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Crunch Texture Rows Square

Designed by and Directions Written by Sandi Marshall

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Crocheted Texture Square designed by Sandi Marshall
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In this afghan square, texture rows alternate with sections of plain single crochet rows.

Abbreviations: ch = chain, chs = chains, ea = each, dc = double crochet, sc = single crochet, sl st = slip stitch, sp = space, st = stitch, sts = stitches

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

How To Slip Stitch: Insert the crochet hook in the next stitch to be worked, wrap the yarn over the hook, pull the yarn through the stitch to be worked and the loop already on the hook, all at the same time.

Pattern Notes: When you are working into the dc stitches, remember that the short height of the slip stitch next to each double crochet has pulled that dc downward so it doesn't look like a usual double crochet. Still, it shows as slightly taller than the slip stitches and once you are used to the look of the crunched down double crochet, you will be able to determine which are double crochet and which are slip stitches across the row. You will insert the hook under the top loop of each double crochet, as usual, when working into the dc stitches.
Size: 8 inches, without any outside round, 8 1/2 inches with one outside round in single crochet or 9 inches with two outside rounds.
You will turn at the end of each row.
Starting Chain: ch 29.
Row 1: sc in second ch from hook, sc in ea ch across. (making 28 sc in the row)
Row 2: ch 1, sc in first sc, sc in ea of next 27 sc. (28 sc)

Row 3: ch 3 (counts as first dc), being sure to skip the sc that is at the base of the ch-3 just made, (sl st in next sc, dc in next sc) as many times as needed to go across the row, until only one sc remains, then sl st in that last sc.

Row 4: ch 3 (counts as first dc), sl st in next dc, (dc in next sl st, sl st in next dc) as many times as needed to go across the row until only one sl st and the ch-3 at the end of the row remain, then dc in next sl st, sl st in the 3rd ch of the ch-3 at the end of the row.

Row 5: ch 3 (counts as first dc), being sure to skip the sl st that is at the base of the ch-3 just made, (sl st in next dc, dc in next sl st) as many times as needed to go across the row, until only the ch-3 at the end of the row remains, then sl st in 3rd ch of that ch-3.

Row 6: ch 1 (to turn), sc in the first sl st, (sc in next dc, sc in next sl st) as many times as needed to go across the row, until only the ch-3 at the end of the row remains, sc in the 3rd ch of that ch-3. (28 sc)

Rows 7 - 8: ch 1, sc in first sc, sc in ea of next 27 sc. (28 sc)
Rows 9 - 14: Repeat Rows 3 - 8.
Rows 15 - 20: Repeat Rows 3 - 8.
Rows 21 - 26: Repeat Rows 3 - 8.
Rows 27 - 30: Repeat Rows 3 - 6.
Rows 31: ch 1, sc in first sc, sc in ea of next 27 sc. (28 sc)
Outside Round: ch 1, then (working down the side of the piece) sc in the end of ea row along that side, ch 2 for next corner, then sc in ea remaining loop of starting chain along the bottom side of the piece, ch 2 for next corner, then sc in the end of ea row along the next side, ch 2 for corner, sc in ea sc across row 24, ch 2 for corner, sl st in first sc of the outside round.
End off, leaving a strand for weaving in. Weave in the ends, to secure.

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