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Knitting at KNoon Designs - Mitered Squares Afghan

© Chris de Longpré, Knitting At KNoon Designs, 2005, All Rights Reserved
Free Pattern - Not for Resale
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A lovely afghan, originally designed to use up left-over worsted wt wools, the model pictured was worked entirely in Noro Silk Garden by my knitting friend, Jacky. Jacky elected to omit the triangles and garter edging.



Materials:
Yarn - The template is for a 219-block afghan. Using worsted wt wool and blocks that start with 31 sts, each block will use approximately 11-1/2 yds of yarn and measure ~5" diagonally before blocking, ~6" diagonally after blocking (a blanket of ~60" x 72" before edging). Each triangle will use about half the yarn required for each block.
Needles - Straight needles, US size 8 (5.0mm). You will also need a long circular needle to work garter edging along each edge if desired.
Other - Stitch markers or small, coated paper clips; tapestry needle.

Notes:

1) Three cast-on techniques are used: long tail cast-on (for the blocks across the bottom edge), e-wrap cast-on (for the center stitch when joining blocks across the bottom edge), and cable cast-on (for the outside half of base stitches on right and left edges).
2) p2sso means pass 2 slipped stitches over.
3) Blocks are worked in diagonal rows from the bottom base block upward to the left. Block 1 is the bottom left-hand corner, block 2 is the base block to the right of block 1, block 3 joins block 1 and 2, etc.
4) If you are using several yarns, end each block based on what yarn will be used in the next block. If the next block will be a different yarn, or if no block is to be knit on immediately, break the yarn and loosely pull the tail through the remaining loop. If the next block is to be knit in the same yarn, put a stitch marker in the remaining loop and drop it from the needle; do not break the working yarn; proceed with picking up stitches for the adjacent block.
5) When picking up a stitch in the center chain of the block below, carefully pull out the tail from the final loop in the center chain, or remove the stitch marker, and place the loop on the right-hand needle.
6) Weaving in ends: The number of ends is minimized by chaining the blocks knit in the same yarn. There are, however, quite a few ends to weave in. Weave through the garter bumps on the wrong side, along one entire edge of a block. Then gently stretch the fabric to even the tension before trimming the end close to the back of the fabric.

Base block:
Use the long tail cast-on method to cast on 31 sts.
Row 1: k14, slip2 (together, knitwise), k1, p2sso, k14
Row 2: k14, p1, k14
Repeat these 2 rows, decreasing the beginning and ending knit st count by 1 on each repeat until 3 sts remain.
Work a wrong side row over 3 remaining sts.
Last row, slip 2, k1, p2sso.

Block connecting two base blocks:
Beginning to the left of the center (chained) st, pick up and knit 15 sts along the top left edge of the base block on the right. Use an e-wrap cast-on to cast on 1 st at center. Pick up and knit 15 sts along the top right edge of the left-hand block, ending to the right of the center (chained) st of this block. K15, p1, k15. Complete as for basic block. Put a stitch marker through the last loop and drop from the needle, leaving working yarn attached, if the next block will be worked in the same yarn. If the next block will be worked in a different yarn, break off and pull the end through the final loop, leaving tension on the last st loose.

Block along left-hand edge:
Beginning to the left of the center (chained) st, pick up and knit 15 sts along the top left edge of the block below. Pick up the center chain of the edge block below. Use an e-wrap cast-on to cast on 1 st. Using a cable cast-on cast on 14 more sts. K15, p1, k15. Complete as for basic block. Break yarn and pull through remaining st, leaving tension on the last st loose.

Interior blocks:
Beginning to the left of the center (chained) st of the block below and right, pick up and knit 15 sts along the top left edge. Pick up 1 st from the center chain of the block directly below. Pick up and knit 15 sts along the top right edge the block to the left. K15, p1, k15. Complete as for basic block, ending as appropriate for the yarn to be used in the next block.

Blocks along the right-hand edge:
Use a cable cast on to cast on 15 sts. Pick up 1 st from the center (chained) st the block below. Pick up and knit 15 sts along the top right edge of the adjoining block. K15, p1, k15. Complete as for basic block; end as appropriate for the yarn to be used in the next block.

Basic triangle: (16 sts)
Begin by picking up and knitting 16 sts.
Row 1: (wrong side) k1, k2tog, k to end (15 sts)
Row 2: (right side) k1, k2tog, k to end
Row 3: (wrong side) knit even
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until 3 sts remain. On next row (right side), k1, k2tog, pull the first st over the second st, break yarn (leaving a long enough tail for seaming) and pull through remaining st.

Template:
Print a template to plan your colors.
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