There’s something so modern and cool about geometric designs, isn’t there? This beautiful Harlequin Stitch Blanket uses a timeless diamond motif to create a graphic design that’s perfect for baby blankets, a cosy throw or even an heirloom afghan. The diamond tiles are created individually, so it’s the ideal portable project for on-the-move hooking! Or you can settle down, get cosy and bang out a few tiles in front of the TV on an evening and enjoy the small ‘finished project’ serotonin boost you get each time you complete a diamond.
MATERIALS & TOOLS
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK
I used this colour scheme for my blanket, but you’re welcome to use your own.
This pattern is written in UK terms.
Notes: Beginning ch-3 does count as a st. Beginning ch-2 does not count as a st.
TERMS & ABBREVIATIONS
Chain (ch): Yarn over, pull through one loop on hook
Increase (inc): work 2 tr in same st
Treble Crochet (tr): Yarn over, insert hook into stitch or space, yarn over, draw up a loop (3 loops on hook), (yarn over, draw through 2 loops) twice.
Treble Crochet 2 Stitches Together (tr2tog): Yarn over, insert hook into stitch or space, yarn over, draw up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, draw through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over, insert into next stitch or space, yarn over, draw up a loop (4 loops on hook), yarn over, draw through 2 loops (3 loops on hook), yarn over, draw through all 3 loops on hook.
Unsure of the differences between UK and US terms? Need a refresher on how to do your stitches? In my ‘How to crochet: A handy reference guide’ EBook I help you with all of these terms and you can always have them to hand! You will also get exclusive access to free video instructions. Learn more about the eBook here.
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HARLEQUIN STITCH BLANKET PATTERN
Foundation chain: Ch 4.
Row 1: Tr in fourth ch from hook, skipped chs count as a tr. (2 tr)
Row 2: Ch 3, turn, tr in first st, 2tr in top of ch-3. (4 tr)
Row 3: Ch 3, turn, tr in first st, 1 tr in each of next 2 sts, 2tr in top of ch-3. (6 tr)
Row 4: Ch 3, turn, tr in first st (ch3+tr count as increase in first st), 1 tr in each st to last st, inc in top of ch-3. (8 tr)
Row 5-10: Repeat Row 4. (20 tr, each row increases by 2 sts) Half Diamond Complete
Row 11: Ch 2, turn, sk st at base of ch, tr in next st, tr in each st to last 2 sts, tr2tog over last 2 sts. (18 tr)
Row 12-18: Repeat Row 11 decreasing each row by 2 sts until only 4 sts remains. Remember, turning ch-2 does not count as a st.
Row 19: Ch 2, sk st at base of ch, tr in next st, tr2tog over last 2 sts.
Row 20: Ch 2, turn, sk first st, tr in next st. Cut yarn, fasten off. Full Diamond Complete
Skinny half diamond for sides
Row 1: Ch 6, tr in third ch from hook. (2 tr, 3 chs) First 3 chs count as first row of diamond, ch 3 + tr counts as second row of diamond.
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as a tr here and throughout), turn, 2 tr in next st. (3 tr)
Row 3: Ch 3, turn, tr in first st (st at base of ch 3), tr in next st, tr in top of ch-3. (4 tr)
Row 4: Ch 3, turn, tr in each st across, 2 tr in top of ch-3. (5 tr)
Row 5: Ch 3, turn, tr in first st, tr in each st across working one st in turning ch-3. (6 tr)
Increasing Rows: Repeat Rows 4 & 5 until there are 10 sts.
Decreasing Row A: starting on straight side, Ch 3, 1 tr in each st across to last 2 sts, tr2tog over last 2 sts.
Decreasing Row B: Ch 2, sk st at base of ch, tr in next st (ch-2+tr counts as tr2tog), tr in each st to end working last tr in top of ch-3.
Repeat Rows A & B until only 2 sts remain. Ch 3 for final row. Cut yarn and fasten off.
To make a blanket, arrange your diamonds, using your darning needle and matching colour yarn, sew diamonds together.
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