Row 1: (Dc, ch 1, dc) in 5th ch from hook (V-st made), *sk next 2 ch, V-st in next ch; rep from * across to last 2 ch, sk next ch, dc in last ch – 27 V-sts at end of this row.
Rows 2-40: Ch 3, turn, V-st in each ch-1 sp across, dc in top of turning ch.
Do not fasten off, but proceed to work border.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, turn, work sc evenly spaced around all edges of Afghan, working 3 sc in each corner; join with sl st in first sc.
Rnd 2 (picot edging): *Ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook (picot made), sk next sc, sl st in next 2 sc; rep from * around. Note: At each corner, sl st in more or fewer sts so that you can center a picot on each corner.
Weave in ends.