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Shell Around Square
12" Square. Looks good with all different colors! The border is done with a v-stitch and a stitch behind the v-stitch for a bit more texture.

Thank you Hannah for helping me correct this pattern! 
Materials:
I Hook
3 colors of Worsted Weight Yarn

Special Stitches:
Shell: 5 dc in designated st
DSD Cluster: a cluster using a dc sc dc, used 3 sts. yo, insert hook in designated st, yo, pull loop thur st, yo, pull loop thru 2 loop on hook, insert hook in next st, yo, pull up a loop, yo, insert hook in next st, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull a loop thru 2 loops on hook, yo, pull thru 4 remaining loops on hook.
V-Stitch: dc, ch 3, dc in designated st
 
Ch 4, join to form a loop

Round 1: Ch 3, dc in loop, (ch 2, 2 dc) 5 times in loop, ch 2, join to 3rd ch of beg ch.

Round 2: Sl st to ch 2 sp, (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2dc, ch 1) in same sp, (2dc, ch 2, 2dc, ch 1) in each sp around, join to 3rd ch of 1st ch 3.

Round 3: St st to ch 2 sp, ch 3, 4 dc in same loop (beg shell made), sc in next ch 1 sp, [5 dc in next ch 2 sp (shell made), sc in next ch 1 sp] 5 times, sl st to ch 3 of beg ch 3.

Round 4: St st to 3rd dc of beg shell, ch 1, sc in same st, [*ch 2, 5dc in next sc, ch 2*, sc in 3rd dc of next shell] 4 times and * to * once more, join to 1st sc.

Round 5: Ch 3, 4 dc in same sc (beg shell) [*ch 3, sc in 3rd dc of next shell, ch 3*, shell in next sc, ch 3] 5 times and * to * once, join to 3rd ch of beg ch 3. Finish off 1st color. (should have 6 shells in this final red round)

Round 6: Join next color to any ch 3 loop to the left of any shell, ch 5 (counts as 1 trc, ch 1) (trc, ch 1) 3 times in same loop, *2 dc in next sp, hdc next dc, sc next dc, sl st next dc, sc next dc, hdc next dc, 2dc in ch 3 sp, ch 1, (trc, ch 1) 4 times (corner made) skip 2 dc, hdc next 2 dc, skip next dc, 2 sc in next sp, sl st in next sc, 2 sc in next sp, skip next dc, hdc in next 2 dc, skip 2 dc, ch 1*, (trc, ch 1) 4 times (corner made), and do * to * once more, join to 4th ch of beg ch 5. (corners are all 4 trc with ch 1 between )

Round 7: Sl st to middle ch 1 loop of corner, (ch 3, 4 dc) in sp (beg shell), ch 1, skip next trc, sp, and trc, *Shell in next ch 1 sp, skip 2 st, sc next st, skip 1 st, Shell in sl st, skip 1, sc next st, skip 2 st, Shell in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, skip next dc, sp, and dc, Shell next sp, ch 1, skip next dc, sp, and dc, Shell in next ch 1 sp, skip 2, sc next, skip 2 st, Shell in sl st, skip 1 sc, sc in next, skip 2 st, Shell in next ch 1 sp, ch 1*, skip next trc, sp, and trc, Shell next sp, ch 1, skip next trc, sp, and trc, repeat * to * once more, ch 1, join ch 3.

Round 8: Sl st to 3rd dc of shell, (ch 3, 4 dc) in same st (beg shell), [ch 1, *3 dc in next ch 1 sp, sc in 3rd dc of next shell, shell in next sc, sc in 3rd dc of next shell, shell in next sc, sc in 3rd dc of next shell, 3 dc next sp, ch 1*, shell in 3rd dc of corner shell (corner made)], 3 times and * to * once more, join to 3rd ch of beg ch 3. Finish off.

Round 9: Join next color to 3rd dc of corner shell, (ch 3, 4dc) in same st (corner shell made), [*ch 1, dc in sp, dc in next 3, skip next sc, dc in next dc, DSD cluster in next 3 dc, dc in next dc, dc in next sc, dc in next dc, DSD cluster in next 3 dc, skip next sc, dc in next 3 dc, ch 1*, 5 dc in 3rd dc of shell corner] 3 times and * to * once more, join to 3rd ch of beg ch 3.

Round 10: Sl st to 3rd dc of corner shell, (ch 3, 4dc) in same st (corner shell made) [*dc in each st and sp across (21 dc across)*, 5 dc in next dc (corner made)] 3 times and * to * once more, join to 3rd ch of beg ch 3.

Round 11: Sl st to 3rd dc of corner shell, (ch 3, 4dc) in same st (corner shell made), [*(skip next dc, V-Stitch in next dc) 12 times, skip next dc*, 5 dc in 3rd dc of shell corner] 3 times, and * to * once more, join to 3rd ch of beg ch 3.



Option 1:

Round 12: Ch 1, [sc in next 2 dc, 3 sc in next dc, sc next 2 sc, (dc behind V-Stitch in open dc of round 10, sl st in ch 3) 12 times, dc behind V-Stitch in open dc of round 9 once more] 4 times, join to 1st sc. Finish off



Option 2:

Round 12: Join next color to 1st dc of corner shell, Ch 1, [sc in next 2 dc, 3 sc in next dc, sc next 2 sc, (dc behind V-Stitch in open dc of round 10, sl st in ch 3) 12 times, dc behind V-Stitch in open dc of round 9 once more] 4 times, join to 1st sc.

Round 13: Ch 1, sc same st and next 2 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, [*sc in each st across*, sc in next 3 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc] 3 times, and * to * once more, join to first sc. Finish Off. Weave in ends

Option 2 Picture:

© Dayna Audirsch - March 6, 2004
Updated September 29, 2009 

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