More mitering…

First of all, you should know that watching streaming TV shows online can be really addicting: Case in point – Jericho (you can stream it online for free at cbs)… I’ve watched about 18 episodes in the past 7 days or so – and I love this show! It’s awesome. You should go watch it too – especially if you’re feeling bored and you don’t have a TV (like me this summer!).

Another addicting thing:
stack o miters

Miters. They are sooo pretty and so addicting. And great for when you’re watching a TV show about the world coming to an end (or does it???)… And they look so nice stacked up:
nother stack o miters

The only thing is: I’ve knit about 14 of these – and I still don’t have the pattern memorized! I feel like a bad knitter because of this – it’s hard because the numbers of when you start the decreases don’t go in the most memorable number… so as I’m knitting these, I have to refer to the pattern a lot – which is very weird for me – usually once I’m a few repeats in, I got it. Not so with these.
Miter

The details:

It’s the mason dixon miter’ed blanket pattern (I’m even using the Cotton Classic that the pattern recommends).  I’m not doing the seamless version (do a search on their blog and you’ll find it) because, honestly, I kind of like seaming.  Granted, I say this now.  We’ll see when I have 36 miters to seam into a blanket.

Again, I’m keeping things mostly 2 tone with 2 neutrals thrown in there.  The baby’s due in September.  I have more than 1/3 the blanket done already.  I’m not scared of this deadline.

I know I promised some exciting news… I’m going to wait until Thursday night to spill the beans on this one – After then I’ll have some more details than what I have now.

7 Responses to “More mitering…”


  1. 1 Jane June 19, 2007 at 12:03 am

    Always nice to run across another Jericho fan. Glad you’re enjoying it. Season 2 coming this Fall.

  2. 2 Amanda June 19, 2007 at 9:02 am

    I love Jericho too! I didn’t get into it until almost the end of the first season. I was sick one day, and watched it On Demand for an entire day. I was hooked. I was sad when they canceled it, but thankfully someone at CBS got smart and ordered a few more episodes to wrap up the storyline.

    Your miters are gorgeous!

  3. 3 Carol June 19, 2007 at 10:44 am

    I have the same problem with the pattern. The decreases don’t really fall in any pattern I can figure out. Of course, I have yet to sit down and make a concentrated effort to figure it out!

  4. 4 kmkat June 19, 2007 at 11:39 am

    I am resisting the miters. But who knows for how long? Last night I was flipping through Glorious Knits by Kaffe Fassett, (c) 1985, and discovered that he has a huge mitered square blanket in there. It’s the backdrop of the right-hand part of the photo on p. 13. Kay and Ann were inspired by the best!

  5. 5 Sheila June 19, 2007 at 10:14 pm

    I’m glad you are mitering again and posting pics on your blog. I’ve set my miters aside to get a few socks and baby sweaters done. Now, I’m doing the Heartbreakingly Cute Baby Kimono in the front part of the Mason Dixon book. Also, I cannot remember the pattern for the miters either! I’ve wanted to knit a baby blanket using one giant miter, but just a few minutes ago when I thought about it again, I could not get mind around decreasing after casting on 432 stitches. If you know how, let me know! slundqu000(at)aol(dot)com, and blogging at knittingbymoonlight.blogspot.com. Green is my favorite color; you can’t imagine how much I love you miters.

  6. 6 Kay June 20, 2007 at 9:49 am

    There IS a pattern to the decreases but it took me forever to realize it. Here goes:

    1. The decrease rows alternate between SSK, (k2tog) twice and (SSK) twice, k2tog.
    2. On the rows where you do only 1 SSK, the number of sts you knit BEFORE the decreases and AFTER the decreases is the same number, and it is divisible by 3. (So for the first decrease row, you knit 33, do your decreases, then knit 33.)
    3. On the rows where you do 2 SSKs, the number of sts you knit before the decreases and after the decreases is NOT the same number, and it is not divisible by 3. (So for the second decrease row, you knit 32, do your decreases, then knit 31.)
    4. Also notice that you are counting down. 33, decreases, 33; then 32, decreases, 31; then 30, decreases, 30; then 29, decreases, 28; then 27, decreases, 27. This works consisistently all the way through the decreases, so with experience you know that you never start a row by knitting 28 BEFORE the decreases.

    This only makes sense after you’ve knit a few miters, but it’s definitely memorizable and you never make a mistake once you get how it works.

    Hmmm, I should blog about this……but it will be so boring to anybody who doesn’t knit miters! xoxo Kay

  7. 7 Liz Kalloch June 20, 2007 at 11:38 am

    Oh look, this may be an example of “Group Mind” or cosmic consciousness, whatever they call it these days, please visit me and see my mitred baby blanket in neutrals and greens…. though I have not been watching Jericho, only the new-est BBC/PBS version of Jane Eyre…


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