My current work in progress:

1. Drachenfels, designed by Melanie Berg, knit from Madelintosh Pashmina in the Black Walnut, Seasalt, and Mineral colorways on a 4 mm (U.S. size 6) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Hip To Be Square

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:

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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:

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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.

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Harvest Celebration is a table runner (that could easily be converted into placemats) that combines squares with a border.

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Misty Valley is a simple vest design that demonstrates how stunning mitered squares can be incorporated into a garment.

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Aurora Night is an all-square vest: clever placement creates armhole and neck shaping.

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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.

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And Loki is doing what he does best:

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Comments

  1. Want this book.
    Love Loki.
    Lisa´s last blog post ..OK, I got wild and crazy and …

  2. Love your mighty mini scarf – beautiful colors. This book looks like a great way to get into squares :).

  3. I’ve always been intrigued by mitered squares. It would be fun to learn about their construction. Thanks, Wendy!

  4. StephanieM says:

    I’m liking the looks of this book, I’d love to try some mitered squares! Thanks!

  5. Phyllis G says:

    Your scarf is stunning! Would love to win the book so I can make that vest.

  6. I would love this book. I have lots of extra yarn and would love to do something with it. This book looks like it has a lot of good ideas!
    thanks for giving it away!

  7. Thanks so much for the chance to win that book! What a great gift. And I really love your mighty mini scarf!

  8. Leslie in MA says:

    I’d love the change to get this. I’ve always had trouble neatly joining squares unless I simply crochet them together and would be interested to get more ideas than runners and blankies.

    Loki always looks so laid back – is he?

  9. the mighty mini looks great.
    Thanks for offering the mitered squares book.

  10. Mary Lou says:

    the scarf looks lovely and by the way, I am enjoying the MKAL very much!

  11. Laura C says:

    I started a sock yarn blanket using mitered squares. Would love to explore other options to add more interest.

    Thanks for sharing.

  12. I love making mitered squares.

  13. Your Mighty Mini is mighty marvelous!
    Barbara at Knitting | Work in Progress´s last blog post ..FO | Fluted Ridge Afghan Bright

  14. Elaine in NYC says:

    Nice scarf! His Floofiness might be called Stretch. I’d love to win this book.

  15. Seeing the pictures from the book has made me rethink mitered squares. Winning a copy would be lovely.

  16. Barbara S. says:

    I love doing mitered squares, but never thought how to incorporate patterns in.

    I also love soft fluffy kitty bellies!

  17. This book looks fun! Thanks for the giveaway! Hi handsome Loki. ;-)

  18. Donna Jefferis says:

    Yes a good use of all the left overs and a nice long term project.

  19. Esther49 says:

    I’d love to make a blanket using the Mitered Squares book. And your Mighty Mini turned out so nice!

  20. Love the scarf! This book looks interesting. A different use for all those squares sounds great. Thanks

  21. This book looks fascinating and I’ve been itching to do some sort of square blanket. I’d love to be entered in this selection! :)

  22. What a great book idea! I’d love a shot at it. (And Loki’s fluffy tummy.) Come on, random number generator!

  23. MarciaViola says:

    This sounds like a great book. I also have tons of scrap yarn that scream squares :-)

  24. Catherine Shepperd says:

    The Misty Valley vest is very interesting to me and would be the first on my list of projects from this book if I had it.

  25. noallatin says:

    It looks like an interesting book. I’m certainly interested.

  26. I would love that book, so much fun!

  27. Bonny Horton says:

    Please enter me into the drawing. Squares just might be fun, fun, fun!

  28. This looks like a great book to have in the library

  29. I would like to have a copy of this ebook. I have been thinking of a use of leftover sock yarns and this would fit the order. The way things have going I need something good.

  30. As a quilter – knitting squares would be right up my alley! Would love the book.
    Jennifer´s last blog post ..Fleeting

  31. Count me among those who have enough leftover sock yarn to make a very cozy blanket! Thanks for reviewing the book. It looks like a must have.

  32. Elaine F says:

    Would love this book. Seems like it would be very useful. Would love to win..

  33. This is such a cool book, I’ve been eyeing it!

  34. Neat book! I really like the squares scarf.
    mesha´s last blog post ..Tiny People

  35. Great book! Please enter me in the drawing!
    Eileen

  36. I like that vest.

  37. Oh, I’d love the squares book. I have a bazillion little skeins of sock yarn that I was going to do that hexipuff thing with, after ONE hexipuff I was ready to commit suicide with my dpns. Maybe squares instead.

    And Loki is very handsome. My orange fluff ball Lucy thinks he’s the cat’s meow.
    Lorette Meske´s last blog post ..Swatch

  38. Suzanne says:

    Interesting book. I like your scarf.

  39. I have tons of yarn leftovers and squares would be the thing to do!

  40. I’d like to get this good.

  41. kathleen w says:

    I crochet squares all the time, but I am not the best at knitting them. I think the book looks awesome.
    Loki is awesome, too!

  42. Debbie H says:

    I have been obsessed lately with mitered squares. I would love to win a copy. Thanks
    Gussek@hotmail on ravelry

  43. I would love to have this book. I have been saving fingering weight extras for a couple of years now. My plan is to make a blanket for each of my grandchildren to treasure (3 of them so far).

  44. Sue Ess says:

    This is the second review I’ve seen of this book and it looks so cool. I’d love to win a copy! Thanks for the chance!

  45. Rusty Boyd says:

    I would love this book to help further my designing.

  46. Fascinating concept and so many lovely squares!

  47. Jill McKibben says:

    Would love to be entered in the drawing for this book. I hate waste, and would love to find a way to use up odds and ends of skeins.

  48. This is squarely in my sights! I’d love the book.

  49. Ruth Porter says:

    Ah, something else to do with leftover yarn; I’ve just been making cat toys with it. A wearable project would be super.

  50. Might be a great way to use up some leftover sock yarn.

  51. Glad to see you join us who are mitering squares inbetween our other projects!!

  52. Adriane says:

    I also have a lot of leftover yarn that I want to make squares out of. Thanks.

  53. Vicki Mihajlich says:

    All I HAVE is leftover yarn >.<

  54. Huey Lewis & The News!!!
    I love squares!!!

  55. Corinne says:

    I’ve never tried mitered squares, but they seem to be just right for an ADD-knitter … I have trouble finishing large knit projects!

    Daisy, Rocky, and Dougie say hi to Loki. That’s they way they like to lie around too.

  56. Patricia says:

    Looks fun and challenging !

    Wold love to have the book

  57. What a nice giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

  58. Shirley says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book…I am fascinated by mitered anything….they are such fun to knit. Thanks for the chance!

  59. Lynda Schwechtje says:

    I love working with squares and have done some knit mitered squares in other projects, but not with this variety of patterns and textures. It would be interesting to learn more about them from this book.

  60. Susan Lapierre-Jones says:

    I would love to have this book as I am always looking for something different to do and this looks like it would “fill the bill”

  61. Beverly Ramirez says:

    Love knitting mitered squares. Would really like to have this book.

  62. I could do so much with that book, Yes please

  63. Lee Long says:

    I have done a small square blanket but not mitered squares. How nice.

  64. Rosemary Johnson says:

    Your mighty mini scarf is beautiful. I am LOVING the table runner. Thanks

  65. Looks like fun! Sign me up… ;)

  66. Deborah (debaarah) says:

    What a cool book! I’ve got squares going all over the place but I’ve yet to join them and turn them into something.

  67. Nancy Thone says:

    What a great collection of squares! Would love to try some!

  68. Mary Bayer says:

    You could for years using these blocks for inspiration. I would give it a very good home to it! Thanks for the opportunity.

  69. Love to increase mitered square skills.

  70. Perfect timing … I have been sorting my stash and leftovers with squares in mind….thanks….

  71. This books looks like a great way to use up stash. Very interesting

  72. Amy Schulze says:

    Love your scarf! The book looks interesting. I’d love to win it.

  73. Kristen Machowski says:

    Thts very kind of you. I would love a copy.

  74. I’ve been looking at mitred squares for a while, thinking that they look a bit tedious and are they worth the effort, esp. in a large project? But, I thought the same thing about entrelac a few years ago, and I now am the delighted creator of scarves, vests, purses, wristlets, caps, tams and household decor; all with entrelac as a feature if not totally comprised of entrelac work. Best part: Recipients are impressed and happy with the complicated-looking gifts.
    So, maybe I need this book and pronto!!

  75. I love mitered square, just love those double decreases that make you knitting time seem to fly by and before you know it you are done! Love that instant gratification.

  76. MizMelly says:

    I’ve always wanted to play with mitered squares! And I have plenty of partial skeins to play with too! And I have cats who pose the way Loki is doing. However none of them are as floofy!

  77. patricia says:

    Pepper’s doing the same as Loki, but in the courtyard on the damp walkway. It was a scorcher today! The Misty Valley vest is beautiful!

  78. Jennifer says:

    The book looks wonderful. Thanks for the chance.

  79. LaVelle Nott says:

    I love mitered squares, that looks like a great book.

  80. I really like the looks of this book; thanks for the review. I was perusing it over on ravelry (or maybe amazon) a few days ago. Nice to hear more about it.

    Loki is such a lush boy!

  81. Squares are back! Maybe they never left. Anyway it looks like an interesting book.

  82. Carolyn(KnitteronCapeCod) says:

    I would love to win this book. I have just started playing around with mitered squares.

  83. Thank you for the chance to win this interesting book! I loved making squares, then felting them this past Christmas…so fun….

  84. Judith Smith says:

    Mite red squares sounds so fun.

  85. This is a book I really need! I have a beautiful collection of striped miter squares, completed over several summers, and I am just paralyzed at the thought of putting them together and not having them look great. Of course they don’t look so great sitting in a box waiting for attention either, so maybe this book will be the answer!

  86. paula henderson says:

    Would love a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance to win!

  87. I’m thinking that a shawl out of mitred squares would be lovely. Oh and a blanket for my new kitten , Xena, to cuddle on too. I am sure that Loki would approve of anything for kitties!

  88. Natalie Doyle-Hennin says:

    Gorgeous scarf, Wendy. Very interesting-looking book. Have long wanted to make a jacket using mitred squares.

    But, really, I wish Loki would learn to relax ;)

    Cheers to all

  89. Looks like fun! I almost skipped over reading, but I was most impressed by the parts you posted. Would love to try a copy. Thanks!

  90. Oh I would luv to play around with these squares and make a scarf or a pretty baby blanket!
    Thank you!

  91. Nancy Clark says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book,

  92. Dorothy in Kentucky says:

    Oh I love your mini scarf. It is gorgeous! That book looks fabulous and well Loki is just fabulous gorgous and I just love him. He is so photogenic!

  93. Christine says:

    I have a lot of leftover sock yarn looking for a project. This seems perfect for it.

  94. Oh Wendy! This book is right up my ally. I am sure that if I don’t get it from you that I will buy this one. I hope, I hope, I hope…:) Thanks again for bringing us the preview of such wonderful books.

  95. Making blankets for gift giving…I so need this book!

  96. Love mitred squares, would love this book!! (Love Loki too, and his outlook on life!) Thanks for the chance to win!

  97. Patricia says:

    I have tons of yarn, this looks like a good book. Give Loki a big kiss for me!

  98. That’s funny, I was just working on a set of washcloths today. Hooray for squares!

  99. Anne Patton says:

    I would live to win.

  100. Please enter me in the drawing for the book. Thank you