Knitting A Diamond Sweater Preview: December 31, 2022

Blonde woman sitting in front of wood panel walls wearing green diamond knitted sweater with green shirt collar underneath

We are bringing the year by knitting a classic diamond sweater.

How To: Knitting A Diamond Sweater

Difficulty: Intermediate

Close up of woman's shoulder and neck with detail of green diamond knitted sweater and a lighter green shirt collar underneath

Photography by Eve Conroy.

Our sweater is a unisex design featuring a diamond pattern.

It is available in six sizes  ranging from 76/81 cm (30/32 ins) to 127/132 cm (50/52) ins. Actual size is around 22/17 cm (8½/ 6½ ins) larger, giving a comfortable fit.

The yarn is Stylecraft Softie Chunky in the shade Fern (2418), a lovely vibrant shade of green. However, there are 10 shades available in the range if you would prefer something else.

Visit so see the shades and find your local stockist.

We have graded this as an intermediate design. The diamond pattern is worked over a repeat of 20 rows front and back and the sleeves provide contrast in stocking-stitch (knit one row, purl one row).

The drop shoulders mean there is very little shaping.

So why not start the New Year with some knitting? We hope this is just the design to get you started.

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The cover of The People's Friend issue dated 31st December 2022 depicting Argyll landscape

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Find the full instructions for knitting a diamond sweater in our December 31, 2022 issue of “The People’s Friend”. On sale now! Available online or from most major supermarkets and newsagents. Or subscribe to the magazine to get every issue delivered straight to your door, making sure you never miss an issue. 

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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!