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How to Knit a Perfect Mitered Square for Beginners

How to Knit a Perfect Mitered Square for Beginners

Inside: Knit Mitered Square pattern with tutorial video.

Which way does it go?

Mitered squares looks unique because the row changes direction in the middle. This eye-catching design is most noticeable when you use stripes, but a solid mitered square has it’s place in the knitter’s toolbox too.

knit mitered square pattern
The classic mitered square. Notice how the rows change direction?

This classic knit mitered square pattern creates a perfect square without having to calculate stitch or row gauge. Why knit a swatch if you don’t have to?

You can use the same pattern for any yarn or needle size and always create a perfect square.

The best part of the knit mitered square pattern? It’s easy enough for a beginner knitter to master.  

Knit a mitered square by casting on two sides of the square then working a series of decreases in the middle of the row.  Those central decreases cause the stitches on either to lean toward the center. This creates the visual turn each row takes from horizontal to vertical.

Mitered squares make great washcloths or baby lovies on their own. I love combining them into a larger project. Dozens of small squares make a beautiful colorblock blanket or poncho.

After you knit your first square you’re going to have hard time stopping!

Traditional Knit Mitered Square Pattern

By Kristen Mangus


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Medium weight (#4) Red Heart Chic Sheep (100g / 3.5oz, 170 m / 186 yards)
Color Green Tea used in sample.

US 8 – 5mm
Knitters Pride Dreamz Interchangeable used in sample.

Stitch marker(s)
Tapestry needle


Approx. = Approximately
K = Knit
K2tog = Knit 2 together
Pm = Place marker
Rem = Remain(ing)
Rep = Repeat
RS = Right side
Ssk = Slip, slip, knit
St(s) = Stitch(es)
WS = Wrong side

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19 sts x 40 rows in 4” in garter stitch


8” x 8” (20.3 x 20.3 cm)


This pattern is adjustable to any size square using any weight yarn.  Be sure to cast on an even number.


Cast on 76 sts.

Row 1 (WS): K 38, pm, k38.

Row 2: (RS): K to 2 sts before marker, k2tog, slip marker, ssk, k to end of row.
Row 3: K all.

Rep Rows 2-3 until 4 sts rem.

Row 4: K2tog, ssk.

Break yarn and pull tail through last 2 sts. Weave in ends. 

knit mitered square pin image

Knit Mitered Square Tutorial Video

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Grab your needles and yarn and knit a perfect mitered square today!

Sara Sprecher

Sunday 2nd of May 2021

Thank you so much for all your short tutorials. I can always find what help I need on your site. I have one suggestion for your mitered square video. When you are binding off & have done the k2tog for the last 2, & you cut your yarn & pull through that is not shown very well on camera. For some reason I always struggle with binding off. I watched it about 4 times before I took the plunge, cut & pulled through.

Anyway, your videos are awesome & so helpful to not so advanced knitters.

Melodie Murphy

Sunday 25th of April 2021

Your mitered square video helped me so much! I’ve struggled with them. PLUS, I’ve never been able to master long tail cast on, and thanks to your clear demonstration I think I will! You’re terrific!


Thursday 25th of March 2021

If a wanted to not a garter knitt square to mix in with there how many would I need to cast on and how many rows would it need to be


Saturday 10th of October 2020

Thank you so much for your tutorial and I like that you do not assume that your students already know something. Some of us need lot of repetition before the light comes on.


Sunday 11th of April 2021

I love this mitered square! It’s so easy I can do it on the fly and I like how it looks when done. A+