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4 skeins of each color (20 total)
12 blocks of each color are needed plus 3 more of the first three in the pattern
Basic Pattern Information:
Yarn = I Love This Yarn (from Hobby Lobby) in 5 colors, estimate 4 skeins of each color:
A = Cranberry
B = Medium Blue
C = Graybeard
D = Navy Blue
E = Light Gray
Hook = I/9 5.5 mm
ch = chain
hdc = half double crochet
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
I made 63, 9" squares of half-double crochet. Here is how I did it. Adjust to your tension.
Ch 31. Turn, hdc across beginning in 3rd ch from the hook (29 hdc total). Ch 2 for turning chain. Repeat to make 23 rows of hdc. Check for squareness by folding it diagonally to make a triangle.
Repeat for 12 squares in each color, plus 1 more of Cranberry, Medium Blue, and Graybeard.
To piece squares together, first create a color pattern to follow. Mine was Cranberry, Medium Blue, Graybeard, Navy Blue, Light Grey. Since I used 7 squares per row, I simply repeated the pattern in order as I moved down the rows, going left to right.
Sl st the pieces together on the back. I suggest you work across in rows first, making it easier to follow the pattern you have created.
Edging - Make 2 rows of hdc in Light Gray and one row of the edging in Navy Blue around the entire perimeter. Start with the light gray. Sl st into the top of a hdc or equivalent opening (for sides without clear stitches) along middle of any side. Ch 2, hdc in each stitch (or equivalent openings). For rounded corners, crochet 2 hdc in the last stitch of one side, 2 hdc in the corner stitch, and 2 hdc in the first stitch of the new side. Finish each row of hdc with a sl st to first stitch. Finish off.
Next, in Navy Blue, sl st into the top of any hdc you have just made (preferrably not a corner). Ch 2, sl st, ch 1. *Dc, sl st, ch 1*. Repeat between *s along the edge of light gray and finish with a sl st to first sl st. Finish off, weave in ends.