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FIN­ISHED MEA­SURE­MENT 561/2 inches square MA­TE­RI­ALS • Premier Yarns Ev­ery­day Soft Worsted medium (worsted) weight acrylic yarn (4 oz/203 yds/113g per skein): 8 skeins #100-01 snow white 5 skeins each #100-44 Christ­mas green and #100-07 re­ally red • Size G/6/4mm cro­chet hook or

size needed to ob­tain gauge • Ta­pes­try nee­dle • Safety pins GAUGE 17 dc = 4 inches; 5 dc rows = 2 inches Weave in loose ends as work pro­gresses. Join with slip stitch as in­di­cated un­less oth­er­wise stated. Chain-3 at be­gin­ning of row or round counts as first dou­ble cro­chet un­less oth­er­wise stated. Work rows 1–23 with red for squares B and D and with green for C squares. Work rows 24–46 with white for squares B and C and with green for D squares. Place slip knot on hook, insert hook in in­di­cated st, yo, pull up a lp, yo, draw through both lps on hook.

Dou­ble cro­chet join (dc join): Place slip knot on hook, yo, insert hook in in­di­cated st, yo, pull up a lp, [yo, pull through 2 lps on hook] twice. Back bar of cor­ner chain-1 space (back bar of cor­ner

ch-1 sp): Insert hook be­hind top lps into back hor­i­zon­tal bar of cor­ner ch-1 sp. Back bar of sin­gle cro­chet (back bar of sc): Insert hook be­hind top lps into hor­i­zon­tal 3rd bar of in­di­cated st (see il­lus­tra­tion).

Change to next color be­fore

com­plet­ing sc: Insert hook in in­di­cated st, yo, pull up lp, drop cur­rent color, yo with new color and pull through both lps on hook to com­plete as a sc.

SPE­CIAL TECH­NIQUE

Lay­ered Edge Slip Stitch

(LESS) seam: Ar­range in­di­cated squares on a flat sur­face as shown on Place­ment Di­a­gram, us­ing safety pins to evenly match sts. With slip knot of in­di­cated yarn color on hook and work­ing yarn un­der edges to be seamed, beg on right side edge where in­di­cated with an X on Place­ment Di­a­gram, *insert hook from RS to WS in back lp

(see Stitch Guide) of cor­ner ch-1 of lower square, insert hook from RS to WS in front lp (next adja

cent lp) of cor­ner ch-1 of up­per square, yo and pull through all lps on hook to com­plete as a sl st*, [insert hook in back lp of next st of lower square and front lp (next ad­ja­cent lp) of up­per square, yo and com­plete as a sl st] across squares, work­ing sl sts where in­di­cated to cre­ate square units and cen­ter seam.

THROW

WHITE SQUARE A Make 4. Row 1 (WS): Ch 4, 4 dc in 4th ch from hook (3 sk chs counts as first dc), turn. (5 dc) Row 2: Ch 3 (see Pat­tern Notes), 2 dc in same st as beg ch-3, dc in each st to last st, 3 dc in last st, turn. (9 dc)

Row 3: Ch 3, dc in same st as beg ch-3, dc in each st to last st, 2 dc in last st, turn. (11 dc)

Rows 4–23: [Rep rows 2 and 3 al­ter­nately] 10 times. (71 dc) Row 24: Ch 3, dc dec (see

Stitch Guide) in next 2 sts, dc in each st across to last 2 sts, dc dec in last 2 sts, turn. (69 dc)

Row 25: Ch 3, dc dec in next 3 sts, dc in each st across to last 3 sts, dc dec over last 3 sts, turn. (65 dc) Rows 26–45: [Rep rows 24 and 25 al­ter­nately] 10 times. (5 dc)

Row 46: Ch 3, [yo, insert hook in next dc, yo, pull up lp, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook] 4 times, yo, pull through all lps on hook, do not turn, do not fas­ten off.

(1 dc) Use safety pins to di­vide each side of square into 4 equal sec­tions.

White Square Edg­ing

With RS fac­ing, work­ing in ends of rows at left side edge, ch 1, sc in side edge of last st made, *12 sc evenly sp in ends of rows to first pin, 13 sc evenly sp to 2nd pin, 13 sc evenly sp to 3rd pin, 12 sc evenly sp to within next cor­ner, (sc, ch 1, sc) in cor­ner,

12 sc evenly sp along next side edge to first pin, 13 sc evenly sp to 2nd pin, 13 sc evenly sp to 3rd pin, 12 sc evenly sp to within next cor­ner**, (sc, ch 1, sc) in cor­ner, rep from * to ** once, (sc, ch 1) in cor­ner, join (see Pat­tern Notes) to first sc of rnd. Fas­ten off. (208 sc)

2-COLOR SQUARE

Make 4 each red/white (B), green/white (C) & red/green (D). Rows 1–23: With first color (see Pat­tern Notes), work rows 1–23 of White Square, chang­ing to 2nd color (see Pat­tern Notes) on last st of row 23. (71 dc) Row 24: Work­ing in back lp only, rep row 24 of White Square. Rows 25–46: Rep rows 25–46 of White Square.

2-Color Square Edg­ing

With RS fac­ing, work­ing in ends of rows at left side edge, ch 1, sc in side edge of last dc dec made, *12 sc evenly sp in ends of rows to first pin, 13 sc evenly sp to 2nd pin, 13 sc evenly sp to 3rd pin, 12 sc evenly sp to within next cor­ner, sc in cor­ner, change to next color be­fore com­plet­ing sc (see Spe­cial Stitches), with new color, (ch 1, sc) in same st as last sc, 12 sc evenly sp along next side edge to first pin, 13 sc evenly sp to 2nd pin, 13 sc evenly sp to 3rd pin, 12 sc evenly sp to within next cor­ner**, (sc, ch 1, sc) in cor­ner, rep from * to ** once, (sc, ch 1) in cor­ner, join to first sc of rnd. Fas­ten off. (208 sc)

ASSEM­BLY Step 1: 2-Block Unit #1 Make 4.

With RS fac­ing, ar­range 1 white (A) square and 1 red/white (B) square on a flat sur­face as shown in Fig­ure 1 (see page 58 for all il­lus­tra­tions), use safety pins to evenly match sts. With red slip knot on hook and work­ing yarn un­der edges to be seamed, beg on right side edge in­di­cated by an X on Fig­ure 1, *insert hook from RS to WS in cor­ner ch-1 sp of B (lower) square, insert hook from RS to WS in cor­ner ch-1 sp of A (up­per) square, yo with work­ing yarn, pull through all lps on hook to com­plete as a sl st**, [insert hook in same man­ner through back lp of next st of B square and front (next ad­ja­cent) lp of A square, yo, com­plete as a sl st] across to next cor­ner ch-1 sp, rep from * to ** once. Fas­ten off red.

Step 2: 2-Block Unit #2 Make 4.

With RS fac­ing, ar­range 1 green/ white (C) square and 1 green/ red (D) square on flat sur­face as shown in Fig­ure 2 and use safety pins to evenly match sts. With green slip knot on hook and work­ing yarn un­der edges to be seamed, beg on right side edge in­di­cated by an X on Fig­ure 2, *insert hook from RS to WS in cor­ner ch-1 sp of D

(lower) square, insert hook from RS to WS in cor­ner ch-1 sp of C (up­per) square, yo and pull through all lps on hook to com­plete as a sl st**, [insert hook through back lp of next st of B square and front (next ad­ja­cent) lp of A square, yo, com­plete as sl st] across to next cor­ner ch-1 sp, rep from * to ** once. Fas­ten off green.

Step 3: 4-Block Unit Make 4.

With RS fac­ing, ar­range 1 each of 2-block units #1 and #2 on a flat sur­face as shown in Fig­ure 3, use safety pins to evenly match sts and seams. With red slip knot on hook and work­ing yarn un­der edges to be seamed, beg at right side edge in­di­cated by an X on Fig­ure 4, insert hook from RS to WS in back lp of ch-1 sp of D (lower) square and

front lp of ch-1 sp of B (up­per) square, yo and pull through all lps on hook to com­plete as sl st, con­tinue to evenly work LESS

(see Spe­cial Tech­nique) in sts of squares D and B to within cen­ter seam, drop red, insert hook in same man­ner in pre­vi­ously worked ch-1 sp to right of cen­ter seam of both units, yo with green and pull through lp on hook to change color, with green work LESS in cen­ter seam sl st, LESS in next pre­vi­ously worked ch-1 to left of cen­ter seam and in each st across, end­ing in last ch-1 sp. Fas­ten off green.

Step 4: 8-Block Unit Make 2.

With RS fac­ing, ar­range 2 4-block units on a flat sur­face as shown in Fig­ure 4, use safety pins to evenly match sts. With red slip knot on hook and work- ing yarn un­der edges to be seamed, beg at right side edge in­di­cated by an X on Fig­ure 4, insert hook in back lp of ch-1 sp of D square of lower 4-block unit and front lp of ch-1 sp of D square of up­per 4-block unit, yo and com­plete as a sl st, con­tinue to work LESS across D squares to within cen­ter seam, drop red, insert hook in same man­ner in pre­vi­ously worked ch-1 sp to right of cen­ter seam of both units, yo with white and pull through lp on hook to change color, with white, work LESS in cen­ter seam sl st, LESS in next pre­vi­ously worked ch-1 sp to left of cen­ter seam and in each st across squares B and C, end­ing in last ch-1 sp. Fas­ten off white.

Step 5: Throw Cen­ter Seam

With RS fac­ing, ar­range both 8-block units on a flat sur­face as shown in Fig­ure 5, us­ing safety pins to evenly match sts and seams. With white slip knot on hook and work­ing yarn un­der edges to be seamed, beg at ch-1 sp of squares C and B on right side edge in­di­cated by an X on Fig­ure 5, work LESS across to within first seam, work LESS in pre­vi­ously worked ch-1 sp to right of seam, drop white, with red [work LESS in seam sl st, work LESS in next pre­vi­ously worked ch-1 sp to left of seam and in each st across D squares to within next seam, work LESS in pre­vi­ously worked ch-1 sp to right of seam] twice, work LESS in cen­ter seam sl st, drop red, with white work LESS in next pre­vi­ously worked ch-1 sp to left of seam and in each st across squares B and C, end­ing in last ch-1 sp. Fas­ten off white. Block throw to 55 inches square and al­low to dry.

BOR­DER

Rnd 1: With RS of square edg­ing sts fac­ing, with white, sc

join (see Spe­cial Stitches) in ch-1 sp of any cor­ner, work 52 sts evenly sp across to within first seam (green star tip), (sc, hdc) in pre­vi­ously worked ch-1 sp to right of seam sl st, sk seam sl st, (hdc, sc) in next pre­vi­ously worked ch-1 sp to left of seam sl st, work 52 sc evenly sp across to within next seam, sc in pre­vi­ously worked ch-1 sp to right of seam sl st, hdc in seam sl st, sc in pre­vi­ously worked ch-1 sp to left of seam sl st, work 52 sc evenly sp across to within next seam (red star

tip), (sc, hdc) in pre­vi­ously worked ch-1 sp to right of seam sl st, sk seam sl st, (hdc, sc) in next pre­vi­ously worked ch-1 sp to left of seam sl st, work 52 sc evenly sp around to within ch-1 sp of cor­ner, (2 sc, ch 1, 2 sc) in ch-1 sp, [work 52 sc evenly sp around to within next seam (green star

tip), (sc, hdc) in pre­vi­ously worked ch-1 sp to right of seam sl st, sk seam sl st, (hdc, sc) in next pre­vi­ously worked ch-1 sp to left of seam sl st, work 52 sc evenly sp around to next seam, sc in pre­vi­ously worked ch-1 sp to right of seam sl st, hdc in seam sl st, sc in pre­vi­ously worked ch-1 sp to left of seam sl st, work 52 sc evenly sp around to within next seam (red star

tip), (sc, hdc) in pre­vi­ously worked ch-1 sp to right of last seam sl st, sk seam sl st, (hdc, sc) in next pre­vi­ously worked ch-1 sp to left of last seam sl st,

work 52 sc evenly sp around to within ch-1 sp of cor­ner, (2 sc, ch 1, 2 sc) in ch-1 sp] 3 times, end­ing with (2 sc, ch 1, sc) in next ch-1 cor­ner, join to first sc. Fas­ten off. (892 sts) Rnd 2: With red, dc join (see Spe­cial Stitches) to back bar of any cor­ner ch-1 sp (see Spe­cial Stitches), [dc in back bar of sc

(see Spe­cial Stitches) of each sc around to next ch-1 cor­ner, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in back bar of cor­ner ch-1] around, end­ing with (2 dc, ch 1, dc) in next cor­ner ch-1, join to first dc. Fas­ten off. (908 dc)

Rnd 3: With red, work­ing in both lps of sts, dc join in any cor­ner ch-1, [dc in each st to next ch-1 cor­ner, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in cor­ner ch-1 sp] around, end­ing with (2 dc, ch 1, dc) in next cor­ner ch-1, join in first dc. Fas­ten off. (924 dc)

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