WIJ CAL Claire Square Part 1 Pattern

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Background Story and Designer's Thoughts

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Season 2 Wrapped in Jamie – Claire’s Background Story

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'Petranese' explained

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Video Tutorials

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Season 2 Wrapped in Jamie CAL – Claire Square Part 1

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Translations

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What you will need

If you have made any of the other Wrapped in Jamie squares , you have an approximate idea of the amount you need for one square. 

Claire is as big as four squares including the square border, so it will require approximately the same amount of yarn. Make sure you are rather on the generous site when calculating your yardage.

If this is your first Wrapped in Jamie design, you can get a general idea about yarn requirements here:

Wrapped in Jamie squares Yarn requirements

You will also need

  • scissors
  • darning needle to weave in ends
  • stitch markers* (optional, but highly recommended, this could even be yarn scrap, a hair pin or a paperclip) – if you choose to use stitch markers, it will be good to have at least 4 different colours. And lots of them 😉

Reminder and Important Pattern Notes

Skipping stitches

For each special stitch you make in front, behind, around or in the front loop of another stitch from a previous round, you must leave the stitch behind or in front of the special stitch unworked (skip 1 stitch) unless instructed otherwise. A reminder to skip those stitches will be written under the special stitches for each round, not within the pattern instructions. If more than one special stitch has been worked and therefore more than one stitch needs to be skipped, a reminder is included in the pattern instructions. 

It is not necessary to skip a stitch when the special stitch is being worked over a stitch and therefore envelopes it, as it is for example the case with spike and split spike stitches, hdc-arounds or psc and psc-x.

While we skip a stitch behind a long front post stitch, a front post single crochet does not leave a lot of room for skipping (although technically we still skip at least the top loops of the stitch we fpsc around). 

The main objective here is to avoid unnecessary increases, so please keep that in mind.  

Ch1 and slip stitch

The ch1 at the beginning of the round does not count as a stitch and will be skipped when we slip stitch into the first stitch at the end of each round.

Keep the slip stitch that closes the round loose as it will replace the stitch below as the last stitch of the next round.

Stitch markers

The use of stitch markers* is optional and mainly intended to encourage and support less experienced crocheters. If finding free front loops is easy for you, you are likely to be quicker crocheting without stitch markers. 

    • Optionalstitch markers*placements are suggested for the adventurous beginner and may not be necessary for intermediate and advanced crocheters.
    • Suggestedstitch markers* placements are considered beneficial or essential for correct and easy stitch placement for all crochet levels.

If you follow the suggested stitch markers* placements, take the stitch markers out of the stitch or front loop after the special stitches have been worked, unless instructed otherwise.

Picot Single Crochet

A psc-x is made when the next st is a special stitch where the stitch behind it is skipped. The nature of the psc requires some anchoring, which is achieved by making the variation psc-x. You can make a psc-x (picot single crochet variation) whenever the pattern calls for a regular psc, but not the other way around.

Special Stitches used in this pattern

Please note: The special stitches work well for crocheters/crochettes with a ‘normal’ or ‘tight’ tension. If your tension is loose,  you will find that using, for example, tr instead of dtr will give you a cleaner and crisper stitch definition. 

In contrast, if your tension is very tight, please give an extra yarn over when making long stitches.

Special stitches relevant for this pattern are outlined below and specified in more detail above each round.

 

pscpicot single crochet – insert hook in next st, yo and pull through (2 loops on hook), ch3 (= pull yarn through only the last loop made, 3 times) (2 loops on hook), yo and pull through 2 loops, continue with the next st (keep the ch3/picot in the front)

psc-xpicot single crochet variation – insert hook in front loop only of the next st,
yo and pull through (2 loops on hook), ch3 (= pull yarn through only the last loop made, 3 times) (2 loops on hook), insert hook in the back loop (3 loops on hook),
yo and pull through 3 loops, continue with the next st (keep the ch3/picot in the front)

Spst_0-3Spike st into the corner space 3 rounds below the next st

Spst_+1-2Spike st into the corner space 1 ahead and 2 rounds below the next st

Spst_-1-2Spike st into the corner space 1 behind and 2 rounds below the next st 

Apply the option that is relevant for the split Spike stitch (spSp) you are about to work:

When working a spSp into a normal st (sc): insert the hook between the vertical bars of the st you work into; the hook will appear below the 3rd loop on the WS

When working a spSp into another spSp: insert the hook between the elongated bars of the spSp you work into so that the hook still appears below the 3rd loop on the WS

spSp_0-3split Spike st into the st 3 rounds below the next st

spSp_+1-2split Spike stitch into the st 1 ahead and 2 rounds below the next st

spSp_-1-2split Spike stitch into the st 1 behind and 2 rounds below the next st 

spSp_+2-2split Spike stitch into the st 2 ahead and 2 rounds below the next st

spSp_-2-2split Spike stitch into the st 2 behind and 2 rounds below the next st

spSp_+2-3split Spike stitch into the st 2 ahead and 3 rounds below the next st

spSp_-2-3split Spike stitch into the st 2 behind and 3 rounds below the next st

spSp_+2-4split Spike stitch into the st 2 ahead and 4 rounds below the next st

spSp_-2-4split Spike stitch into the st 2 behind and 4 rounds below the next st

spSp_-2-2/spSp_+3-2/<2tog2 split Spike stitches together with 

  • leg 1: into the st 2 behind and 2 rounds below the next st and
  • leg 2: into the st 3 ahead and 2 rounds below the next st

spSp_-3-2/spSp_+2-2/<2tog2  split Spike stitches together with

  • leg 1: into the st 3 behind and 2 rounds below the next st and 
  • leg 2: into the st 2 ahead and 2 rounds below the next st

Apply to all legs of the Ldc_Star5:

Pull the loop up to the height of the current round

Ldc_Star55 long double crochet legs combined into 1 st with

  • leg 1: in FLO of the st 2 behind and 2 rounds below the next st and
  • leg 2: in FLO of the st 1 behind and 3 rounds below the next st and
  • leg 3: in FLO of the st 4 rounds below the next st and
  • leg 4: in FLO of the st 1 ahead and 3 rounds below the next st and
  • leg 5: in FLO of the st 2 ahead and 2 rounds below the next st

dc_+1-2 in FLOdouble crochet in front loop only of the st 1 ahead and 2 rounds below the next st

dc_-1-2 in FLOdouble crochet in front loop only of the st 1 behind and 2 rounds below the next st

fpdtr_+2-3front post double treble around the st 2 ahead and 3 rounds below the next st

fpdtr_-2-3front post double treble around the st 2 behind and 3 rounds below the next st

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Pattern

Begin

with a Magic Circle (MC) or Double Magic Circle (DMC). 

If you are unfamiliar with the MC / DMC or don’t want to use it and you don’t mind the hole in the middle of the square, you can start with 2 ch and crocheting Round 1 into the first ch.

Round 1: Ch1, [sc, ch2] 4 times. Close your MC/DMC tightly. 

Ss into the first sc. – 1 stitch per side plus ch2 corner space

Hint: If you crochet over the loose tail for a few rounds, you won’t have to weave it in later. Changing the tail’s direction with each round or side will make it more secure.

Round 2: Ch1, [(sc, ch2, sc) into the ch2 corner space, sc] 4 times

Ss into the first sc of the starting corner. – 3 sts per side plus ch2 corner space

Special Stitch in Round 3:

  • pscpicot single crochet – insert hook in next st, yo and pull through (2 loops on hook), ch3 (= pull yarn through only the last loop made, 3 times) (2 loops on hook),
    yo and pull through 2 loops, continue with the next st (keep the ch3/picot in the front)

Round 3: Ch1, [(sc, ch2, sc) into the ch2 corner space, sc, psc, sc] 4 times

Ss into the first sc of the starting corner. – 5 sts per side plus ch2 corner space

Special Stitches in Round 4:

  • spSp_+1-2split Spike stitch into the st 1 ahead and 2 rounds below the next st 
  • spSp_-1-2split Spike stitch into the st 1 behind and 2 rounds below the next st
    (One of each of the spSp sts are worked into the same st; insert the hook between the vertical bars of the st for the spSp sts; the hook will appear below the 3rd loop on the WS)

Round 4: Ch1, [(sc, ch2, sc) into the ch2 corner space, 

sc, spSp_+1-2, sc, spSp_-1-2, sc] 4 times

Ss into the first sc of the starting corner. – 7 sts per side plus ch2 corner space

Special Stitch in Round 5:

  • pscpicot single crochet – insert hook in next st, yo and pull through (2 loops on hook), ch3 (= pull yarn through only the last loop made, 3 times) (2 loops on hook),
    yo and pull through 2 loops, continue with the next st (keep the ch3/picot in the front)

Round 5: Ch1, [(sc, ch2, sc) into the ch2 corner space, 

(sc, psc) 3 times, sc] 4 times

Ss into the first sc of the starting corner. – 9 sts per side plus ch2 corner space

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Special Stitches in Round 6:

  • spSp_+1-2split Spike stitch into the st 1 ahead and 2 rounds below the next st 
  • spSp_-1-2split Spike stitch into the st 1 behind and 2 rounds below the next st
    (you work these sts into another spSp; insert the hook between the elongated bars
    of the spSp you work into; the hook will appear below the 3rd loop on the WS)

Round 6: Ch1, [(sc, ch2, sc) into the ch2 corner space,

2 sc, spSp_+1-2, 3 sc, spSp_-1-2, 2 sc] 4 times

Ss into the first sc of the starting corner. – 11 sts per side plus ch2 corner space

Special Stitch in Round 7:

  • pscpicot single crochet – insert hook in next st, yo and pull through (2 loops on hook), ch3 (= pull yarn through only the last loop made, 3 times) (2 loops on hook),
    yo and pull through 2 loops, continue with the next st (keep the ch3/picot in the front)

Round 7: Ch1, [(sc, ch2, sc) into the ch2 corner space, 

(sc, psc) twice, 3 sc, (psc, sc) twice] 4 times

Ss into the first sc of the starting corner. – 13 sts per side plus ch2 corner space

Special Stitches in Round 8:

  • spSp_+2-2split Spike stitch into the st 2 ahead and 2 rounds below the next st 
  • spSp_-2-2split Spike stitch into the st 2 behind and 2 rounds below the next st
    (you work these sts into another spSp; insert the hook between the elongated bars
    of the spSp you work into; the hook will appear below the 3rd loop on the WS)

Round 8: Ch1, [(sc, ch2, sc) into the ch2 corner space, 

2 sc, spSp_+2-2, 7 sc, spSp_-2-2, 2 sc] 4 times

Ss into the first sc of the starting corner. – 15 sts per side plus ch2 corner space

Special Stitch in Round 9:

  • pscpicot single crochet – insert hook in next st, yo and pull through (2 loops on hook), ch3 (= pull yarn through only the last loop made, 3 times) (2 loops on hook),
    yo and pull through 2 loops, continue with the next st (keep the ch3/picot in the front)

Round 9: Ch1, [(sc, ch2, sc) into the ch2 corner space, 

(sc, psc) twice, 7 sc, (psc, sc) twice] 4 times

Ss into the first sc of the starting corner. – 17 sts per side plus ch2 corner space

Special Stitches in Round 10:

  • spSp_+1-2split Spike stitch into the st 1 ahead and 2 rounds below the next st 
  • spSp_-1-2split Spike stitch into the st 1 behind and 2 rounds below the next st
    (One of each of the  spSp sts are worked into the same st; insert the hook between the vertical bars of the st for the spSp sts; the hook will appear below the 3rd loop on the WS)

Round 10: Ch1, [(sc, ch2, sc) into the ch2 corner space,

7 sc, spSp_+1-2, sc, spSp_-1-2, 7 sc] 4 times

Ss into the first sc of the starting corner. – 19 sts per side plus ch2 corner space

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Special Stitches in Round 11:

    • pscpicot single crochet – insert hook in next st, yo and pull through (2 loops on hook), ch3 (= pull yarn through only the last loop made, 3 times) (2 loops on hook),
      yo and pull through 2 loops, continue with the next st (keep the ch3/picot in the front)
    • psc-xpicot single crochet variation – insert hook in front loop only of the next st,
      yo and pull through (2 loops on hook), ch3 (= pull yarn through only the last loop made, 3 times) (2 loops on hook), insert hook in the back loop (3 loops on hook),
      yo and pull through 3 loops, continue with the next st (keep the ch3/picot in the front)
    • spSp_+2-3split Spike stitch into the st 2 ahead and 3 rounds below the next st 
    • spSp_-2-3split Spike stitch into the st 2 behind and 3 rounds below the next st
      (you work these sts into another spSp; insert the hook between the elongated bars
      of the spSp you work into; the hook will appear below the 3rd loop on the WS)

Round 11: Ch1, [(sc, ch2, sc) into the ch2 corner space,

2 sc, psc-x, spSp_+2-3, psc, 9 sc, psc-x, spSp_-2-3, psc, 2 sc] 4 times

Ss into the first sc of the starting corner. – 21 sts per side plus ch2 corner space

Special Stitches in Round 12:

  • pscpicot single crochet – insert hook in next st, yo and pull through (2 loops on hook), ch3 (= pull yarn through only the last loop made, 3 times) (2 loops on hook),
    yo and pull through 2 loops, continue with the next st (keep the ch3/picot in the front)
  • spSp_+1-2split Spike stitch into the st 1 ahead and 2 rounds below the next st 
  • spSp_-1-2split Spike stitch into the st 1 behind and 2 rounds below the next st
    (you work these sts into another spSp; insert the hook between the elongated bars
    of the spSp you work into; the hook will appear below the 3rd loop on the WS)

Round 12: Ch1, [(sc, ch2, sc) into the ch2 corner space, 

4 sc, psc, 3 sc, spSp_+1-2, sc, psc, sc, spSp_-1-2, 3 sc, psc, 4 sc] 4 times

Ss into the first sc of the starting corner. – 23 sts per side plus ch2 corner space

Round 13: Ch1, [(sc, ch2, sc) into the ch2 corner space,

3 sc, sc in BLO, 15 sc, sc in BLO, 3 sc ] 4 times

Ss into the first sc of the starting corner. – 25 sts per side plus ch2 corner space

Optional stitch marker placement for Round 16: 

  • Colour A in the free FL of the sts from Round 12

Special Stitches in Round 14:

  • pscpicot single crochet – insert hook in next st, yo and pull through (2 loops on hook), ch3 (= pull yarn through only the last loop made, 3 times) (2 loops on hook),
    yo and pull through 2 loops, continue with the next st (keep the ch3/picot in the front) 
  • psc-xpicot single crochet variation – insert hook in front loop only of the next st,
    yo and pull through (2 loops on hook), ch3 (= pull yarn through only the last loop made, 3 times) (2 loops on hook), insert hook in the back loop (3 loops on hook),
    yo and pull through 3 loops, continue with the next st (keep the ch3/picot in the front) 
  • spSp_+1-2split Spike stitch into the st 1 ahead and 2 rounds below the next st 
  • spSp_-1-2split Spike stitch into the st 1 behind and 2 rounds below the next st
    (you work these sts into another spSp; insert the hook between the elongated bars
    of the spSp you work into; the hook will appear below the 3rd loop on the WS)

Round 14: Ch1, [(sc, ch2, sc) into the ch2 corner space,

3 sc, sc in BLO, sc, sc in BLO, 3 sc, spSp_+1-2, psc, 

3 sc, psc-x, spSp_-1-2, 3 sc, sc in BLO, sc, sc in BLO, 3 sc] 4 times

Ss into the first sc of the starting corner. – 27 sts per side plus ch2 corner space

Optional stitch marker placement for Round 16: 

  • Colour B in the free FL of the sts from Round 13

 

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Special Stitches in Round 15:

  • Spst_+1-2Spike stitch into the corner space 1 ahead and 2 rounds below the next st
  • Spst_-1-2Spike stitch into the corner space 1 behind and 2 rounds below the next st

Round 15: Ch1, [(sc, ch2, sc) into the ch2 corner space,

sc, Spst_-1-2, sc, sc in BLO, 3 sc, sc in BLO, 5 sc, sc in BLO

5 sc, sc in BLO, 3 sc, sc in BLO, sc, Spst_+1-2, sc] 4 times

Ss into the first sc of the starting corner. – 29 sts per side plus ch2 corner space

Optional stitch marker placement for Round 16: 

  • Colour C in the free FL of the sts from Round 14 

Optional stitch marker placement for Round 16: 

  • Colour D in the free FL of the sts from Round 14

 

Special Stitches in Round 16:

  • pscpicot single crochet – insert hook in next st, yo and pull through (2 loops on hook), ch3 (= pull yarn through only the last loop made, 3 times) (2 loops on hook),
    yo and pull through 2 loops, continue with the next st (keep the ch3/picot in the front)
  • Spst_0-3Spike st into the corner space 3 rounds below the next st
  • spSp_+2-2split Spike stitch into the st 2 ahead and 2 rounds below the next st 
  • spSp_-2-2split Spike stitch into the st 2 behind and 2 rounds below the next st
    (you work these sts into another spSp; insert the hook between the elongated bars
    of the spSp you work into; the hook will appear below the 3rd loop on the WS)
  • spSp_+2-4split Spike stitch into the corner space 2 ahead and 4 rounds
    below the next st 
  • spSp_-2-4split Spike stitch into the corner space 2 behind and 4 rounds
    below the next st

Apply to all legs of the Ldc_Star5:
Pull the loop up to the height of the current round

  • Ldc_Star55 long double crochet legs combined into 1 st with
  • leg 1: in FLO of the st 2 behind and 2 rounds below the next st (C/green stm) and 
  • leg 2: in FLO of the st 1 behind and 3 rounds below the next st (B/blue stm) and 
  • leg 3: in FLO of the st 4 rounds below the next st (A / red stm) and 
  • leg 4: in FLO of the st 1 ahead and 3 rounds below the next st (B/blue stm) and
  • leg 5: in FLO of the st 2 ahead and 2 rounds below the next st (C green stm)
  • dc_+1-2 in FLOdouble crochet in front loop only of the st 1 ahead and 2 rounds
    below the next st (D/orange stm)
  • dc_-1-2 in FLOdouble crochet in front loop only of the st 1 behind and 2 rounds
    below the next st (D/orange stm)

Round 16: Ch1, [(sc, ch2, sc) into the ch2 corner space,

sc, Spst_0-3, 2 sc, spSp_-2-4, sc, 

Ldc_Star5, 2 sc, spSp_+2-2, sc, psc, sc, 

dc_+1-2 in FLO, sc, dc_-1-2 in FLO, sc, psc, sc, spSp_-2-2, 2 sc, 

Ldc_Star5, sc, spSp_+2-4, 2 sc, Spst_0-3, sc] 4 times

Ss into the first sc of the starting corner. – 31 sts per side plus ch2 corner space

Special Stitches in Round 17:

  • Spst_+1-2Spike st into the corner space 1 ahead and 2 rounds below the next st
  • Spst_-1-2Spike st into the corner space 1 behind and 2 rounds below the next st

Round 17: Ch1, [(sc, ch2, sc) into the ch2 corner space,

sc, Spst_-1-2, 13 sc, sc in BLO, 13 sc, Spst_+1-2, sc] 4 times

Ss into the first sc of the starting corner. – 33 sts per side plus ch2 corner space

Optional stitch marker placement for Round 18: 

  • Colour A in the free FL of the st from Round 16



Special Stitches in Round 18:

  • pscpicot single crochet – insert hook in next st, yo and pull through (2 loops on hook),
    ch3 (= pull yarn through only the last loop made, 3 times) (2 loops on hook),
    yo and pull through 2 loops, continue with the next st (keep the ch3/picot in the front)
  • Spst_0-3Spike st into the corner space 3 rounds below the next st
  • spSp_-2-2/spSp_+3-2/<2tog2 split Spike stitches together with 
  • leg 1: into the st 2 behind and 2 rounds below the next st and
  • leg 2: into the st 3 ahead and 2 rounds below the next st
    spSp_-3-2/spSp_+2-2/<2tog2  split Spike stitches together with
  • leg 1: into the st 3 behind and 2 rounds below the next st and 
  • leg 2: into the st 2 ahead and 2 rounds below the next st 

(you work these sts into another spSp; insert the hook between the elongated bars
of the spSp you work into; the hook will appear below the 3rd loop on the WS)

  • dc_+1-2 in FLOdouble crochet in front loop only of the st 1 ahead and 2 rounds
    below the next st (A/red stm)
  • dc_-1-2 in FLOdouble crochet in front loop only of the st 1 behind and 2 rounds
    below the next st (A/red stm)

Skip 1 st behind each dc in FLO

Round 18: Ch1, [(sc, ch2, sc) into the ch2 corner space, 

sc, Spst_0-3, 6 sc, spSp_-2-2/spSp_+3-2/<2tog, 2 sc, (psc, sc) twice

dc_+1-2 in FLO, sc in BLO, dc_-1-2 in FLO, (sc, psc) twice

2 sc, spSp_-3-2/spSp_+2-2/<2tog, 6 sc, Spst_0-3, sc] 4 times

Ss into the first sc of the starting corner. – 35 sts per side plus ch2 corner space

Optional stitch marker placement for Round 19: 

  • Colour A in the free FL of the st from Round 17

Special Stitches in Round 19:

  • pscpicot single crochet – insert hook in next st, yo and pull through (2 loops on hook), ch3 (= pull yarn through only the last loop made, 3 times) (2 loops on hook),
    yo and pull through 2 loops, continue with the next st (keep the ch3/picot in the front)
  • Spst_+1-2Spike st into the corner space 1 ahead and 2 rounds below the next st
  • Spst_-1-2Spike st into the corner space 1 behind and 2 rounds below the next st
  • spSp_+1-2split Spike stitch into the st 1 ahead and 2 rounds below the next st
  • spSp_-1-2split Spike stitch into the st 1 behind and 2 rounds below the next st
    (One of each spSp sts are worked into the same st; insert the hook between the vertical bars of the st for the spSp sts; the hook will appear below the 3rd loop
    on the WS)
  • dc_+1-2 in FLOdouble crochet in front loop only of the st 1 ahead and 2 rounds
    below the next st (A/red stm)
  • dc_-1-2 in FLOdouble crochet in front loop only of the st 1 behind and 2 rounds
    below the next st (A/red stm)
  • fpdtr_+2-3front post double treble around the st 2 ahead and 3 rounds
    below the next st
  • fpdtr_-2-3front post double treble around the st 2 behind and 3 rounds
    below the next st
    Skip 1 st behind each dc in FLO and fpdtr

Round 19: Ch1, [(sc, ch2, sc) into the ch2 corner space, 

sc, spSp_-1-2, 2 sc, spSp_+1-2, sc, spSp_-1-2, 2 sc, psc, 4 sc, 

fpdtr_+2-3, sc, dc_+1-2 in FLO, sc in BLO, dc_-1-2 in FLO, sc, fpdtr_-2-3, 

4 sc, psc, 2 sc, spSp_+1-2, sc, spSp_-1-2, 2 sc, spSp_+1-2, sc] 4 times

Ss into the first sc of the starting corner. – 37 sts per side plus ch2 corner space

Optional stitch marker placement for Round 20: 

  • Colour A in the free FL of the st from Round 18

 

Special Stitches in Round 20:

  • pscpicot single crochet – insert hook in next st, yo and pull through (2 loops on hook), ch3 (= pull yarn through only the last loop made, 3 times) (2 loops on hook),
    yo and pull through 2 loops, continue with the next st (keep the ch3/picot in the front)
  • Spst_0-3Spike st into the corner space 3 rounds below the next st
  • spSp_0-3split Spike st into the st 3 rounds below the next st
    (The spSp will be worked into the same st as the two spSp sts from from previous round; insert the hook between the vertical bars of the st you work into;
    the hook will appear below the 3rd loop on the WS)
  • dc_+1-2 in FLOdouble crochet in front loop only of the st 1 ahead and 2 rounds
    below the next st (A/red stm)
  • dc_-1-2 in FLOdouble crochet in front loop only of the st 1 behind and 2 rounds
    below the next st (A/red stm)

Skip 1 st behind each dc in FLO

 

Round 20: Ch1, [(sc, ch2, sc) into the ch2 corner space, 

sc in BLO, Spst_0-3, 4 sc, spSp_0-3, 5 sc, psc, 4 sc, 

dc_+1-2 in FLO, sc in BLO, dc_-1-2 in FLO, 4 sc, 

psc, 5 sc, spSp_0-3, 4 sc, Spst_0-3, sc in BLO] 4 times

Ss into the first sc of the starting corner. – 39 sts per side plus ch2 corner space

Optional stitch marker placements for Round 21: 

  • Colour A in the middle free FL of the st from Round 19
  • Colour C in the first and last free FL of the sts from Round 19

 

We will continue Claire with Rounds 21 – 35 in Part 2

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Claire Part 1
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