Esther's Square

 12 inch square

By Chris Simon
Copyright July 2003

Named for my maternal grandmother, who taught me to crochet. Thanks, Grandma!

Materials
4 ply Worsted Weight yarn
 Size H hook or size needed for gauge
Large eyed needle

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Gauge:
First 4 rounds measure approximately 4 inches square.

Stitch Guide:
Nothing unusual in this square. Isn't that a treat?

Note: Don't let the shape of this square throw you off. It doesn't actually become square until Round 12!

Variation: Try changing colors every two rows for a neat effect!

Instructions:

Rnd 1: Ch 6, dc in 6th ch from hook. (Ch 3, dc in same st) twice. Ch 3, join with sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 6.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same st, (5 dc in next ch 3 sp, sc in next dc) 3 times. 5 dc in last ch 3 sp, join with sl st in starting sc. (One 5 dc group per side.)

Rnd 3: Ch 6 (counts as dc plus ch 3), (sc in in back loops only of 2nd, 3rd and 4th dc of next 5 dc group), ch 3, dc in next sc. # * (Ch 3, sc in back loops only of 2nd, 3rd and 4th dc of next 5 dc group). Ch 3, # dc in next sc. Repeat from * two times, then from # to # once. Join with sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 6.

Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in same st, # *(5 dc in next ch 3 sp, sc in 2nd sc of next 3 sc group). 5 dc in next ch 3 sp. # Sc in next dc (corner). Repeat from * two times, then from # to # once. Join with sl st in starting sc. (Two 5 dc groups per side.)

Rnd 5: Ch 6 (counts as dc plus ch 3), (sc in in BLO of 2nd, 3rd and 4th dc of next 5 dc group, ch 3) two times, dc in next sc.
# * (Ch 3, sc in in BLO of 2nd, 3rd and 4th dc of next 5 dc group) two times. Ch 3, # dc in next sc. Repeat from * two times, then from # to # once. Join with sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 6.

Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in same st, # * (5 dc in next ch 3 sp, sc in 2nd sc of next 3 sc group) two times. 5 dc in next ch 3 sp. # Sc in next dc (corner). Repeat from * two times, then from # to # once. Join with sl st in starting sc. (Three 5 dc groups per side.)

Rnd 7: Ch 6 (counts as dc plus ch 3), (sc in in BLO of 2nd, 3rd and 4th dc of next 5 dc group, ch 3) three times, dc in next sc.
# * (Ch 3, sc in in BLO of 2nd, 3rd and 4th dc of next 5 dc group) three times. Ch 3, # dc in next sc. Repeat from * two times, then from # to # once. Join with sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 6.

Rnd 8: Ch 1, sc in same st, # * (5 dc in next ch 3 sp, sc in 2nd sc of next 3 sc group) three times. 5 dc in next ch 3 sp. # Sc in next dc (corner). Repeat from * two times, then from # to # once. Join with sl st in starting sc. (Four 5 dc groups per side.)

Rnd 9: Ch 6 (counts as dc plus ch 3), (sc in in BLO of 2nd, 3rd and 4th dc of next 5 dc group, ch 3) four times, dc in next sc. # * (Ch 3, sc in in BLO of 2nd, 3rd and 4th dc of next 5 dc group) four times. Ch 3, # dc in next sc. Repeat from * two times, then from # to # once. Join with sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 6.

Rnd 10: Ch 1, sc in same st, # * (5 dc in next ch 3 sp, sc in 2nd sc of next 3 sc group) four times. 5 dc in next ch 3 sp. # Sc in next dc (corner). Repeat from * two times, then from # to # once. Join with sl st in starting sc. Finish off. (Five 5 dc groups per side.)

Rnd 11: Join new color with sl st in any corner sc. Ch 6 (counts as dc plus ch 3), (sc in in BLO of 2nd, 3rd and 4th dc of next 5 dc group, ch 3) five times, dc in next sc. # * (Ch 3, sc in in BLO of 2nd, 3rd and 4th dc of next 5 dc group) five times. Ch 3, # dc in next sc. Repeat from * two times, then from # to # once. Join with sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 6.

Rnd 12: (Ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same st as joining. # * 3 dc in each ch 3 sp and one dc in each sc across. # (2dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner dc. Repeat from * two times, then from # to # once. Join with sl st in top of starting ch 3. Sl st loosely in next dc, sl st into corner ch 2 sp.

Measure work. If square measures 11 inches, use Rnd 13A. If square measures 11 1/2 inches, use Rnd 13B.

Rnd 13A: Ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 sp, dc in each dc, * (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 sp, dc in each dc. Repeat from * 2 times more. Finish off.

Rnd 13B: Ch 1, 3 sc in ch 2 sp, sc in each dc, * 3 sc in ch 2 sp, sc in each dc. Repeat from * 2 times more. Finish off.