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Corner in Shell Block Square Crochet Pattern

Designed by and Directions Written by Sandi Marshall

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Corner in Shell Block Square designed by Sandi Marshall
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This square is in solid stitches except for one corner, which is made in the shell block pattern. The squares can be turned in various ways, when joining them, to create patterning with the directions in which the openwork corners are arranged, similar to the way that quilt blocks might be arranged in multiple ways for different looks.

Abbreviations: ch = chain, dc = double crochet, ea = each, sc = single crochet, st = stitch, sts = stitches

Materials: about 1 oz. worsted weight yarn, US size H hook

Special Techniques: dc in space between two 3-dc shells - photo how-to.

decrease over next two dc = * yarn over hook, insert hook in the next stitch, pull yarn through that stitch, yarn over hook, pull yarn through two loops on the hook **, repeat the directions between * and ** one more time, then pull yarn through all three loops left on the hook. Note: The dc decrease is made in the same way as a cluster made over two dc, except that, for a decrease, no chain is made at the end, like there would be for a cluster. Looking at the 2-dc cluster how-to photos can be helpful.

Pattern Notes: Turn at the end of each row. Gauge: 7 dc = 2 inches, 4 dc rows = 2 inches
Finished size = about 8 inches square

Starting Chain: Leaving a length to weave in later, chain 24.
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea ch across. (23 sc)
Row 2: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in ea sc across. (23 dc)
Row 3: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in ea of next 3 dc, skip next dc, 3 dc in next dc, (skip next 2 dc, 3 dc in next dc) 2 times, then skip next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in ea of next 8 dc.
Row 4: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in ea of next 9 dc, 2 dc in next dc, skip next 2 dc, (3 dc in space between next two 3-dc shells, skip next shell) 2 times, then skip next 2 dc, 3 dc in next dc, skip next dc, dc in ea of next 3 dc.
Row 5: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in ea of next 3 dc, skip next 2 dc, (3 dc in space between next two 3-dc shells, skip next shell) 2 times, then skip next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in ea of next 12 dc.
Row 6: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in ea of next 13 dc, 2 dc in next dc, skip next 2 dc, 3 dc in space between next two 3-dc shells, skip next 2 dc, 3 dc in next dc, skip next dc, dc in ea of last 3 dc.
Row 7: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in ea of next 3 dc, skip next 2 dc, 3 dc in space between next two 3-dc shells, skip next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in ea of next 16 dc.
Row 8: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in ea of next 17 dc, 2 dc in next dc, skip next 2 dc, dc in ea of last 4 dc.
Row 9: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in ea of next 2 dc, skip next dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in ea of next 19 dc.
Row 10: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in ea of next 20 dc, dc decrease over next two dc, dc in last dc.
Rows 11 - 14: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in ea dc across. (23 dc)
Row 15: ch 1, sc in ea dc across. (23 sc)
Outside Round: ch 1, then (working down the side of the piece), sc in end of first sc row on side, make 2 sc around post of ea dc along the side until you come to the next sc row at the end of this side, sc in end of that sc row, ch 2 for corner, sc in remaining loop of each starting chain along bottom side, ch 2 for next corner, sc in end of sc row, 2 sc around ea dc post on that side, sc in end of sc row at end of this side, ch 2 for corner, then sc in ea dc across the top, ch 2 for corner, ending with a slip stitch in the first sc of this outside round.
End off, leaving a length to weave in. Weave in ends securely, weaving back and forth several times on the back of the square, working under back part of a number of stitches so that the ends will not unravel over time.

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