The diamond stitch is a challenge, but the result is well worth the effort. This 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. This stitch always looks stunning no matter what project you use it in.
The Diamond stitch featured in week 33 of The 50 Stitches crochet along
This pattern is written in US terms, but the UK translation is below.
Single crochet (sc) = Double crochet
Double crochet (dc) = Treble Crochet
front post treble crochet (fptr) = front post double treble crochet
front post treble crochet 2 together (fptr2tog) = front post double treble 2 together
The Diamond Stitch Pattern
For the Diamond crochet stitch, you need to start with a foundation chain in multiples of 4 plus 2 (plus 1 for the turning chain)
Row 1. Sc in the 3rd chain from your hook (your turning chain counts as your first sc) sc in each stitch across
Row 2. Chain 1, make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. 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 stitch needs to be made.
Chain 1. Around the post of the 3rd sc in row 1 make a treble crochet (fptr).
*In the next 3 stitches make a sc. The next stitch is a fptr2tog (front post treble crochet 2 together). Make the first part of the stitch around the post of the same 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.*
Repeat between *and* sc in the next 3 stitches then fptr around the second part of the last fptr2tog. Make a sc in the last stitch.
Row 4. Repeat row 2
Row 5. Chain 1 and sc in the first 2 stitches. *Fptr2tog around the posts of the treble stitches made in row 3 on either side. Sc in the next 3 stitches* repeat between *and* fptr2tog around the posts of the treble stitches made in row 3 on either side. Sc in the last 3 stitches
Row 6. Repeat row 2
Row 7. Chain 1 fptr around the fptr2tog in row 5. *sc in the next 3 stitches. Fptr2tog around the posts of the treble stitches made in row 3 on either side.* repeat between *and* sc in the next 3 stitches. Fptr around the last tr stitch in row 5. Sc in the last stitch.
Repeat rows 4-7 until you reach the number of rows required