Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about squares.
I’ve amassed an embarrassingly large amount of single skeins of a couple of different yarns for the express purpose of knitting squares, to be put together into a blanket, most likely.
So it was sort of serendipitous that I received this eBook the other day:
This is A Knitter’s Gallery of Mitered Squares – 45 Unique Designs in Color, Texture and Lace by Jill Bigelow-Suttell & Jane Bigelow. It is available in both electronic and hard copy here.
As the title suggests, this is a collection of patterns for 45 mitered squares. You can see most of the patterns on the books’ Ravelry page here.
The book contains more than just the patterns for the squares, though. There is a brief description of how a mitered square is created, some explanation on how to read charts, and very useful information on joining squares together: how to pick up and knit a new square onto an existing square in different ways to achieve different shapes. And there are instructions for creating left and right-leaning triangles, as well a top triangle. Finally, some information on stacking squares, moving in different directions to achieve different results.
The patterns for the squares are organized by type: color, texture, and lace. There is a large, clear full-page photo of each square:
This is followed by a full page chart for the knitting of that square. (All of the patterns are charted, not written out.) Each square has notes explaining how to adapt it — for example, if it can be worked over any odd number of stitches, or if it needs to be worked in multiples of 4, etc.
After the patterns for the squares themselves there are a few patterns for items that can be made from mitered squares.
Frosty Sunrise is a wrap made from a couple of the lace squares in alternating colors.
Harvest Celebration is a table runner (that could easily be converted into placemats) that combines squares with a border.
Misty Valley is a simple vest design that demonstrates how stunning mitered squares can be incorporated into a garment.
Aurora Night is an all-square vest: clever placement creates armhole and neck shaping.
Once again, I’ve been authorized to host a give-away for a copy of this e-book. Who’d like it?
To be entered in the drawing to win a copy of A Knitter’s Gallery of Mitered Squares – 45 Unique Designs in Color, Texture and Lace, please leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. A winner will be chosen at random from the comments posted.
Speaking of winners, the winner of last week’s giveaway of Big Foot Knits by Andi Smith is Robin, who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who entered!
Meanwhile at home, I finished my Mighty Mini Scarf last Friday.
And Loki is doing what he does best: