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Lacy Stripes

Worked in one color, this block would add an interesting texture to an afghan, but it can be easily adapted to work in stripes of contrasting colors. For an interesting afghan edging, crochet one repeat.

Special abbreviation: mb make bobble (popcorn) -- 4dc into the next ch, remove the hook from the working loop, insert it under the top loops of the first of the dc sts just worked and draw the working loop through, prepare to cont to work right to left across the block.

Foundation chain: Ch 29.

Row 1 (right side): insert the hook into the 3rd ch from the hook, work 1sc this completes the first 2 sts. 1sc into each of the ch to the end -- 28sts. Turn. 
Row 2:
 Ch 2 (counts as 1sc), 1sc into each st. Turn. 
Row 3:
 Rep row 2. 
Row 4:
 Ch 3 (counts as 1dc), 1dc into the base of the ch, *sk 2 sts, [1dc, ch 1, 1dc] into the next st, rep from * 7 more times, sk 2 sts, 2dc into the top of the ch. Turn. Row 5: Ch 3 (counts as 1dc), 1dc into the next st, ch 1, sk 1 st, mb into the next ch, ch 2 * sk 2 sts, mb into the next ch, ch 2, rep from * 5 more times, sk 2 sts, mb into the next ch, ch 1, sk 1 st, 1dc into each of the next 2 sts. Turn. 
Row 6:
 Ch 3 (counts as 1dc), 1dc into the base of the ch, sk 1 st, 1dc into the next ch, *[1dc, ch 1, 1dc] into the next sp, rep from * 6 more times, 1dc, into the next sp, ch 1, 1dc into each of the next 2 sts. Turn. 
Row 7:
 Ch 2 (counts as 1sc), 1sc into each st. Turn. 
Row 8:
 Ch 3 (counts as 1dc), 1dc into each st. Turn. Rep rows 3 - 8 once more. Rep rows 3 - 7 once more. 
Row 20:
 Ch 2 (counts as 1sc), 1sc into each st. Turn. 
Row 21: 
Rep row 20.

Fasten off yarn.

ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES Click for explanation and illustration

ch(s) = chain(s) sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet st(s) = stitch(es)
rep = repeat(s)(ing) yo = yarn over
   
   

Pattern by permission from Crochet Blocks in a Box by Luise Roberts, St. Martin's Griffin, 2007