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Easy sc-dc with Mesh Center Afghan Square

Pattern by Sandi Marshall, with Extra Notes for Beginners

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Easy sc-dc with Mesh Center Afghan Square
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With this pattern, beginning crocheters can practice single crochet and double crochet, as well as skipping a stitch and crocheting in a chain space.

Abbreviations: ch = chain, chs = chains, ea = each, dc = double crochet, sc = single crochet

Materials: You can use any weight of yarn, using a hook size to correspond. I used worsted weight yarn and a US size H hook for a square that is 7 1/2 inches with one outside round or 8 inches with two outside rounds.

Pattern Notes for Beginners: You will turn at the end of each row. The rows should stay straight and even on both edges. If you find that your square is becoming wider or narrower as you go along, see my Row 2 and Row 3 Pattern Notes for Beginners in my Easy sc-dc Square pattern, where I have detailed beginner mistakes that can accidentally make a crocheted piece wider or narrower.

Skip a Stitch - Instructions link, with photos: how-to
Crochet in a Chain Space - Instructions link, with photos: how-to

Pattern Directions
Starting Chain: ch 24.
Row 1 Note: (Work in one loop of ea ch so there will be remaining loops in which to work the outside round when the rows of the square are finished).
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 of next 7 sc, sc in ea of next 7 sc, dc in ea of next 8 sc.
Row 3: ch 1 (to turn), sc in ea of first 8 dc, dc in next sc, (ch 1, skip next sc, dc in next sc) 3 times, sc in ea of next 8 dc.
Row 4: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in ea of next 7 sc, sc in next dc, (sc in ch-1 sp, sc in next dc) 3 times, dc in ea of next 8 sc.
Rows 5 - 16: Repeat rows 3 and 4.
Row 17: ch 1 (to turn), sc in ea of first 8 dc, sc in ea of next 7 sc, sc in ea of next 8 dc.
Outside Round: ch 1, then working down the side of the square, make an sc around the edge sc (of rows which ended with an sc) and two sc around the post of the edge dc (of rows which ended with a dc). Be sure to have only one sc made for each sc row and only two sc made for each dc row (it can be easy to accidentally work extra sc in some of the little spaces between the rows, which would make the edge a bit wavy from too many sc made along the side). For a corner, ch 2. Along the bottom edge, make an sc in the remaining loop left from each chain of the starting chain. ch 2 for next corner. Work along the next side in the same manner as the first side. If you used two colors and carried strands along this side, crochet over those strands while making the sc stitches on this side. ch 2 for next corner. sc in ea sc across the top edge, then ch 2 for last corner and slip stitch in the first sc of this round. When made with worsted weight yarn and a US H hook, the square that I made was 7 1/2 inches at this point. If the size of your square is 7 1/2 inches but you want an 8 inch square, crochet one extra round of sc around the outside edge.
End off, leaving a strand for weaving in. Weave in the ends, to secure.

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