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Windmills and Stars 

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 This versatile design looks great on either side, whether you prefer whimsical windmills or delicate stars. Make the motifs in the same colors throughout for a more sophisticated look, or use many different colors for a patchwork effect.  Design by Dot Drake

Skill Level: Intermediate

 Size: 52 x 70 inches

 Materials

·        Worsted weight yarn:

·        12 oz. black,

·        6 oz each pink, light rose, dark rose, pale green, medium green, dark green, pale blue, medium blue, navy blue, pale lavender, medium lilac and lavender.

·        Size G / 6 crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge

·        Yarn needle 

Gauge

Motif 8 inches; 4 dc = 1 inch;

2 dc rnds =1½ inches

Check gauge to save time. 

Weave in loose ends as work progresses. 

Join rnds with a sl st unless otherwise stated.  

Ch-3 counts as first dc throughout. Make 50 motifs with 4 in light and dark, 4 in light and medium, 4 in medium and dark for each set of colors, plus 2. Do not use black in any color combination of motifs. 

Join motifs as work progresses in Rnd 9, beg with a Row of 6 motifs, then [5 motifs, 6 motifs] 4 times. 

Pattern Stitches

2dc cl: (Yo, insert hook in ch-3 sp, yo, draw up a lp, yo, draw through 2 lps on hook] twice in some ch-3 sp, yo, draw through all 3 lps on hook.

Beg 2-dc cl: Ch 2,dc in same sp. 

Make 50

Rnd 1 (RS): With light color, ch 4, dc in 4th ch from hook, ch 12, sl st in top of last dc, [2 dc in some ch as previous dc sts, ch 12, sl st in top of last dc] 5 times, join in 4th ch of beg ch-4, fasten off. (6 ch - 12 lps; 12 dc) 

Rnd 2: Draw up a lp of darker color in first dc of previous rnd, Ch 3, dc in same st, holding ch-12 lps forward, work 2 dc in each dc around, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3. (24 dc) 

Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next dc, [2dc in next dc, dc in next dc] rep around, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3. (36 dc) 

Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in each of next 2 sts, * ch 3, dc in each of next 2 sts, **, 2 dc in each of next 2 sts, dc in each of next 2 sts, rep from  * around, ending last rep at **, 2 dc in next dc, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3, draw up a lp, remove hook, do not fasten off (48 dc; 6 ch-3 sps) 

Rnd 5: Draw up a lp of light color in first ch-3 sp, beg 2-dc cl, [ch 3, 2-dc cl] twice in same ch-3 sp, * ch 2, [3 dc, ch 3, sl st in top of last dc, 3 dc] in next ch -12 lp, ch 2 **, 2-dc cl in next ch-3 sp, [ch 3, 2-dc cl) twice in same ch-3 sp, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join in 2nd ch of beg cl, fasten off. 

Rnd 6: Pick up dropped lp of dark color, ch 3, dc in next dc, * working over ch-2 sp of previous rnd and into dc sts of Rnd 4, dc in each of next 2 dc, 3 sc in each of next 2 ch-3 sps, working over ch-2 sp of previous rnd and into dc sts of Rnd 4, dc in each of the next 2 dc **, dc in each of next 4 dc of Rnd 4, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, dc in each of next 2 dc, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3. 

Rnd 7: Ch 1, sc in each dc and each sc around, join in beg sc. (84 sc) 

Rnd 8: With dark color, ch 3, remove hook, attach light color in next st with a sc, holding dark ch-3 to front, with light color, ch 3, [sc in next sc, ch 3, remove hook, holding light color ch-3 to front, pick up dark color, sc in next sc, ch 3, remove hook, holding dark color ch-3 to front, pick up light color] rep around, join, fasten off. 

Rnd 9 (first motif) Attach black in any ch-3 sp of dark color, ch l, sc in same ch-3 sp, ch 3, sk next light color ch-3 sp, [sc in next dark color ch- 3 sp, ch 3, sk next light color ch-3 sp) rep around, join in beg sc, fasten off. (42 ch-3 sps) 

Rnd9 (rem motifs) Rep as for Rnd 9 of first motif, except along one side of motif, join 7ch-3 sps to previous motif with, sc in dark ch-3 sp of working motif, [ch 1, sc in ch-3 sp of adjacent motif, ch 1, sc in next dark ch-3 sp on working motif] 7 times.

  Border

Rnd 1: Attach black in any ch-3 sp, ch 1, sc in same ch-3 sp, ch 3, [sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3] rep around, join in beg sc.

  Rnd 2: Sl st into next ch-3 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same ch-3 sp, work 3 dc in each ch-3 sp around, except sk the ch-3 sp at each inside corner, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3.

  Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in each dc around, except sk 4 dc at each inside corner (2 dc on each side of inner corner), join in beg sc.

  Rnd 4: Working with various left-over colors and black, rep Rnd 8 of motif, sk 6 sc at each inside corner (3 sc on each side of inner corner), join, fasten off.

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