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Solid Shell With Half dc Border Afghan Square

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An original design by Sandi Marshall Designed by Sandi Marshall
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Materials Used In The Example:
Worsted weight yarn - in the example, I used Red Heart Super Saver color Aran
US size G hook used for a 5 inch square
US size H hook used for a 5 1/4 inch square

Abbreviations: ch = chain, dc = double crochet, ea = each, hdc = half double crochet, sc = single crochet, sp = space

Pattern Directions:
Starting chain: chain 14.
Row 1: (work in one loop of each chain to leave a remaining loop that will be used when doing the outside round), sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea ch across. (13 sc)
Row 2: ch 1 to turn, sc in first sc, *skip next 2 sc, 5 dc in next sc (shell made), skip next 2 sc, sc in next sc **, repeat the directions between * and ** once more.
Row 3: ch 3 (counts as first dc), make 2 dc in the first sc (which is at the base of the ch-3 just made), skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc (which is the dc in the center of the shell), skip next 2 dc, 5 dc in next sc, then skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc (which is the dc in the center of the shell), skip next 2 dc, 3 dc in last sc.
Row 4: ch 1, sc in first dc, * hdc in next dc, dc in ea of next 3 stitches, hdc in next dc, sc in next dc **, repeat the directions between * and ** once more.
Row 5: ch 2 (counts as first hdc), hdc in next hdc, skip next dc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) in next dc, skip next dc, hdc in ea of next 3 stitches, skip next dc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) in next dc, skip next dc, hdc in next hdc, hdc in last sc.
Row 6: ch 1 to turn, sc in ea of first 3 hdc, sc in ch-1 sp, sc in ea of next 5 hdc, sc in ch-1 sp, sc in ea of last 3 hdc. (13 sc)
Row 7: Repeat row 2.
Row 8: Repeat row 3.
Row 9: Repeat row 4.
Outside Round 1: ch 1, then working down the side of the square, sc in edge of first row on that side, 2 sc around post of dc on edge of next row, sc around edge sc on ea of next 2 rows, 2 sc around post of hdc on edge of next row, sc around edge sc on next row, 2 sc around post of dc on edge of next row, sc around edge sc on ea of next 2 rows, ch 2, then working along next side of square, sc in remaining loop by ea sc across this side,
ch 2, then working along next side of square, sc around edge sc on ea of next 2 rows, 2 sc around post of dc on edge of next row, sc around edge sc on next row, 2 sc around post of hdc on edge of next row, sc around edge sc on ea of next 2 rows, 2 sc around post of dc on edge of next row, sc around edge sc on next row, ch 2, sl st in first sc on next side of square, ch 2 (counts as first hdc), hdc in ea stitch along this side.
Outside Partial Round 2: (2 hdc, ch 1, 2 hdc) in corner ch-2, * hdc in ea sc along next side, (2 hdc, ch 1, 2 hdc) in corner ch-2 **, repeat the directions between * and ** 2 more times, then hdc in ea sc along next side, (2 hdc, ch 1, hdc) in corner ch-2, sl st in next hdc.
End off. Weave in ends.

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