Lock-down blanket - Mitred Square Technique

To create this blanket design you'll need to learn how to create a mitred square.

MITRED SQUARE

The Basics

In its simplest form this is a garter stitch square which has double decreases at its very centre. The decreases are worked on the right side only and they create a mitred corner forming the square.

Each square is worked with an odd number of stitches, in this case 41sts, 20sts each side, with a central stitch. You will work double decreases every other row, which will create the shape.

Skills Required:

You will need to be able to decrease stitches; to cast on and to pick up stitches. I used a combination of a cable cast on and a thumb cast on.

 Abbreviations

K = Knit, G-st = garter st; k both sides, PM, place marker, RS= right side, WS= wrong side (reverse side)

Sl2-k1 –p2sso = slip next 2 sts to right hand needle , knit next one, then pass 2 slipped stitches over the K st to dec 2sts ( double decrease)

 A NOTE BEFORE YOU BEGIN

In principle all the square are worked the same after the first set up row, the difference is the point on the blanket that they are positioned. See chart. Depending on their position you will either be working a cast on with picked up sts, or all picked up sts. The very first square is created as follows:

Position A

Set up: Cast on 41sts

Foundation row WS: K19sts,PM, k to end.

Row 1 RS: K to 3st before the marker, Sl2-K1 –P2SSO, remove marker, K next st, then PM, k to end.

Row 2: K to end, keeping position of marker.

Repeat Rows 1-2 until 3sts remain, remove marker, Sl2-k1 –p2sso , bind off last st and cut yarn.                                                                                                                

Designers tip

You’ll start to recognise where the decreases are to take place and you won’t need to rely on the marker. However if you are happy using the marker remember that you need to always shift its placement after a K1 following the central decrease technique.

To help you remember where the RS is on your swatch, look to your cast on end of yarn as it should be at the RHS, you’ll also notice that the central decrease form a ridge on the RS .

 Position B

 

 

Set up: Cast on 21sts, holding your first square with its right side facing you and the central diagonal running from bottom left corner to top right corner,  pick up 20sts along its right side. You’ll now have 41sts

Foundation row WS: K19sts,PM, k to end.

Row 1 RS: K to 3st before the marker, Sl2-K1 –P2SSO, remove marker, K next st, then PM, k to end.

Row 2: K to end, keeping position of marker.

Repeat Rows 1-2 until 3sts remain, remove marker, Sl2-K1 –P2SSO , bind off last st and cut yarn.              

Repeat  for all squares to the right of the first square. This forms the bottom row.

Position C

 

Set up: Pick up 20sts, along the top edge of A, and cast on 21sts. You’ll now have 41sts

Foundation row WS: K19sts,PM, k to end.

Row 1 RS: K to 3st before the marker, Sl2-K1 –P2SSO, remove marker, K next st, then PM, k to end.

Row 2: K to end, keeping position of marker.

Repeat Rows 1-2 until 3sts remain, remove marker, Sl2-k1 –p2sso , bind off last st and cut yarn.

 

Position D

 

Set up: Pick up 20sts across top of square in row below, pick up 1 st from corner of Next Square, then pick up 20sts up left hand side of adjacent square on same row. You’ll now have 41sts

Foundation row WS: K19sts, PM, k to end.

Row 1 RS: K to 3st before the marker, Sl2-K1 –P2SSO, remove marker, K next st, then PM, k to end.

Row 2: K to end, keeping position of marker.

Repeat Rows 1-2 until 3sts remain, remove marker, Sl2-k1 –p2sso , bind off last st and cut yarn.

 

THE LOCKDOWN BLANKET

 

 

Dimensions:

80cm x 100cm

Each square is approx. 10cm x 10cm  when completed. This blanket has 80 squares in total but you could make it as big or small as required.

 

Materials:

Needles: Pair of 4mm straight needles, tapestry needle

Stitch marker

Yarn: 4 skeins col A and 4 skeins Col B, each square is approx  8g each .

80 x 4g = 320g (4 skeins) in Col a Nougat DK + pom poms

80 x 4g = 320g (4 skeins) in Col B Clotted cream DK + Border

 

Tension/Gauge  

21sts x 40rows in garter stitch over  10cm x 10cm  4in x 4in using  4mm needles

Although not at all critical for this project, use the appropriate needle size for your chosen yarn, your proportions will of course differ from mine

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Follow the basics as above for mitred squares but stripe each blanket with 10 rows in Col A and remainder in Col B

Col A: Clotted Cream Barefaced in DK

Col B: Nougat BareFaced smudge in DK

 

Square 1 – As position A

Squares 2 to 10 – As position B

Squares 11, 21, 31, 41, 51, 61, 71 – As position C

Squares 12 to 20 and 22 to 30 and 32-40  and 42-50 and 52- 60 and 62-70 and 72-80  as position D

 

Finish off with mini pom poms  around outside edge

 

 

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ENJOY!!  Jo x

 

 

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