My current work in progress:

Moth Cardigan, designed byAmy Christoffers, knit from Rowan SoftYak DK in the Plain colorway, using U.S. size 3 and 5 needles.

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. Cindy Lynne says:

    Love to make squares!

  2. This book looks like it would be a great help in devising projects to use up all those random scraps of leftover yarn.

  3. celestine says:

    I have been looking for this book. I saw at a LYS but then I went back it was gone. Please choose me.

  4. Would love to have this book!

  5. Would love the book. I have bought so much sock yarn to make socks for myself then find they make my feet too hot. A lovely mitered square project would be so portable too! Love teh new Mighty mini scarf too!

  6. I’ve not done mitered work except for practice, never for a full project. The items n this book are interesting and make me want to try one. I like the scarf, interesting construction. Loki’s gorgeous as ever.

  7. I love that runner! I’m trying to knit more things for my home now rather than clothes.

    Thank you!

  8. I would love to win a copy of this book. I am traveling across country and planning on picking up souvenir skeins of yarn and making a souvenir blanket. This book sounds like just what I neef

  9. Sharon M2 says:

    This looks like a fun book, I’ve never done a mitered square .

  10. I think I love this book! It looks to be a good way for an average knitter to advance their skills.

  11. Elleyarn says:

    I just learned recently about mitred squares and would love to learn and do more of them. I’m thinking of making dishcloths/facecloths to practice the different techniques. I would love to get this book!

  12. What a great way to go thru my stash! Portable AND fun! Thanks for the chance to win.

  13. Your timing is great! I was just looking at this myself. Count me in.

  14. would love to win a copy of this book.

  15. Barbara says:

    Would love to town this book. Enjoy reading your blog.

  16. I’d like one!

  17. Stardancer says:

    What a great concept! I’d love a copy.

  18. EditorSusan says:

    The very first large project I ever undertook was a mitered-square afghan kit from the Leewards (spelling?) catalog. Lovely orange acrylic yarn — I’d love to reinterpret this memory in a beautiful fiber! PLEASE choose me!

  19. Always great to try new patterns for mitred squares. They are fun to do.
    Nicolette´s last blog post ..Multistripe Stole

  20. I’d enjoy this book, and think it might offer a means of using swatches, thereby putting them to use – double duty!

  21. Mary Tole says:

    I truly love your scarf, you such a good eye for what will look good, colors, etc. I think squares of some sort are going to be the next trend, lol. You are the third person in a week that has mentioned squares of one type or another.

  22. I love the fantastic variety of squares in this book! Thanks for offering it in the drawing.

  23. I’ve been intrigued by mitered squares and wanting to try them for a while now so this book looks perfect. Thanks for the giveaway.

  24. Mitered squares are fun!

    I love the color combination of your newest shawl – just gorgeous!
    MicheleinMaine´s last blog post ..Paperweight in Violet Anna Clutch by ThreeBagsFullStudio

  25. I would love to win this book! Thanks for the chance.

  26. Loki sez: give it to this person, who’s right in the middle of a blanket square swap!!

  27. Ohhh I would love that book, I really like how it shows different ideas beyond blankets! Realy think it would get the creative juices going on hot AZ summer days.

  28. Looks like the perfect book to help me use some of my leftover sock yarns.

  29. I had the bright idea of using my scraps for a mitered square blanket. I got bored with the basic knit square so I did some in Tunisian crochet and “regular” crochet. My scraps ran out but it would be nice to save some other options when I have more yarn.

  30. knittingdancer on Ravelry says:

    I would love this book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  31. It’s hip to be square!

  32. Hee-hee! The way Loki relaxes makes me think of that ICHC pic, “Some assembly required”, of a cat twisted like a pretzel inside a box…and asleep. What I wouldn’t give to be able to relax so completely! This sounds like a fun book, and having just recently completed a pillow cover in mitered squares, I’d sure like to see more ideas for joining them.
    CeltChick´s last blog post ..Twice in one week

  33. The mitered squares look like a fun knit. Thanks for telling us about the book.

  34. SL Mills says:

    OOHHHH – since I am so “square” – I’d love to participate – they are such fun to do! Thanks for your generosity! LOVE the MKAL! (as usual!)

  35. Would love to have this e book.
    Thanks

  36. robin mc says:

    I’ve never been particularly interested in knitted squares, but I am intrigued by the vest patterns. They are gorgeous! The book looks very interesting. Hope I win!

  37. What a great way to use up stash yarn.

  38. kathyann says:

    I would love this book and give it a good home.

  39. I would love the eBook. Thanks!
    Kathy Schemine´s last blog post ..Maui Part 2

  40. Elizabeth A. Buckley says:

    Just the book I was looking for!!!! Thanks so much for the chance to have that come true. Elizabeth

  41. Please enter me in the drawing. I like the idea of mitered squares for using odd skiens.

  42. Veronica says:

    As always Loki is adorable. Please enter me in the drawing for the Mitered Squared book. Thanks!

  43. grace yaskovic says:

    i would love a chance to receive the new book—my first miter I was like I will never do that again, now I am addicted to making Rambling Rows blankets and would love the diversity this new book offers!

  44. I’ve been considering knitting my boyfriend an afghan for his couch. This would be great!
    Cassie´s last blog post ..June 29 – July 5

  45. Mitered squares are so tempting.

  46. I was just talking about mitered squares to use up sock yarn!! This book would be perfect. Love your mighty mini (and your endless rainbow!).
    Lizy Tish´s last blog post ..Finishitis

  47. Venice Smith says:

    I’d love to win the book. I, also, have a large number of single skeins for the express purpose of creating a blanket (or ten). I love your scarf, by the way!

  48. ebooks and squares…. exactly what I’ve been wishing for!

  49. Heather K says:

    LOVE mitered squares and this book is already on my WANT list – it would be great to get lucky, LOL.

  50. That book looks like fun.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  51. I’ve never done a mitered square in knitting (just quilting). Looks interesting, and I’d love to win the book! That Aurora Nights vest is beautiful – and I’m not saying that just because it’s in my favorite colors.

    Loki should take some relaxation lessons from my Sherman. 🙂

  52. NanaDeb says:

    I LOVE squares! This looks like the book for me. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  53. Deserat says:

    Would love to win this book, for sure. Thanks for offering.

  54. Charlotte says:

    I already have Iris Schreier’s Modular Knits & Reversible Knits, so if I actually won, would give it to a member of my knitting group (not one of the three who have been working on sock yarn scraps afghans for a few months in between all the socks they knit, so it would have to be one of the others :).

  55. Katharine says:

    What a cool looking book! I have recently become obessesed with making something with different entrelac patterns and this bok fits in very nicely with that same feeling. Thanks for sharing!

  56. Cathy Chesnut says:

    Knit stitch patterns added to the mitered square really makes it more interesting to do a mitered square project. This book appears to be one worth having.

  57. I would like to be entered in the drawing for the book.

  58. Carolyn says:

    This book looks very interesting! And the projects very usable.

  59. Christine says:

    I am making a mitered square afghan as we speak. This would be a great addition to my library.

  60. Kathy M says:

    This would be awesome for the giant mitered square blanket I just bought the yarn for.

  61. Beth Holt says:

    With a book like this, the creative possibilities are endless. Would love the chance to win this book!

  62. Annez.Dezigns says:

    Would love the book and I’m trying something different with mitred squares.
    They are interesting – nothing like other square patterns.

  63. My friends from the LYS each knit a square and then we put them together to create an afghan for the shop owner. She was surprised and loved it! I haven’t made mitered squares. They look beautiful and interesting.

  64. Please enter me, also. And Loki has the right idea on a hot summer evening.

  65. Believe it or not I have never knit a metered blanket!

  66. Catherine S. says:

    Hmmmm … squares. Better knitted squares than crocheted Granny Squares! Count me in.

  67. I would love a copy of this book. I also have a LOT of single skeins to use up.

  68. First I would like to tell you how much I like the way your scarf turned out. It was always interesting, but until today I had not realized the way

  69. (darn-I hit the enter key) I was trying to say the points are very appealing as the frame the neck and shoulder. Very nice. Yes, I would love to win that book on Mitered Squares. It sounds very comprehensive and would be the definitive book on this topic. Good luck to everyone who enters the drawing. You are the fastest and most patient knitter I have ever encountered. On one hand I look forward to seeing what you are up to, and on the other I feel very inadequate in comparison. Do you knit in your sleep?

  70. What a great book!

  71. Fuego Azul says:

    I love your finished scarf! I wish I could whip one up as fast as you can, lol.

  72. Midnite Baker says:

    Guess I’m the 172nd comment for a chance on the book. Love little projects like this that I can take along where ever. Give Loki an ear rub from me. M

  73. Stitch dictionaries are my favorite. Count me in please. Thanks.

  74. Alice in Portland says:

    I love mitered squares and would love a book to help me use them more often. I also have a pretty good stash of little bits of yarn.

  75. Love the squares. Im up to the challange to learn something new . This looks like a winner. Loki really is a charmer.

  76. Loki is such a handsome boy! Love the scarf too!
    maryanne´s last blog post ..Socks, Waiting on Yarn, Mending a Sheet

  77. Ooh, they look a fascinating take on squares. I’d love to give blanket squares a go some time. 🙂
    Idiosyncratic Eye´s last blog post ..THAT Jumper

  78. Kris Peters says:

    Would love to be able to use up all those little leftovers with this book. Pick me please!

  79. I love, love , love, miters squares! I’m presently working on the sleeves of the Swing Swagger and Drape jacket and would love different patterns and projects to knit with mitered squares thanks for the drawing!

  80. Melissa says:

    What a fun book and the project possibilities are endless. Love some of the squares.

  81. I’ve been looking at that book on Ravelry for the past couple of weeks, and would love to be the recipient of it!

  82. Susan Forman says:

    This is definitely one for my shelves. Thank you for the chance to win a copy to save money. Hehe

  83. I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great.
    I do not knw who you are but certainly you are going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already
    😉 Cheers!
    Jonah´s last blog post ..Jonah

  84. I think I would love a blanket of these squares. Thank you

  85. I love the way a nice mitered square teases the eye around the knitting and possibly multiple colors. I love that mitered squares look like they’re a very fancy knitted project. I love having a mitered gift to give a non-knitter that gets used, since this is such a stitch for practicality, and I feel appreciated for my efforts for something so simple that feels like love.
    I would love to win this mitered stitching book, and would take very good care of it, incorporating the suggested patterns into many years of making others (and myself) feel good. Thank you for the opportunity to be included in the drawing.

  86. Barbara H says:

    I’ve been looking at these squares on Ravelry, they are a delight. I would love to win a copy! Thank you for the chance 🙂

  87. I would love a copy of this book. really like doing mitered squares. Thank you

  88. Laura Sahlberg says:

    60 luxury knits looks like a wonderful book. Loki really has the life!

  89. Donna C. says:

    cool book

  90. Wow! Great patterns, special gifts!

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