I'm going to post the pattern for the Guardian Mitered Square Sock as a Freebie Friday pattern this week! (wahoo!!!). But I thought I'd post the instructions for knitting the Mitered Squares today, so you can get a head start on knitting them, if you want (and to cut the clutter in Friday's downloads).
Mitered Squares can be worked with any size needles and any size yarn, and any ODD number of stitches. I'm posting the square that works for the Guardian Mitered Square Sock (Women's Average Size). You may want to increase or decrease the number of sts, or change yarns or needle sizes. I used Twisted Fiber Arts Playful yarn (heavy fingering weight) and Size 2 (2.75mm) needles. My Mitered Squares are 1 1/4" on all sides. You can adjust the number of squares, or their size as desired.
These instructions are set up for using one self-striping yarn throughout. If you want to use a different yarn for each square (to use up leftovers, for example), the process is the same, except that you cut the yarn after each square and pull the tail through the loop and tighten. Pick Up 1 additional stitch to compensate for the loss of that loop- just make sure you have 19 sts total before beginning the Miter. You'll have to weave in a lot of ends if you use lots of yarns, but the effect is gorgeous (see my earlier Patchwork Socks).
The Guardian Mitered Square sock cuff pattern calls for 4 rows of 6 squares, the Guardian Mitered Square sock instep pattern calls for 4 rows of 3 squares.
I'll post the ribbing, heel, sole, toe and assembly instructions on Friday.
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