The Vertical Diamonds Stitch pattern is knitted through a series of increase and decrease techniques to achieve the look of diamond shapes positioned vertically throughout the work. Done in a multiple of 12 stitches plus 13, this wide-paneled piece is well suited for larger projects such as blankets and stoles or wraps.
Multiple of 12 sts + 13
Row 1 (RS): k1, *yo, k1, ssk, k5, k2tog, k1, yo, k1; rep from * to the end.
Row 2 and all even rows: purl.
Row 3: k1, *k1, yo, k1, ssk, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, k2; rep from * to the end.
Row 5: k1, *k2, yo, k1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k3; rep from * to the end.
Row 7: k1, *k3, yo, k1, s2kp2, k1, yo, k4; rep from * to the end.
Row 9: k1, *k2, k2tog, (k1, yo) x2, k1, ssk, k3; rep from * to the end.
Row 11: k1, *k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, ssk, k2; rep from * to the end.
Row 13: k1, *k2tog, k1, yo, k5, yo, k1, ssk, k1; rep from * to the end.
Row 15: k2tog, *k1, yo, k7, yo, k1, s2kp2; rep from * to last 12 sts, k1, yo, k7, yo, k1, ssk.
Row 16: purl.
Repeat rows 1-16.
yo (yarn over): wrap the yarn around the right-hand needle from back to front counterclockwise before knitting the next stitch. Then work the next stitch as normal.
ssk (slip, slip, knit): slip the next 2 stitches knitwise, one at a time, insert the left-hand needle through the front of both loops and knit them together.
k2tog (knit 2 together): insert the right-hand needle into the first two stitches on the left-hand needle and wrap the working yarn around the right-hand needle as if you would for a knit stitch. Pull the yarn through both stitches and slide both stitches off the left-hand needle. You have now knitted two stitches together thus resulting in a right-leaning decrease.
S2kp2 (slip 2, knit, pass 2) or CDD (central double decrease): on the right side (RS) slip 2 stitches at once knitwise, knit the next stitch, then pass the 2 slipped stitches over the previously knit stitch.