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The Crooked Little Square

Designed by and Directions Written by Sandi Marshall

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Crooked Little Square designed by Sandi Marshall
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Alternating stitch heights make the center tilt to one side and the rounds are uneven halfway across each side, for an interesting effect that shows up the most when the square is worked in two colors.

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

Finished Size: When made with worsted weight yarn and a US size H hook, square is about 9 inches in diameter.

Starting Chain: ch 4, join with a slip stitch in the first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: ch 3 (counts as first dc), 2 dc in ring, (ch 3, 3 dc in ring) 3 times, then ch 3, sl st in top ch of beginning ch-3 of this round.

Rnd 2: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in ea of next 2 dc, * (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in ch-3 corner sp, dc in ea of next 3 dc **, repeat the directions between * and ** 2 more times, then (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in ch-3 sp, sl st in top ch of beginning ch-3 of this round.

Rnd 3: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in ea of next 4 dc, * (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in ch-3 corner sp, dc in ea of next 7 dc **, repeat the directions between * and ** 2 more times, then (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in ch-3 sp, dc in ea of next 2 dc, sl st in top ch of beginning ch-3 of this round.

Rnd 4: Note: Changing to sc for the last part of each corner space is not a typo; it is the way this pattern is designed. Rnd 4 Instructions: ch 3 (counts as first dc), skip next dc, (dc, ch 1, dc) all in next dc to make a v-stitch, skip next dc, dc in ea of next 3 dc, pattern switches to sc in second part of corner space: * (2 dc, ch 3, 2 sc) in ch-3 corner sp, sc in ea of next 4 dc, now switch back to dc: dc in next dc, skip next dc, (dc, ch 1, dc) all in next dc to make a v-stitch, skip next dc, dc in ea of next 3 dc **, repeat the directions between * and ** 2 more times, then (2 dc, ch 3, 2 sc) in ch-3 corner sp, sc in ea of next 4 dc, sl st in top ch of beginning ch-3 of this round.

Rnd 5: ch 1, sc in first dc (the same place where sl st was made at end of Rnd 4), sc in next dc, sc in ch-1 sp, sc in ea of next 6 dc, * pattern switches to dc in second part of corner space: (2 sc, ch 3, 2 dc) all in ch-3 corner sp, dc in ea of next 2 sc, skip next sc, (dc, ch 1, dc) all in next sc to make a v-stitch, skip next sc, dc in next sc, now switch back to sc: sc in ea of next 2 dc, sc in ch-1 sp, sc in ea of next 6 dc **, repeat the directions between * and ** 2 more times, then (2 sc, ch 3, 2 dc) all in ch-3 corner sp, dc in ea of next 2 sc, skip next sc, (dc, ch 1, dc) all in next sc to make a v-stitch, skip next sc, dc in next sc, skip sl st that ended previous round, sl st in first sc of this round.

Rnd 6: ch 3 (counts as first dc), be sure to skip the sc at the base of the ch-3 just made, skip next sc, (dc, ch 1, dc) all in next sc to make a v-stitch, skip next sc, dc in ea of next 7 sc, * pattern switches to sc in second part of corner space: (dc, ch 3, sc) in ch-3 corner sp, sc in ea of next 5 dc, sc in ch-1 sp, sc in ea of next 2 dc, now switch back to dc: dc in next sc, skip next sc, (dc, ch 1, dc) all in next sc to make a v-stitch, skip next sc, dc in ea of next 7 sc **, repeat the directions between * and ** 2 more times, then (dc, ch 3, sc) in ch-3 corner sp, sc in ea of next 5 dc, sc in ch-1 sp, sc in ea of next 2 dc, skip sl st that ended previous round, sl st in top ch of beginning ch-3 of this round.

Rnd 7: ch 1, sc in first dc (the same place where sl st was made at end of Rnd 6), sc in next dc, sc in ch-1 sp, sc in ea of next 9 dc, * pattern switches to dc in second part of corner space: (sc, ch 3, dc) all in ch-3 corner sp, dc in ea of next 5 sc, skip next sc, (dc, ch 1, dc) all in next sc to make a v-stitch, skip next sc, dc in next sc, now switch back to sc: sc in ea of next 2 dc, sc in ch-1 sp, sc in ea of next 9 dc **, repeat the directions between * and ** 2 more times, then (sc, ch 3, dc) all in ch-3 corner sp, dc in ea of next 5 sc, skip next sc, (dc, ch 1, dc) all in next sc to make a v-stitch, skip next sc, dc in next sc, skip sl st that ended previous round, sl st in first sc of this round.

Rnd 8: ch 3 (counts as first dc), be sure to skip the sc at the base of the ch-3 just made, skip next sc, (dc, ch 1, dc) all in next sc to make a v-stitch, skip next sc, dc in ea of next 9 sc, * pattern switches to sc in second part of corner space: (dc, ch 3, sc) in ch-3 corner sp, sc in ea of next 7 dc, sc in ch-1 sp, sc in ea of next 2 dc, now switch back to dc: dc in next sc, skip next sc, (dc, ch 1, dc) all in next sc to make a v-stitch, skip next sc, dc in ea of next 9 sc **, repeat the directions between * and ** 2 more times, then (dc, ch 3, sc) in ch-3 corner sp, sc in ea of next 7 dc, sc in ch-1 sp, sc in ea of next 2 dc, skip sl st that ended previous round, sl st in top ch of beginning ch-3 of this round.

Rnd 9: ch 1, sc in first dc (the same place where sl st was made at end of Rnd 8), sc in next dc, sc in ch-1 sp, sc in ea of next 11 dc, * (sc, ch 2, sc) all in ch-3 corner sp, sc in ea of next 11 sc, sc in ea of next 2 dc, sc in ch-1 sp, sc in ea of next 11 dc **, repeat the directions between * and ** 2 more times, then (sc, ch 2, sc) all in ch-3 corner sp, sc in ea of next 11 sc, skip sl st that ended previous round, sl st in first sc of this round.

Rnd 10: ch 1, sc in first sc, sc in ea of next 14 sc, * (sc, ch 2, sc) all in ch-2 corner sp, sc in ea of next 27 sc **, repeat the directions between * and ** 2 more times, then (sc, ch 2, sc) all in ch-3 corner sp, sc in ea of next 12 sc, skip sl st that ended previous round, sl st in first sc of this round.
End off, leaving a strand for weaving in. Weave in the ends, to secure.

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