 stitches)





Ridge 2 (Dark) : purl 21, double decrease (using purl row method described above), purl to the end (43 stitches)

Ridge 3 (Light) : knit 20, double decrease (knit method), knit to the end (41 stitches)

Ridge 4 (Dark) : purl 19, double decrease (purl method), purl to the end (39 stitches)

Ridge 5 (Light) : knit 18, double decrease (knit method), knit to the end (37 stitches)

Ridge 6 (Dark) : purl 17, double decrease (purl method), purl to the end (35 stitches)

Continue in this way until only one stitch remains. Cut yarns and fasten off.


You should now be able to see 23 ridges of knitting.


Square 2

Using Dark, cast on 24 stitches then pick up one stitch from the end of each ridge of Square 1 (47 stitches in total)
Ridge 1 - Second row : knit 22, double decrease (knit row method), knit to the end (45 stitches)
Ridge 2 (Light) : purl 21, double decrease (purl method), purl to the end (43 stitches)

Ridge 3 (Dark) : knit 20, double decrease (knit method), knit to the end (41 stitches)

Ridge 4 (Light) : purl 19, double decrease (purl method), purl to the end (39 stitches)

Ridge 5 (Dark) : knit 18, double decrease (knit method), knit to the end (37 stitches)

Ridge 6 (Light) : purl 17, double decrease (purl method), purl to the end (35 stitches)

Continue in this way until only one stitch remains. Cut yarns and fasten off.


Square 3

Using Light, cast on 24 stitches then pick up one stitch from the end of each ridge of Square 2 (47 stitches in total)
Work as for Square 1.


Square 4

Using Dark, pick up one stitch from the end of each ridge of Square 3, one in the corner and one from each ridge of Square 1 (47 stitches in total)
Work as for Square 2.


The first row of every ridge is knit.

The following instructions only tell you what to do on the second (wrong side) row of the ridge.

Mitred squares cannot be charted in the same way as other designs because you do not knit normal straight rows.

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