The diamond brocade stitch pattern is a very pretty design that's been around for a long time.
This easy knitting stitch pattern creates lovely diamond textured stitches across the fabric.
And it's made with simple knit and purl stitches. So it will be great for beginner knitters to try.
The term brocade goes back in history a hundred years and it's a term used to describe a technique that is used to decorate fabric.
Brocading is done by weaving intricate and elegant patterns and decorations onto the fabric.
Originally the fabric was made of beautiful silks with gold or silver threads added into it.
Precious stones like diamonds and rubies were also worked into the brocading.
It gave the fabric an extra layer of warmth although it was very heavy, but simply beautiful.
Can you imagine those diamonds and rubies worked through the fabric?
Today of course beads and sequins are mostly used instead of the precious stones.
And while silk is still used so is cotton, rayon and polyester. The outcomes are still very beautiful.
And that my friends was a little knitting history lesson. I've heard the name brocade many times but never new what it actually was.
Just wanted to share it with you too.
Can you imagine using some beading or adding an extra color to this pretty diamond stitch pattern? Wow it would be pretty.
Of course it still looks very pretty all on its own too.
Click here to download the diamond brocade stitch pattern
Cast on a multiple of 8 stitches plus 1 extra stitch
If you'd like to knit up a sample you'll need to cast on 17, 25 or 33 stitches
Row 1: (Right side) Knit 4, *purl 1, k 7; repeat from * until 5 stitches remain, purl 1, knit 4
Rows 2 and 8: (Wrong side) Purl 3, *k 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 5; repeat from * until 6 stitches remain, knit 1, p1, k1, purl 3
Rows 3 and 7: K 2, *purl 1, knit 3; repeat from * until 3 stitches remain, p 1, knit 2
Rows 4 and 6: Purl 1, *knit 1, p 5, knit 1, purl 1; repeat from * to end.
Row 5: *Purl 1, knit 7; repeat from * until 1 stitch remains, purl 1.
Row 8: Purl 3, *knit 1, p 1, knit 1, purl 5; repeat from * until 6 stitches remain, k 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 3.
Repeat rows 1 - 8 for this diamond stitch pattern.