Monday, April 28

Chophook 8" Square

Well, I joined up with the Traveling Hook III over on crochetville, and what we're doing is raising awareness for Friedreichs Ataxia (click the Axe Ataxia Button on the left for more information on this terrible disease) by crocheting squares to make afghans, and talking about it!!! While we do we are taking turns using a hook that was made by Jimbo. Well Jimbo makes some BEAUTIFUL hooks, one day I'll convince my husband that I NEED one, and no not just to drool over! He has also made some roughly size K Chophooks- hooks made out of Chopsticks. Head on over to his blog to see how you can get your own chophook (which works wonderfully btw) AND help to fund the much needed research that FARA conducts.

As I sit patiently... yea, sorta patiently, for my 5 day turn with the Traveling Hook I wanted to make up some 8" squares, so that I have a decent sized package to send in when my week with the hook is over, and I thought, "hey, jimbo made the chophook to help raise funds for FARA, i'll use my chophook to make squares for the afghans!" YAY!!! Well, I didn't want to use any old square, and there are LOADS of 8" square patterns available, but I didn't feel like looking for one that would work with a "roughly size K" hook. So here is the first square I ever designed, and it comes out to 8" if you use a Chophook!

Please understand that you can use this pattern for whatever projects you so desire, but do not sell the pattern!! It's free, and it's right here, so if you sell it, that makes you grimy, and who wants to go to bed dirty?? I hope it'll be used for charity purposes, but I acknowledge that i can't control that, so enjoy!! And show me pictures! You can email me pictures at I'd love to see how you use this or any of my patterns!

Small amount of worsted weight yarn in 2 colors
Chophook (roughly size K crochet hook)
Tapestry Needle to weave in ends

FPTRC: Front Post Treble Crochet
Sc: single crochet
Hdc: half double crochet
Dc: double crochet
Sl st: slip stitch
Ch: chain
Sk: Skip
FO: Finished Off

With Color A. Ch 4, join with Sl st to form Ring

Round 1: Working in ring: Ch 3, 2dc *ch 2, 3dc* 3 times, ch 2, join with sl st to top of beginning ch 3

Round 2: Ch 1, *FPTRC around nxt 3 dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 sp* 4 times, sl st to first trc

Round 3: FPTRC in nxt 5 sts *ch 3, FPTRC in nxt 7 sts* 3 times, ch 3, FPTRC in next 2 sts, join with sl st to first trc

Round 4: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in nxt 4 sts * 3 sc in ch 3 sp, sc in nxt 7 sts* 3 times, 3 sc in nxt ch 3 space, sc in nxt 2 sts. Join with sl st to first sc, FO.

Round 5: With color B join with sl st to center sc in any corner. (Ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same st, *(ch 1, sk nxt st, dc in nxt st) 4 times, ch 1 (2dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in nxt st* Repeat around, sl st to top of beginning ch 3.

Round 6: Ch 3, dc in nxt st * (2dc, Ch 2, 2 dc) in corner, dc in each st and space across* repeat around. 17 sts each side. Sl st to top of beginning ch 3. FO (Square should be 6” at this point)

Round 7: With Color A Join with sl st to any corner, (ch 3, dc, ch2, 2dc) in corner * Dc in space BETWEEN each st across (2dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner* Repeat around. Join with sl st to beginning ch 3.

Round 8: Ch 2, hdc in nxt st * (2hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in corner, hdc in each st across *repeat around join with sl st to beginning ch 2. FO. Weave in ends.

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