An admiring introduction for this block was published in October, 1935, by Nancy Cabot in the Chicago Tribune (see left and her comment as follows):
"DIAMOND KNOT is one of the most effective of the many pieced patterns. The design is set together with alternate blocks of plain white, although it is necessary to use a combination of striped, plain and white material. When set together, the entire quilt presents the appearance of an interwoven ribbon. The DIAMOND KNOT pattern is 'exceedingly smart' without being modern, and without being difficult to piece."
Scroll down to see DIAMOND KNOT's magic at work in the tiling pattern —a simple fourpatch was added here instead of a plain block.
Note also, if you have access to a local library, Cabot's articles in the Chicago Tribune are online, via ProQuest's Historical Newspapers. More than 1300 of her designs and a sampling of her insights are also available in Jinny Beyer's, QUILTER'S ALBUM OF PATCHWORK PATTERNS (this one is #430-4). Learn more (at Illinois Quilt History) about Nancy Cabot (Loretta Leitner Rising), her life and her long career in various jobs at the newspaper.
More designs at this site with beautifully unexpected transformations in the tiling pattern (among many others) include:
HANDS ALL AROUND
(IN) NARCISSUS MOTIF
BIRDS IN THE AIR