A new knit afghan square pattern, the Shelter Me in Diamonds Square designed by Hiver Dejoie Designs, is now a free blanket square pattern here on the blog! Meet the designer and read all about her inspiration or scroll down for the free knitting pattern.
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Charity Cozy Fall MAL
This blanket square knitting pattern was part of the Charity Cozy Fall MAL.
20 unique knit square designs are released throughout the month of October 2022 to form a cozy fall blanket.
Meet the Designer
Hello everyone! I am Tania Dejoie of @hiver_dejoie_designs.
I am a knit designer, mom and veterinarian. I actually learned to knit from a classmate in vet school and have
not been able to stop! It has always been a relaxing outlet for me. Designing is even more fun for me, because
while most of the day I use the science side of my brain, I love coming home and being able to create and
express myself in a completely different way. I love designing patterns with fun knitting techniques and stitch
Blanket Square Construction
The Shelter me in Diamonds Afghan square uses the corner-to-corner knitting technique! You start with just a
few stitches and with increases and decreases you form a square. I love this technique because you can make
a small square for an Afghan made up of different little squares, like in this Cozy Fall Make Along. You can
also make washcloths or by adding extra rows you can make a full blanket.
I named it Shelter Me in Diamonds blanket because it came from me wanting to protect all children. I want them to sleep comfortably, dreaming peacefully unaware of the harsh realities of this world for as long as possible. Originally, it was a full blanket pattern with lace edging. When I was invited to design for the Cozy Fall Make Along, I modified the edges into a cable
design so that it can be easily seamed to other squares.
The Cozy Fall Make Along has so many amazing pattern squares! Get the entire bundle here: Cozy Fall Make
Along Knitting Bundle. 30% of the proceeds from the purchase of this bundle goes to Cure Childhood Cancer,
an association conquering childhood cancer through targeted research. The bundle allows you to have all the
patterns in one place and gives you a chance to win some sweet prizes. Use #CozyFallMAL and tag
@knittingwithchopsticks and @Noorsknits in all your finished squares for more chances to win.
Are you ready to make your Shelter Me in Diamonds Afghan square? Check out the pattern below
Shelter Me in Diamonds Afghan Square Pattern.
You can use any worsted-weight yarn and needles for this project.
The project pictured is 8”x8” and used:
- Lion Brand Heartland- 100% acrylic yarn: 78 yd (72m). Pictured: Canyonlands
- US7 (4.5 mm) needle
- Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
- Tape measure
20 sts x 32 rows= 4” x 4” (10 x 10 cm) (in pattern stitch after blocking)
Gauge is not critical for this project. You may need to go down one needle size from the recommended size to
get the texture to pop.
- * : repeat from * to *
- BO: bind off
- k: knit
- LT: left twist (slip 2 sts knitwise one at a time, and slide both back onto the left needle. Knit the second stitch through the back loop and keep on the needle. Knit both stitches through the back loop and slide them off the left hand needle).
- M1: insert left hand needle from front to back under the bar of yarn between the two stitches. Knit through the back loop.
- p: purl
- p2tog: purl 2 together
- p3tog: purl 3 together
- RS: right side
- RT: right twist (knit 2 together, leaving the stitches on the needle, then knit into the first stitch and slide both stitches off the left hand needle).
- st(s): stitch(es)
- WS: wrong side
Note: Increases and decreases occur on the RS.
Thumb cast on/backward loop cast on 7 sts.
Set up Row (WS): P7.
Row 1 (RS): K1, RT, M1, p1, M1, LT, k1.
Row 2 (WS): P4, k1, p4.
Row 3: K1, RT, M1, p1, k1, p1, M1, LT, k1.
Row 4: P3, k2, p1, k2, p3.
Row 5: K1, RT, M1, p1, k3, p1, M1, LT, k1.
Row 6: P3, k2, p3, k2, p3.
Row 7: K1, RT, M1,p1, k1, to last 4 sts, p1, M1, LT, k1.
Row 8: P3, k2, p1, k1, to last 4 sts, k1, p3.
Row 9: K1, RT, M1, p1, k3, to last 4 sts, p1, M1, LT, k1.
Row 10: P3, k2, p3, k1, to last 4 sts, k1, p3.
Repeat rows 7 to 10 until length of the side of the square is 8” (20 cm), ending with row 8.
If you would like to make a full blanket, continue repeating rows 7 to 10 until you reach your desired length,
ending with row 8.
Row 1 (RS): K1, RT, p2tog, k2, p1, k3, p1, to last 7 sts, k2, p2tog, LT, k1.
Row 2 (WS): P3, k1, p2, k1, p3, k1, to last 6 sts, p2, k1, p3.
Row 3: K1, RT, p2tog, p1, k1, p1, to last 5 sts, p2tog, LT,k1.
Row 4: P3, k2, p1, k1, to last 4 sts, k1, p3.
Repeat rows 1 to 4 until 15 sts are left, ending with row 4.
Next Row: K1, RT, p2tog, k2, p1, k2, p2tog, LT, k1.
Next Row: P3, k1, p2, k1, p2, k1, p3.
Next Row: K1, RT, p2tog, p1, k1, p1, p2tog, LT, k1.
Next Row: P3, k2, p1, k2, p3.
Next Row: K1, RT, p2tog, k1, p2tog, LT, k1.
Next Row: P3, k1, p1, k1, p3.
Next Row: K1, RT, p3tog, LT, k1.
BO loosely knit wise and break yarn.
When weaving in ends, seam the first cast on stitch to the 7th cast on stitch and seam the first bound off stitch
to the last bound off stitch to create neat corners.
The finished square is a diamond shape, but can be blocked into a square. If you intend to block into a square,
it is recommended to not “kill” acrylic yarn with heat because that will ruin some of the texture.