Tuesday, 18 January 2011

How To Do Corner Start Diagonal Crochet

This method of crocheting is done diagonally, corner to corner.

Difficulty: Average

Time Required: 20 minutes to learn technique

Here's How:
  1. Row 1: Chain 5, turn, 3 double crochet in the 5th chain from the hook (beginning block made).
  2. Row 2: Chain 5, turn, 3 double crochet in the 4th chain from the hook (block made), slip stitch around post of beginning chain of previous block, chain 3, 3 double crochet in the same space where slip stitch was made (around post of chain). This row now has 2 blocks.
  3. Row 3: Chain 5, turn, 3 double crochet in 4th chain from hook (block made), slip stitch around chain-3 post of first block, chain 3, 3 double crochet in same space * slip stitch around chain-3 post of next block, chain 3, 3 double crochet in same space *.
  4. Remaining Rows: Work as in row 3, repeating between stars (*) as many times as needed across row. There will be one additional block at the end of each row. When desired width is reached, see step 5 (Decrease Row).
  5. Decrease Row: When desired width is reached, begin decreasing, as follows: Slip stitch in each of first 3 double crochet and in first chain-3 space, chain 3, 3 double crochet in same space, * slip stitch around chain-3 post of next block, chain 3, 3 double crochet in same space * , repeat between stars (*) across row, end with slip stitch around chain-3 post of last block.
  6. Repeat Decrease Row until only one block remains.
Tips:
  1. You can make an afghan in diagonal crochet by making one large square of the size desired or, for take-along work, you can make smaller squares (perhaps in varied colors) to join together when finished.
  2. Where above directions say "slip stitch around chain-3 post", an alternate way of giving these directions would be "slip stitch in chain-3 space".

Source - About.com

3 comments:

Anita said...

Thank you so much for this!

Blessings,
♥Anita
Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. --Raymond Lindquist
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Kristin said...

My first crochet attempt ever was a diagonal baby blanket while I was pregnant with my son... It did not turn out well!!!! LOL

Doris Sturm said...

Thank you for these instructions - I have been wanting to try this way of crocheting and I will give it a try tonight!

I wanted to say thanks for all your free patterns and help in the past. Often I do a search on CPC (Crochet Pattern Central) and your blog comes up with the pattern I'm looking for...thank you!

Have a great week :-) and stay warm!