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 The Swirl Tablecloth 

The model was made of mercerized crochet cotton, size 20, and a number 10 crochet hook. Each motif measures approximately 4 inches and requires about 35 yards of thread. The fill-in motif takes 7 yards of thread. The completed tablecloth gives a very pretty and lacy design. 

Abbreviations: CH (chain); sts (stitches); sl st (slip stitch); dc (double crochet); sc (single crochet); sk (skip); p (picot); lp (loop); tr (treble)-thread over twice, work off 2 lps at a time; rnd (round).

Motif-Begin in center and make a ch of 4 sts, 15 dcs in first st, sl st in third ch of ch 4 first made.

First Scroll-Ch 1, sc in same st with sl st, sc in next dc, ch 14, dc in 4th st-from hook, 2 dc in next st, dc in next, ch 3, sl st in top of last dc for a p, * (2 dc in next st of ch, dc in next) twice, 2 dc in next dc, ch 3 for a p (sl st in top of last dc), dc in each of last 3 sts, sc in each of next 2 dc of center. This completes one scroll.

Second Scroll-Ch 11, sk 5 dc of previous scroll after first p, sl st in next dc-joining scrolls. Ch 1, 2 dc in each of last 2 sts of ch 11, dc in next, p, repeat from * of first scroll around center making 7 scrolls. Work the last or 8th scroll in the same way, after 5 dc, p, 5 dc, join with sl st in first dc at, beginning of first scroll, complete last scroll as usual. Join at base of first scroll and fasten off.

Border--Rnd 1: Join thread in third dc after p on any scroll, ch 3 for a dc, * dc in third dc on next scroll, ch 6, sc in next p, ch 6, dc in third dc from same p, repeat from * around, ending with ch 6, sl st in third ch of ch 3 first made.

Rnd 2: SL st in next ch lp, ch 3 for a dc, 11 more dc in same ch 6 lp, (sc in next ch lp, ch 6, 12 dc in next ch lp) repeated around. Join last ch 6 to third st of ch 3 first made.

Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in each of next 9 dc, (ch 6, dc in each of next 10 dc of 12 dc group) repeated around. Join with sl st.

Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc in each of next 7 dc, (ch 6, tr over both ch 6 lps of two
previous rnds, ch 6, dc in each of next 8 dc) repeated around. Join with sl st.

Rnd 5: Ch 3, dc in each of next 5 dc, * ch 6, sc in lp, ch 8, sc in next lp, ch 6, dc in each of next 6 dc, repeat from * around. End with a ch 6,join with sl st in ch 3 first made.

Rnd 6: Ch 3, dc in each of next 3 dc, * ch 5, sc in lp, (ch 9, sc in next lp) twice, ch 5, dc in each of next 4 dc, repeat from * around. Join with sl st in first ch 3 made.

Work second and all other motifs the same as first, except in rnd 6, work from * to end of rnd six times, then join to first motif as follows: Ch 5, sc in next lp, ch 9, sc in next lp, ch 4, sc in corresponding lp of first motif, ch 4, sc in next lp of second motif, ch 2, sc in next lp of first motif, ch 2, dc in each of next 4 dc of second motif. Join next 2 lps same as 2 previous lps and complete rnd 6 of second motif as usual. Fasten off.

Make and join all motifs in same way.

Fill-In Space Between Motifs--Rnd 1: Work (4 tr in each ch 5 lp, ch 8, sc in next ch 9 lp twice, ch 8) repeated around, sl st in first tr made and in next 3 tr, sc in sp between groups of 4 tr.

Rnd 2: (Ch 8, sc in each of ch 8 lp, ch 8, sc between next 2 groups of 4 tr) repeated around, ending with ch 4, tr in first tr-this brings thread in position to begin next rnd.

Rnd 3:2 sc in each ch 8 lp around. S1 st in first sc. Fasten off.

When all motifs are joined for the size tablecloth desired, work edge around as follows: 9 sc in each ch 9 lp, 5 sc in each ch 5 lp and sc in each dc around. S1 st in first sc. Fasten off.

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