Inside – Crochet the Diamond Dunes and discover the Berry Crochet Stitch with the last section of the Desertscape Crochet Blanket. Keep reading for the free crochet pattern.


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You’re officially on the very last section of the Desertscape Crochet Blanket! All you need to trek through are the Diamond Dunes, and then you’ll be at the blanket’s border. This section uses the Berry Stitch (one of my favorite textured stitches), and Single Crochets to create the meandering desert dunes.

The Diamond Dunes is part of the Desertscape Crochet Blanket - a free pattern on the High Desert Yarn Blog.

Inspiration for the Diamond Dunes

The Diamond Dunes crochet pattern is inspired up another iconic landmark in the American Southwest. White Sands, New Mexico is home to these undulating piles of sand. The dry landscape is broken up by these glistening mounds as if you were somewhere on a beach rather than the middle of the desert.

Also, the Diamond Dunes are inspired by the Berry Stitch. With all the flat colorwork sections, I wanted the textured sections to POP. Since the Puff Stitch was used in Road Runner, the blanket needed a new textured stitch. So, in came the Berry Stitch.

My biggest tip for the Diamond Dunes

The Diamond Dunes relies on a multiple of 5 stitches. So, double check that you have 200 stitches in the last row of Part 8 before starting the Diamond Dunes pattern.

White Sands, NM plays an important role in the Diamond Dunes Crochet Pattern.

Ready to stitch up the Desertscape Blanket? Scroll down for the free pattern, or purchase the Desertscape Blanket eBook in my Etsy Shop or Ravelry Store.

Yarn + Substitutes

Paintbox Yarns are my all time favorite budget yarn. The Desertscape Blanket uses the Simply Aran in Champagne White and Pine. Their acrylic yarns are soft, plush, and never split while I crochet. Plus, a big reason I keep coming back to Paintbox Yarns is the color palette. It’s to dye for, and the colors on the screen are reliable in person.

This is my favorite yarn to use for the Diamond Dunes Crochet Pattern.

Shop Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran here.

If you want to use yarn from your LYS (local yarn store), or your stash, then I recommend staying with a mostly acrylic yarn. You’ll get the same results as I did while you work on your blanket.

Desertscape Blanket CAL Info

The Desertscape Blanket is a new, free crochet pattern on the High Desert Yarn Blog. We’ll explore textured stitches and Intarsia crochet charts that feature all things majestic in the desert. A new section will be released each Monday starting on April 10, 2023.

If you’d like email reminders when each section is released, you can sign up here.

The CAL is taking place in the HDY Handmade Community on Facebook. We’ll share our WIP pictures, and support each other during the crochet process. I’ll be available in the Facebook Group and through email to answer any questions.

Join the HDY Handmade Community here.

If this is the first you’re hearing of the Desertscape Blanket CAL – Welcome!! I’m thrilled to have you join us. Everyone in the HDY Handmade Community on Facebook is working through the project at their own pace.

If you need to start with Part 1, then click here for the Golden Barrel Cactus pattern.

If you need to start at the very beginning, you can read through the Desertscape Blanket CAL Information page. It gives you all the details about the whole blanket pattern, and help you deep dive into meeting the right gauge.

Click here to read through all of the Desertscape Blanket information.

Pattern Instructions

NOTE ABOUT THIS FREE CROCHET PATTERN :

Thank you for choosing this free pattern as part of your crochet journey! It’s an honor for you to be here, browsing the High Desert Yarn Blog. This pattern is 100% free for you to crochet from, but please, do not screenshot, or copy+paste this pattern. However, work directly from this webpage. The ad revenue from this website allows me to offer free crochet patterns. If you do not like the scrolling, or ads, then you may purchase the ad-free PDF in my Etsy Shop or Ravelry Store. Thank you for your cooperation. Happy creating! -Joanna (Owner + Creative)

The Diamond Dunes is part of the Desertscape Crochet Blanket - a free pattern on the High Desert Yarn Blog.

Materials

  • Yarn – Worsted Weight/category 4
    • I used Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran in Champagne White and Pine.
    • Substitutes : Any other worsted/category 4 yarn will work
  • Crochet Hook – H/8 (5.00mm) or correct hook to meet gauge
  • Scissors 
  • Tapestry Needle

Notes

  • CH 1 at the end of a row DOES NOT count as a stitch.
  • This pattern is worked in turning rows.
  • Row 1 of the Diamond Dunes pattern is Row 141 of the whole blanket.

Gauge + Finished Size

Gauge for the whole Desertscape Blanket is based off of the Intarsia Crochet sections. It’s important that you work up the practice swatch on the Information Page BEFORE starting the Desertscape Blanket. If you need help meeting gauge, please send an email to Joanna at hello@highdesertyarn.com

The height of this section will meet approximately 5″.

Stitch Abbreviations

American (US) terms used throughout.

CH(S) – chain(s)
ST(S) – stitch(es)
SC – single crochet
BERRY – berry stitch

Special Stitches

Berry Stitch (BERRY)

  • YO, and insert hook into ST. YO, and pull up loop. (3 loops on hook) YO, and pull through 1 loop. (3 loops on hook) YO, and insert into same ST. YO, and pull up loop. (5 loops on hook) YO, and pull through all loops on hook.
  • Click here for a Video Tutorial for the Diamond Dunes Section.

Written Instructions

Row 1: SC in each ST across. CH 1. Turn. (200 STS)

Row 2: [SC. BERRY. SC. BERRY. SC. over 5 STS] Repeat […] until end of row. CH 1. Turn. (80 BERRY, 120 SC)

Row 3: SC in each ST across. CH 1. Turn. (200 STS)

Row 4: [SC. SC. BERRY. SC. SC. over 5 STS] Repeat […] until end of row. CH 1. Turn. (40 BERRY, 160 SC)

Row 5: SC in each ST across. CH 1. Turn. (200 STS)

Rows 6 – 17: Repeat Rows 2 – 5 three times.

Rows 18 – 19: Repeat Rows 2 – 3

This section ends on an even row of Single Crochet.

Cut yarn with a long tail long enough to weave in. Attach the CC yarn to start the border of the blanket.

Copyright Policy

You are free to use this crochet pattern to make and sell the final product, but do not republish or distribute this pattern in any way. DO NOT claim it as your own in part or in whole. Please give credit to High Desert Yarn, as the designer, in your listings, on your blog, or social media platforms. All images are property of High Desert Yarn. Do not use any of these images as your own.

Ready for the next section?

It’ll be released on June 12, 2023! So, what can you do in the meantime?

  • Signup for email reminders to never miss a new section – click here
  • Share your progress to the HDY Handmade Community Group – click here

High Desert Yarn is made possible by YOUR support. Thank you for reading this blog post, and helping build High Desert Yarn. Happy Creating, Joanna

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