Which Stitch Markers Are Best

When I first took up crochet I didn't have any stitch markers, I didn't even know stitch markers existed. It wasn't long before I knew about them and I learnt the value of using stitch markers, aka stitch savers. That first frustrating experience of when a project accidentally unravels because there's nothing holding onto the stitch to stop it coming undone or your crochet circle grows in ways it isn't supposed to and the worth of this tiny tool became obvious very quickly. But there are so many styles of stitch marker to choose from, locking, circle, coil-less, plastic, safety pins, thread, 3D printed... does it really make a difference which one you use? Is it just how pretty they are? I walk you through a dozen different stitch markers from items you have lying around your home to the fancy artisan styles. I share with you what features to look for and those that don't really hold up to the task.

Free Crochet Pattern - Rhombus Afghan

Free Crochet Pattern - Rhombus Afghan

Last week I shared my rhombus afghan crochet project with you. Here is the pattern I promised.


I used two 400 gram jumbo balls of 12 ply yarn and 5.5mm crochet hook which resulted in a very dense finish and a stiff hand which is just what I wanted for this project.


rhombus (diamond) crochet afghan Free pattern

Rhombus Afghan Pattern

Stitches used US crochet terminology

SS - slip stitch
Ch - chain stitch
SC - single crochet
DC - double crochet
DC2Tog - double crochet 2 together
DC4Tog - double crochet 4 together




Rhombus rows

Round 1 (increases)

Ch 3 (takes place of 1st DC) , 3 DC into first chain, turn work.
(total 4 DC )

Round 2

SC into top of stitch just made, Ch 2 (takes place of 1st DC), DC into same space, DC, DC, 2 DC into last space, turn work.
(total 6 DC )

Round 3

SC into top of stitch just made, Ch 2 (takes place of 1st DC), DC into same space, DC, DC, ,DC DC, 2 DC into last  space, turn work.
(total 8 DC )

Round 4

SC into top of stitch just made, Ch 2 (takes place of 1st DC), DC into same space, DC into the next 6 stitches, 2 DC into last  space, turn work.
(total 10 DC )


Round 5 (widest row)

SC into top of stitch just made, Ch 2 (takes place of 1st DC), DC into same space, DC into the next 8 stitches, 2 DC into last  space, turn work.
(total 12 DC )

Round 6 (decreases)

SC into top of stitch just made, Ch 2 (takes place of 1st DC), DC into the next 9 stitches,  DC2Tog, (total 10 DC and 1 decrease of DC2Tog) turn work.

Round 7

SC into top of stitch just made, Ch 2 (takes place of 1st DC), DC into the next 7 stitches,  DC2Tog, - the last stitch (SC, Ch2) of previous row is not worked.  (total 8 DC and 1 decrease of DC2Tog) turn work.

Round 8

SC into top of stitch just made, Ch 2 (takes place of 1st DC), DC into the next 5 stitches,  DC2Tog, - the last stitch (SC, Ch2) of previous row is not worked.  (total 6 DC and 1 decrease of DC2Tog) turn work.

Round 9

SC into top of stitch just made, Ch 2 (takes place of 1st DC), DC into the next 3 stitches,  DC2Tog, - the last stitch (SC, Ch2) of previous row is not worked.  (total 4 DC and 1 decrease of DC2Tog) turn work.

Round 10

 DC4Tog, (SC, Ch2) of previous row is not worked.  (SC into top of stitch just made, Ch 1 (takes place of 1st DC) leave the loop on the hook, *yarn over pull up a loop in the next stitch, *3 times - you should have 4 loops on the hook - yarn over and pull through all four loops. ) Ch 1 to close the decrease.

Your first Rhombus shape is complete.

To begin the next rhombus work into chain stitch just made and repeat rounds 1-10 until desired length is achieved. SS to finish section.

Make as many sections as required for width of project.

My rug has 8 rhombus for each row. The completed rug is made of 7 rows, 4 in the darker colour and 3 rows in the light coloured yarn.

rhombus (diamond) crochet afghan Free pattern

The second row of rhombus need to be begun half way through the rhombus shape. This allows the rows to be nested into the hollows of the previous row for joining as pictured below.

Begin with a foundation row of 8 dc (equivalent to round 6), and continue from there as before. Finish the row of rhombus at round 6 as pictured above.

rhombus (diamond) crochet afghan Free pattern

Edging the rhombus rows

The edging is worked along each long side individually. The rows are then joined. Once all the rows are joined the the top and bottom ends are edged.

round 1

2 sc into each chain space, 1 sc in the joining stitch of each rhombus

round 2

reverse single crochet (rsc) into stitches of previous round

I edged my two outer rows and the center row in the same colour as the rhombus and all the other rows I edged with the contrasting shade.

rhombus (diamond) crochet afghan Free pattern


Joining the rhombus rows

I used a plaited braid join to join my rows. It is the first time I have done this join and I shall do my best to describe it. I intend to do a picture tutorial in the future and will link to when it is done.

round 1

sc into back loops of rsc, *ch 3, skip one rsc and sc into back loop of next rsc, repeat from* to end. Do this to both sides of every row.

round 2

Start with a sc in the first chain space of the previous row, ch 1, *remove the loop off the hook and poke the loop through the chain space on the first chain space of the row you are joining to, from the back toward the front, pick up the loop with the hook and perform a sc, ch 1
remove the loop off the hook and poke the loop through the chain space on the second chain space of the first row, from the back toward the front, pick up the loop with the hook and perform a sc, ch 1**

You should now have a zig zag from your first row to the row you are joining to and back again giving the appearance of a braid (plait). Repeat from * to ** until you have joined the rows all the way to the end.

Repeat with every row until all rows are joined.

To finish the top and bottom

round 1

Single crochet accross both top and bottom.

round 2

the reverse single crochet in the stitches of the previous round.

Work in any loose ends and your done!

rhombus (diamond) crochet afghan Free pattern


Learn more about the design and view more photos of the Rhombus Afghan click here..


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Comments

  1. this is pretty cool! No only the design, but love the colors you used too :) awesome that you shared the pattern!

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    1. It's my first foray into writing a large pattern for others to use. I'm hoping someone gives it a go and tests it out for me :o)

      I'm totally in love with the blue/greys which I also used in the zig-zag throw, and I keep having this vision for it to be paired with a creamy white which is why I chose the other shade but the white in the same yarn is a super bright white and doesn't look right to me. There is a fabulous red colourway that I saw last time I purchased that I would rather like to try.

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  2. I've never tried crocheting rhombuses, I've pinned it to try sometime!

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    1. They're nice and fast to work up. I hope you have as much fun as I did making them.

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  3. That is so cute!! Very creative! Thank you so much for sharing this over at Bewitchin Projects Block Party!! Hope you will join us again this week!!
    -Shonee
    www.hawthorneandmain.com

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  4. Wow! That looks incredible. I'm so impressed. Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you stopping by to party with us. We hope to see you, Monday at 7 pm. Happy Sunday! Lou Lou Girls

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