Well, I’m stumped. I’ve been wanting to tackle the rug on the cover of this book. It is constructed of mitered squares.

First of all, the math of the pattern doesn’t seem to work out. Here are the instructions that are stumping me:

CO 55

Worked double-decrease pattern:

Row 1 (RS): k26 st, sl2, k1, p2sso, k26

and then you knit all stitches on the even rows.

So, here’s the dilemma: When you knit the first 26 stitches, slip the next two, knit one and pass the slipped stitches over, you end up with *24* stitches left to knit, not 26. Or at least I do. According to Amy’s video on cdd (Centered Double Decrease), I’m doing this correctly. Why doesn’t the math work out??

Also, when you get to the final 3 stitches, what do you do? According to the pattern instructions, I’m supposed to knit 1 on this row, slip 2, but then what? There’s not another knit to stitch & then pass the slipped stitches over.

I knit up a couple of mini examples of this pattern casting on an odd number of stitches. In both cases, I ended up w/more of a rectangle than a square, and the mitre started out at the corner, but ended up about two stitches to the left of the opposite corner.

Is any of this making sense?