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Eight Inch Size Shell Block Square

Pattern Design and Directions by Sandi Marshall

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Shell Block Square designed by Sandi Marshall
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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 Technique: dc in space between two 3-dc shells ... How-To Link: Photo showing how

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) 4 times, then skip next dc, dc in ea of next 4 dc.
Row 4: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in ea of next 2 dc, skip next dc, 3 dc in next dc, skip next 2 dc, (3 dc in space between next two 3-dc shells, skip next shell) 3 times, then 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 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) 4 times, then 3 dc in space between next 2 3-dc shells, skip next 2 dc, dc in ea of next 4 dc.
Rows 6 - 13: Repeat Rows 4 and 5.
Row 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: For help, click on the links within these directions. 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 sc 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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