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We’ve been undergoing a test of mettle in our household the last few days. Our a/c unit has stopped functioning…and it’s been hovering around 105F, making it approximately 90F in parts of our house.
We’ve been seeking shelter of cooler places, which has, for the most part not included anywhere near a computer or sewing machine. While we wait for Sears to come perform the warrantied services they’ve promised, I’ve been working on small things to try and stay cool and keep my mind off of bigger stresses.
Combine the above with a 12″ knit/crochet block swap that I’m participating in, and the Veritable V-Stitch 12″ Block was born. It’s easy to work up and was made (intentionally!) in icy colors to remind me of cooler days.
- Worsted Weight Yarn in colors A (main), B (accent) & C (coordinating)
- H/I hook to obtain gauge (1.5″ across first round)
- v-stitch = dc, ch 1, dc
- beg v-stitch = ch 4, dc
- v-st corner = v-stitch, ch 2, v-stitch
With color A, ch 4, sl st in beg ch to form ring
Round 1: ch 3, 2 dc, (ch 2, 3 dc) three times, ch 2, join with sl st to top of ch 3. Check gauge.
Round 2: sl st to center dc, beg v-stitch in center dc, v-st corner, (sk 1 dc, v-stitch, v-st corner) three times, join with sl st at third ch in beg v-stitch.
Rounds 3&4: sl st to first ch sp, beg v-stitch, (v-stitch in ch sp of each v-stitch, v-st corner) repeat ( )around. Join with sl st at third ch in beg v-stitch. At the end of round 4, join color B at the sl st.
Round 5: ch 1, sc in same st, ch 1, sk ch sp, sc in next 2 dc [(ch 1, sk ch sp, sc in next dc) to corner (sc, ch 2, sc) in corner] repeat [ ] around. Join with a sl st at beg sc. Finish off.
Round 6: join color A in any ch 1 sp. Ch 5, sk next 2 sc, [(dc in ch sp, ch 2, sk next 2 sc) to corner (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner], repeat [ ] around. Join with sl st in third ch in beg ch 5, finish off.
Round 7: join color B in any ch sp. Ch 1, sc in same st, ch 2, sc in ch sp [(2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc) in corner (sc in ch sp, ch 2, sc in ch sp)] around. Join with a sl st to first sc. Finish off.
Round 8: join color C in any ch sp. Beg v-stitch, (v-stitch in each ch sp, corner v-stitch in corners), rep ( ) around, finish off.
Round 9: join color A, rep row 8.
Round 10: join color B in any ch 1 sp. Ch 5, [(dc in next ch sp, ch 2, dc in next ch sp) (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in corners], rep [ ] around, join with sl st to third ch of beg ch 5.
Round 11: sl st to ch sp, (ch 1, 3 sc in each ch sp) around. Join with sl st to first sc. Finish off.
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