12 FOOTBALL TEAM COLORS SQUARE

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Skill level: Easy

Materials: Worsted weight yarn 100 yds. each of 3 colors (Colors A, B, C)

Sample shown in Color A: orange, Color B: white, Color C: navy blue.

NOTE:  For sample, I used yarn from stash: Red Heart Soft in navy and white, and Red Heart Super Saver in orange. I would recommend using one type of yarn for all three colors so you don't get size variations between rows (e.g., RHSS is thicker than RH Soft.)

Size H/8 (5 mm) crochet hook, or size needed for gauge

Tapestry needle

Gauge:  14 sts & 8 rows = 4 in half double crochet on size H/8 (5 mm) hook

NOTE: Finished square should measure about 12".  If you find your square is getting too big by Round 12, you can take out a couple rounds (between Rnds 13-16) before you work the long sc round (Rnd 17). You can also skip the long sc round and work one final round of plain sc.

Pattern notes:

Square is worked from center out in joined rounds. Do not turn at end of each round but continue in same direction throughout entire square.

Cut and join colors as directed.

Terms/Abbreviations: back loop only (BLO), beginning (beg), chain (ch), double crochet (dc), each (ea), half double crochet (hdc), long single crochet (long sc), round (rnd), single crochet (sc), remaining (rem), repeat (rep), slip (sl), slip stitch (sl st), stitch (st)

Square

(Note: Do not turn at end of each round but continue in same direction throughout.)

Rnd 1: With Color A, ch 4, join into ring. Ch 3, work 2 dc in ring, ch 2, *3 dc in ring, ch 2, rep from * twice, join with sl st to top of beg ch-3 (you should have a square with four 3-dc groups like the first round of a basic granny square) (12 dc). Do not turn on this or following rounds. Cut Color A, leaving 6 tail for weaving in.

Rnd 2: Join Color B in center dc of one of the 3-dc groups on side of square, ch 1, sc in ea dc to first corner, in corner work 3 sc, *sc in ea dc across to next corner, in corner work 3 sc, rep from * around, join with sl st to beg sc (24 sc)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, work 1 hdc in ea sc to center sc of first corner, in corner sc work (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc), *hdc in ea sc across to center sc of next corner, in corner sc work (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc), rep from * around, join with sl st to top of beg ch-2 (36 hdc)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, work 1 hdc in ea hdc to first corner, in corner work (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc), *hdc in each hdc to next corner, in corner work (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc), rep from * around, join with sl st to top of beg ch-2 (48 hdc). Cut Color B, leaving 6 tail for weaving in.

Rnd 5: Join Color C in same st where last round ended.  Ch 1, sc in ea hdc across to first corner, in corner work 3 sc, *sc across to next corner, work 3 sc in corner, repeat from * around, join with sl st (56 sc)

Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in each sc to center sc of first corner, in corner sc work 3 sc, *sc in ea sc to center sc of next corner, in corner work 3 sc, rep from * around, join with sl st (64 sc).  Cut Color C, leaving 6 tail for weaving in.

Rnd 7: Join Color B in same st where last round ended.  Ch 2, hdc in ea sc to first corner, in corner work (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc), *hdc in ea sc to next corner, in corner work (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc), rep from * around, join with sl st to top of beg ch-2 (76 hdc)

Rnd 8: Ch 2, hdc in ea hdc to first corner, in corner work (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc), *hdc in ea hdc to next corner, in corner work (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc), rep from * around, changing color at end of rnd by drawing Color A through for sl st in top of beg ch-2, drop Color B but do not cut it (92 hdc)

Rnd 9: With Color A, ch 1, sc in ea hdc to first corner, in corner work 3 sc, *sc in ea hdc to next corner, in corner work 3 sc, rep from * around, join with sl st by pulling Color B through, drop Color A and cut it, leaving 6 tail for weaving in (104 sc)

Rnd 10: Cont with Color B, work sc in back loop only (BLO) of ea sc to first corner, in corner work 3 sc, *sc in BLO of ea sc to next corner, in corner work 3 sc, rep from * around, join with sl st (112 sc)

Rnd 11: Working through both loops as normal, ch 2, hdc in ea sc to first corner, in corner work (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc), *hdc in ea sc to next corner, in corner work (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc), rep from * around, join with sl st to top of beg ch-2 (124 hdc)

Rnd 12: Rep Rnd 11 (140 hdc).  At end of Rnd 12, cut Color B, leaving 6 tail for weaving in.

Rnd 13: Join Color C in same st where last round ended. Ch 1, sc in ea hdc to first corner, in corner work 3 sc, *sc in ea hdc to next corner, in corner work 3 sc, rep from * around, join with sl st (152 sc)

Rnd 14:  Ch 1, sc in ea hdc to first corner, in corner work 3 sc, *sc in ea hdc to next corner, in corner work 3 sc, rep from * around, join with sl st (160 sc)

(See Note about finished square size above if square measures almost 12 at this point, skip Rnds 15-16 and proceed with Rnd 17, cutting Color C before finishing square with final 2 rounds in Color A): 

Rnd 15 (if necessary): Rep Rnd 14 (168 sc)

Rnd 16 (if necessary): Rep Rnd 14 (176 sc).  Cut Color C, leaving 6 tail for weaving in.

Rnd 17: Join Color A in same st where last round ended.  Ch 1, work one long sc in next sc two  rnds below (keeping tension loose to prevent bunching up), sc in ea of next 3 sc on current rnd, *long sc in next sc two rnds below, sc in ea of next 3 sc on current rnd, rep from * to corner, in corner work 3 sc, sc in ea of next 3 sc on current rnd**, rep from * to ** around, join with sl st.  (Note: try to have the same number of long sc on ea side of square, fudging a bit if necessary.)

Rnd 18: Ch 1, sc in ea long sc and ea sc around, join with sl st and fasten off.

Block square, as needed.

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