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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. 

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Knit Mitered Square Tutorial Video

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


Thursday 10th of November 2022

Loved your tutorial on the mitered square!


Tuesday 6th of September 2022

Could you please sign me up to your news letter. Many thanks

sarah christopher-collett

Wednesday 20th of July 2022

i do a 55 stiches square so i have 27 on each side


Wednesday 25th of May 2022

Nunca había visto esta técnica, me ha encantado!


Sunday 20th of February 2022

I'm a left handed knitter trying to make this blanket. I am having trouble adding center squares. I am making the squares with a black border as I want the stain glass look. Do you have any suggestions for this technique besides seaming them after they are knit. Currently I am trying to add them to the blanket as I go. Thank you in advance for any advice you can offer.