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Mitered Squares Afghan

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Subtle changes in color make this knitted afghan pattern a perfect addition to your home. Throw this Mitered Squares Afghan over the back of a chair or couch and your room will give your room instant charm. This knit blanket pattern is a little challenging, but with a little patience you’ll have a beautiful new decorative piece that will warm you inside and out on a cold day.

Mitered Squares Afghan
Mitered Squares Afghan
This image courtesy of Lion Brand Design Team

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size: 8 or 5 mm

Yarn Weight: (4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Notes

Size:
About 50 x 62 in. (127 X 157.5 cm)

Materials:

  • LION BRAND® AMAZING® (Art. #825)
    • #212 Mauna Loa (A) 5 balls
    • #200 Aurora (B) 5 balls
    • #203 Wildflowers (C) 4 balls
    • #209 Vineyard (D) 4 balls
    • #202 Rainforest (E) 3 balls
    • or colors of your choice
  • LION BRAND® knitting needles size 8 (5 mm)
  • LION BRAND® stitch markers
  • LION BRAND® large-eyed blunt needle


Gauge:
16 sts + 30 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in Garter st (k every row).
BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.
When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Note:
1. Afghan is made from 5 Panels; Top Panel, Lower Panel, 2 Side Panels, and Center Panel. The Panels are sewn together following the Assembly Diagram.
2. Each Panel is made from mitered diamonds. Smaller diamonds are worked first. Then stitches are picked up across 2 sides of adjoining diamonds to join them tog and beg working the next row of diamonds.
3. The instructions will tell you how many sts to pick up along a specific edge. Be sure to pick up sts as evenly spaced as possible.
4. Follow the Assembly Diagram for placement of each Diamond and arrangement of Panels.

Lower Panel:
Border Panel (make 5)
Diamond 1
With A, cast on 19 sts.
Row 1 (WS): Knit.
Row 2: K8, k3tog, k1, place marker (pm), k7 – 17 sts at the end of this row.
Row 3: Knit.
Row 4: Knit to 3 sts before marker, k3tog, remove marker, k1, pm, knit to end – 15 sts at the end of this row.
Rep Rows 3 and 4 until 3 sts rem. Do not replace marker when working last row.
Last Row (WS): K3tog.
Fasten off.
Diamonds 2 and 3
Work same as Diamond 1.
Diamond 4
Joining Row (RS): With RS facing and A, pick up and k9 sts across left edge of Diamond 1, cast on 1 st, pick up and k9 sts across right edge of Diamond 2 – 19 sts at the end of this row.
Beg with Row 1, work same as Diamond 1.
Diamond 5
Joining Row (RS): With RS facing and A, pick up and k9 sts across left edge of Diamond 2, cast on 1 st, pick up and k9 sts across right edge of Diamond 3 – 19 sts at the end of this row.
Beg with Row 1, work same as Diamond 1.
Diamond 6
Joining Row (RS): With RS facing and A, pick up and k9 sts across left edge of Diamond 4, cast on 1 st, pick up and k9 sts across right edge of Diamond 5 – 19 sts at the end of this row.
Beg with Row 1, work same as Diamond 1.

Diamond 1B
Joining Row (RS): With RS facing and B, pick up and k27 sts across left edge of first Border Panel, pm, cast on 1 st, pick up and k27 sts across right edge of 2nd Border Panel – 55 sts at the end of this row.
Row 1 (WS): Knit.
Row 2: Knit to 1 st before marker, k3tog, knit to end – 53 sts at the end of this row.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 until 19 sts rem. Change to E and rep Rows 1 an2 until 3 sts rem.
Last Row (WS): K3tog.
Fasten off.
Diamond 2B
Work same as Diamond 1B, picking up sts across left edge of 2nd Border Panel and right edge of 3rd Border Panel.
Diamond 3B
Work same as Diamond 1B, picking up sts across left edge of 3rd Border Panel and right edge of 4th Border Panel.
Diamond 4B
Work same as Diamond 1B, picking up sts across left edge of 4th Border Panel and right edge of 5th Border Panel.

Diamond 5C
Joining Row (RS): With RS facing and C, pick up and k27 sts across left edge of Diamond 1B, pm, cast on 1 st, pick up and k27 sts across right edge of Diamond 2B – 55 sts at the end of this row.
Beg with Row 1, work same as Diamond 1B.
Diamond 6C
Work same as Diamond 5C, picking up sts across left edge of Diamond 2B and right edge of Diamond 3B.
Diamond 7C
Work same as Diamond 5C, picking up sts across left edge of Diamond 3B and right edge of Diamond 4B.

Diamond 8D
With D, work same as Diamond 5C, picking up sts across left edge of Diamond 5C and right edge of Diamond 6C.
Diamond 9D
With D, work same as Diamond 5C, picking up sts across left edge of Diamond 6C and right edge of Diamond 7C.

Diamond 10E
Joining Row (RS): With RS facing and E, pick up and k27 sts across left edge of Diamond 8D, pm, cast on 1 st, pick up and k27 sts across right edge of Diamond 9D – 55 sts at the end of this row.
Row 1 (WS): Knit.
Row 2: Knit to 1 st before marker, k3tog, knit to end – 53 sts at the end of this row.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 until 19 sts rem.
Change to D and rep Rows 1 and 2 until 3 sts rem.
Last Row (WS): K3tog.
Fasten off.

Top Panel:
Make same as Bottom Panel.

Side Panel:
(make 2)
Make 6 Border Panels for each Side Panel.
Diamonds 1B–4B
Work same as Diamonds 1B–4B of Lower Panel.
Diamond 5B
Joining Row (RS): With RS facing and B, pick up and k27 sts across left edge of 5th Border Panel, pm, cast on 1 st, pick up and k27 sts across right edge of 6th Border Panel – 55 sts at the end of this row.
Beg with Row 1, work as Diamond 1B.

Diamond 6C
Joining Row (RS): With RS facing and C, pick up and k27 sts across left edge of Diamond 1B, pm, cast on 1 st, pick up and k27 sts across right edge of Diamond 2B – 55 sts at the end of this row.
Beg with Row 1, work same as Diamond 1B.
Diamond 7C
Work same as Diamond 6C, picking up sts across left edge of Diamond 2B and right edge of Diamond 3B.
Diamond 8C
Work same as Diamond 6C, picking up sts across left edge of Diamond 3B and right edge of Diamond 4B.
Diamond 9C
Work same as Diamond 6C, picking up sts across left edge of Diamond 4B and right edge of Diamond 5B.

Diamond 10D
With D, work same as 6C, picking up sts across left edge of Diamond 6C and right edge of Diamond 7 C.
Diamond 11D
Work same as Diamond 10D, picking up sts across left edge of Diamond 7C and right edge of Diamond 8C.
Diamond 12D
Work same as Diamond 10D, picking up sts across left edge of Diamond 8C and right edge of Diamond 9C.

Diamond 13E
With E, work same as 6C, picking up sts across left edge of Diamond 10D and right edge of Diamond 11D.
Diamond 14E
Work same as Diamond 13E, picking up sts across left edge of Diamond 11D and right edge of Diamond 12D.

Center Panel:
Diamond 1D
With D, cast on 19 sts.
Beg with Row 1, work same as Diamond 1 of Lower Panel.

Diamond 2E
Joining Row (RS): With RS facing and E, cast on 10 sts, pick up and k9 sts across right edge of Diamond 1D – 19 sts at the end of this row.
Beg with Row 1, work same as Diamond 1 of Lower Panel.
Diamond 3E
Joining Row (RS): With RS facing and E, pick up and k9 sts across left edge of Diamond 1D, cast on 10 sts – 19 sts at the end of this row.
Beg with Row 1, work same as Diamond 1 of Lower Panel.

Diamond 4D
With D, work same as Diamond 2E, picking up sts across left edge of Diamond 2E.
Diamond 5D
Joining Row (RS): With RS facing and D, pick up and k9 sts across left edge of Diamond 2E, cast on 1 st, pick up and k9 sts across right edge of Diamond 3E – 19 sts at the end of this row.
Beg with Row 1, work same as Diamond 1 of Lower Panel.
Diamond 6D
With D, work same as Diamond 3E, picking up sts across left edge of Diamond 3E.

Diamond 7E
With E, work same as Diamond 5D, picking up sts across left edge of Diamond 4D and right edge of Diamond 5D.
Diamond 8E
With E, work same as Diamond 5D, picking up sts across left edge of Diamond 5D and right edge of Diamond 6D.

Diamond 9D
With D, work same as Diamond 5D, picking up sts across left edge of Diamond 7E and right edge of Diamond 8E.

Finishing:
Arrange Panels as shown in Assembly Diagram and sew together.
Weave in ends.

Assembly Diagram

Abbreviations:
beg = begin(ning)(s)
k = knit
k3tog = knit 3 together
pm = place marker
rem = remain(ing)(s)
rep = repeat
RS = right side
st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side

 

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