8-Chain Snowflake Square

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Materials:
H hook
Worsted weight yarn in five colors:
A–Bernat Super Value, soft mint
B–I Love This Yarn, sungold
C–Red Heart Super Saver, med purple
D–Red Heart With Love, waterlily
E–I Love This Yarn, peacock

Finished size: 10″

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With A, create a ring using the ‘magic ring’ technique, OR chain 3 and join with slip stitch

Round 1: 8 sc into ring , join with slip stitch in top of first sc. (8 stitches)

Round 2: Chain 11 (counts as first dc and chain-8 loop). Slip stitch in 8th chain from hook. Dc into same stitch where slip stitch join was made. *Dc in next sc, chain 8, join with sl st in 8th chain from hook, dc in same stitch.* Repeat from * to * 6 more times. (16 stitches and 8 loops completed).

Break off A. With B, join in 3rd chain of beginning chain of round 2.

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NOTE: As you work the following rows, hold previously made chain-8 loops out of the way in whatever way works best for you. I have written the instructions for folding them forward, holding them down with the thumb as you work around and behind them. However, they could be pushed to the back if you prefer. They would then need to be drawn to the right side when you are ready to interlock them (after round 9)

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Round 3: Chain 3 (counts as first dc). Dc into same stitch. Chain 8. Slip stitch in 8th chain from hook. Holding chain-8 loop from previous row forward out of the way, dc in next dc. *2 dc in next dc. Chain 8. Slip stitch in 8th chain from hook. Holding chain-8 loop from previous row forward out of the way, dc in next dc. * Repeat from * to * six more times. (24 stitches and 8 loops completed)

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Break off B. With C, join in top of beginning chain-3.

Round 4: Chain 3 (counts as first dc). 2 dc into next stitch. Chain 8. Slip stitch in 8th chain from hook. Holding chain-8 loop from previous row forward out of the way, dc in next 2 dc. *2 dc in next dc. Chain 8. Slip stitch in 8th chain from hook. Holding chain-8 loop from previous row forward out of the way, dc in next 2 dc. * Repeat from * to * around, ending with dc in last stitch. (32 stitches and 8 loops completed)

Break off C. With D, join in top of beginning chain-3.

Round 5: Chain 3 (counts as first dc). Dc into next stitch. *2 dc in next stitch. Chain 8. Slip stitch in 8th chain from hook. Holding chain-8 loop from previous row forward out of the way, dc in next 3 dc.* Repeat from * to * around, ending with dc in last dc. (40 stitches and 8 loops completed)

Break off D. With E, join in top of beginning chain-3.

Begin shaping to create square
Round 6: Chain 3 (counts as first dc). Dc in next 2 stitches. 3 dc in next stitch. Chain 8. Slip stitch in 8th chain from hook. Holding chain-8 loop from previous row forward out of the way, 3 dc in next stitch. First corner completed.

Dc in next 4 stitches. Chain 8. Slip stitch in 8th chain from hook. Holding chain-8 loop from previous row forward out of the way, dc in next 4 stitches. Side completed. Ready for next corner.

*3 dc in next stitch, Chain 8. Slip stitch in 8th chain from hook. Holding chain-8 loop from previous row forward out of the way, 3 dc in next stitch. Dc in next 4 stitches. Holding chain-8 loop from previous row forward out of the way, dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat from * to * two more times. Dc in last stitch. (56 stitches and 8 loops completed)

Break off E. Join A with slip stitch in top of beginning chain-3.

Round 7: Chain 3 (counts as first dc). Dc in next 4 stitches. 3 dc in next stitch. Chain 8. Slip stitch in 8th chain from hook. Holding chain-8 loop from previous row forward out of the way, 3 dc in next stitch. First corner completed.

Dc in next 6 stitches. Chain 8. Slip stitch in 8th chain from hook. Holding chain-8 loop from previous row forward out of the way, dc in next 6 stitches. Side completed. Ready for next corner.

*3 dc in next stitch, Chain 8. Slip stitch in 8th chain from hook. Holding chain-8 loop from previous row forward out of the way, 3 dc in next stitch. Dc in next 6 stitches. Holding chain-8 loop from previous row forward out of the way, dc in next 6 stitches.* Repeat from * to * two more times. Dc in last stitch. (72 stitches and 8 loops completed)

Break off A. Join B with slip stitch in top of beginning chain-3.

Round 8: Chain 3 (counts as first dc). Dc in next 6 stitches. 3 dc in next stitch. Chain 8. Slip stitch in 8th chain from hook. Holding chain-8 loop from previous row forward out of the way, 3 dc in next stitch. First corner completed.

Dc in next 8 stitches. Chain 8. Slip stitch in 8th chain from hook. Holding chain-8 loop from previous row forward out of the way, dc in next 8 stitches. Side completed. Ready for next corner.

*3 dc in next stitch, Chain 8. Slip stitch in 8th chain from hook. Holding chain-8 loop from previous row forward out of the way, 3 dc in next stitch. Dc in next 8 stitches. Holding chain-8 loop from previous row forward out of the way, dc in next 8 stitches.* Repeat from * to * two more times. Dc in last stitch. (72 stitches and 8 loops completed)

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Break off B. Join C with slip stitch in top of beginning chain-3.

Round 9: Chain 3 (counts as first dc). Dc in next 8 stitches. 3 dc in next stitch. Chain 8. Slip stitch in 8th chain from hook. Holding chain-8 loop from previous row forward out of the way, 3 dc in next stitch. First corner completed.

Dc in next 10 stitches. Chain 8. Slip stitch in 8th chain from hook. Holding chain-8 loop from previous row forward out of the way, dc in next 10 stitches. Side completed. Ready for next corner.

*3 dc in next stitch, Chain 8. Slip stitch in 8th chain from hook. Holding chain-8 loop from previous row forward out of the way, 3 dc in next stitch. Dc in next 10 stitches. Holding chain-8 loop from previous row forward out of the way, dc in next 10 stitches.* Repeat from * to * two more times. Dc in last stitch. (72 stitches and 8 loops completed)

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Break off C. Join D with slip stitch in top of beginning chain-3.

Interlock loops

Starting at center, draw second chain-8 loop through first chain-8 loop. Draw third chain-8 loop through second chain-8 loop. Continue in this manner to the edge of the work. Repeat seven more times, to complete each column of interlocked loops.

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Round 10: Chain 3. Dc in next 10 stitches. 2 dc in next stitch. 3 sc into corner loop. 2 dc in next stitch. Dc in 12 stitches. 2 sc into side loop.

*Dc in next 12 stitches. 2 dc in next stitch. 3 sc into corner loop. 2 dc in next stitch. Dc in next 12 stitches. 2 sc into side loop. * Repeat from * to * twice. Dc in last stitch.

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Break off D. Join E with slip stitch in top of beginning chain-3.

Round 11: Dc in each stitch around, working 3 dc in center sc of each corner. Join.

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Break off E. Weave in all ends.

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