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The “Dijon Stitch/Blanket”

maRRose - CCC: The Mustard BlanketCruising the internet I found this youtube-tutorial, and liked the stitch/pattern right away. Although I have always had the impression that this qualifies as the moss stitch, I do not care about labels: I loved the youtube-moss stitch very much, and even more so after I had crocheted some squares using it.
After showing my first couple of squares on Instagram, people kept asking for a “how to”, so here it is!

maRRose - CCC: The Mustard Blanket

The “Dijon Stitch”:
(US terms used)

You start any square, chaining 14+1 turning stitch, turn your work.
Crochet: 1 slip stitch in the second stitch from your hook, 1 half double crochet,
* 1 slst, 1 hdc; repeat from * to the end of your 14 chains.
Chain one (= turning chain), turn your work. On every slst made, you will now crochet a hdc, on every hdc, you’ll crochet a slst, basically working the second (and all other rows) in the exact same way. Just keep in mind to alternate these two stitches at the start of every row.
maRRose - CCC: The Mustard BlanketSlip stitches are only made behind the diagonal stitches from the previous row. Make sure to pick up both loops that are kind of hiding behind the diagonal loop. The half double crochet stitches are made in the two loops of the horizontal stitch from the previous row (sitting in between two diagonal ones).

Isn’t it great that the combination of these simple stitches gives such a fab pattern and structure? Added bonus is the fact that there is no front or back: both sides are equally pretty.

Ok, so you’ve made your first square: let’s continue!

maRRose - CCC: The Mustard BlanketIn the very first two loops/stitch of the chain of my first square, I attached the yarn for my new square with a slip stitch. I then crocheted 15 chains (14 + 1 turning st), turned my work and crocheted the pattern as described above (1 slst, 1 hdc, etc).
As soon as I had crocheted the 14 stitches of my first row, I slip stitched into the opening right beneath the first diagonal stitch of the already finished square. This is your turning chain, so no additional turning chain is being made.
maRRose - CCC: The Mustard BlanketmaRRose - CCC: The Mustard BlanketTurn your work. Continue the pattern, row 2. When you have almost crocheted row 3 (i.e. made your 13 slst/hd’s), you must make sure you crochet your stitch 14 on/in the stitch that is actually the slip stitch of the previous round, the one with which you’ve connected your new square to the finished one. After that you’ll slip stitch again in the space right underneath the diagonal from row 4 of the already finished square, turn your work and continue.
maRRose - CCC: The Mustard Blanket

I’ve tried to make squares that measure 10 x 10 cm – a matter of trial and error/measuring as you go. As long as you make sure your chain-row has an amount of stitches that can be divided by 2 (not counting your turning chain), you can make your squares, blanket as small/big as you want.
Also, by adding squares as you go, you can play with colors and size while you crochet, another win, I think.

PS: in the meantime I’ve finished the “Dijon Blanket” (here) and even a second one, Baby Blanket “Gigi” (here).

6 thoughts on “The “Dijon Stitch/Blanket””

  • When I click on the tutortial link at the top, all I get is a ” ! ” and blank page. Please help. Love this stitch. Perhaps another link, if you have to get the tutorial. Thank you xx

      • Hello Marianne ! This is a beautiful blanket ! I recently made one modeled after your pattern but I was wondering if there is any rhyme or reason to how you ordered the squares ? I made an almost equal number of each color to being the total to 63 squares but now I’m not really sure how to place them.

        • Hi Bryanna,

          I joined my squares as I went, and had no color plan – I simply planned the next color as soon as I had finished a square. I’m sorry I can’t be of any help, but I’m sure you’ll create a beautiful blanket with your squares. What might help, is getting your pencils out and color your squares in on paper before actually attaching them? With love, Marianne xx

  • Hello,

    Are there any available photographs of the blanket fully stretched out ? I love this stitch and decided to make a baby blanket for a friend who is due in a few weeks and I’m paranoid about the last three rows.

    • Hi there!
      Thank you for your interest in crocheting this blanket. How lovely to make it as a gift for your friend!
      If you click the two links at the end of the blog post, you’ll find the kind of photos you’re looking for. Good luck!
      Love, Marianne xx

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