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Pretty Pebbles 8×8 Inch Square
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Yarn: Red Heart with Love
Hook: 5.50 mm (I)
Final Measurements: 8 x 8 inches after blocking
Gauge: (1 sc, CL) x 3 = 2 inches
Chain multiple: 4 + 2 sts
Stitch name: Pebbles from The Big Book of Crochet Stitches, Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss
Abbreviations: R – row, sc, single crochet, ch – chain, chs – chains, YO – yarn over the hook, CL – cluster (see special stitches below), RS – right side, * to * – repeat instructions between the stars the number of times indicated
Special Stitches: Cluster (CL): (YO, insert hook into the stitch indicated and draw up 1 loop) 3 times. YO and draw through all 7 loops on the hook.
R1 (RS): Chain 22 sts. Beginning in the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn.
R2: 1 sc in the 1 st st. *CL in the next st, 1 sc in the next st*, repeat from * to * across, ch 1, turn
R3: 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn
R4: 1 sc in each of the 1st 2 sts, CL in the next st. *1 sc in the next st, CL in the next st*, repeat from * to * across, 1 sc in each of the last 2 sts, ch 1, turn
R5: 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn
Repeat Rows 2-5, 4 times
Repeat Rows 2 & 3 once. Proceed to edging.
This should bring you to approximately 7.5 inches (stretched slightly). This square requires some blocking to reach the correct shape.
Begin working along the row ends (RS facing you – the bumpy side). 2 sc in the corner stitch, 1 sc in each row end to the corner.
Turn to work along the starting chain row, 2 sc in the first corner stitch, 1 sc in each st across to the corner.
Turn to work along the row ends, 2 sc in the first corner stitch, 1 sc in each row end to the corner.
Turn to work along the final row, 2 sc in the 1st st, 1 sc in each st across, finish off using the invisible join technique. Need help?
Check out this tutorial: Invisible Join Technique
Now you need to block this square to get it to the correct shape.
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