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Start date:  Saturday, June 9, 2001.

Completion date:  Shut up, okay?

The pattern I designed is 12 x 12 squares of a basic granny square motif - concentric squares in rows, like this.  The rows average 1/2 inch, the sqares average 8 1/2 inches across, and each seam adds approx 1/4 inch.  Considering all that and the outer row, the size when finished should be approximately 9'x9' [(8.5*12) + (.5*11) +1 = 108.5;  108.5/12 =  9.041667].  We'll see for sure when it's done... :)

I used hook size F, and rotated four colors, with grey for the border color.  I drew the pattern out in Paint (yes, bitmaps are obnoxiously huge, but the gridlines make it perfect for blocking out patterns - if you have plenty of time and patience!).

Just for fun, I tried to figure out the stitch count.  I am pretty sure I have this right, so I thought I'd show my work. 

For each square:  

Row 1 - 20 chain stitches, 11 double crochet stitches, 2 slip stitches = 33 total

Rows 2 through 8:

  • 3 (first "dc") + 3 (corner stitches) * 4 (corners) + spaces between dc clusters [4 (sides of square) * (row number -1)] = chain stitches
  • [3 (stitches in each dc cluster) * 4 (sides of square) * row number] - 1 (first stitch of row is not a dc, but 3 chain stitches)  = double crochet stitches
  • 1 slip stitch (to close)

So, the total per square is 825 stitches.  144 squares* 825 is 118800 - that's the milestone I reached yesterday (woo-hoo!).

As for the last row, the outer border, I think that will have 1759 stitches - I'm not as sure about this because I'm having a little trouble visualizing it - but if I'm wrong, it's by less than five.

I freely admit that I am a dilettante when it comes to crafts - still, ridiculously late though it is, it's no less a labor of love, and while I'm not going to announce my guess at when it will be finished (for fear of missing yet another deadline), I can actually see the end of it ahead of me.  I don't know what will happen to me when I am done.  I think my heart might explode.

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