Focus on Fiber Arts: Mitered knitting makes a comeback

The mitered knitting technique continues to be a popular method in the fiber arts community.

The mitered knitting technique was popularized after the publication of two books by Horst Schultz, Patchwork Knitting and New Patchwork Knitting —Fashion for Children, in 1997. Schultz brought color and imagination to yarn and knitting. His technique employs square, rectangular and fan shapes, and is always colorful.

This technique was quite the rage at its time and continues to delight knitters today.

The newest reincarnation of mitered knitting has made a huge splash on the cover of the most recent cover of the Noro No. 17 knitting pattern magazine. The design is fresh and exciting in both the sweater design and its colorwork.

The yarn, Ito, is from Japanese designer, Noro. Ito is a 100 percent wool yarn, with 32 colors in each of its oversized 437 yard 200-gram ball. Knitters can choose from a dozen different colorways.

The beauty of mitered knitting is that it most often is knit entirely in garter stitch or a combination of garter and stockinette. A flat piece of knitting is shaped by using decreases in the center of the shape. Add the use a multicolored yarn and the knitters work takes on the look of art.

Quite often as in this particular sweater design, garter stitch edgings and pieces are incorporated with the mitered work, since garter squares up beautifully and works well together.

This new Noro sweater/jacket is the perfect outerwear project to welcome the upcoming fall knitting season. In Sheep’s Clothing is offering a knitting class with limited seating this Saturday, Aug. 1, from 1-2:30 p.m.

All protocols will be taken for everyone’s health and safety. Preregistration is required. Please call 860-482-3979. This sweater project as well an all other designs in Noro #17 may be found in the shop or online: https://in-sheeps-clothing.com/noro-17-kits/

Connecticut Media Group