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Southwest Jewel
12" Square. Somebody wanted a “Southwest” themed afghan square for an exchange, and well, I was inspired! Hope you like it as much as I do!!!

NOTE: This pattern is currently being tested. If you do try it and find errors, or think something could be described better, please let me know 
Materials:
I Hook Worsted Weight Yarn in turquoise, tan, gold, orange, and brown.  
Special Instructions:
long-sc: Work an sc in the skipped stitch on the round below current round.

VStitch: (dc, ch 1, dc) in specified stitch.

IV-Stitch: (Inverted V-Stitch) yo, insert hook in specified stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, skip next stitch, insert hook in next stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo and pull thru all loops on hook.

 
With turquoise, ch 4, join to make a loop

Round 1.  ch 3, 2dc in loop, ch 3, (3dc, ch 3) 3 times in loop, join to the 3rd ch of beginning ch 3.

Round 2.  ch 3, dc in next 2 dc [ (2dc, ch 3, 2dc) in corner, dc in next 3 dc ] 3 times, join to the 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. Finish off turquoise.

Round 3.  join tan to any corner, (ch 3, 6dc) in corner, [ dc in next 7 dc, 7dc in corner] 3 times, dc in next 7 dc, join to the 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. Finish off Tan.

Round 4.  *join gold to any 4th dc of the 7dc corner, ch 1 [ 3 sc in dc, ( ch 1, skip next dc, sc in next dc) 6 times, ch 1 ] 4 times, join in the 1st sc. DO NOT FINISH OFF.

Round 5.  *join orange to any 2nd sc of the 3sc corner, ch 1, [ 3 sc in corner sc, ch 1, skip next sc, ( long-sc in the skipped dc in row 3, ch 1, skip next sc) 7 times, ch 1 ] 4 times, join in the 1st sc. DO NOT FINISH OFF.

Round 6.  *grab gold from Round 4, [ 3 sc in 2nd sc of corner, ch 1, skip next sc, ( long-sc in skipped sc in row 4, ch 1, skip next sc ) across ] 4 times, join in the 1st sc. Finish off Gold.

Round 7.  *grab orange from Round 5, [ 3 sc in 2nd sc of corner, ( long-sc in skipped sc from Round 5, sc in next sc ) across ] 4 times, join in the 1st sc. Finish off orange

Round 8.  join tan to any 2nd sc of the 3sc corner, (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in sc, [ * dc in each sc and long-sc across * (2dc, ch 2, 2dc) in 2nd sc of the 3sc corner ] 4 times, join in the 1st sc. Finish off.

Round 9.  join brown to any corner. [ 3 sc in corner, sc in each dc across ] 4 times, join in the 1st sc. Finish off brown.

Round 10.  join turquoise to any 2nd sc of the 3sc corner, (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2dc) in corner, [ * (skip next 2 sc, V-Stitch in next sc) 8 times, skip next 2 sc, * (2dc, ch 2, 2dc) in corner ] 3 times and * to * once more, join to the 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. Finish off turquoise.

Round 11.  join brown to any corner, [ 3 sc in corner, sc in next 2 dc, (sc in next dc, sc in next ch 1space, sc in next dc) 8 times, sc in next 2 dc ] 4 times, join in the 1st sc. Finish off brown.

Round 12.  join gold to any 2nd sc of the 3sc corner, (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2dc) in sc, [ * dc in next 2 sc, ( ch 1, IV-stitch) 8 times, dc in next 2 sc * (2dc, ch 2, 2dc) in 2nd sc of the 3 sc corner ] 3 times and * to * once more, join to the 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. Finish off gold.

Round 13.  join brown to any corner, [3sc in corner, sc in next 4 dc, (sc in ch 1 space, sc in next IV-Stitch) 8 times, sc in next ch 1 space, sc in next 4 dc] 4 times, join in the 1st sc. Finish off brown.

Round 14.  join tan to any 2nd sc of the 3sc corner, (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2dc) in corner, [ * dc in each sc across * (2dc, ch 2, 2dc) in corner ] 3 times and * to * once more, join to the 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. Finish off Tan.


*Here's an easier alternate than the Long-sc rounds:
Round 4  join gold to any 4th dc, *[ 3sc in dc, sc in each dc across]* 4 times, join to the first sc. DO NOT FINISH OFF.

Round 5  join orange to the 2nd sc of the 3sc corner, and repeat round 4 from * to *. Do not finish off.

Round 6  grab gold and repeat round 5, finish off gold.

Round 6  grab ornage and repeat round 5, finish off orange
© Dayna Audirsch, September 29, 2007
 
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