When I received a bunch of yarn in colours that shouted 'Autumn!!!' I decided almost immediately to make a blanket with it. I had one idea, started it and was not really into it. It was OK, but didn't seem right, so I ripped it out. I tried something else, but wasn't getting the kind of fabric I wanted, so I ripped that out, too, and began again. Third time's the charm.
I made 9 squares using crochet moss stitch on the diagonal, increasing on each side every row until it was as wide as I wanted it and then decreasing every row until I was at the opposite corner. I did a one-round hdc border around each square and set it aside. When all 9 were done, I embellished them using surface crochet, and motifs that were tatted, knitted, and crocheted. I left it for a little while after that, since it was too warm to connect the squares and have a big warm piece of crochet on my lap. When it cooled off enough, I put the 9 squares together and found that it was wide enough and I did not really want to add anymore width, so I knitted a panel at the top and the bottom. Then for a final border, I did a few rows of extended simple stitch in Tunisian crochet on either end and did a few rounds of slip stitch around the whole thing. This added the variegated border without adding any more height or width.
Now I am wondering what my next project should be. I'm sure I will figure it out and in the meantime I have a couple of smaller things I could work on.
Here's how I make the diagonal moss stitch square:
--(sc, ch1, sc) in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, turn
--sc in 1st st, ch 1, sc in next ch 1 sp, *ch1, sk next sc, sc in next ch 1 sp, rep from * until you reach the last ch 1 sp, then ch 1 and sc in last sc, ch 1, turn
--rep last row until sides of triangle are half the circumference you will want your sweater to be (if you want a sweater that measures 36 inches around, keep increasing until the sides measure 18 inches across)
Now you will begin decreasing.
--next row: sl st in 1st sc, *sc in next ch sp, ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch 1 sp, rep from * across. When you've made a sc in the last ch 1 sp, ch 1 and turn.
--rep previous row until you have three stitches left.
To make it a rectangle, just increase on both sides until you reach the desired width and then continue increasing on one side while decreasing on the other until you reach the desired length. Then decrease on both sides until the end. makes a nice scarf.
Using this stitch diagonally is great for scraps, stripes, colour changing yarns or you can make one half of the square in one colour and the other half a different colour, as I did for this jumper
The way the stitches are places gives it the appearance of vertical stripes, but only one colour was used to crochet each row.
You could also just do one large square or rectangle to make a blanket that way. I made this one years ago for the dogs we had then. I made this one with a big hook and using two strands of worsted weight held together.
As you can see, I like using this stitch in this way and have used it a lot. It's so versatile! It probably won't be long before I am using it again. 😊