*Note* There was an error in Clue 5. We have corrected the download (at 9:52 EST), but if you printed an earlier version, here are the changes:
16th row should read: Ch 1. 1 sc in each of next 6 sc. Sc3tog over next 3 sts. 1 sc in each of next 6 sc. Do not break E. Join A. Turn.
18th row should read: With A, ch 1. 1 sc in each of next 4 sc. Sc3tog over next 3 sts. 1 sc in each of next 4 sc. Break A. Pick up E. Turn.
Hope you had fun making the last square. Here’s how Clue 4 looks.
Now onto Clue #5!
Please note you need to make 16 of this square. Yes, that’s a lot but the finished result is worth it. This is most squares for any week of the CAL, so if you need to spread it out across the next few weeks you should be fine.
This square is a little bit of magic and uses a different technique than we’ve used before. We’re introducing our first decrease of the CAL – the single crochet 3 together (sc3tog). Sc3tog will take three stitches and turn them into one. To sc3tog, draw up a loop in each of the next 3 chains. Yarn over hook (yoh) and draw through all four loops on hook. Here’s an image after drawing a loop in each of the next three chains, and I’m about to draw my yarn through all of the loops.
We’ll be using the sc3tog to make a mitered square. Mitered squares are different than most squares we’ll be making, because instead of being made side-to-side, or from-the-middle, we work each row along 2 sides of the square. This means your foundation row is actually two sides of the square. Halfway across the chain, you’ll be working your decrease. This makes the row turn into an L-shape right angle. It’s useful to add a stitch marker to the center stitch (st) to remind you where to decrease each row.
To get a hint as to what a mitered square looks like, take a look at the chart image on page 2 of the clue. For those who want to keep it a surprise, follow the written instructions.
Last week I showed you how to change color at the end of a row. This week we’ll learn to change color at the beginning of a row. It’s a good idea to learn several ways of achieving the same end. To change color at the beginning of a row you must fasten off the working color at the end of the previous row. Turn your work and then join the new color with a slip stitch under both loops of the last sc you worked. Hold the two tails across the row with your other hand and ch 1, then sc in the same stitch and in each stitch across the row working over your yarn tails.
Hope you have fun making lots of mitered squares. See you here next week with a photo of this clue and with Clue #6.