Knitting A Diamond Top Preview: July 30, 2022

Model wearing knitted diamond top in a wooded area

Knitting A Diamond Top: How To

Difficulty: Intermediate

We have a stylish top with diamond patterning for you this week.

Close up of knitted diamond pattern in close up of knitted diamond top with golden chain necklace

Photography by Ally Stuart

It features diamond patterning on front and back and stocking-stitch elbow-length sleeves. Sizes range from 76/81 cm (30/32 ins) to 127/132 cm (50/52 ins). Actual size is around 14/9 cm (5¼/3¼ Ins) bigger so we would suggest you knit your usual size.

The yarn used is King Cole Homespun DK, a lovely soft yarn with neps to give extra texture and interest. The blend includes Merino and alpaca wools to give a lovely soft texture.

Our choice of shade is Sea Breeze (5019) and you can find out more about the yarn, view other shades and find your local stockist at

The diamond pattern is worked over a 19-stitch and 34-row pattern repeat. We have graded it as an intermediate design, if you have never tried a lace pattern before, it might be a good idea to try working the pattern repeat with some spare yarn to understand how it works.

The main thing is to keep a tally of every row as you go.

We think this is the perfect choice for smart or casual wear, it proves the saying, diamonds are a girl’s best friend!

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Find the full instructions for knitting a diamond top in our July 30, 2022 issue of “The People’s Friend”. On sale this Wednesday!

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Liz O’Rourke

Liz is part of our Features Team and her hobbies include knitting and crafts, reading and foreign travel which are also her main responsibilities on the “Friend”. If you walk into the office you will soon spot her desk, it’s the one piled high with knitwear and balls of yarn!