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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Mitered Squares Baby Blanket -- Crocheted

Do you ever run across a new pattern that looks intriguing and when you read it, you just can't seem to get how it is going to come together? Well, I came across this pattern through a recent email from Mary Maxim advertising a sale on Bernat's Organic Cotton yarn. If you want the pattern you just have to sign up at the Bernat website, which is easy and free and gives you access to a boatload of great patterns!

Anyway this pattern intrigued me so I just had to try it and here's how it works.


First you chain the given amount and, using the back loops only, single crochet the first row.

Easy enough, and here's how it looks.


For the next row, you single crochet in the back loops skipping two stitches in the middle of the row as indicated in the pattern. This is the beginning of the mitered corner.


Continue in the same manner, decreasing in the middle as indicated.


With each new row, the mitered corner becomes more pronounced.


Here is the first square almost finished.



Once you have gotten to the last three single crochets, you draw up a loop in each of the three stitches and then draw up a loop and pull it through all four loops on the hook to finish the first square.


Now here's the part that intrigued me. To start the next square without ending the yarn, you simply single crochet down one side of the square, then chain stitch enough for the second side of the next square. Then you continue as with the first square.


Again the mitered corner slowly takes shape.



The second square is finished off in the same manner as the first and the third square is begun.

I have so far finished four squares and started on the fifth. The blanket is seven squares by seven squares, but I suppose it could be made to any dimension you like.

Since my local yarn supplier did not carry Bernat's Organic Cotton, and I didn't want to wait a week to receive my yarn or pay shipping costs, I substituted Lion Brand's Cotton yarn instead. As it turned out, the Lion Brand cotton skeins were twice the size as the Bernat cotton for the same regular price, so I saved money all around.

Once I finish the blanket I'll be sure to show you how it turned out and let you know if this is a pattern I would make again. So far so good!

Editor's note: I also did a video tutorial showing how to join the second row. You can find it by clicking HERE.


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7 Comments:

  • It looks as if this pattern could be used to change colors from square to square. It is a fascinating concept. I think that I will be trying it real soon.
    Carol

    By Blogger Carol, At August 7, 2009 at 11:41 AM  

  • Hi Carol, you're right! This pattern could be done so many different ways. Terri over at Purple and Paisley did hers in shades of purple (surprise!) and it turned out lovely. You can see pictures of it HERE, HERE and HERE.

    Let me know how it goes for you...and leave an email address so I can respond directly!

    MGM

    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At August 7, 2009 at 12:34 PM  

  • hi i would like to thank you for putting this up i am in Australia and have a baby blanket that i want to do but i just couldnt get the corners right and looking on the net was a hard job to find something that matched what i was after, so thank you so much know with this pattern i am going to crochet the border and do the cornes and sew then on which is great as i was going nuts trying to do the corner and thanks to do i am very happy Rita

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At December 3, 2009 at 12:35 AM  

  • Thank you for the wonderful photos and video tutorial. Just started the first square and so good to see that my square looked like yours!!

    By Blogger Cher Ans, At December 1, 2012 at 7:13 PM  

  • Thank you so much for the excellent tutorial. I am busy with a knitted afghan for my bed (king size) which has been a WIP for a lot longer than I would have liked! Same principle but knitted. I really would like to tackle the crochet one next.

    By Blogger Nana31, At April 2, 2013 at 7:19 AM  

  • It has been awhile since this was posted I know... but I tried to find the pattern and while I found similar ones... I didn't see one that looked like this blanket by following your links... thought I'd let you know since it still seems to be a popular post and is getting pinned on Pintrest quite often.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At February 3, 2014 at 5:12 PM  

  • Thanks Anonymous! I looked all through the Bernat website and could not find any reference to this pattern, but you can find it on this post: http://www.hookedonneedles.com/2011/05/mitered-square-crocheted-baby-blanket.html with my own corrections. You will have to read through the post to understand the corrections. If you click on the image of the pattern, you should see a bigger version of it and then you can print it.

    MGM

    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At February 3, 2014 at 6:55 PM  

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