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Eternal Braid

12 inch square

Copyright 2003 Chris Simon

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H hook or size needed for gauge.

Stitches Used: sl st, sc, hdc, dc, tr

Ch 4; join with slip st to form ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 3, 15 dc in ring. Join with slip st in 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. Sl st loosely into next stitch.

Rnd 2: Ch 2, sl st in same st. (Hdc, sl st) in each dc around.

Hold on just a moment before joining to first stitch of the round. This is the only weird part of the pattern, I promise!

Now, peek over the top edge of the little circle you're holding. See the loose curved strand at the back of each of the (hdc, sl st) groups you just made? Good. That's the loops we'll be using in the next round. Now, on the first group, the strand isn't so loose or curved, but there's a vertical strand back there that's almost the same as the rest. See it? Great! Now join with sl st in that stitch. Big sigh of relief - it's all downhill from here!

Rnd 3: Ch 3 (counts as hdc, ch1), (hdc in curved strand behind next stitch group, ch1) in each group around. Join with sl st to 2nd ch of beginning ch 3. Sl st loosely into next ch 1 sp. (16 hdc, 16 ch 1 sps.)

Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc in same sp, dc in next hdc, dc in next sp, dc in next hdc, (2dc in next sp, dc in next hdc, dc in next sp, dc in next hdc) 7 times. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. (40 dc)

Rnd 5: Ch 2, sl st in same st. (Hdc, sl st) in each dc around. Join with sl st in vertical strand at back of first group, just as we did at the end of Round 2.

Rnd 6: In this round, you will be working one stitch in each of the curved back strands of the groups on Round 5. Even at corners, there will only be one stitch in each of those strands. Each grouping in parentheses goes in the next curved strand of Round 5.

Ch 3 (counts as hdc, ch1), (hdc, ch1), (dc, ch1), (dc, ch1), (tr, ch1). *(tr, ch3) (corner made), (tr, ch1), (tr, ch1), (dc, ch1), (dc, ch1), (hdc, ch1), (hdc, ch1), (dc, ch1), (dc, ch1), (tr, ch1). Repeat from * two times. (Tr, ch3) (last corner made), (tr, ch1), (tr, ch1), (dc, ch1), (dc, ch1). Join with sl st to 2nd ch of beginning ch3. (10 stitches and 9 ch1 spaces between corner ch3 spaces)

Rnd 7: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each st and ch 1 space, with 3 sc in each corner ch 3 space. Join with sl st in first sc.

Rnd 8: Ch 3, dc in each sc, with (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in each corner sc. Join with sl st to top of beginning ch 3. (25 dc per side)

Rnd 9: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each dc, with 3 sc in each corner ch 2 space. Join with sl st in first sc.

Rnd 10: (Note: watch the corners on this round. They're different from the other rows.) Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1). ((Dc, ch 1) in next dc, skip next dc) 7 times. Dc in next dc. *(Dc, ch 2, dc) in corner sc. ((Dc in next dc, ch 1), skip next dc) 13 times. Dc in next dc. Repeat from * two times. (Dc, ch 2, dc) in corner sc, ((Dc, ch 1) in next dc, skip next dc) 5 times. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch 4. (13 ch 1 spaces per side)

Rnd 11: Ch 3, dc in each dc and ch 1 sp, with (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in each corner ch 2 space. Join with sl st to top of beginning ch 3. (33 dc per side)

Rnd 12: Repeat Rnd 11. (37 dc per side)

Measure work. If square measures 11 inches, finish with another round of dc with (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) corners. If square measures 11 1/2 inches, finish with a sc round with 3 sc corners.


Revision 3. (Minor pattern correction made in Round 10 - 9/23/03.)

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