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haakmaarraak.nl · Oct 28, 2015

Free crochet pattern: Spicy diamond blanket (EN + NL)

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The spicy diamond blanket is a harlequin blanket with a twist! The diamond pattern inside the motifs itself give the blanket an airy feel. The blanket is made square and is pretty large, about 1.20 x 1.80 m (41″ by 70″). The yarn used is Linen soft, a Linen blend from Scheepjes. The spicy diamond is a great choice for an autumn blanket, but can be used in any season!

Yarn
Linen soft by Scheepjes, a 47% cotton, 27% linen and 26% acrylic mix. I used:

  • 4 skeins of color 601 (dark brown)
  • 4 skeins of color 604 (red)
  • 4 skeins of color 609 (orange)
  • 4 skeins of color 610 (mustard yellow)
  • 4 skeins of color 620 (beige)
  • 4 skeins of color 622 (pistache green)
  • 8 skeins of color 619 (grey)

I had approximately half a skein per colour left.

Hook size
3.5 mm (US Size E/4).

Used abbreviations (US terms)

  • st: stitch
  • ch: chain
  • hdc: half double crochet
  • dc: double crochet
  • dc2tog: dc 2 together (when used in beginning of row: ch2, yarn over, draw up loop through next st, yarn over, draw yarn through 2 loops, yarn over, draw hook through remaining loops)
  • dc3tog: dc 3 together (ch2, yarn over, draw up loop through next st, yarn over, draw up loop through next st, draw hook through 2 loops, yarn over, draw up loop through next stitch, yarn over, draw hook through 2 loops, yarn over, draw hook through remaining loops)

Pattern
The pattern consists of A. patterns for the diamonds, B. a pattern for the joining, C. a pattern for the edging, D. Instructions for blocking and E. troubleshooting. I’ve made charts of the most intricate diamond patterns.

To recreate the exact blanket, you need:

  • 65 whole diamonds
    • 9 brown
    • 11 beige
    • 12 red
    • 12 orange
    • 11 green
    • 10 yellow
  • 10 half diamonds lengthwise
    • 3 brown
    • 1 beige
    • 2 red
    • 1 orange
    • 1 green
    • 2 yellow
  • 6 half diamonds widthwise (for top side)
    • 1 beige
    • 2 green
    • 3 yellow
  • 7 half diamonds widthwise (for bottom side)
    • 1 brown
    • 2 beige
    • 1 red
    • 1 orange
    • 2 yellow
  • 2 quart sized diamonds (for 2 top corners)
    • 2 red

And to help you figure your colour layout all out, My sweet sister in law has made you a layout of the colours I used, and an empty layout for if you want to determine your own colours!


Notes

  • The pattern is written in US terms.
  • Al the ch3 with which a row starts count as dc.
  • The diamonds have a top and bottom side, as all crochet pieces have. Make sure you have the diamonds all facing in the same direction while joining.
  • The diamonds do not have a front and a backside due to the fact that you’re working in rows. So you don’t have to worry about getting the wrong side forward, only to have them upside down.
  • The half diamonds for the sides can be used on both sides (as they are reversible) but make sure to keep the right side up.
  • I’ve blocked my diamonds before joining (and afterwards again). For instructions, follow D. Blocking.

A. Diamond patterns

Diamond motif
R1: ch1, ch3, 2dc in first ch, turn. (3 dc)
R2: ch3, dc in same st, dc, 2dc in next st, turn. (5 dc)
R3: ch3, dc in same st, dc in next 3 st, 2dc in next st, turn. (7 dc)
R4: ch3, dc in same st, dc in next 5 st, 2dc in next st, turn. (9 dc)
R5: ch3, dc in same st, dc in next 3 st, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in next 3 st, 2dc in next st, turn. (10 dc, 1 gap)
R6: ch3, dc in same st, dc in next 3 st, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in ch1, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in next 3 st, 2dc in next st, turn. (11 dc, 2 gaps)
R7: ch3, dc in same st, dc in next 3 st, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in ch1, dc, dc in ch1, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in next 3 st, 2dc in next st, turn. (13 dc, 2 gaps)
R8: ch3, dc in same st, dc in next 3 st, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in ch1, dc in next 3 st, dc in ch1, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in next 3 st, 2dc in next st, turn. (15 dc, 2 gaps)
R9: ch3, dc in same st, dc in next 3 st, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in ch1, dc in next 5 st, dc in ch1, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in next 3 st, 2dc in next st, turn. (17 dc, 2 gaps)
R10: ch3, dc in same st, dc in next 3 st, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in ch1, dc in next 7 st, dc in ch1, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in next 3 st, 2dc in next st, turn. (19 dc, 2 gaps)
R11: ch3, dc in same st, dc in next 3 st, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in ch1, dc in next 4 st, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in next 4 st, dc in ch1, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in next 3 st, 2dc in next st, turn. (20 dc, 3 gaps)
R12: ch3, dc in same st, dc in next 3 st, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in ch1, dc in next 4 st, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in ch1, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in next 4 st, dc in ch1, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in next 3 st, 2dc in next st, turn. (21 dc, 4 gaps)
R13: ch3, dc in next 3 st, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in ch1, dc in next 4 st, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in ch1, dc, dc in ch1, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in next 4 st, dc in ch1, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in next 4 st, turn. (21 dc, 4 gaps)
R14: dc2tog, dc in next 2 st, dc in ch1, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in next 4 st, dc in ch1, ch1, skip 1 st, dc, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in ch1, dc in next 4 st, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in ch1, dc in next 2 st, dc2tog, turn. (19 dc, 4 gaps)
R15: dc2tog, dc in next 2 st, dc in ch1, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in next 4 st, dc in ch1, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in ch1, dc in next 4 st, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in ch1, dc in next 2 st, dc2tog, turn. (18 dc, 3 gaps)
R16: dc2tog, dc in next 2 st, dc in ch1, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in next 4 st, dc in ch1, dc in next 4 st, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in ch1, dc in next 2 st, dc2tog, turn. (17 dc, 2 gaps)
R17: dc2tog, dc in next 2 st, dc in ch1, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in next 7 st, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in ch1, dc in next 2 st, dc2tog, turn. (15 dc, 2 gaps)
R18: dc2tog, dc in next 2 st, dc in ch1, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in next 5 st, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in ch1, dc in next 2 st, dc2tog, turn. (13 dc, 2 gaps)
R19: dc2tog, dc in next 2 st, dc in ch1, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in next 3 st, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in ch1, dc in next 2 st, dc2tog, turn. (11 dc, 2 gaps)
R20: dc2tog, dc in next 2 st, dc in ch1, ch1, skip 1 st, dc, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in ch1, dc in next 2 st, dc2tog, turn. (9 dc, 2 gaps)
R21: dc2tog, dc in next 2 st, dc in ch1, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in ch1, dc in next 2 st, dc2tog, turn. (8 dc,1 gap)
R22: dc2tog, dc in next 2 st, dc in ch1, dc in next 2 st, dc2tog, turn. (7 dc)
R23: dc2tog, dc in next 3 st, dc2tog, turn. (5 dc)
R24: dc2tog, dc, dc2tog, turn. (3 dc)
R25: dc3tog. (1 dc)
Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Half diamond lengthwise (for left and right side)
R1: ch1, ch3, dc in 1st ch, turn. (2 dc)
R2: ch3, dc in same st, dc in next st, turn. (3 dc)
R3: ch3, dc, 2dc in next st, turn. (4 dc)
R4: ch3, dc in same st, dc in next 3 st, turn. (5 dc)
R5: ch3, dc in next 3 st, 2dc in next st,turn. (6 dc)
R6: ch3, dc in same st, dc in next 3 st, ch1, skip 1 st, dc, turn. (6 dc, 1 gap)
R7: ch3, dc in ch1, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in next 3 st, 2dc in next st, turn. (7 dc, 1 gap)
R8: ch3, dc in same st, dc in next 3 st, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in ch1, dc in next 2 st, turn. (8 dc, 1 gap)
R9: ch3, dc in next 2 st, dc in ch1, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in next 3 st, 2dc in same st, turn. (9 dc, 1 gap)
R10: ch3, dc in same st, dc in next 3 st, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in ch1, dc in next 4 st, turn. (10 dc, 1 gap)
R11: ch3, dc in next 4 st, dc in ch1, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in next 3 st, 2dc in next st, turn. (11 dc, 1 gap)
R12: ch3, dc in same st, dc in next 3 st, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in ch1, dc in next 4 st, ch1, skip 1 st, dc, turn. (11 dc, 2 gaps)
R13: ch3, dc in ch1, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in next 4 st, dc in ch1, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in next 4 st, turn. (11 dc, 2 gaps)
R14: dc2tog, dc in next 2 st, dc in ch1, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in next 4 st, dc in ch1, ch1, skip 1 st, dc, turn. (10 dc, 2 gaps)
R15: ch3, dc in ch1, dc in next 4 st, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in ch1, dc in next 2 st, dc2tog, turn. (10 dc, 1 gap)
R16: dc2tog, dc in next 2 st, dc in ch1, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in next 5 st, turn. (9 dc, 1 gap)
R17: ch3, dc in next 3 st, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in ch1, dc in next 2 st, dc2tog, turn. (8 dc, 1 gap)
R18: dc2tog, dc in next 2 st, dc in ch1, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in next 3 st, turn. (7 dc, 1 gap)
R19: ch3, dc, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in ch1, dc in next 2 st, dc2tog, turn. (6 dc, 1 gap)
R20: dc2tog, dc in next 2 st, dc in ch1, ch1, skip 1 st, dc, turn. (5 dc, 1 gap)
R21: ch3, dc in ch1, dc in next 2 st, dc2tog, turn. (5 dc)
R22: dc2tog, dc in next 3 st, turn. (4 dc)
R23: ch3, dc, dc2tog, turn. (3 dc)
R24: dc2tog, dc, turn. (2 dc)
R25: dc2tog. (1 dc)
Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Half sized diamond widthwise (for bottom side)
Start with a beg ch of 25 ch.
R1: ch3, and starting in 5th ch from hook, dc in next 3 ch, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in next 5 st, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in next 3 st, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in next 5 st, ch1, skip 1 st, dc in next 4 st, turn. (21 dc, 4 gaps)
Repeat R14-R25 until end from whole diamond pattern.

Half sized diamond widthwise (for top side)
Repeat the diamond motif R1-R13.

Quart sized motif
Follow R1-R13 from half sized diamond lengthwise pattern.

B. Joining

Notes

  • You will be crocheting around the first/last DC’s of a row.
  • It’s easy to first join all whole diamonds. After that, start making your blanket square by adding the half- and quartersized diamonds.
  • Joining the corners is a bit tricky to explain, keep in mind that you never join R13’s from diamonds to each other, there is always a top or bottom of another diamond in between where you join your R13 in.

Bordering the first diamond
Take your first whole diamond in the left upper corner and join the grey colour on on the top left side of R25. 2hdc in the left dc of the hdc3tog, ch1, *2hdc in the next row, ch1*, repeat between ** 10 times, (hdc in left dc of R13, ch2, hdc) in same st, ch1, *2hdc in next row, ch1*, repeat between ** 10 times, 2hdc in the left dc of R1, ch2, 2 hdc in right dc of R1, ch1, *2hdc in next row, ch1*, repeat between ** 10 times, (hdc in right dc of R13, ch2, hdc) in same st, ch1, *2hdc in next row, ch1*, repeat between ** 10 times, 2hdc in right dc of dc3tog of R25, ch2, join with ss to first hdc of round.

Joining adjacent diamonds
When you join your next diamond, replace the ch1 along the sides with ss to the corresponding ch1 of the previous diamond. When you reach a corner, make your final hdcs (or hdc in case of a side-join), and then ss your diamond to the ch-sp of the adjacent diamond(s). ch1, and resume bordering your diamond with *2hdc in next row, ch1*. For clarification, see the collages below, where red arrows indicate where you will make your ss. Please note: you never join sides of diamonds to other sides. You will always have a top and bottom of another diamond in between.


Joining top and bottom half diamonds
When you’re joining half diamonds on the bottom and top, you have to crochet in the beg-ch and dc’s there, see collage below. When you have crocheted in the last row, make your corner join to another diamond (if applicable), ch1, and then starting in first stitch:*2hdc in same st, ch1, skip 2 st*, repeat between ** 7 times, ch1, join to another diamond if applicable, and resume crocheting in the sides of the diamond by ss in every ch-sp of the adjacent diamond.

C. Edging

R1: Join the grey yarn on the top side of your blanket. *hdc2 in ch-sp, ch1*, repeat until you reach the top left corner ch2-sp. (hdc2, ch2, hdc2) in same st, ch1, *hdc2 in ch-sp, ch1*, repeat until you reach the corner stitch, indicated with a red arrow in the collage below. (hdc2, ch2, hdc2) in same st, ch1, *hdc2 in ch-sp, ch1*, repeat until you reach the bottom right corner. (hdc2, ch2, hdc2) in same st, ch1, *hdc2 in ch-sp, ch1*, repeat until you reach the top right corner ch2-sp. (hdc2, ch2, hdc2) in same st, ch1, *hdc2 in ch-sp, ch1*, repeat until you reach your starting point, join with ss to first hdc.

R2: *hdc2 in ch1-sp, ch1* along the sides. (hdc2, ch2, hdc2) in corner-stitches.

That’s it! Now weave in all ends.

D. Blocking

Blocking really makes a difference for the blanket. Linen responds very well to blocking and holds the shape well, so your diamonds will pop out even more! I wet-block my items rather than steam-block them. Start by pinning them on a blocking board ( I use foam mats similar to these and T-pins as they are stronger compared to regular pins

).

Make sure you pin your blanket straight, it will yield the best effect. I use a measuring tape to make sure the edges are all straight and equally long. Next, fill a spritzbottle with water (and if you have it, Eucalan or a similar treatment product for a nice smell and softer result). Spray the blanket until it’s moderately wet. it doesn’t have to be dripping. Now let it dry overnight. I assure you, you will love how soft and even your blanket will be!

E. Troubleshooting

I made my fair share of mistakes while making the diamonds and joining them, which in some cases caused me to frog out quite a bit. This section is here to help you prevent that!

  • The R1/R25/R13’s don’t match up: You probably missed a ch-sp somewhere. Please remember that while joining the top of a diamond to a bottom and a side, the next chain-space after the corner join is the one between R13 and R14 or R12, not the one between R14 and R15 or R11. Good chance that if you frog your side, your next attempt will line up fine!
  • The corner joins look cramped/not as displayed: You probably joined R13’s of a diamond to another R13. Two sides of a diamond are never joined. Instead, there’s always a top/bottom of another diamond in between. If that’s not the case, try blocking. It wil work miracles!
  • The diamond-filet pattern looks wonky: You probably missed a stitch somewhere. Remember that the top of the ch3’s made in each row also count as a stitch!

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Copyright of Haak maar Raak
This pattern is for unlimited personal use. Do not reproduce or sell the pattern. The pattern may not be copied in any way (print or digitally), in part or in full, with the exception for personal use. Items may be sold that are made from this pattern as long as the designer is credited. Shop owners, if you wish to make a kit with yarn using this pattern, please request permission and copyright details from the designer before offering any kits for sale. For questions, please contact me at kirsten@haakmaarraak.nl.

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