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Diamond Step Shawl

Updated: Mar 15, 2021


Free Crochet Pattern


When younger I fondly remember playing dress up with a super cosy shawl of my grandmother's, it was unusual with a collar to the shawl. The Diamond Step Shawl has been designed with this childhood memory in mind, created as a diamond shape to give you a cosy collar, by folding over the top flat edge.


The step blocks form an intricate detail in the body of the shawl and a pretty finishing edge for the shawl. The grids give an extra detail outlining the deep v shaping of the shawl.


Using an over large hook this gives a wonderful flow to the shawl, even before blocking. As with all my patterns there are both UK and US versions available for you.


I Used

  • 4 x Stylecraft Batik DK; 138m per 50g ball; 80% premium acrylic, 20% wool. Sample in Cherry 1904.

  • US size 10/6mm crochet hook

  • lobster clasp stitch marker for the centre point

  • wool needle

Size

The sample measurements are 46” wingspan, 42” depth after blocking.


Gauge

13 sts x 8 rows = 10cm /4” square in tr before blocking. Gauge is not crucial to this project but will have an impact on the final size and amount of yarn required.


Pattern Notes

  • Count the number of steps each side of the centre point to make sure they match up.(Row 9)

  • Count the number of grids each side of the centre point, if these do not match the shawl will become skewed quickly. (Row 7)

Schematic













Abbreviations - UK Terms


dc double crochet

ch chain

tr treble crochet

htr half treble crochet

ch sp chain space

rep repeat

sk skip

st(s) stitch(es)


Special Stitches

Step block: (dc, 3 ch, 3 tr) in the same st, skip 3 sts, dc

Grids: (tr in tr, 1 ch, tr in dc, 1 ch)



Instructions

3 ch, join in a circle with a slip stitch


Row 1: 1 Ch, 5dc in the ring. Turn (5 sts)

Row 2: 2 Ch, htr in first stitch, [1 ch, htr in next stitch] 5 times. Turn (11 sts)

Row 3: 3 Ch, tr in first stitch, [tr in ch sp, tr], 2 ch, (tr in ch sp, tr) repeat to end. Turn (7 sts, 2 ch, 7 sts)

Row 4: 3 Ch , tr in first st, 1 ch [tr, 1 ch] 6 times, (tr, 2 ch, tr) in the 2 ch space, 1 ch [tr, 1 ch] repeat to the turning chain, 2 tr in the turning chain. Turn (8 st, 2 ch, 8 st)

Row 5: (Dc, 3 ch, 3 tr) in the 1st stitch, [skip ch sp, (dc, 3 ch, 3 tr) in next tr] x 3, (dc, 3 ch, 3 tr) x 2 in centre 2 ch space, [skip ch sp, (dc, 3 ch, 3 tr) in next tr] x 3, (dc, 3 ch, 3 tr) in tr, dc in top of turning chain. Turn (10 steps)


Place a stitch marker in the dc stitch between the centre two step blocks (between block 5 and 6).


Row 6: 4 ch (as tr and 1 ch), dc in 3 ch loop, [1 ch, tr in next dc, 1 ch] repeat until centre dc, (tr, 1 ch, tr) in centre dc, [1 ch, dc in 3 ch loop, 1 ch, tr in next dc] repeat to end, dc in top of 3 ch. Turn


Move the stitch marker to the 1 ch sp in the centre group of sts.


Row 7: 4 ch (as tr and 1 ch), skip ch sp, [tr in tr, 1 ch, tr in dc, 1 ch] repeat to centre, ( tr, 2 ch, tr, 1 ch) in centre space, [tr in tr, 1 ch, tr in dc, 1 ch] repeat to end, tr in 3 rd st of turning chain. Turn


Move the stitch marker to the 2 ch space of the new centre stitches.


Row 8: 3 ch (as tr), tr in ch sp, [2 tr in each ch sp] to centre 2 ch sp, (2 tr, 3 ch, 2 tr) in centre 2 ch sp, [2 tr in each ch sp] to turning chain, tr in 3rd ch on turning chain. Turn


Move the stitch marker to the 3 ch space of the new centre stitches.


Row 9: 1 ch, (dc, 3 ch, 3 tr) in first tr, [skip 3 st, (dc, 3 ch, 3 tr) in next st] repeat to the centre, (dc, 3 ch, 3 tr) x 2 in the centre 3 ch sp, [(dc, 3 ch, 3 tr) in next st, skip 3 sts] repeat to last st, dc in last st.


Move the stitch Marker to the dc in the middle of the two Step Blocks in the centre 3 ch space.


Repeat Rows 6 to 9, shawl increased 4 diamond blocks with each repeat, until the end of the yarn making sure to finish with Row 9.


Fasten off and break yarn.


Finishing

Weave in ends and block firmly.





 

Abbreviations - US Terms

sc double crochet

ch chain

dc treble crochet

hdc half treble crochet

ch sp chain space

rep repeat

sk skip

st(s) stitch(es)


Special Stitches

Step block: (sc, 3 ch, 3 dc) in the same st, skip 3 sts, sc

Grids: (dc in dc, 1 ch, dc in sc, 1 ch)



Instructions

3 ch, join in a circle with a slip stitch


Row 1: 1 Ch, 5sc in the ring. Turn (5 sts)

Row 2: 2 Ch, hdc in first stitch, [1 ch, hdc in next stitch] 5 times. Turn (11 sts)

Row 3: 3 Ch, dc in first stitch, [dc in ch sp, dc], 2 ch, (dc in ch sp, dc) repeat to end. Turn (7 sts, 2 ch, 7 sts)

Row 4: 3 Ch , dc in first st, 1 ch [dc, 1 ch] 6 times, (dc, 2 ch, dc) in the 2 ch space, 1 ch [dc, 1 ch] repeat to the turning chain, 2 dc in the turning chain. Turn (8 st, 2 ch, 8 st)

Row 5: (sc, 3 ch, 3 dc) in the 1st stitch, [skip ch sp, (sc, 3 ch, 3 dc) in next dc] x 3, (sc, 3 ch, 3 dc) x 2 in centre 2 ch space, [skip ch sp, (sc, 3 ch, 3 dc) in next dc] x 3, (sc, 3 ch, 3 dc) in dc, sc in top of turning chain. Turn (10 steps)


Place a stitch marker in the sc stitch between the centre two step blocks (between block 5 and 6).


Row 6: 4 ch (as dc and 1 ch), sc in 3 ch loop, [1 ch, dc in next sc, 1 ch] repeat until centre sc, (dc, 1 ch, dc) in centre sc, [1 ch, sc in 3 ch loop, 1 ch, dc in next sc] repeat to end, sc in top of 3 ch. Turn


Move the stitch marker to the 1 ch sp in the centre group of sts.


Row 7: 4 ch (as dc and 1 ch), skip ch sp, [dc in dc, 1 ch, dc in sc, 1 ch] repeat to centre, ( dc, 2 ch, dc, 1 ch) in centre space, [dc in dc, 1 ch, dc in sc, 1 ch] repeat to end, dc in 3rd st of turning chain. Turn


Move the stitch marker to the 2 ch space of the new centre stitches.


Row 8: 3 ch (as dc), dc in ch sp, [2 dc in each ch sp] to centre 2 ch sp, (2 dc, 3 ch, 2 dc) in centre 2 ch sp, [2 dc in each ch sp] to turning chain, dc in 3rd ch on turning chain. Turn


Move the stitch marker to the 3 ch space of the new centre stitches.


Row 9: 1 ch, (sc, 3 ch, 3 dc) in first dc, [skip 3 st, (sc, 3 ch, 3 dc) in next st] repeat to the centre, (sc, 3 ch, 3 dc) x 2 in the centre 3 ch sp, [(sc, 3 ch, 3 dc) in next st, skip 3 sts] repeat to last st, sc in last st.


Move the stitch Marker to the sc in the middle of the two Step Blocks in the centre 3 ch space.


Repeat Rows 6 to 9, shawl increased 4 diamond blocks with each repeat, until the end of the yarn making sure to finish with Row 9.


Fasten off and break yarn.


Finishing

Weave in ends and block firmly.



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