How To Crochet The Diamond Stitch

The Diamond Crochet Stitch
The Diamond crochet stitch is a challenge, but you won’t regret putting in the effort to learn it. This stunning stitch is made using front post treble crochet, and needs you to carefully keep count of your stitch placement. I recommend using a lot of stitch markers, at least for your first few rows. But learning how to crochet the Diamond stitch is well worth the effort to have this stitch feature in your creations.

 

This how to guide is part of Froggity Frog’s Stitch Vault collection. Have you seen all the other stitches in there? You can take a look here all the guides are free to access and maybe you will discover some new stitches to create for yourself.

I first used the Diamond crochet stitch during my first crochet along The 50 Stitches, and I used it again in my Country Garden CAL where I made it as a 2 tone stitch which you can see in the picture below. The instructions in this stitch guide are for making the diamond stitch in a single colour, but if you want to achieve this colour work Diamond look, then you will need to switch colours for all of your front post stitches

The Diamond stitch is a hole free stitch that feels quite thick because of the front post stitches that create that beautiful texture on the surface. It is often used for sweaters and cold weather clothing but also looks fabulous for cushions, throws and blankets.

While the Diamond stitch is a cable stitch, the front post stitch rows have rows of plain single crochet rows in between, so you don’t have to deal with any back post stitches and getting the right stitch orientation figured out.

Your completed Diamond panel

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To make my Diamond stitch you see in the pictures I used Stylecraft Cotton Classique DK, a 100% cotton yarn. It’s a non mercerised cotton that is lovely and soft, but it can get a bit splitty if you frog it a couple of times. It does makes lovely cosy blankets though and is the yarn that got me hooked on cotton as my fibre of choice. I think I first got a ball of this yarn in a mystery bag I got off ebay, and it was a great yarn discovery for me.

I also used my trusty Clover Amour hooks which are perfect if you are looking for a good value ergonomic crochet hook that won’t cause your hand to ache if you are crocheting for long periods of time. I’ve tried many different crochet hooks over the years, but I always end up coming back to my trusty Clovers. They just sit so well in my hand and never let me down.

How To Crochet The Diamond Stitch

The Diamond Square

All the terms in this stitch guide are in US crochet terms.

Abbreviations

  • ch = Chain
  • st = Stitch
  • sc = Single crochet
  • dc = Double crochet
  • tr = Treble crochet
  • fptr = Front post treble crochet
  • fptr2tog = Front post treble crochet 2 together

To crochet the Diamond stitch, you need to start with a foundation chain in multiples of 4 plus 2 (plus 1 for the turning chain)

Row 1. Make a sc in the 3rd chain from your hook (your turning chain counts as your first sc of the row). Make a sc in each chain across.

Row 2. Turn and chain 1. Make a dc turning chain in the first stitch then make a dc in each stitch across

Row 3.  This row can be tricky to get your stitches in the right place. It can make things easier to count out your stitches in advance and place stitch markers in both row 3 and row 1 where each tr stitch needs to be made.

Turn and chain 1. Around the post of the 3rd sc in row 1 make a treble crochet (fptr). 

1st Treble of the diamond stitch

*In each of the next 3 stitches make a sc. The next stitch you need to make is a fptr2tog (front post treble crochet 2 together). Make the first part of the stitch around the post of the same st as the previous fptr. Skip 3 sc in row 1 and make the second part of the fptr2tog around the next sc in row 1.*

Both tr made around the same post

Repeat between *and* Make a sc in the next 3 stitches then fptr around the second part of the last fptr2tog. Make a sc in the last stitch of the row.

Row 4. Repeat row 2

Row 5. Turn and chain 1. Make a sc in each of the first 2 stitches. *Fptr2tog around the posts of the treble stitches made in row 3 on either side. Make a sc in each of the next 3 stitches* repeat between *and* then make a fptr2tog around the posts of the treble stitches made in row 3 on either side. Sc in each of the last 3 stitches

go under where both tr meet

Row 6. Repeat row 2

Row 7. Turn and chain 1. Make a fptr around the fptr2tog 2 rows below. *Make a sc in each of the next 3 stitches. Next make a Fptr2tog around the posts of the treble stitches made 2 rows below on either side.* Repeat between *and*. Next make a sc in each of the next 3 stitches then make a fptr around the last tr stitch 2 rows below. Make a sc in the last stitch of the row.

Repeat rows 4-7 until you reach the number of rows that you need for your project. Then you can cut off, weave in your ends and admire your beautiful handy work.

Diamond Stitch Closeup

You can find more free crochet stitch guides here in Froggity Frog’s stitch vault. Come on over to our Facebook group – Froggity Frog’s Ribbit And Stitch and show us what you made with the Waistcoat stitch. I’d love to see what you created. 

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