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Maple Leaf Afghan
Maple Leaf Afghan

Materials: Worsted Weight Yarn~24 ozs Main Colour MC White
   4 ozs of each contrasting colours~CC scarlet, gold, green variegated
greens & autumns
   Crochet Hook Size H or 5.00 mm
   Tapestry Needle

Note: When working two colours, carry yarn not in use across the back
of the work, working over it to weave it into WS. Draw new colour
through last loops of last stitch.

To Make One Square:
Using MC, ch 25.

Base Row: Work 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each ch to end. Turn.
24 sc.

Row 1: Ch 1, 1 sc in each of next 10 sc, insert hook in next sc, yo and
draw through a loop, draw CC through 2 loops on hook, still using CC
work 1 sc in next sc working st over loose end of CC and MC, insert
hook in next sc and draw through a loop, draw MC through 2 loops on
hook – 2 complete sc in CC made – , leaving CC at back of work, 1 sc in
each sc to end of row. Turn. 24 sc.
Continue in sc following chart and always changing colours with last yo
of previous st and working over MC. When leaf pattern is complete,
break off CC and work last 2 rows of chart in MC as indicated. Do not
break off MC. Work 2 more sc in last st to turn corner, then work 1 row
of sc around 3 edges of square, working 1 sc in each sc or row edge
and 3 sc in each corner. Work 2 sc in same st as first st of 25th row. Join
with sl st to first st. Break off MC, leaving approximately 1 yd for joining
squares later. Make 7 squares in each of 5 leaf colours in the same way.
35 squares.

To Assemble:
Block squares according to yarn instructions. Arrange in 5 rows of 7
squares each, scattering leaf colours. Join squares using long loose
ends of MC and tapestry needle. Sew through both loops of each sc with
overcast stitch. Weave in any loose ends.

To Finish:
Cut rem MC and CC into random lengths, each at least 20 inches long.
Join any colour at any outside st, work 1 sc in each sc and 3 sc in each
corner, around entire outside edge, join last sc to first with a sl st.
Change colours randomly as each strand is finished and work over
ends. Work 7 more rows in sc. 8 rows.
Fasten off. Weave in any loose ends.