In the slip stitch diamond stitch pattern, little diamonds are formed by slipping stitches and keeping the working yarn at the front of the work. Then a stitch is worked from underneath the strands of yarn, creating the little “V” shape you see at the bottom corner of each diamond. Because of the slipped stitches, the tension of fabric with this patterning may be a tad tighter when compared with regular stockinette.
This stitch pattern is worked in a multiple of 4 + 1 stitches, and a repeat of 12 rows. Please note that I’ve added 2 edge stitches in garter stitch on both sides of the swatch.
Yarn: Paintbox Yarns Simply DK, a good value, good quality 100% acrylic yarn, here in the color Vintage Pink.
Knitting needles: This is a pair of straights that I picked up at the second-hand store when I started knitting, brand unknown.
- k – knit
- p – purl
- sl wyif – slip 1 stitch purl-wise with the yarn held in front
- k1 uls – knit 1 stitch under loose strands
- st(s) – stitch(es)
Slip stitch diamond instructions
Row 1 (right side): K1, *sl 3 wyif, k1; rep from * to end.
Row 2 and all following wrong side rows: Purl.
Row 3: K1, *sl 3 wyif, k1; rep from * to end.
Row 5: K2, *k1 uls, k3; rep from * to 3 sts before end, k1 uls, k2.
Row 7: K3, *sl 3 wyif, k1; rep from * to 2 sts before end, k2.
Row 9: K3, *sl 3 wyif, k1; rep from * to 2 sts before end, k2.
Row 11: K4, *k1 uls, k3; rep from * to 1 st before end, k1.
Row 12: Purl.
Repeat rows 1-12 for pattern.
In the below picture, I’ve worked 21 stitches in the slip stitch diamond patterning, over 36 rows.
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