How to knit a basic mitered square pattern

Updated July 20, 2017

Knitted mitred squares are interesting on their own, but they work well as parts of larger projects such as afghans, baby blankets and scarves. The pattern is deceptively easy and done in garter stitch - knit every stitch, but it can be done in stockinet. You will need to know how to cast on, knit, decrease - knit 2 together, and bind off to complete this pattern.

Cast on 48 stitches.

Knit 22 stitches, knit 2 together twice and knit 22 stitches for the first row.

Knit across the second and every even row.

Knit 21, knit 2 together twice, knit 21 for the third row. Knit 20, knit 2 together twice, knit 20 for the fifth row. Continue on this pattern until you have 4 stitches (43 rows).

Knit across the 44th row, knit 2 together twice for the 45th row. Slip one, knit one and pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch (PSSO). Fasten off and weave in loose ends.


Add stripes to the pattern by changing colours over six rows, or to your choosing.

Things You'll Need

  • Yarn/wool
  • Knitting needles
  • Scissors
  • Blunt large-eye needle
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Annie Kluza has been in the public-relations field since 1998, writing for clients in a number of markets and platforms. An avid traveler, she has published many travel articles, both online and in regional magazines such as "Magazine of Summerlin" and "205 South." Kluza holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications studies, magna cum laude, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.