Diamonds in the Rough

Stitch Glossary

C4B (Cable 4 Back): slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold in front of work, knit the next 2 sts from the left-hand needle, then knit sts from cable needle.

C3F (Cable 3 Front): slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold in front of work, knit next st from left-hand needle, then knit sts from cable needle.

T3F (Twist 3 Front): slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold in front of work, purl next st from left-hand needle, then knit sts from cable needle.

T3B (Twist 3 Back): slip next st to cable needle and hold in back of work, knit the next 2 sts from left-hand needle, then purl st from cable needle.

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I used size 9 needles and 4 ply knitting worsted weight yarn. You can use smaller needles for a tighter weave and smaller diamonds. Play with it to get the look you want. The pattern is worked over 38 stitches. I cast on 48 because I made a garter stitch border of 5 sts on each side and 4 rows of garter to start and to finish. You can do this or leave the garter off. I don't like my work to curl a lot and the garter helps to stabilize. This pattern has a moss stitch inside a row of diamonds with a purl stitch inside the following row of diamonds. I repeated the pattern twice.

Cast on 48 stitches if you are doing the garter stitch border and 38 if you are leaving it off. I am going to give the pattern over the 38 stitches...if you are doing the garter border, remember to knit the first 5 and the last five stitches throughout. Start and finish with 4 rows of garter.

Row 1 (right side): P5, K4, *P8, K4; rep from * to last 5 sts, P5.

Row 2: K5, P4, *K8, P4; rep from * to last 5 sts, K5.

Row 3: P5, C4B, *P8, C4B; rep from* to last 5 sts, P5.

Row 4: Repeat Row 2.

Row 5: P4, T3B, C3F, *P6 T3B, C3F; rep from * to last 4 sts, P4.

Row 6: K4, P2, K1, P3, *K6, P2, K1, P3; rep from * to last 4 sts, K4.

Row 7: P3, T3B, K1, P1, C3F, *P4 T3B, K1, P1, C3F; rep from to last 3 sts, P3.

Row 8: K3, P2, K1, P1, K1 P3, *K4, P2, K1, P1, K1, P3; rep from * to last 3 sts, K3.

Row 9: P2, *T3B, [k1, p1] twice, C3F, P2; rep from * to end.

Row 10: K2, P2, K1, [p1, k1] twiceP3, K2; rep from * to end.

Row 11: P1, *T3B, [k1, p1] three times, C3F; rep from * to last st, P1.

Row 12: K1, P2, K1, [p1, k1] three times, *P5, K1, [p1, k1] three times; rep from * to last 4 sts, P3, K1.

Row 13: P1, K3, [p1, k1] three times, P1, *C4B, [k1, p1] 4 times; rep from * to last 3 sts, K2, P1.

Row 14: K1, P3, K1 [p1, k1] 3 times, *P5, K1, [p1, k1] 3 times; rep from * to last 3 sts, P2, K1.

Row 15: P1, K2, P1, [k1, p1] 3 times, *K5, P1, [k1, p1] 3 times; rep from * to last 4 sts, K3, P1.

Rows 16-18: Repeat rows 12, 13 & 14.

Row 19: P1, *T3F, [k1, p1] 3 times, T3B, rep from * to last st, P1.

Row 20: K2, *P3, K1, [p1, k1] twice, P2, K2, rep from * to end.

Row 21: P2, *T3F, [k1, p1] twice, T3B, P2, rep from * to end.

Row 22: K3, P3, K1, P1, K1, P2, *K4, P3, K1, P1, K1, P2; rep from * to last 3 sts, K3.

Row 23: P2, T3F, K1, P1, T3B, * P4, T3F, K1, P1, T3B, rep from * to last 3 sts, P3.

Row 24: K4, P3, K1,P2, *K6, P3, K1, P2; rep from * to last 4 sts, K4.

Row 25: P4, T3F, T3B, *P6, T3F, T3B; rep from * to last 4 sts, P4.

Row 26 28: Rep row 2 and 3 and then repeat row 2 again.

Repeat these 28 rows for pattern.