Basic Granny Square Snuggle

This is an easy pattern. Good for beginners.
Designer
Rae French
Materials
Worsted-weight acrylic yarn
Crochet hook size H (5.00 mm) or larger
Pattern Note
Instructions are written for color change on each row. When working variations in which same color is used for more than one row, sl st to next corner space instead of fastening off. To change colors within row, cut and join colors as needed. Knot strands when joining. To fasten off: cut length long, approx. 6 inches or more, use a tapestry needle to bring end strand to beginning strand and knot together and work remaining ends through work.

Caveat: While this pattern is a great pattern to teach crochet with, there is a problem with it if the holes created in the pattern are too large or your stitches are too loose. There is a concern for cats getting their claws caught too easily in the loose stitches and the holes do not allow much protection from the cold metal of the cages. Please use your discretion in using this pattern for making Snuggles.
Instructions

Work with any colors. Starting at center, ch 6. Join with a sl st to form ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 3, work 2 dc in ring, ch 3, work (3 dc in ring, ch 3) 3 times; join with a sl st in top of ch 3. Fasten off as instructed above.

Rnd 2: Work first corner as follows: sl st in next ch-3 sp, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), work (2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in same sp (first corner made); ch 1, * work (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next sp (corner made); ch 1, repeat form * twice more; join. Fasten off.

Rnd 3: Work first corner in next corner sp, ch 1, 3 dc in next sp, ch 1, work (corner in next corner sp, ch 1, 3 dc in next sp, ch 1) 3 times; join. Fasten off.

Rnd 4: Work first corner in next corner sp, ch 1, work (3 dc in next sp, ch 1) twice; * corner in next corner sp, ch 1, work (3 dc in next sp, ch 1) twice; repeat from * twice more; join. Fasten off.

Rnd 5: Work as for Rnd 4, working 1 more (3 dc in next sp, ch 1) on each side between corners.

Continue repeating rnd 5 until desired size.

Last Rnd: Sl st into corner, Ch 1, (5 sc in each corner sp, sc over each dc, and sc over each ch-1 sp) around; join. Fasten off.

Hint for best results in finishing is to leave ends long and weave the ends through the work using a tapestry needle.

Copyright Notice
This pattern is provided for the Snuggles Project (www.snugglesproject.org) and is for personal use only.
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