1. Please read through the pattern first before beginning. Some rounds have additional instructions. If it doesn't make sense as you read it, it'll be easier once you have something in your hands to look at and count.
2. This pattern has only been tested once, and it is my first written pattern. If there is something wrong with the instructions, or you have any suggestions, please let me know: xtechnicolor [at] gmail [dot] com
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4. There is also a step-by-step photo tutorial for rounds 1-9 HERE.
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Special thanks to Craftster user craftADDchick for testing!
Featured as the September block for the Craftster 12" BAM CAL!
VERA'S SPIKE STITCH DAISY 12 INCH SQUARE
Small amounts of green, yellow, orange, and pink worsted weight yarn.
Brown worsted weight yarn. (I used Caron Perfect Match.)
STITCHES AND ABBREVIATIONS
sc: single crochet
dc: double crochet
tc: treble crochet
sl st: slip stitch
sp st: spike stitch
Adjustable loop/magic ring method: Instructions here.
How to work a double crochet spike stitch: Work a double crochet in the stitch corresponding to the next stitch, but one row below the working row.
BEGIN TO CROCHET:
ROUND 1: With brown, using the adjustable loop/magic ring method, sc 12. Join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off brown. (12 sc)
ROUND 2: Join green with sl st into any sc. Sc 12, sl st into first sc. Fasten off green. (12 sc)
ROUND 3: Join yellow with sl st into any sc. Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in same stitch, 2 dc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first ch of ch 3. Fasten off yellow. (24 dc)
ROUND 4: Join orange with sl st to a space between dc pair. *Sp st into sc in round 2, between each pair of dc in round 3, ch 2* Repeat between * until end. (12 sp st; 12 ch 2 spaces)
ROUND 5: Sl st to first ch 2 space. [Ch 3, 2 dc] in ch 2 sp, sl st in top of sp st, *3 dc in each ch 2 sp, sl sl in top of sp st* Repeat between * until end. Join with sl st to first sl st. Fasten off orange. (12 "petals")
ROUND 6: Join green with sl st in any sl st from round 5. *dc, tr, dc, sl st* Repeat between * until end. Join with sl st to first sl st. Fasten off green. (12 "petals")
Additional instructions: Between the *, you will be crocheting #dc in next dc, tr in next dc, dc in next dc, sl st in next sl st#
ROUND 7: Join pink with sl st in any sl st from round 6. Sc in same stitch as joining. *dc, tr, dc, sl st* Repeat between * until end.
Additional instructions: You will be crocheting #dc in dc (of round 6), tr in tr, dc in dc, sl st in sl st.#
ROUND 8: Sl st to first sc *dc, tr, dc, sl st* Repeat between * until end. Fasten off pink. (12 "petals")
Note: Your square will be curly at this point, but it will flatten slightly.
ROUND 9: Put a stitch marker in a sl st every 3 petals. Remove one stitch marker and join brown in its space. [Ch 4, tr, ch2, 2tr] Then #3 dc in next 3 sts, dc in sl st.# Follow between # until you reach marker. Remove marker and *2tr, ch2, 2tr* (Corner made.) Repeat between # until you reach marker, and then between * in marked stitch. Sl st to 4th ch of beginning ch 4.
ROUND 10: Sl st to corner ch 2 sp, [Ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in corner *Dc around, then [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in corner.* Repeat between * three times. (19 total dc per side.)
ROUND 11: Sl st to ch sp, [ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in corner. *# [ch 2, skip next dc, dc] 9 times. ch 2 #[2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in corner.* Repeat between * two times, and between # once. Join with sl st to top ch of ch 3. Fasten off brown.
ROUND 12: Join pink in any corner space with sl st. [Ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in corner. *2 dc in each ch 2 space, [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in corner* Repeat between * 3 times. Fasten off pink. (24 dc per side.)
ROUND 13: Join brown in any corner space with sl st. [Ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in corner. Ch 1, sp st in 2nd dc of row 11. *[ch 1, sp st] in next 10 dc of row 11, ch 1 [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in corner* Repeat between * three times. (11 spike stitches per side)
Check to see if your square is 12 inches. I crochet really tightly even with an I hook, so almost always have to add extra rows. For me, it's 9 inches at this point; I need to continue 3 more rows. For all following rows, using brown, [ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc] *dc across in each dc and ch 1 sp, [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc]* Repeat between * three times. Fasten off when 12 inches is reached. Weave in ends, and send me a picture! :D
Picture courtesy the lovely craftADDchick.