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The Manly Square
I designed this for a man in need of a big hug (see links for Big Hug group). I tried not to make it too frilly. Hope you gentlemen out there like it. 12" Square. 
Materials:
I hook
Two colors of a manly shade of worsted weight yarn. (CA and CB) 
With CA, Ch 4, join to form a loop.

Do a traditional granny square for 2 rounds,

Round 3: Sl st to corner loop, ch 1, [(sc, ch 5, sc) in corner loop, ch 5, sc in next sp, ch 5] 4 times, join to 1st sc.

Round 4: Sl st in corner loop, ch 1 [ 5 sc in corner loop, 3 sc n next loop, sc in next sc, 3 sc in next loop] 4 times, join to 1st sc.

Round 5: Sl st to 3rd sc of corner, ch 3, 4 dc in same sc [* ch 1, skip next sc, dc in next 9 sc, ch 1, skip next sc,* 5 dc in next sc] 3 times and * to * once more, join to 3rd ch of beg ch 3. Finish off CA.

Round 6: Join CB to any 3rd dc of any corner 5, (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in same st, [*ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, skip next dc, dc in next 7 dc, ch 1, 3 dc in next sp, ch 1,* (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in 3rd dc of 5 dc corner] 3 times and * to * once more, join to 3rd ch of beg ch 3.

Round 7: Sl st to corner loop, (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in corner, [*ch 1, 3 dc in next sp, ch 1, 3 dc in next sp, ch 1, skip 3 dc, 3 dc in next dc, ch 1, skip 3 dc, 3 dc in next sp, ch 1, 3 dc in next sp, ch 1* (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next corner loop] 3 times and * to * once more, join to 3rd ch of beg ch 3.

Round 8: Sl st to corner, ch 1 [(sc, ch 5, sc) in corner, (ch 5, sc in next sp) 6 times, ch 5] 4 times, join to 1st sc.

Round 9: Sl st to corner loop, ch 1, [5 sc in corner, (3 sc in next loop, sc in next sc) 6 times, 3 sc in next loop] 4 times, join to 1st sc.

Round 10: Sl st to 3rd sc of 5 sc corner, (ch 3, 4 dc) in same st, [* ch 1, skip next sc, dc in next 27 sc, ch 1, skip next sc,* 5 dc in 3rd sc of corner] 3 times and * to * once more, join to 3rd ch of beg ch 3. Finish off CB

Round 11: Join CA to any 3rd dc of 5 dc corner, (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in corner dc, [*ch 1, 3 dc in next sp, (ch 1, skip next 3 dc, 3 dc in next dc) 6 times, ch 1, 3 dc in next sp, ch 1* (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next corner loop] 3 times and * to * once more, join to 3rd ch of beg ch 3. Finish off if your square is 12 inches. If however, you do not have a 12 inch square and you need a little more around the edges, ch 1, 5 sc in corners and sc in each sp and dc around. Then finish off, and well, we have a few ends to weave in if you don't weave while you go, so lets start weaving in ends!

© Dayna Audirsch - May 2, 2004  
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