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Jun 20, 2019 12:39:25   #
oldladykai
 
Even though I have been knitting for 60+ years I have never been able to make it work and it comes out all lopsided. Any help is totally appreciated.
 
Jun 20, 2019 12:48:07   #
knit4ES (a regular here)
 
Do you have a picture?
... it would help us make suggestions.
You could practice by making washcloths
Jun 20, 2019 12:54:40   #
ChasingRainbows (a regular here)
 
There are 2 methods of making mitered squares. One starts out with the a large number of stitches and uses decreases to make the square. The other one starts out with a few stitches and uses increases to make the square.

Which method did you use?
Jun 20, 2019 13:02:44   #
marilyngf (a regular here)
 
a picture will help us to give you better information
Jun 20, 2019 14:05:16   #
kneonknitter (a regular here)
 
oldladykai wrote:
Even though I have been knitting for 60+ years I have never been able to make it work and it comes out all lopsided. Any help is totally appreciated.


I feel your pain. I've given up trying.
Jun 20, 2019 14:12:52   #
Dsynr (a regular here)
 
I have found mitered squares easier to do if I put a marker on BOTH sides of the center stitch.

Two sts before the marker, I do the decrease----K2togtbl,
Work the CENTRE ST [K1], Work the decrease----K2tog

There are some fine videos on YouTube for this method.
 
Jun 20, 2019 14:22:20   #
Ask4j
 
For those of you who need a pictue: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#query=mitered%20square&sort=best&view=captioned_thumbs&page=1

It may have to do with your increases/decreases. What kind of yarn are you using? What size needles/hook? Maybe practice on scrap yarn and larger needles until you form a rythm and at the same time check your gauge to make sure the increase side is the same tension as the decrease. Keep trying it's so worth it.
Jun 20, 2019 17:06:51   #
jinx (a regular here)
 
Sometimes mine look a bit like a kite or a diamond. After blocking they shape up nicely. A picture of yours would give us a clue as to what to do to make them square.
Jun 20, 2019 18:38:00   #
CHinNWOH
 
I love doing miitered square blankets/lapghams. I use the knit to 3 cneter stitches, slip 1 st, K 2 tog and psso,, then knit to end on every other row with a plain knit row in between, and they always come out square for me.
You can see my most recent one under the topic "What I did with the blippity." at https://www.knittingparadise.com/t-611876-1.html

Are you using a knit row, purl row combination?
Jun 21, 2019 06:37:49   #
susanmjackson (a regular here)
 
Dsynr wrote:
I have found mitered squares easier to do if I put a marker on BOTH sides of the center stitch.

Two sts before the marker, I do the decrease----K2togtbl,
Work the CENTRE ST [K1], Work the decrease----K2tog

There are some fine videos on YouTube for this method.


Yes markers on both sides really is a game changer
Jun 21, 2019 06:54:22   #
betty boivin (a regular here)
 
Markers a must!
 
Jun 21, 2019 07:39:43   #
ljf (a regular here)
 
I have made mitered square afghans and
am almost finished with a mitered square shawl at the moment.
I haven't had any problems but can understand the markers might be helpful.
Jun 21, 2019 08:13:20   #
RobbiD (a regular here)
 
CHinNWOH wrote:
I love doing miitered square blankets/lapghams. I use the knit to 3 cneter stitches, slip 1 st, K 2 tog and psso,, then knit to end on every other row with a plain knit row in between, and they always come out square for me.
You can see my most recent one under the topic "What I did with the blippity." at https://www.knittingparadise.com/t-611876-1.html

Are you using a knit row, purl row combination?


This is a very good question. If you do a stockinette mitered square or a garter stripe/stockinette stripe sequance, you will end up with a diamond shaped miter. Some patterns, the Harlequin jacket (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/harlequin-jacket) for instance, uses a garter stripe/stockinette stripe sequence to make the miters elongated and diamond shaped to aid in the shaping of the garment. If you want a square miter, it should be all in garter stitch.
Jun 21, 2019 08:58:30   #
gloxsk8
 
I love Mitered squares and do them all the time. I put a safety pin at the beginning of the row that I will decrease. Garter stitch looks the same on both sides so counting every once in a while helps.
Jun 21, 2019 09:08:50   #
Knancy
 
As suggested the use of a marker Two stitches before the center stitch reminds you to decrease and then one after the center stitch mitered squares works best done in garter stitch because stockinette is not square in execution. Additionally it is more successful if you decrease every other row.
Nancy in Georgia
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