Easy Mitered Baby Blanket Free Knitting Pattern
What if I told you this is a beginner project, it uses one skein of yarn and anyone can knit this. I'm going to show you step-by-step how to make it in the video below.
Let’s get started.
Mitered knitting? Is that hard to do? No and I’m going to show you how!
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First of all…what is mitered knitting? Mitered knitting is simply creating a turn in your work. We’re going to do that by adding an increase in the middle of every row. That’s it. No secret sauce, no fancy tricks.
What I love about mitered knitting is that people who don’t know how to knit think you’ve done something completely amazing!
Completed Blanket Measures: 23.5” square (unblocked)
Gauge: 19 stitches to 4” in garter stitch on US 6 needles
We're going to start by casting on three stitches.
I'm going to make a slip knot.
Put that slipknot on the needle; it will count as the first stitch. Now cast on another two stitches.
Row 1: Turn your work and knit those three stitches.
Row 2: Setup row - Now we are going to work an increase on row. Knit two stitches then place a stitch marker. Now we’ll do a make one increase as follows. Pick up the bar in between the two stitches by inserting your needle from back to front and then knit that stitch. Then knit the last stitch.
Row 3: Every Row - Knit across to the stitch marker. Slip the marker. Make an increase by picking up that bar that's in the middle of the next two stitches. Knit that stitch and knit the remaining stitches on the needle.
When you have approximately 5-6 yards left on the skein, bind off.
It's really easy. This is the entire pattern!
About Mitered Square Shaping
I've stopped right here in the center of the row because I want you to understand how this looks. I know when I started doing mitered knitting, I found it very confusing to understand what the shape was actually looking like as I was knitting.
So if you knit to the stitch marker, then just set down your project and take a look at it. You'll see that you've it actually creates a turn in your work. You're actually knitting a square. Your square is just going to get larger and larger as these sides wider and wider. It will just keep growing outward. So that's what this is going to look like. I'm going to continue on and then show you how to bind off.
How many stitches do I end up with when I'm almost out of yarn?
I end up with 106 stitches on each side. So 106 then the marker then 106.
How many yards of yarn should I have on Then I bound off. You want to make sure you always have enough yarn to bind off. Make sure you have 5-6 yards of yarn left to bind off on this project because you're going to have nearly 220 stitches that you're going to need to bind off at the end.
To bind off, I'm going to knit the first stitch. Knit the second stitch and then take this first stitch up over and off the needle. You are just going to keep doing that all the way across the row. Knit the next stitch, take the first stitch up and over. It's a very easy way to bind off but when we get to the center I want you to work the increase because it will make a better corner at the end. Okay I'm now at the end of my row and you can see what a beautiful shape your blanket is going to have when it's completed. You're just going to keep knitting and when you get to the end, bind it off.
I'm going to clip the yarn leaving about a 4” tail so you can weave that in.
Insert that tail into the loop to secure it. Then you are just going to weave in the yarn ends.
Weaving in Yarn Ends
This is really easy to do in garter stitch. You are just going to find a row and be doing almost like a duplicate stitch. So I find a row and then I'm just going to follow this stitch and now I'll do this stitch and this one. Then what I like to do just to make sure it's secure is go back a few stitches and then I clip that close to the work.