Back to Patterns
Spider in the Barn Square
Sally Ives, Nov. 2003
This square was designed for a "masculine" afghan.  My two daughters named it: even though there are more than the 8 legs spiders have, they both felt it looked like a spider.

Finished Size: app. 6"   Your tension may differ from mine, and you may need to use a smaller/larger hook to get the 6"

Materials: Worsted weight yarn in two colours.
Aluminum crochet hook size G (4.25mm)

Special Stitches:
DTR=yo 3 times, insert hook in next st, draw up loop.   (Yo, draw through 2 loops) 4 times.
FPDTR=as above, but worked around post of specified st.
FPTR= yo twice, insert hook around post of specified st.  pull up loop.  (Yo, draw through 2 loops) 3 times.
Blp=back loop of stitch

With Col A, ch 4, sl st in 1st ch to form ring.
Rnd 1: Ch3, 15 dc in ring.  (16 dc)
Rnd 2: Ch3, dc in same st.   2dc in each st around.  FO A.(32)
Rnd 3: Join B in any st.   Ch1, sc in same st.   (ch2, sk 1 st, sc in next) around.   Ch1, sc in first st to join.
Rnd 4: Ch3, dc in same space around post of sc. *2hdc in next ch2 space, 2sc in next space.   2hdc in next.  (2dc, ch1, 2dc) in next space for corner.  Repeat from * around, ending with 2dc, ch1 in same space as first 2dc.   Join, FO B.
Rnd 5: Join A in any corner ch1 space.  Ch3, dc in same sp. *dtr into unworked loop of rnd 2 (FPDTR).   2dc in same space as first 2dc.   Dc in 3 sts, dtr into unworked loop of rnd 2. (Dc in 2 sts, dtr into next unworked loop of rnd 2) twice.   Dc in 3 sts.   2dc in next corner space.   Repeat from * around.   Join, FO.
Rnd 6: Join B in top of any corner dtr.   Ch3 (dc, ch1, 2dc) in same st.   Dc around, working (2dc, ch1, 2dc) in each corner dtr.  FO.
Rnd 7: Join A in blp of ch1 corner st. FPDTR around post of dtr below.  Sl st in same corner st.   Continue working in blps only: *sl st in 6 sts, FPTR, sk next st of rnd 6.   Sl st in 3 sts, FPTR, sk 1 st, sl st in 4 sts, FPTR, sk next st, sl st in 5 sts.   (Sl st, FPDTR, sl st) in corner st.   Repeat from * around.   Join, FO.   Weave in ends.