Square Within a Square

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Abbreviations & Definitions
beg: beginning
ss: slip stitch
sc: single crochet
dc: double crochet
hdc: half double crochet
bpsc, bphdc, bpdc, bptc: back post single, half-double, double or triple crochet (work the stitch behind the last round)
sk: skip
rnd: round
std: standing
picot: chain 3, slip stitch into top of stitch below

NOTES:

  1. All single crochet rounds begin with either a standing sc or a ch 1 in a magic circle, half double crochet rounds begin with a standing hdc or ch 2, all double crochet rounds begin with a standing dc or ch 3, all triple crochet rounds begin with a standing tc or ch 4.
  2. All rounds end by joining to the beginning stitch with a slip stitch.
  3. All instructions in () parenthesis will be followed with X & a number, meaning repeat these instructions that many times.
  4. Anything in [] square parenthesis and italics are notes from pattern writer.
  • Round 1:  In a magic circle, work either a ch 3 as a dc, or make a std dc, then dc, ch 2, (2 dc, ch 2) X 3, join with ss to the beg st. [8 dc & 4 ch 2 spaces]
  • Round 2:  Into join, work std hdc [or ch 2 as a hdc], then 1 hdc into ch 2 space, (hdc in next 2 st, 2 hdc in ch 2 sp, ch 2, 2 hdc in same ch 2 sp) X3, hdc in next 2 st, 2 hdc in 1st ch 2 sp, ch 2, join with ss to the beg st. [24 dc & 4 ch 2 spaces]

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  • Round 3: Into join, work std dc [or ch 3 as a dc], ch 1, (dc in next st, ch 2, sk 1 st, dc in next st, ch 2, sk 1 st, dc in next st, ch 2,  dc in ch 2 sp, ch 2, dc in same ch 2 sp) X3, dc in next st, ch 2, sk 1 st, dc in next st, ch 2, sk 1 st, dc in next st, ch 2,  dc in ch 1st 2 sp, ch 2, join with ss to the top of beg st.  [20 dc &  20 ch 2 sp]

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  • Round 4: Into join, work std sc [or ch 1 as a sc], (sc in each st & ch 1 sp across [9 sc], in ch 2 sp (2sc, ch 3, 2sc)) X 3, sc in each st & ch 1 sp across, 2 sc in ch 2 sp, ch 2, join with ss to beg st.  [44 sc & 4 ch 2 sp]

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  • Round 5: Into join, work std hdc [or ch 2 as a hdc], (hdc in 7 st, ch 7, hdc in same sp, hdc in next 6 st, (2 hdc, ch 3, 2 hdc)) X 3, hdc in 7 st, ch 7, hdc in same sp, hdc in next 6 st, 2 hdc in 1st ch 2 sp, ch 2, join with ss to beg st. [72 hdc, 4 ch 2 sp, & 4 ch 7 sp]

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  • Round 6: Into join, work std hdc [or ch 2 as a hdc], (hdc in 7 st, sk 2 st, (in ch 7 sp: 4 dc, 1 picot, 4 dc, sk 2 st), hdc in 7 st, (in ch 2 sp: 2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc)) X 3, hdc in 7 st, sk 2 st, (in ch 7 sp: 4 dc, 1 picot, 4 dc, sk 2 st), hdc in 7 st, 2 hdc in 1st ch 2 sp, ch 2, join with ss to 1st hdc.

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  • Round 7: Work std hdc [or ch 2 as a hdc] into the space before a picot [You will be working behind the picots, so you might want to bend them forward slightly],(hdc in the 1st 4 st ch 4 and sc through the 2 middle st of the 5th round – see picture       Ch 4, hdc in the last 4 st of the row, 2 hdc in space of picot, ch 2 behind picot, and bending picot forward, 2 hdc in same sp,) X 3, hdc in the 1st 4 st ch 4 and sc through the 2 middle st of the 5th round, hdc in 1st picot sp, ch 2 behind picot and join with ss to beg st. [48 hdc, 4 sc, 8 ch 4 sp, 4 ch 2 sp]

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  • Round 8: Into join, work std sc [or ch 1 as a sc], sc,  (sc in next 5 st, sc in next 5 ch, sc in sc, sc in next 5 ch, sc in next 5 sc (in ch 2 sp: 2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc)) X 3, sc in next 5 st, sc in next 5 ch, sc in sc, sc in next 5 ch, sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in 1st ch 2 sp.  Join with ss to beg st[96 sc, 4 ch 2 sp]

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  • Round 9: Into join, work std dc [or ch 3 as a dc], dc in ch 2 sp, dc across, (in ch 2 sp: 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc)) X 3, dc across, in 1st ch 2 sp, 2 dc, ch 2 & join with ss to beg st [116 dc & 4 ch 2 sp]

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  • Round 10: Into join, work std hdc [or ch 2 as a hdc], hdc in ch 2 sp, bphdc in next 25 st, (in ch 2 sp: 2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) X 3, bphdc in next 25 st, 2 hdc in 1st ch 2 sp, ch 2 and join with ss to beg st. [132 hdc & 4 ch 2 sp]

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  • Round 11: Into join, work std dc [or ch 3 as a dc], dc in ch 2 sp, ((ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next) X 7, dc through picot from rnd 6 and hdc from rnd 10, (ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next) X 7, (in ch 2 sp: 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc))  X 3, ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next) X 7, dc through picot from rnd 6 and hdc from rnd 10, (ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next) X 7, 2 dc in 1st ch 2 sp, ch 2 and join with ss to beg st.  [100 dc, 68 ch 1 sp, and 4 ch 2 sp]
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2 thoughts on “Square Within a Square

  1. dear Leslie, i have just started in yellow . Easy for me to see the stitches. I can not understand the first 2 rows ! How they start and finish ? the explanation in () is perfectly understandable but the beg and finish don’t match. I have done it 3 times and still

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