Crochet Block: Little Gems

These "little gems" could be precious stones or small flowers. For extra sparkle work beads into the double crochet stitches that make up the bright spots of color.

Special abbreviation
mbm make bobble mesh-join in the yarn specified in the last st , working into the next st, *insert the hook, yo, draw the loop through, yo, draw the yarn through 2 loops on the hook, rep this from * twice more into the same st, yo draw the yarn through all 3 loops at once, join in yarn A, 1dc into the next dc st.

Foundation chain: Ch 36.
Row 1 (right side): (as chart) yo, insert the hook into the 6th ch from the hook, work 1dc this completes the first mesh. Cont to the end of the row using the chart as reference and counting each ch as either a sp or a st. Read the chart from right to left on odd numbered rows and left to right on even numbered rows. Turn. 
Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1dc) cont to the end of the row, work the last dc into the 3rd ch of the beg-ch. Turn. 
Cont to foll the chart, ch 2 (counts as 1dc) at the beginning of each row, and work the last dc into the second ch of beg-ch before turning. 
Fasten off yarn.

om open mesh-ch 1, sk 1 sp or dc, dc into the next dc st
sm solid mesh-dc into the next sp or st, dc into the next dc st

ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES Click for explanation and illustration

beg = begin(s)(ning) sk = skip
ch(s) = chain(s) sp(s) = space(s)
cont = continu(e)(s)(ing) st(s) = stitch(es)
dc = double crochet yo = yarn over hook

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