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In the Technique Corner: Diagonal Stitch

In the Technique Corner of Knit and Crochet Now! episode 10 of season 11, expert Lena Skvagerson shares instructions for the last knitted block of the Verity Block Knit Afghan: the diagonal stitch. Lena shows how to work the yarn overs and ssk (slip, slip, knit) decreases of the stitch pattern, and she includes essential tips for "reading" the stitches to keep your place while you're working.

Verity Block Knit Afghan

What Makes Stitch Patterns Diagonal?

Diagonal effects in both knitting and crochet are created by strategic placement of increases and decreases. The number of stitches before or after these increase-decrease pairs changes consistently to give the fabric a slant. Here are a few patterns that you can practice with:

Bias Crochet Scarf
Tucked into the Technique Corner on Knit and Crochet Now! episode three of season five, you will find the Bias Crochet Scarf. This scarf uses increases at one edge and decreases at the other edge to slant the stitch pattern.

Lacy Cardigans Bias Crochet Scarf

Nakarra Wrap
For you knitters, the Nakarra Wrap combines mosaic colorwork with diagonal placement. This wrap would be a stunning addition to any wardrobe!

Nakarra Wrap

What Am I Working on Right Now?

I'm always working on several knit and crochet projects at a time. Right now I'm helping out with samples for the upcoming season of Knit and Crochet Now! Here's a little teaser photo of what's on my knitting needles.

Caring Crochet Kit Club

My current crochet project comes from the Crochet Skill Builders: Snowy Evening Afghan video series.

Crochet Skill Builders: Snowy Evening Afghan

I love these motifs. Instead of stitching them together into an afghan, I'm going to leave them separate and tuck them between my nonstick pots and pans to keep them from scratching each other. If you like these motifs too, you can find the videos and the written pattern on Annie's Creative Studio.

Learn More About Slipper Socks

Do you want to learn more about slipper socks? Be sure to check out the free trial membership on Annie's Creative Studio. On Annie's Creative Studio, you can access patterns and how-to videos for an extensive variety of projects, stitch patterns and techniques. You can also view all of the other Knit and Crochet Now! episodes and find inspiration for so many other craft projects.

Wishing you lots of fun in your crocheting, knitting and slipper sock adventures!

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As a Master Hand Knitter certified by The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA) and a Master of Advanced Stitches and Techniques certified by the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA), Mary Forte loves designing, researching and sharing new techniques and projects in both of her favorite crafts. Mary is lucky enough to live in California's San Luis Obispo County, where evenings are conveniently cool for scarf and sweater lovers.

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