How To: Decrease & Increase The Diamond Mesh Stitch

You might know that the diamond mesh stitch is a beautiful open work stitch, but did you know how easy it is to decrease and increase the diamond mesh stitch?

How do you decrease and increase in the diamond mesh stitch?

I came across this question when I was surfing on redit, and I was surprised to see that there wasn’t a post on it already (At the time of writing this I had found no other posts on this). Since I’ve made a post on both the In The Round Diamond Mesh Stitch and The Diamond Mesh Stitch in rows, I figured would also make this quick tutorial on how I increase or decrease the diamond mesh stitch. This method works regardless of whether you’re using the rows or the in the round version.

Okay, let’s get to it!

Supplies

  • Any worsted weight yarn
    • I used Premier Just Yarn worsted in Orchid and Boysenberry
  • H/5mm hook
  • Snips
  • Yarn or tapestry needle

Abbreviations

US terms

  • Sc = single crochet
  • Ch = chain
  • Dc = Double crochet
  • Sk = skip
  • Dc = Double crochet

Diamond Mesh stitch increase

The increase for this stitch is actually pretty simple.

When you come to the stitch or stitches you would like to increase in, make your sc, then ch 5, make a sc in the same ch space. That’s it, just repeat as needed.

I suggest that you do this on any row or round past row 2.

Here is a small swatch where I increase by 1 every other row for rows.

Diamond Mesh stitch decrease

This one you might find a bit fiddly, but the decrease is basically a sc 2 together.

When you come to the stitches that you would like to decrease on, make your chain 5, loop your hook under the next 2 chain spaces from the previous row, and make a single crochet over both.

Here is a swatch where I decrease by 1 on the 3rd and 5th rows, there are 8 rows all together.

That’s about it for this post, I hope that this helps you to customize this beautiful stitch into whatever you wish to make with it.

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