With A, ch 144.
Row 1 (RS): Dc in 4th ch from hook (beginning ch counts as dc) and in each ch across – 142 dc.
Rows 2-4: Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), turn, dc in each st across.
Row 5: Ch 3, turn, dc in next 3 sts, *ch 2, sk next 2 sts, dc in next 4 sts; rep from * across.
Rows 6-9: Rep Row 2.
Note: Second-Seventh Strips are worked as for First Strip through Row 9, then joined to previous strip with a Joining Row.
With B, ch 144.
Rows 1-9: Work Rows 1-9 of First Strip. Do not fasten off.
With RS facing, place previous Strip above current Strip.
Note: The Joining Row (instructions below) forms a zigzag between two strips, joining them together.
Next (Joining) Row (Worked back and forth between last row of current strip and foundation ch of previous strip): Sl st in first st of current strip, ch 1, sl st in first foundation ch of previous strip, ch 2, sk next st of current strip, sl st in next st of current strip, ch 2, sk next 2 sts of previous strip, sl st in next st of previous strip, *ch 2, sk next 2 sts of current strip, sl st in next st of current strip, ch 2, sk next 2 sts of previous strip, sl st in next st of previous strip, continue to work back and forth between the 2 strips to join, end with ch 1, sl st in last st of current strip. Fasten off.
With C, work as for Second Strip.
With D, E, F and G, work as for Second Strip.
With RS facing, join C with sl st in any corner. Work sc evenly spaced around outside edge, working 3 sc in each corner; join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.
Weave in ends.