X Marks The Spot
Size: 8 Inches
Gauge: After round 2 piece is 2” wide.
Skill Level: Intermediate
1-2 ounces of worsted weight yarn in 2 colors - CA, CB
Size 5.5mm (I) crochet hook
4 Removable Stitch markers
sl st - slip stitch
ch - chain(s)
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
tr - triple crochet
Special Stitches Used
bpsc - back post single crochet
bpdc - back post double crochet
fpdc - front post double crochet
shell - 3dc, tr, 3dc in same space or stitch
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I will be using a few standing stitches in this pattern. Crystals and Crochet have a great tutorial about standing stitches you can find at http://www.crystalsandcrochet.com/crochet/starting-and-standing-stitches/
Round 4: The sl sts from rnd 3 are counted as sts in this round. When I say skip 3 sts they are included in this. The sk 3 sts will be 2dc and 1 sl st. With CB join with a standing bpsc around st after any tr from previous rnd, sk 3 sts, * (3tr, ch2, 3tr around both chs of ch sps of rnd 2 and rnd 3, sk 3 sts, bpsc around next st, ch2, sk next st), bpsc around next st * three times, then ( ) once more. Join with a sl st to beg bpsc. 24tr, 8bpsc, 8 ch2 sps
Round 6 working over both chain spaces.
Round 6: Put a stitch marker in each of the ch2 sp of rnd5. ch3 counts as a dc, dc in next 3 sts, * (2 dc in next ch sp making sure you work over both chs tip: If the 2dc create a dip in the edge, change the 2dc to 2tr, dc in next 6 sts, 1dc, ch3, 1dc in next ch 2 sp), dc in next 6 sts * three times, then ( ) once more, dc in next 2 sts. Join with a sl st in top of beg ch3. Finish Off. 64dc, 4 ch3 sps
Round 7 stitch placement.
Round 7: In this round you will be working to make the corners in the marked ch2 sps of round 5 which you marked in round 6. You will NOT work the ch3 sps from round 6. With CA join with a standing tr in one of the marked ch sps from prev rnd, ch3, tr in same ch sp, * (bpdc in next 16 sts will be worked in rnd 6 sts), tr, ch3, tr in next ch sp marked from prev rnd * three times then ( ) once more. Put a st marker in the skipped ch3 sps as you'll be working in them for the corners of the next round. Join with a sl st to 1st tr. Finish Off. 8 tr, 64bpdc, 4 ch 3 sps
Round 8 stitch placement.
Round 8: With CB join with a standing tr in marked ch sp, ch2, tr in same sp making sure to keep the ch3 of rnd 7 BEHIND work, * (bpdc in next 18 sts will be worked in rnd 7 sts ), tr, ch2, tr in ch sp marked * three times, then ( ) once more. Join with a sl st to 1st tr. Finish Off. 8tr, 72bpdc, 4 ch2 sps
Round 9: With CA join with a standing dc in any ch 2 sp, 2dc, tr, 3dc in same sp, * (sl st in next st, sk next st, [shell in next st, sk next st, sl st in next st, sk next st] 4 times, shell in next st you will not be skipping a stitch after this shell, sl st in next st), shell in ch 2 sp * 3 times then ( ) once more. Join with a sl st in 1st dc of shell. Finish Off. 24 shells, 24 sl st
Round 11: You will not be working in any of the fptr from prev rnd. sl st to next ch sp, ch3 counts as a dc, dc in same ch sp, * [dc in next st, 2dc in next ch sp, sk next st, 2dc in next ch sp] four times, dc in next st, 2dc in next ch sp, sk next st, dc in next 3 sts, 2dc, ch2, 2dc in next ch sp place stitch markers in the ch sp you worked into, dc in next 3 sts, sk next st, sk next st, dc next 2 sts* four times, omit last 2 sts. Join with a sl st to top of beg ch3. 140dc, 4 ch2 sps
Round 12 corner stitch placement.