Mitered Madness

Mitered Madness using Tunisian Crochet

How to tunisian crochet the mitered square.

by: funkifybers.com

As I was designing my latest pattern, (can’t wait to show you!!) I realized the awesome value these mitered squares can bring to your crochet work, so I thought a complete tutorial was due for these lovely squares.  In this Side Stitches post I will go over how to crochet the Mitered square using the Tunisian crochet stitch, how to make them any size, as well as some cool color changing effects, and best of all you can turn these practice pieces into something useful.  Building the Tunisian Mitered square is quite simple, I hope you enjoy making these beauties as much as I did.

Supplies:

You can use any yarn and Afghan or Tunisian hook size, for this tutorial I used;

  • Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton
    • Vanilla
    • Blueberry
    • Grape
    • Snap Pea
    • Cayenne
    • Hot Pepper
    • Licorice
  • 5.0mm Tunisian Hook
  • Tapestry Needle

Stitches/Techniques:

CH – Chain

TSS – Tunisian Simple Stitch

SS – Slip Stitch

Color Changing in Tunisian

Notes:
  • Tunisian crochet may curl, most of it will even out but blocking can help your overall appearance.
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Building the Basic Square (in any size):

To begin, lets take a look at a mitered square.

How to tunisian crochet the mitered square.

Notice how all sides has the same amount of stitches, and notice the direction they are worked, creating that diagonal line.

Ok so now we know what they are supposed to look like, lets dive in.  We will start out small making this square with 5 stitches on each side, to do this we will need to start out with a CH11.  To calculate the starting chain for this square you first need to determine how many stitches you want on each side, I want 5.  Take your number and multiple it by 2, that makes 10, add 1 for a turning CH, that makes 11.

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This starting chain creates two sides of the square.

Working in the back hump only of the chain, begin your forward pass using a TSS;

Insert hook in the second stitch from hook like so.

How to tunisian crochet the mitered square.
Your starting your forward pass in using TSS.

Yarn over and pull up a loop,

How to tunisian crochet the mitered square.
You should have 2 loops on your hook.

Insert your hook into the next stitch and pull up a loop.

How to tunisian crochet the mitered square.
You should have three loops on hook.

Continue to insert hook and pull up a loop (or a forward pass in TSS) in each CH space, you should end with a total of 11 loops on your hook, this number should always match your original CH number.  This means you pulled up a loop 10 times, the 11th loops is the turning CH made.

How to tunisian crochet the mitered square.
This is your first forward pass.

Begin your return pass just like in TSS, CH1. (or a yarn over and pull through one loop.)

How to tunisian crochet the mitered square.
At this point you should still have 11 loops on your hook.

Yarn over and pull through two loops,

How to tunisian crochet the mitered square.
You should have one less loop on your hook, or 10.

Continue to yarn over and pull through two loops until you have one loop left on your hook.  In this scenario you would have pulled through two loops 10 times.

How to tunisian crochet the mitered square.
You just completed your first return pass.

Ok that’s just like doing a row of TSS, nothing special right.  The next rows will be what forms this into a mitered square.  If we go back to our chain count for a moment, we wanted 5 stitches on each side of our square, so we made a CH11, this will give us 5 stitches on each side (brings us to 10) and the extra stitch will be the center stitch or decreasing stitch.  Each row will be decreased by two stitches, or one stitch on each side, the first row gives us our 5 stitches,t he second row will have 4 stitches and so on.  Lets begin;

Insert hook and pull up a loops 3 times, leaving you with a total of 4 loops on the hook, this should always be one less for each row, keeping in mind the first row builds your initial stitch count.

How to tunisian crochet the mitered square.
In this example we want 4 loops as it is one less from the initial starting point.

Now we begin reducing the stitches, to do this we will perform a Tunisian Simple Stitch 3 Together or TSS3Tog, this is where we crochet 3 stitches together.  Insert your hook under the next 3 stitches,

How to tunisian crochet the mitered square.
Do not pull up a loop in each stitch just insert hook in the 3 center stitches.

Yarn over and pull through all three stitches, this completes a TSS3.

How to tunisian crochet the mitered square.
You should have 5 loops on your hook, the first 4 stitches are one side of the square and the 5th stitch is your center point.

Now you have 4 stitches on one side and your center stitch, now you need 4 stitches on your other side, insert hook into the next 3 vertical bars and pull up a loop, insert hook in the CH space at the end of the row and pull up a loop, you should have a total of 9 loops on your hook.

How to tunisian crochet the mitered square
By performing a TSS3Tog in the center you reduce each row by one stitch.

Complete the return pass (CH1, *yarn over and pull through two loops* until the end).

How to tunisian crochet the mitered square.
2nd row complete.

We just keep going in this manner, reducing each row by 2 stitches, until we run out of rows, or make a total of 5 forward and return passes.

How to tunisian crochet the mitered square.
You should always end with a total number of rows equal to one square side. So this square began with 5 stitches on each side, and we will crochet a total of 5 rows.

When you complete your last row, insert your hook into the CH space at the end of the last row and complete a SS.

How to tunisian crochet the mitered square.
Be sure to insert your hook under two loops of the chain at the end of each row.
How to tunisian crochet the mitered square.
SS into the final CH space once complete.

That covers an in detail look of how to create the Tunisian mitered, this is the same method used for any size.  Here’s a list of some simple things to help:

  1. Always Chain an odd amount.
  2. When determining how many stitches for each side that the number you want for one side multiple by 2 and add 1 for your starting chain count.
  3. Always decrease your center 3 stitches only.
  4. Your rows reduce by two stitches in each pass.
  5. When decreasing you will take the stitch before the center stitch, the center stitch, and the stitch after.

Here are a few other sizes and their chain counts:

How to tunisian crochet the mitered square.
15 stitches on each side, starting chain is: 15 x 2 = 30 + 1 = 31. Row 2 will decrease after 14 loops are on the hook.
How to tunisian crochet the mitered square.
This square has 20 stitches on each side, with a starting chain of 41.
How to tunisian crochet the mitered square.
This is a 27 sided square, has a starting CH of 55, and worked a total of 27 rows.

Color Changing Combos:

I think we have the basic square covered and how to make any size, if not please let me know.

By changing up your colors in a few simple ways you can create some very fun designs.  The square itself is pretty much worked the same when determining your starting stitches and how the rows are worked.  I will add in a few color changes techniques for you to add some zazzz to your squares.

Lets Begin with this window looking square:

How to tunisian crochet the mitered square.
Window Square

This square has 20 stitches on 2 sides, and has a color change half way through the square, great, more math.

I began with a CH 41, and worked 10 rows in LB Cayenne.

Before you complete your final pass through two loops on row 10, change to Snap Pea and pull through final loops.

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starting point for row 11.

With your second yarn color complete your square rows 11-20.

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SS to last row’s CH space, FO and weave in ends.

This is the simplest color changing technique, you work this square just like the basic and the only thing different you need to remember is to swap yarn colors half way through.

By working with two colors you can achieve this triangle square;

How to tunisian crochet the mitered square.
Half Square or triangles

This square also has 20 stitches on each side so to begin I changed 41 in Hot Pepper.  Start your forward pass with color A until you have 21 loops on your hook.  Why 21?  Well you want to work each color half way through, keeping in mind that extra stitch.  So color A will work the 20 stitches plus the center stitch, color B will work out the remaining stitches.

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Color A should always be an odd number.

Insert your hook in the next stitch and yarn over with color B, pull up a loop.  Do not fasten off color A just drop it and begin working with color B.

How to tunisian crochet the mitered square.
Drop your first color and begin working with your second color.

Continue to work the forward pass (insert hook into CH and pull up a loop) in color B until the end.

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1st forward pass complete, 21 loops in Color A and 20 loops in Color B.

Now begin your return pass, first in color B, CH1, *yarn over and pull through two loops* until you have one color of color B left on hook.

How to tunisian crochet the mitered square.
Work the return pass with color B stopping when one loop in color B is left.

Drop color B and pick up color A and finish working your return pass.

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1st row complete.

Now we begin to shape the square and reduce our stitches.  Just like the basic we will complete a TSS3 in the center, start your forward pass in Color A until you have 19 (one less the previous row) loops on hook.

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Color A worked before the TSS3Tog.

Complete the TSS3Tog, insert hook under next 3 vertical bars (two of them should be in color A and one in color B), and pull up a loop in color A.

How to tunisian crochet the mitered square.
The TSS3Tog stitch should be completed with color A.

Drop Color A and finish your forward pass in Color B.

How to tunisian crochet the mitered square.
You should have 19 loops in each color plus one extra in color A.

CH1, *yarn over and pull through two loops* until you have one loop left in color B, drop color B and work your remaining return pass in color A.

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2nd row complete.

Continue to work your mitered square switching colors at the mid-point.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

How to tunisian crochet the mitered square.
Row 10.

Lets do a checkered pattern.  I’m doing a swatch with 14 stitches on each side.  When doing the checkered pattern you must keep the stitches for each side and even number, this is so your checkers are all even.  So for example you could not do this square with a 5 stitched square because you can’t break out five evenly right, at least last I checked you couldn’t.  You will also need a bobbin in color A or you can drag your ends along the back side, depending on what you are making.

With color A (Cayenne) begin with a CH 29 (14 stitches for each side plus 1).

Start your forward pass in color A, until you have 7 loops on hook (why 7? 14 stitches for each side, break that side up into two, that’s 7, so each checker is 7 stitches.), drop color A and continue forward pass with color B until you have 15, color B stitches on your hook, drop B and finish your forward pass with A.

How to tunisian crochet the mitered square.
This begins two Color A squares and 1 color B square.

Complete your return pass remembering to change colors.

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When you have one loop left of working color, drop color and begin working in the opposite color.

Begin working your second rows’ forward pass.  Color A will remain the same loop count until you have reached the halfway point, in this case I will have 7 rows, with 7 loops of color A on each end.  Your TSS3Tog or decrease happens in color B only.

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This is row 3; 7 loops of A, 5 loops of color B, one TSS3Tog, 5 more loops of color B, and 7 loops of color A. Always decreasing in the center of color B.

Change to color B on your final pull through from row 7.  Once half of your rows (or 7 in this case) are complete, fasten off all of color A.

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Cut off all non working colors.

Finish your square in color B.

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Finish working the second half in color B.

How to tunisian crochet the mitered square.

Make something great:

These simple color designs can be turned into anything. Here’s what I did with this sampling;

How to tunisian crochet the mitered square.
All my 18-15 stitch ones made great coasters.
How to tunisian crochet the mitered square.
The mini mitered are great for grooming needs.
How to tunisian crochet the mitered square.
Make dish scrubbies for those pans you don’t want scratched.
How to tunisian crochet the mitered square.
20+ stitches make great dish cloths, wash cloths, hot pads, you name it.

How to tunisian crochet the mitered square.

Combine designs to make something spectacular, more on this later…

How have you used the Mitered square?  Send me an email or your photos of how you worked your squares, and I’ll share in my next newsletter.  Please let me know if you have any issues with these instructions, I hope your squares are fun and make you smile!