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Stitch talk: The Diagonal Stitch

I was playing around with different yarns and different stitches, trying to inspire myself to design a shawl. My daughter calls that ‘doodling with a crochet hook’. So while I was doodling, the Diagonal Stitch happened. By accident. I haven’t seen it anywhere before, but in the world of crochet you never know. I hope though, that this will be as special to you, as it is to me!

This is a corner to corner stitch, but calling it anything remotely that like, is going to cause huge confusion, so I decided to call it the Diagonal Stitch. Simple and straight forward.

Let me show you how it’s done! Remember, I use US terminology.

To start with this stitch pattern, do a slip-knot, and chain 2.

In the 2nd chain from the hook, (sc1, hdc1, dc1) all in the same stitch.

We will call this a cluster. Remember, cluster = (sc1, hdc1, dc1) all in the same stitch.

Chain two to turn.

Crochet a cluster in the 2nd chain from the hook.

Skip two stitches (the double crochet and half double crochet of the previous row), crochet a cluster in the third stitch (the single crochet of the previous row). Chain 2 to turn.

We are now going to repeat the process. Crochet a cluster in the second chain from the hook.

Skip the next two stitches and crochet a cluster in the third stitch.

And again….. you can now see your triangle!

Repeat the row as many times as you need.

When you have done enough increase rows, we you can start decreasing. Decrease rows also start with a chain two.

Skip the two chains and two stitches and do a cluster in the third stitch. Place a stitch marker in the single crochet of the cluster. Skip two stitches and cluster in the third stitch. Repeat this across the row just like the you did with the increase rows. When you reach the very last stitch, instead of a cluster, crochet only one single crochet.

Chain two to turn. Skip the two chains and THREE stitches, and crochet a cluster in the fourth stitch. Place a stitch marker in the sc of the cluster you just made. You will immediately see the new corner. Complete your row in the normal fashion.

Be careful of the last stitch of this row – it will fall slightly over to the back of the work; simply tilt your project towards you to get the complete V of the stitch. For this row, it is the stitch with the stitch marker. Keep placing the stitch marker in the 1st sc of each decrease row, so that you can easily see the last stitch when you do the next row.

Continue in this fashion, until you can only crochet 1 single crochet in the very last row. All you need now is a nice little border and off you go!

This stitch pattern is perfect for face cloths, dish cloths, place mats and blankets. It is especially excellent for baby blankets as it is nice and sturdy, with no holes for little fingers to be caught in.

I made a facecloth with this stitch and it works perfectly! Here is the pattern for you to try.

Face Cloth Pattern

Requirements

  • 50g MoYa DK
  • 3.5mm crochet hook

Abbreviations

  • st – stitch
  • ch – chain
  • sc – single crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • sk – skip
  • cl – cluster (sc1, hdc1, dc1) all into the same stitch
  • tdc – twisted double crochet (SEE VIDEO)

Pattern

The increase section

  • Row 1 – Chain 2, start in the 2nd chain from the hook, cl into the 2nd ch, ch2 to turn
  • Row 2 – Start in the 2nd chain from the hook, cl, sk2, cl, ch2 to turn
  • Row 3 – Start in the 2nd chain from the hook, cl, (sk2, cl) across the row, ch2 to turn
  • Repeat row 3 17x times more – 20 rows, 20 clusters across the last row

The decrease section

  • Row 21 – sk4 (2 ch & 2 sts), cl, (sk2, cl) across the row until 3 sts remain, sk2, sc in the last st, ch2 to turn
  • Row 22 – sk5 (2 ch & 3 sts), cl, (sk2, cl) across the row until 3 sts remain, sk2, sc in the last st, ch2 to turn
  • Repeat row 22 18x more – 40 rows in total

The border

  • Turn your project to work down the side.
  • [(ch3, sk over two clusters, sc between the clusters) x10 times, ch3, sc in the same space last used to create a corner loop] x4 times, ss to close the round
  • ss into the next 3-ch-space, (tdc1, dc3) in the 3-ch-space, (dc4 in the next 3-ch-space) x9 times, [(dc2, ch2, dc2) in the corner 3-ch-space, (dc4 in the next 3-ch-space) x10 times] x3 times, (dc2, ch2, dc2) in the corner 3-ch-space, close the round with a ss to the tdc
  • ch1, (sc in each sts across the side, sc3 in the corner 2-ch-space) x4 times, sc2, cut off your working yarn, close the round with an invisible join, weave in all your tails.

Block your face cloth.

It’s as easy as that! If you enjoy this stitch pattern, post some photos of your projects on the Yarn in a Barn Facebook Page. I would love to see!