Hello! Tiffany’s daughter Hannah here. I’ve been wanting to make some sort of diamond pattern blanket for a while, and I finally figured out that I could use the technique of our bobble polka dot blanket but cluster the bobble into a diamond pattern. It took me a while to figure out the math, but once I got the first two rows of diamonds finished, it was easy to follow the counting for the rest of the blanket.
I chose to use the even berry stitch for this blanket instead of a regular bobble and I love the way it turned out because I think it makes the diamonds a little more subtle. You’ll want to make sure you know how to do the berry stitch before you get started. Here’s how it’s worked:
Crochet Even Berry Stitch
YO, (yarn over), insert hook, YO, pull through, YO pull through ONE loop on the hook, YO, insert hook, YO, pull through, YO, pull through all five loops left on the hook. Berry complete.
Here’s a video you can watch to see how to work the Berry stitch with a single crochet in between each Berry:
7 Skeins of Paton’s Roving Wool in Pale Blush
Size J Hook
Finished size appx. 30 x 32 inches
(An ad-free PDF of this pattern is available on Etsy. Free pattern below).
Work two rows of single crochet (SC).
In the third row, work 7 SC, then crochet the Berry Stitch (YO, insert hook, YO and pull back through, YO pull through ONE loop on the hook, YO, insert hook, YO and pull back through, YO, pull through all five loops left on the hook. Berry complete).
Work *15 SC, then Berry Stitch, then 15 SC, then Berry Stitch. Repeat this pattern until you have 5 Berry Stitches across the row. When you get to the end of the row, chain 1 and turn.
Work 1 row of SC, then chain 1 and turn.
Now that you’ve got your base berry stitches done, you’ll now start building your diamonds. In this row you’ll crochet two berry stitches: one right before and one right after the berry stitch from the previous row, with a SC in between the berry stitches.
Once you get the base of the diamond done, you don’t really have to count if you just pay attention and place the berry stitches either before or after the previous ones to make the diamond shape. Remember that because the berry stitch only shows up on one side of the blanket, there should always be a row of single crochet in between every row that has berries on it. Also, remember that there should always be a single crochet in between every berry stitch.
Once you finish your first set of diamonds, you’ll want to work a row of SC and then you’ll be ready to start the next set of diamonds. This time you’ll work 15 SC, and then a Berry Stitch, then 15 SC, then Berry Stitch, continuing on until you have 4 berry stitches on that row. Working a row of SC crochet in between each row of berries, you’ll make the diamonds the same way you did before, placing a berry either before or after the previous row stitch to make the diamond shape.
Here’s another video showing you how to make the berry stitches into a diamond shape and some tips to help you with counting:
This graph shows you what the counting should be for the first berry stitch in each set of diamonds (click on the picture to make it bigger):
After I made the first berry stitch in each diamond, I found it was easiest to just place a berry before or after the berries on the previous rows to make the diamond shape, but if you prefer to count in every row, here are some more graphs to show you the counting pattern (click the picture to see it bigger):
After the last row of diamonds, I worked 2 rows of SC.
If you’d like to make the blanket wider, here are some more base chain numbers you can use to increase the number of diamonds:
7 diamonds across (with 6 diamonds in between) = 112 base chain, appx. 41 inches wide
9 diamonds across (with 8 diamonds in between) = 144 base chain, appx. 55-60 inches wide.
After making this blanket, my amazing cousin Megan who is also fairly new to crochet, made another berry stitch blanket using Caron Simply Soft and she used a base chain of 144 for 9 diamonds across. Here are some pictures of her blanket so you can see the difference of using a lighter weight yarn!
For this blanket I used the same simple tassels technique as in my crochet tribal chevron blanket.
Supplies: A small notebook (the one I used is about 6 in. x 4in.), Scissors, Yarn
Wrap a piece of yarn around the notebook horizontally 20 times. Then cut the yarn in half.
Take two pieces of yarn and fold them in half. Insert the folded end into the chain space above the last row of single crochet.
Pull the ends through the loop…
And pull tight to make a knot.
And that’s it! I put my tassels in every other chain space above the last row of SC, but you can space yours out however you desire. You can also make the tassels longer by using a bigger notebook, or trim them down if you want them to be shorter.