Thursday, May 17, 2012

Magical Miters

The design that got many knitters hooked on mitered knitting is Shelly Kang's Mitered Sock Yarn Blanket. On her blog (, Shelly shared her journey as she knit her sock yarn scraps into the colourful blanket shown below.

 If you are unfamiliar with mitered knitting, don't fear, the squares are connected as you knit, not knit separately and pieced together at the end.  Ravelry now has over 1200 mitered blankets posted.

Most are a rainbow collection of random bits of sock yarn.

Others, while still several  sock yarns have a more cohesive colour scheme.

Or use a single colourway of selfstriping yarn,

Various shades of Noro Kureyon

This baby blanket has all the squares in the same colourway of Kureyon sock yarn.

The Mitered Squares Afghan below is a free pattern on the Lion Brand website;
It uses several complimentary colourways of self striping yarn.

If desired, specific colours can be selected. This pair of blankets was knit for a brother and sister, same design, different colours.

Some knitters positioned their squares for specific colour effects.
The colour spectrum


Colour spectrum again.

A variety of edgings can be used on a mitered project.
A solid band can be picked up and added at the end.

The edging can be left with triangle, and a round of single crochet added to finish.

A ruffle was added to this baby blanket version.

An I-cord edge for this one.

This blanket was knit with a black edge around each miter.

This blanket combined miters and squares knit according to the Barn Raising Quilt Pattern

Not every one used sock yarn. This stroller blanket was done with Rowan Colourscapes, a beautiful self striping chunky yarn.

A baby blanket in several pastel shades of DK cotton.

Mitered knitting would be great for group projects. Once you get started, more than one person can work on it at once.

Once you understand the basics of mitering, you will not be challenged by some other great patterns.
Mitered Diamond Bag

Miters and Lace Scarf

Mitered Scarf from the book 60 Quick Knits for Cascade 220

This mitered scarf is a FREE design on Drops, using several colours of self striping sock yarn.

A mobieus cowl with self striping yarn

a cute baby's bib

Another FREE Drops design. The fronts and backs are miters with stitches picked up and knit in garter stitch for the sleeves.

A coat of many colours wrap.

A shawl,

Knitted shawl in domino squares in sock yarn, a FREE pattern by DROPS design

Smoking Hot Socks designed by one of our customers.

A FREE mitered slipper pattern from Drops

 A simple top from Japanese Inspired Knits

These are just a few of the MITERED KNITTING DESIGNS you will find on Ravelry. If we have sparked your interest, Gabriela will be offering 2 mitered knitting classes this summer;  a one session introductory class to get you started on a MITERED SOCK YARN BLANKET and a 4 week DESIGN YOUR OWN MITERED SUMMER TOP.

Happy Knitting

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