Crochet mitered squares are super easy and versatile. They look great in solid colors, but are even more dramatic in self striping yarn, or with each row a different color. Make small squares for a set of coasters, or larger squares as washcloths. If you put several together to make a blanket, you can get some neat effects by rotating them in different directions. You could also just make a really big one as a square blanket. If you can do it with granny squares, you can probably do with mitered squares too.
Sc Mitered Square:
The easiest mitered square is made in single crochet. Start with ch 2, (sc, ch 2, sc) in 2nd ch from hook. The first sc will become one side of your square, the ch sp will become the corner, and the 3rd will become the other side.
Continue in the same way for the following rows: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across to corner, (sc, ch 2, sc) in corner, sc in remaining sts across. With each row, you’re adding 1 stitch to each side of the square. Keep going, until the square is the size you want. Let’s do a total of 5 rows for this example, so you should end with 5 stitches on each side of the chain space.
Edging / Finishing:
Your square now has 2 finished edges and 2 unfinished edges. The edging starts in almost the same way as the previous rows – Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across to corner, (sc, ch 2, sc) in corner, sc in remaining sts across up to last st. In the last st, instead of just an sc, work (sc, ch 2, sc) to create the next corner.
Now you will see that the last edge you did has (sc, ch 2, sc) in each corner, plus a certain number of stitches in between. This is how many stitches you will work evenly across to the next corner. In our example swatch, we have 4 sc in the middle, with an (sc, ch 2, sc) in each corner.
Do not turn, but rotate the work so you are working into the edges of the rows. Work 4 sc across the side to the next corner, (sc, ch 2, sc) in the corner.
For the last side, work the same number of sts as before (in this case 4 sc) across to the beginning of the round. To finish off this last corner, sc in the corner (same place as the first st of the round), ch 2, and join.
DC Mitered Square:
Row 1: Ch 4 (first 3 chs count as a dc), (dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in 4th ch from hook. Now you have 2 dc on each side, with a ch sp in the corner.
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), turn, dc in next st, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in corner, dc in next 2 sts. Now we have 4 sts on each side of the ch sp. Notice that with the dc square, we are increasing by 2 stitches on each side with every row.
For each following row: Ch 3, turn, dc in next st and each st across to corner sp, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in sp, dc in each remaining st across. For our example, let’s just do a total of 3 rows, so you should end with 6 dc on each side of the ch sp.
Edging / Finishing:
The edging works in exactly the same way as it did for the sc square. Ch 1, turn, sc in next st and each st across to corner sp, (sc, ch 2, sc) in sp, sc in each remaining st across to last st, (sc, ch 2, sc) in last st. Our example square has 5 sts between each corner, so work 5 sc evenly spaced across to corner, (sc, ch 2, sc) in corner, work 5 sc evenly spaced across to starting corner, (sc, ch 1) in corner, join. Fasten off.
Aren’t these fun? It doesn’t have to end with squares either. Next week, I’ll show you how to make mitered rectangles, so be sure to check back!