Have you ever knitted a mitered square before? Nope? Me neither. Guess what? They are fun!
Okay, I’ll admit, I have seen mitered squares before in crochet and I’ve never liked them. Too “fussy Granny” for me (sorry all you happy Hookers out there!). So when I joined a new-to-me group on Ravelry named Designer’s Challenge and saw that the July/August 2015 challenge was mitered squares, I wasn’t thrilled to participate. Why design something you don’t like? But then I saw the heart of the challenge for me. I must design something I LOVE with elements I don’t like and never tried before. Ah-Ha! And the race was on.
Did I mention I joined the group on Friday, August 28? And the finished project due on August 31? Yeah, I know, typical me. Late for the party and the last one to leave. Sigh.
So, how does one knit a mitered square?
I found some great links online:
Just to name a few. Then I discovered that mitered squares is the same as “domino knitting.” I did a Google search and looked through the images. Inspiring!
The evolution of the design:
I saw the movie “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” (2015) and adored that 60’s hip designs. I ADORED the handbags in the film. Love those pod-like shapes, and the pairing of circles and bold straight lines. There was a scooter in the film that I loved too:
Love the colours and the curves!
Then I started thinking about minimalist modern knitting that highlights shape and sparse fabric elements. That made me look at Japanese knitting. I love how each element is a beautiful shape in itself and creates harmony in the whole.
I searched for knitted Japanese handbags for inspireation, and I found this Pinterest Pin:
Even though it is crochet, I loved the feel of it.
Miters! A bit fussy for me, but love the strong lines.
So I went stash diving and found some Sirdar Snuggly , “Baby Bamboo.” 80% bamboo, 20% wool left over from a hat design. Perfect! And the colours reminded me of the scooter pic above.
I cast on 61 stitches and started playing. I loved the look of a CDD (center double decrease) line, so I knew that had to be in the miter square. Hence the odd number of stitches. I wanted to see what happened when I paired twisted stitches and yarn overs to a miter square. Loving the look, I did a quick sketch of what I wanted the bag to look like (and promptly lost it) and set my needles a-clacking!
So, here is the design. I might write up the pattern, but honestly? My wrists are too sore to contemplate any more writing, knitting, and typing.
But I do so love my little purse!