Diagonal Diamond Lace Pattern

Basic idea: you are making a simple lace stitch pattern which in Barbara Walker's first treasury book is called Openwork Diamonds, only starting from a corner and incorporating the lace as you go, with a double trellis garter-st border. I've included several repeats of the diamond pattern in the instructions so that you can see how it grows as the diamond gets bigger.

I made the mat shown above for a lace exchange. I think the diamonds in this one are slightly bigger than in the basic pattern below. I'd give you the pattern for the motifs, but... um... I don't remember it.

The Beginning

Cast on 1 st.

Row 1 (wrong side): knit.

Row 2: (k1, p1, k1) in st.

Row 3 and all subsequent WS rows: knit first and last 3 sts, purl all other sts (if any).

Row 4: k1, (k1, p1, k1) in st, k1.

Row 6: k1, yo, k3, yo, k1.

(These 6 rows set up the double trellis border.)

Starting the Diamond Pattern

Row 8: k2tog, (yo, k1) 3 times, yo, ssk.

(The middle st of row 8 is the beginning of the first diamond.)

Row 10: k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, yo, ssk.

Row 12: k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k5, yo, k1, yo, ssk.

Row 14: k2tog, (yo, k1) twice, yo, k5, (yo, k1) twice, yo, ssk.

(Instead of doing a ssk on one side and a k2tog on the other to decrease the diamond in row 14, you split off 1 new st on each side to start new diamonds.)

Row 16: k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, k1, yo, ssk.

Row 18: k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k5, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k5, yo, k1, yo, ssk.

Row 20: k2tog, (yo, k1) twice, yo, k4, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k4, (yo, k1) twice, yo, ssk.

(In row 20 you split off one st on the edge side of each outermost diamond to start new diamonds. The inner sides of the diamonds are decreased normally.)

Row 22: k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, k1, yo, ssk.

Row 24: k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k5, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k5, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k5, yo, k1, yo, ssk.

Row 26: k2tog, (yo, k1) twice, yo, k4, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k4, (yo, k1) twice, yo, ssk.

(In row 26 you start 2 new diamonds on the sides as in row 20. There is now a diamond in the center that you decrease normally on both sides.)

The increasing pattern is now set up. Continue increasing and making new diamonds until you decide the thing is wide enough. When you are ready to decrease, work until the center and outer diamonds are at their widest point, that is you have just k5 on them and then worked a wrong-side row. Then:

Decreasing

1st right-side decrease row: Ssk, yo, k1, yo, work diamond pattern to last 3 sts, yo, k1, yo, k2tog.

2nd and 3rd RS dec rows: (Ssk, yo) twice, work diamond pattern to last 4 sts, (yo, k2tog) twice.

4th RS dec row: (Ssk, yo) twice, sssk, work diamond pattern to last 7 sts, k3tog, (yo, k2tog) twice.

(You just worked the one remaining st of each outermost diamond together with the first decrease of the next one, decreasing the outermost diamonds out of existence.)

Repeat the 2nd through 4th RS dec rows until 9 sts remain. Last 4 RS rows:

Ssk, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog.

Ssk, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k2tog.

K1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1.

Sl1-k2tog-psso.

K remaining st once more, then BO.

 

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