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Counterpoint 12 Afghan Block by Joyce Lewis

Counterpoint is the re-working of the very first block I ever designed. It was inspired by several vintage
patterns and worked in DK yarn, this new 12 inch version is intended for use with worsted weight yarn. Those
of you who are familiar with my work will recognize the special stitches. What you may not know is that the
ring of picots in this pattern gave me the idea for the loop version of the crocodile stitch. This pattern uses
American terminology throughout.

Note: Colors and color placement are the choice of the crocheter, therefore no instructions are given for color
changes. Simply fasten off where desired and replace the beginning ch in the next row/round with the
appropriate standing st.

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver, worsted weight yarn

Hook: Size H/8/5.00 mm, or size required to achieve gauge

Gauge: 8 dc and 3 rows = 2 inch, center filet square = approximately 3x3 inches

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Special Stitches:

Sl st in side of previous st: insert hook under front horizontal loop AND front vertical loop of previous st, yo
and pull through all loops on hook

Picot: ch 3, sl st in side of previous sc

Picot Ring: ([2 sc, picot] 5 times, 2 sc) in next ch-7 loop

Instructions:

Row 1: Ch 16, dc in 6th ch from hook, [ch 1, skip 1 ch, dc in next] 5 times (7 dc, 6 ch)

Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch-1) and turn, dc in next dc, [ch 1, dc in next dc] 5 times ending with dc in 3rd st
of ch-4 (7 dc, 6 ch)

Row 3-5: Repeat Row 2

Round 1: Ch 3, (Do not turn, instead, rotate block clockwise 1/4 turn, the block is worked in rounds from this
point on), 3 sc in first sp, 2 sc in each of next 3 sp, (3 sc, ch 2, 2 sc) in next corner sp, 2 sc in each of next 4 ch-1
sp, (2 sc, ch 2, 3 sc) in next ch sp, 2 sc in each of next 3 sp, (3 sc, ch 2, 2 sc) in next corner sp, 2 sc in each of
next 4 ch-1 sp, 2 sc in corner sp, sl st in ch sp to join (12 sc per side, 4 ch-2 corner sp)

Round 2: Ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) in same sp, [sc in BLO of each of next 6 sc, ch 7, sl st in side of previous sc (to
form a ring), sc in BLO of each of next 6 sc, (sc, ch 2, sc) in corner ch-2 space] 3 times, sc in BLO of each of
next 6 sc, ch 7, sl st in side of previous sc, sc in BLO of each of next 6 sc, sl st in first sc to join (14 sc and 1 ch-
7 loop per side, 4 ch-2 corner sp)

Round 3: Sl st in ch-2 sp, ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) in same sp, [sc in BLO of each of first 5 sc, skip next sc, Picot
Ring (see Special Stitches), skip next sc, sc in BLO of each of last 5 sc before corner, (sc, ch 2, sc) in corner ch-
2 sp] 3 times, sc in BLO of each of first 5 sc, skip next sc, Picot Ring, skip next sc, sc in BLO of each of last 5
sc before corner, sl st in first sc to join (12 sc and 1 Picot Ring per side, 4 ch-2 corner sp)

Round 4: Sl st in ch-2 corner sp, ch 1, sc in same sp, [ch 6, skip 1st picot, hdc in 2nd picot, ch 8, skip 3rd picot,
hdc in 4th picot, ch 6, skip last picot, sc in ch-2 corner sp] 3 times, ch 6, skip 1st picot, hdc in 2nd picot, ch 8,
skip 3rd picot, hdc in 4th picot, ch 6, skip last picot, sl st in first sc to join (8 ch-6, 4 ch-8, 4 hdc, 4 sc)

Round 5: Ch 1, skip next sc, [6 sc in ch-6 sp, sc in hdc, (4 sc, ch 2, 4 sc) in ch-8 sp, sc in hdc, 6 sc in ch-6 sp,
skip sc in corner of first motif] 3 times, 6 sc in ch-6 sp, sc in hdc, (4 sc, ch 2, 4 sc) in ch-8 sp, sc in hdc, 6 sc in
ch-6 sp, sl st in first sc to join (22 sc per side, 4 ch-2 corner sp)

Round 6: Ch 1, [fpdc around sc in Round 4, sc in BLO of each of next 11 sts (beginning with st behind fpdc),
(sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 corner sp, sc in BLO of each of next 11 sts] 4 times, sl st in first fpdc to join (24 sc and 1
fpdc per side, 4 ch-2 corner sp)

Round 7: Ch 1, [fpdc around fpdc, sc in BLO of each of next 12 sts, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp, sc in BLO of each
of next 12 sts] 4 times, sl st in first fpdc to join (26 sc and 1 fpdc per side, 4 ch-2 corner sp)

Round 8: Ch 4 (counts as first tr) and turn, working with wrong side facing, sc in next st, (tr in next st, sc in
next st) 6 times, [(tr, sc, tr) in ch-2 corner sp, (sc in next st, tr in next st) 13 times, sc in next st] 3 times, (tr, sc,

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tr) in ch-2 corner sp, (sc in next st, tr in next st) 6 times, sc in next st, ch 1, skip beginning ch-4 and sl st in next
sc to join, sl st in FLO of each of next 13 sts, sl st in both loops of corner sc (15 tr and 14 sc per side, 1 sc in
each corner) Note: If changing colors for the next round, omit sl st at end of this round. Simply fasten off, turn
so right side is facing and begin next round in any corner sc.

Round 9: Ch 1 and turn, working with right side facing, (sc, ch 2, sc) in same st, [sc in each of next 29 sts, (sc,
ch 2, sc) in corner sc] 3 times, sc in each of next 29 sts, sl st in first sc to join (31 sc per side, 4 ch-2 corner sp)

Round 10: Sl st in ch-2 corner sp, ch 5 (counts as dc, ch-2), dc in same sp, [dc in each of next 31 sts, (dc, ch 2,
dc) in ch-2 corner sp] 3 times, dc in each of next 31 sts, sl st in 3rd st of beginning ch-5 to join (33 dc per side, 4
ch-2 corner sp)

Round 11: Sl st in corner sp, ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same sp, [(ch 1, skip 1 dc, dc in next dc) 16 times, ch 1, (2
dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 corner sp] 3 times, (ch 1, skip 1 dc, dc in next dc) 16 times, ch 1, sl st in beginning ch-3
to join (20 dc and 17 ch per side, 4 ch-2 corner sp)

Round 12: Sl st to ch-2 corner sp, ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same sp, [dc in next dc, (fptr in next dc, dc in next
ch-1 sp) 17 times, fptr in next dc, dc in next dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 corner sp] 3 times, dc in next dc, (fptr
in next dc, dc in next ch-1 sp) 17 times, fptr in next dc, dc in next dc, sl st in beginning ch-3 to join (41 sts per
side, 4 ch-2 corner sp) Fasten off and weave in ends.

Many thanks to Ravelry members muffetsmom, JoJo, Lettice, Berniece, Krane and sharecropper for testing,
editing and correcting this pattern. You are an essential part of the process and you made this a better pattern!

Please join us in my group, Dunnica Lane, if you have questions or need help with this block.

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