Diagonal Openwork Block

©2022 Handmade by Stacy J


This square can be used as a practice block, as an addition to a blanket that uses squares, extend the length to make a scarf or use cotton yarn and create a dishcloth - the options are endless!

The square also has a video tutorial for the stitch, as well as a chart on my blog post located HERE


The diagonal pattern of this square is accomplished by working a combination of knits, purls,

increases and decreases. 

Openwork Diagonal stitch block from Handmade by Stacy J

Measures: 7.5" x 7.5" / 19 cm x 19 cm blocked

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Stitches / Abbreviations used:

Bind off

Cast on

K: Knit

K2tog: Knit 2 together

P: Purl

RS: Right side

Skpo: Slip 1 stitch purl wise, knit the next stitch, pass slipped stitch over knit stitch just made

Sk2po: Slip 1 stitch purl wise, knit the next 2 stitches together, pass the slipped stitch over the knit 2 together stitch just made

St(s): Stitch (es)

WS: Wrong side

Yo: yarn over



To see a video tutorial of this stitch, click HERE

Using long tail cast on method, cast on 36

Knit 3 rows

On row 1, insert stitch markers after the first k3 and before the last k3 (this helps to keep track of where your border is)

  1. (RS): K3, *K1, yo, sk2po, yo: rep * to last 5 sts, k5

  2. (WS) and all WS rows: K3, p30, k3

  3. K5, *yo, sk2po, yo, k1; rep * to last 3 sts, k3

  4. K3, p30, k3

  5. K3, K2tog, yo, k1, yo, *sk2po, yo, k1, yo; rep * to last 6 sts, skpo, k4

  6. K3, p30, k3

  7. K4, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, *sk2po, yo, k1, yo; rep * to last 5 sts, skpo, k3

  8. K3, p30, k3

Rep rows 1-8 to 7” or desired length ending on WS row

WS: Knit

Knit 2 rows

Bind off knit wise

Please remember to tag me on your makes @handmadebystacyj and #handmadebystacyj - I’d love to see them!

Patterns created by Handmade by Stacy J are not to be sold or copied in any way. The images, pattern and charts are copyrighted by Handmade by Stacy J and may not be duplicated. You are welcome to sell your makes. However, I ask that you credit me as the designer and you are responsible for providing your own photographs. Thank you!