This is another one for those who like unusual constructions. The technique is very like making mitred squares but these shapes are kites.
It is one of those designs that looks different from every direction. The effects can be dramatically changed by the choice of colours.
Mathematically, the shapes are all the same. They are identical four-sided shapes, which fit together. From a knitter’s point of view they are not all the same because there are two very different methods of construction which cause the lines of knitting to go in different directions to create a more complex colour pattern.Pros
- This is an infinitely variable design. You can use as many, or as few, colours as you want. There are colouring-in sheets for you to plan designs with solid-coloured kites or using two or three stripes in each kite.
- You only use one colour at a time.
- The maximum number of stitches on the needles is 72 and the number is always reducing.
- You can use any yarn, in any thickness.
- You can add more shapes to make the afghan bigger.
- Instructions are included for changing the size of the shapes.
- No sewing.
Read the story of Mixed Mitrefours on the Woolly Thoughts web site.
- You have to pick up stitches for every shape (but it is easy picking-up because each stitch is from the end of a garter ridge).
- There are a lot of ends to darn in. (If you make the shapes in single colours you reduce the number of ends.)
The afghan shown measures approximately 100 cm (40”) by 130 cm (52”). Each individual shape measures approximately 20 cm (8”) by 16.25 cm (6.5”)
It was made in 5 shades of Stylecraft Special DK and used approximately 450 metres (500 yards) of each colour.