Michele Lee Bernstein

Knitting Mitered Squares

Michele Lee Bernstein
Duration:   10  mins

Knitting mitered squares is the perfect “potato chip knitting” project. They are so fun to knit, it’s almost impossible to knit just one. These squares can be joined together as you go or seamed together once all the squares are complete. In this video, knitting expert Michele Lee Bernstein shows you just how fun and easy it is to knit mitered squares.

Michele begins by mentioning that mitered squares can be knit in any size you like. She’s making smaller squares, that can easily be made from leftover yarn. She casts on an odd number of stitches, because she will be working a double decrease at the center of the square, which will take three stitches and decrease it to a single stitch. She casts on 25 stitches using the knitted cast on. She uses a locking stitch marker to mark the center stitch.

She works the next row as Wrong Side row. She slips the first stitch purlwise with yarn in front, knits to the center stitch, purls the center stitch, and then knits to the end of the row. Michele then begins repeating the following two rows:

Row 1 (RS): Sl1 wyif, knit to 1 stitch before the center stitch, cdd, knit to end—2 stitches decreased.
Row 2 (WS): Sl1 wyif, knit to center stitch, purl center stitch, knit to end.

These two rows are repeated until 5 stitches remain on the needle. Michele works the last two rows as follows:

Final RS Row: Sl1 wyif, cdd, knit 1 stitch—2 stitched decreased; 3 stitches remain.
Final WS Row: Cdd—2 stitches decreased; 1 stitch remains.

Michele cuts the yarn and brings the yarn through the final stitch to fasten off. She notes the slipped stitch edge that is created, which is perfect for joining mitered squares together. If you’d prefer to seam the squares together, you can choose to knit the first stitch on every row instead if you like.


cdd: central double decrease – slip first and second stitches together as if to knit them together, knit 1 stitch, pass two slipped stitches over the knit stitch
sl: slip stitch purlwise
RS: Right Side
WS: Wrong Side
wyif: with yarn in front