Diagonal Block Stitch pattern created by Susan Smith (I can’t find her original post, so I hope it’s all right with her if I repost it.)
This pattern is a little tricky to learn, but once you get the hang of it you can start a new cloth anywhere, anytime you have your materials with you. All you have to remember is that it starts with 6 chains.
Looks so good in variegated yarn that I’ve never made one plain colored, but I’m using plain for some of the demo photos to make it easier to see.
size G (4 mm) or H (5 mm) crochet hook
worsted weight cotton yarn (one small ball makes 2.5 cloths)
Abbreviations and notes:
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
This dishcloth’s rows are counted on point instead of horizontal rows.
Row 1: ch 6; dc in 4th, 5th, and 6th ch from hook (AKA chs 3, 2, and 1). Beginning block made.
Note: you now have a block of three dcs and one 3-ch post which, in other patterns, usually counts as a dc. In this pattern, you’ll be using it as a space to stitch into. This is the basic pattern. It will be repeated throughout the entire cloth.
Row 2: ch 6; dc in 4th, 5th, and 6th ch from hook (block made).
Twist first block [row 1] up. [With work facing you, fold the lower block away from you and up toward the hook–creating a twist between the blocks. You’ll find that folding, or “twisting,” one direction is easier than the other. Note that the wrong side of row 1 block is now facing you.]
sl st around ch-post of beginning ch of row 1 block, ch 3. dc 3 around the same ch-post where sl st was made. Row 2 now has two blocks.
Note: Do not insert crochet hook through the threads of the ch-post. Insert hook under the ch–between the ch-post and the dc next to it.
Row 3: ch 6; dc in 4th, 5th, and 6th ch from hook (block made).
Twist worked section up, sl st around ch-post, ch 3, dc 3 around same post.
sl st around ch-post of 2nd block, ch 3, dc 3 around ch-post. Repeat for third block of row 3.
Rows 4-10: Work the same as row 3. Then begin decreasing rows (see instructions below).
Note: you can work more or less than 10 rows, depending on the size/shape you want. The example shows 10 rows.
Work each decrease row as follows: sl st in each of the three dcs and into the ch-post of last block worked (total of 4 sl sts).
Note: DO NOT ch 1 before the turn.
ch 3, dc 3 in ch-post. *sl st around ch-post of next block, ch 3, dc 3 in around ch-post* Repeat *to* instructions across row, end row with sl st around ch-post of last block.
Repeat decreasing rows until last block is finished. sc around outside edge with 3 sc in each corner. Weave in ends.