Monday, January 29, 2018

Diamond Dimensions Neck Warmer

A Free Knitting Pattern

The great thing about creativity is that it grows and expands as you learn and exercise it more. Last year when I learned how to make the Left and Right Twist stitch I never realized I would continue to come up with more and more designs that use the stitches. I've been told the best way to grow a business is to build off of what you already know and have done. I don't know if I will ever come to the end of my ideas, but I will just keep putting them out there until there are no more.

The Diamond Dimensions Neck Warmer Uses the Right Twist Stitch, the Left Twist st, Knit st, and Purl Stitch. There are no tricky yarn overs so these patterns make good t.v. watching projects. Once the pattern  establishes itself its easy to follow along and see what needs to happen next. If you purchase the PDF pattern there is a chart that is included with the written instructions.

Where can I get this Pattern?

This is a free knitting pattern found right here on Designs by Diligence. Just keep scrolling down to read the pattern. If you would like to purchase an ads free, printer friendly PDF you can through my Ravelry Pattern Store for $3.00.
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Like I said earlier with the paid pattern you will also receive the written instructions, the pictures and a chart for the pattern. 

Designer Julia Schwartz 
Yarn: Loops and Threads: Impeccable Acrylic, 277 yrds/ 4.5 oz 253m/ 127.5g color: clear Blue
Needle: 4.5mm/ 7
Notions: Yarn Needle to weave in your ends
Size: 9 by 30 inches
Gauge: Each pattern repeat is 10 inches. 16 k and 24 rows is 4 inches
Special Stitches: 

  • Right Twist (RT): Knit 2 together keeping both stitches on the left needle, knit into the first stitch, then pull both stitches onto the right needle, stitch complete.
  • Left Twist (LT): Knit through the back loop of the 2nd st, keep the stitch on the left needle, knit in the first stitch, then pull both stitches onto the right needle, stitch complete.


  • The k 6 at the front and back of each row is the garter stitch boarder on either side of the repeating pattern. Sometimes you might see K6, K1, this is to differentiate between the border and the repeating pattern.  
  • Please remember that the pattern is written only for the even rows, don't forget to make the wrong side also. 

Julia Schwartz. Do not reproduce, copy, distribute, or sell this pattern without permission of the designer. This pattern must not be translated, reproduced, or circulated in another language without prior consent. If you have questions about this pattern please contact


Cast on 38 st, using a long tail cast on. 

Row 1: (ws) K6, P26, K6 This row will be repeated on every odd numbered row.

Row 2: K6, K2, RT5, K2, LT5, K2, K6
Row 4: K6, K, RT5, K4, LT5, K, K6
Row 6: K6, RT5, K6, LT5, K6
Row 8: K6, K1, RT4, K2, RT1, LT1, K2, LT4, K1, K6
Row 10: K6, RT4, K2, RT1, K2, LT1, K2, LT4, K6
Row 12: K6, K1, RT3, K2, RT2, LT2, K2, LT3, K1, K6
Row 14: K6, RT3, K2, RT2, K2, LT2, K2, LT3, K6
Row 16: K6, K1, RT2, K2, RT3, LT3, K2, LT2, K1, K6
Row 18: K6, RT2, K2, RT3, K2, LT3, K2, LT2, K6
Row 20: K6, K1, RT1, K2, RT4, LT4, K2, LT1, K1, K6
Row 22: K6, RT1, K2, RT4, K2, LT4, K2, LT1, K6
Row 24: K6, K3, RT5, LT5, K3, K6
Row 26: K6, K2, RT5, K2, LT5, K2, K6
Row 28: K6, K1, RT5, K4, LT5, K1, K6
Row 30: K6, K1, LT5, K4, RT5, K1, K6
Row 32: K6, K2, LT5, K2, RT5, K2, K6
Row 34: K6, K3, LT5, RT5, K3, K6
Row 36: K6, LT1, K2, LT4, K2, RT4, K2, RT1, K6
Row 38: K6, K1, LT1, K2, LT4, RT4, K2, RT1, K1, K6
Row 40: K6, LT2, K2, LT3, K2, RT3, K2, RT2, K6
Row 42: K6, K1, LT2, K2, LT3, RT3, K2, RT2, K1, K6
Row 44: K6, LT3, K2, LT2, K2, RT2, K2, RT3, K6
Row 46: K6, K1, LT3, K2, LT2, RT2, K2, RT3, K1, K6
Row 48: K6, LT4, K2, LT1, K2, RT1, K2, RT4, K6
Row 50: K6, K1, LT4, K2, LT1, RT1, K2, RT4, K1, K6
Row 52: K6, LT5, K6, RT5, K6
Row 54: K6, K1, LT5, K4, RT5, K1, K6
Row 56: K6, K2, LT5, K2, RT5, K2, K6

Row 57: Repeat row 1
Repeat Rows 2- 57 two more times
Bind off.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Modern Chrysanthemum Throw CAL: The Border

A Free Crochet Pattern

This Little CAL is almost over. This is the last week, and we are adding the boarder to all of the joined squares. There is a lot of activity in the squares so I wanted to keep the border simple. I hope you have enjoyed making this scrapghan as much as I have and hopefully there is a small dent in your scrap yarn. 

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Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), (dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in the corner ch 3 sp,{dc in each st across, when you come to the end of a square unit 2 dc in the fpdc2tog st, and 2 dc in the bpdc2tog st} repeat {to} to the corner, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in the corner sp} Repeat {to} around. Sl st into beginning dc.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), (dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in the corner ch 3 sp, {dc in each st across, at the corner ch 3 sp (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc)} Repeat {to}. Sl st into beginning dc.

Row 3: Ch 1, {(sc, ch 2, sc) in the corner sp, (bpdc in the next st, sc in the next st) repeat (to) to the next corner} Repeat {to} all the way around. Sl st into the starting sc. Finish off. Weave in all of your ends.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

How to Crochet a Double Brimmed Hat

A free Crochet Pattern

Being in Ontario, I'm all about having a warm hat and gloves. With that Toronto wind you just need something a little more than just a plain hat to keep the ears warm. 

I wanted to make a tutorial for a double brimmed hat. These hats are much easier to make than you think. If you can single crochet and double crochet then you can make this hat. With this pattern you will make a long rectangle 2 inches less than your head circumference. Make a loop with the rectangle, fold it in half and the brim is done. Then you crochet around the brim to form the hat. 

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Double Brimmed Hat

by Julia Schwartz


Yarn: Any worsted weight yarn Model used is Loops and Threads: Impeccable 100% acrylic, 4.5 oz/ 128 g 277yds
Hook: H/8 5.00 mm
Notions: measuring tape, yarn needle
Size: 16, 18, 20 inch circumference 18 and 20 in circumference is in ( ) 
Gauge: 18 st, and 24 rows equals 4 inches 
Stitches Used: sc, sc in back loop, dc, dc2tog


Row 1: Ch 15 ( 19, 21), sc in second chain from the hook, and in each ch across. (14 sc (18, 20 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1, turn sc in the back loop (bl) in each st across.
Row 3 - 45 (55, 65): Repeat row 2
Row 46 (56, 66): Ch 1, turn, put row 1 together with row 45 (55, 65), without twisting, sl st into both rows through every st, making a closed loop.

Do not finish off.


Roound 1: Ch 1, fold the brim in half, so that the stitches are vertical, going across the stitch edges of the brim, sc through the sc posts of both edges, in every sc around for a a total of 45 (55, 65) sc, sl st into the starting sc.

Round 2 - 8 (11, 14): Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), dc in each sc around for a total of 45 (55, 65) dc, sl st into first dc.
Row 9 (12, 15): Ch 3, dc in the next 2 dc, dc2tog in the next 2 dc, {dc in the next 3 dc, dc2tog in the next 2 dc} repeat {to} 8 times, sl st into the first dc

Row 10 (13, 16): Ch 3, dc in the next dc, dc2tog in the next 2 dc, {dc in the next 2 dc, dc2tog in the next 2 dc} repeat {to} 8 (10, 12) times, sl st into the first dc

Row 11(14, 17): Ch 3, dc2tog in the next 2 dc, {dc in the next dc, dc2tog in the next 2 dc} repeat {to} 8 (10,12) times, sl st into the first dc

Row 12 (15, 18): Ch 2, dc in the next dc, dc2tog in each of the sts, sl st into the first dc, Finish off with a long tail, weave the tail though the last row and pull tight. Make a knot if you like and weave in your ends.

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