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Diamonds Dishcloth – FREE Knitting Pattern

Diamonds Dishcloth Knitting Pattern

The dishcloth obsession continues, though I am getting a bit weary of these. Time to get around to making more art pieces.

So I’m providing this in two sizes – roughly 7 inches square and 8 inches square. The smaller size seemed almost a smidgen too small but the larger one seemed a bit larger than I would like. I suppose it could have easily been fixed with changing needle sizes but I figured I let others deal with that. With that said, this knitting pattern is written accordingly. The larger size repeat counts are in brackets.


It’s important to note that for this specific knitting pattern, odd rows are NOT the right side of your work. The dropping and picking up stitches happens on what would be usually considered the WRONG side or all even rows. So in short, the right side of your work is all the EVEN rows.

Also, I’ve included a bunch of photos to help you along with YO, dropping stitches, slipping stitches and making the crossed over stitches. The YO, slipping and dropping stitches are standard stitches and if you’re an experienced knitter, you probably won’t need the photos. I’ve included the photos as you go along in the pattern, but if you already feel comfortable with these stitches, the pattern is also written without the photos further down the post here – the pattern without the photos.

Diamonds Dishcloth Knitting Pattern

This knitting pattern turned out to take a lot more effort and photos than I originally thought it would. To make it easier on everyone, the downloadable version of this knitting pattern is on its way. I’ll need to reformat the entire pattern and that’s going to take some time. I’ll add the link here when it is finished.


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Things you will need:

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Size 3.75 mm (size 5 US) crochet hook (for edging. You may need larger or smaller depending on your tension)

1 ball of crochet cotton yarn (the 1.5 oz balls are more than enough)

Darning needle to work in the ends

Size 5 mm (size 8 US) single point knitting needles

Cable needle – VERY optional and only necessary if dropped stitch is unraveling.

Pattern With the Photos

Cast on 34 (40 sts)

Row 1: Purl across (wrong side)

Row 2: Knit across (right side)

๐Ÿฆ‹ Row 3: P2 YO ๐ŸŒ P5 YO P1 YO ๐ŸŒ Repeat from ๐ŸŒ to ๐ŸŒ 3 (4) more times. P5 YO P3

Row 4: K2 SL1

Slipping a stitch
Arrow points to YO stitch. Stitch on the right is the one you slip onto the working needle.
Slipping the stitches
Slipping the stitch from your needle onto your working needle. Do NOT work this stitch!

Drop the YO

Drop this stitch
Let this stitch fall off your needle. Do NOT work it in any way!
YO dropped

K4 ๐Ÿ› SL1, Drop the YO, SL1 K4 ๐Ÿ› Repeat from ๐Ÿ› to ๐Ÿ› 3 (4) more times. SL1, Drop the YO, K2

Row 5: P2 SL1 P4 ๐Ÿฅ SL2 P4 ๐Ÿฅ Repeat ๐Ÿฅ to ๐Ÿฅ 3 (4) more times. SL1 P2

Row 6: K2 ๐Ÿฆ‰ Drop the next stitch

Drop this stitch
This is the stitch you’re going to drop.
Stitch dropped
Stitch dropped.

K2. Pick up the dropped stitch with the non-working needle.

Pick up dropped stitch

Knit this stitch.

Pick up the dropped stitch
Drop stitch knitted.

SL2.

Slip these two stitches onto your working needle.

Drop the next stitch.

Two stitches passed over and stitch dropped.

Pass the 2 slipped stitches back to the non-working needle.

Stitches passed back to non-working needle.

Pick up and knit the dropped stitch.

Picking up the stitch.
Working the stitch.
Cross over complete.

K2 ๐Ÿฆ‰ Repeat from ๐Ÿฆ‰ to ๐Ÿฆ‰ 4 (5) more times. K2

Row 7: ๐ŸŠ P4 YO P1 YO P1 ๐ŸŠ Repeat from ๐ŸŠ to ๐ŸŠ 4 (5) more times. P4

Row 8: ๐Ÿฆƒ K4, SL1, Drop the YO, SL1, Drop the YO ๐Ÿฆƒ Repeat ๐Ÿฆƒ to ๐Ÿฆƒ 4 (5) more times. K4

Row 9: ๐Ÿฌ P4 SL2 ๐Ÿฌ Repeat from ๐Ÿฌ to ๐Ÿฌ 4 (5) more times. P4

Row 10: K2 ๐Ÿฆ† SL2, Drop the next stitch. Pass the 2 slipped stitches back to the non-working needle. Pick up the dropped stitch with the non-working needle and knit this stitch. K2. Drop the next stitch. K2. Pick up and knit the dropped stitch. ๐Ÿฆ† Repeat from ๐Ÿฆ† to ๐Ÿฆ† 4 (5) more times. ๐Ÿฆ‹

Repeat from ๐Ÿฆ‹ to ๐Ÿฆ‹ 4 (5) more times. (Rows 3 – 10 make up one repeat of the diamond motif).

Next row: Purl across

Next row: Cast off. Do NOT cut the yarn, unless you are making the edging a different colour.

Edging:

To make things as easy as possible, I’ve embedded the (very) old video I made demonstrating how to do this technique. It’s basically a backwards single crochet (Bsc) that creates a more ropey kind of look.

You may have to play around a bit with the size of hook that’s going to work the best for you. For me, based on my tension for knitting the dishcloth and tension for how I crochet, a 3.75 mm crochet hook worked best.

Row 1: With right side facing, and in the first cast off stitch that you can easily insert your hook, Bsc (backwards single crochet) around edge. Bsc in every 2nd cast off stitch along the top and bottom edges

Skip every other stitch.
Insert your hook like this.
Hook the yarn and pull through.
Hook the yarn again and pull through the two loops. Stitch made.

Bsc in every other row along the sides.

Insert hook in this stitch when working along the rows.

Join to the start of the row. Work in ends.

I found there is enough slack that you don’t need multiple stitches in the corner.

Pattern Without the Photos

Cast on 34 (40 sts)

Row 1: Purl across (wrong side)

Row 2: Knit across (right side)

๐Ÿฆ‹ Row 3: P2 YO ๐ŸŒ P5 YO P1 YO ๐ŸŒ Repeat from ๐ŸŒ to ๐ŸŒ 3 (4) more times. P5 YO P3

Row 4: K2 SL1, Drop the YO, K4 ๐Ÿ› SL1, Drop the YO, SL1 K4 ๐Ÿ› Repeat from ๐Ÿ› to ๐Ÿ› 3 (4) more times. SL1, Drop the YO, K2

Row 5: P2 SL1 P4 ๐Ÿฅ SL2 P4 ๐Ÿฅ Repeat ๐Ÿฅ to ๐Ÿฅ 3 (4) more times. SL1 P2

Row 6: K2 ๐Ÿฆ‰ Drop the next stitch, K2. Pick up the dropped stitch with the non-working needle. Knit this stitch. SL2 Drop the next stitch. Pass the 2 slipped stitches back to the non-working needle. Pick up and knit the dropped stitch. K2 ๐Ÿฆ‰ Repeat from ๐Ÿฆ‰ to ๐Ÿฆ‰ 4 (5) more times. K2

Row 7: ๐ŸŠ P4 YO P1 YO P1 ๐ŸŠ Repeat from ๐ŸŠ to ๐ŸŠ 4 (5) more times. P4

Row 8: ๐Ÿฆƒ K4, SL1, Drop the YO, SL1, Drop the YO ๐Ÿฆƒ Repeat ๐Ÿฆƒ to ๐Ÿฆƒ 4 (5) more times. K4

Row 9: ๐Ÿฌ P4 SL2 ๐Ÿฌ Repeat from ๐Ÿฌ to ๐Ÿฌ 4 (5) more times. P4

Row 10: K2 ๐Ÿฆ† SL2, Drop the next stitch. Pass the 2 slipped stitches back to the non-working needle. Pick up the dropped stitch with the non-working needle and knit this stitch. K2. Drop the next stitch. K2. Pick up and knit the dropped stitch. ๐Ÿฆ† Repeat from ๐Ÿฆ† to ๐Ÿฆ† 4 (5) more times. ๐Ÿฆ‹

Repeat from ๐Ÿฆ‹ to ๐Ÿฆ‹ 4 (5) more times. (Rows 3 – 10 make up one repeat of the diamond motif).

Next row: Purl across

Next row: Cast off

Edging:

The edging is a backwards single crochet (Bsc) that creates a more ropey kind of look.

You may have to play around a bit with the size of hook that’s going to work the best for you. For me, based on my tension for knitting the dishcloth and tension for how I crochet, a 3.75 mm crochet hook worked best.

Row 1: With right side facing, and in the first cast off stitch that you can easily insert your hook, Bsc (backwards single crochet) around edge. Bsc in every 2nd cast off stitch along the top and bottom edges. Bsc in every other row along the sides.

Join to the start of the row. Work in ends.

I found there is enough slack that you don’t need multiple stitches in the corner.

Hints and Tips:

You may have to play around a bit with the size of the crochet hook you use.

I haven’t had any problem with the dropped stitch unraveling while knitting other stitches. If you do, you can use a cable needle to hold it in place.

Try a variation in colours too! You could make each diamond repeat a different colour. What’s marked with ๐Ÿฆ‹ to ๐Ÿฆ‹. And you can also make the edging a different colour like I did. It would be a great way to use up the extra bits of cotton yarn you have.

Abbreviations:

Non-working needle – Left needle if you are right handed. Right needle if you are left handed)

YO – Yarn Over. When doing a YO for the purl stitch, pull your yarn to the back of your work (like you were going to knit) and purl the next stitch. The yarn will form an extra stitch on your needle.

How to YO when purling.
Starting the yarn over
How to YO when purling.
Pull the yarn to the back of your work
How to yarn over (YO) when purling.
Pull your yarn forward and work the stitch. Increase made.
The yarn over (increased stitched)

K – Knit

P – Purl

SL – Slip the next stitch, without working it, onto your working needle. (Right needle if you’re right handed. Left needle if you’re left handed).

Bsc – Backwards single crochet.

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6 thoughts on “Diamonds Dishcloth – FREE Knitting Pattern

  1. Trying to knit this pattern which is beautiful btw!! Having problems on row 4. Shouldnโ€™t there be a โ€œdrop yoโ€ between the sl1,k4? So sorry if this is dumb question. Thank u for any help!!

    1. It wouldn’t be the first time I’ve made a typo, but this is the first I’ve heard of the problem and I double checked the pattern a number of times after I wrote it out.

      If there’s a problem, I’d love to hear from others.

      1. I was just looking for your info to ask this exact same question. On row 4 the first part (K2,SL1,Drop Yo,K4) lines up but the repeat section the yo from row 3 is one stitch out (SL1, then another stitch before the previous row YO). I tried to fudge on this (Sl1,Sl1,K4) however when I came to the next Sl1,DropYo,SL1 the YO was now two stitches out of sync.
        I’m a bit confused as to what happened.

        1. Iโ€™m not sure what the problem is ๐Ÿค”. Iโ€™ll go over it tomorrow when Iโ€™m done work and see if there is a typo. I checked and double checked before I published, but mistakes happen. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

  2. I just finished knitting the “Bows” dish cloth. So cute! I think for the Diamond Dish Cloth I need to see a video. Is there a video of it anywhere? Dropping stitches scares me without seeing exactly what to do. I am very visual. Thanks.
    Carolyn Dennis

    1. I just wrote up the pattern a few weeks ago. Videos take even longer, though I have considered making them again. I certainly have time as of late so you never know. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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