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Ad Astra

Latin: "to the stars"


12" square
Dedicated to the crew oI
the Space Shuttle
Columbia
Copyright 2003 Chris Simon

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H hook or size required Ior gauge - Iirst 3 rounds measure ap-
proximately Iour inches
Stitch Guide:
Ipdc - YO, insert hook Irom Iront to back around post oI st indi-
cated, YO and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), (YO and draw
through 2 loops on hook) 2 times.
split Ipdc - YO, insert hook Irom Iront to back around post oI st
indicated, YO and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), YO and
draw through 2 loops on hook (2 loops leIt on hook), YO, insert
hook Irom Iront to back around post oI next st indicated, YO
and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), YO and draw through 2
loops on hook, YO and draw through remaining 3 loops on
hook.
Chain 4, join with slip stitch to Iorm ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 3, 15 dc into ring. Join with slip stitch to 3rd ch oI
beginning ch 3.
Rnd 2: Ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same st, dc in next 3 dc, * (2 dc,
ch 2, 2 dc) in next dc, dc in next 3 dc. Repeat Irom * 2 times
more; join with slip st to 3rd ch oI beginning ch 3. Slip st
loosely in next dc, slip st into ch 2 sp. (7 stitches per side)
Note: Rnd 3-8 are the pattern rounds - where the star is Iormed.
Any stitches separated by slashes (/) are made in the same
stitch. The Iront post double crochet stitches are all made on a
slant. Visualize two upside-down V's, one inside the other, in
each quadrant oI the square. This will Iorm a Iour point double
star when complete.
Rnd 3: Ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 space (beginning corner
made). In stitches oI previous row, do the Iollowing: (Dc,
Ipdc) / skip / dc / dc / dc / skip / (Ipdc, dc). (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in
ch 2 space (corner made). Repeat around until beginning corner
is reached. Join with slip st to 3rd ch oI beginning ch 3. Slip st
loosely in next dc, slip st into ch 2 sp. (11 stitches per side)
Rnd 4: Ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 space (beginning corner
made). In stitches oI previous row, do the Iollowing: (Dc,
Ipdc) / skip / dc / (dc, Ipdc) / skip / dc / skip / (Ipdc, dc) / dc /
skip / (Ipdc, dc). (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 space (corner made).
Repeat around until beginning corner is reached. Join with slip
st to 3rd ch oI beginning ch 3. Slip st loosely in next dc, slip st
into ch 2 sp. (15 stitches per side)
Rnd 5: Ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 space (beginning corner
made). In stitches oI previous row, do the Iollowing: Dc / dc /
dc / (dc, Ipdc) / skip / dc / dc / split Ipdc around 2nd and 3rd
Ipdcs oI Rnd 4 / dc in top oI same stitch as second halI oI split
Ipdc (i.e. skip the stitch directly between the "legs" oI the split
Ipdc) / dc / skip / (Ipdc, dc) / dc / dc / dc. (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch
2 space (corner made). Repeat around until beginning corner is
reached. Join with slip st to 3rd ch oI beginning ch 3. Slip st
loosely in next dc, slip st into ch 2 sp. (19 stitches per side)
Rnd 6: Ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 space (beginning corner
made). In stitches oI previous row, do the Iollowing: Dc in next
6 stitches / (dc, Ipdc) / skip / dc / dc / dc / skip / (Ipdc, dc) / dc
in next 6 stitches. (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 space (corner made).
Repeat around until beginning corner is reached. Join with slip
st to 3rd ch oI beginning ch 3. Slip st loosely in next dc, slip st
into ch 2 sp. (23 stitches per side)
Rnd 7: Ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 space (beginning corner
made). In stitches oI previous row, do the Iollowing: Dc in next
9 stitches / (dc, Ipdc) / skip / dc / skip / (Ipdc, dc) / dc in next 9
stitches. (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 space (corner made). Repeat
around until beginning corner is reached. Join with slip st to 3rd
ch oI beginning ch 3. Slip st loosely in next dc, slip st into ch 2
sp. (27 stitches per side)
Rnd 8: Ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 space (beginning corner
made). In stitches oI previous row, do the Iollowing: Dc in next
13 stitches / split Ipdc around 1st and 2nd Ipdc in Rnd 7 / dc in
top oI same stitch as second halI oI split Ipdc (i.e. skip the stitch
directly between the "legs" oI the split Ipdc) / dc in next 12
stitches. (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 space (corner made). Repeat
around until beginning corner is reached. Join with slip st to 3rd
ch oI beginning ch 3. Slip st loosely in next dc, slip st into ch 2
sp. (31 stitches per side)

Rnd 9: Ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 space (beginning corner
made). (Dc, ch 1, skip next dc) 15 times, dc in last dc beIore ch
2 sp. (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 space (corner made). Repeat
around until beginning corner is reached. Join with slip st to 3rd
ch oI beginning ch 3. Slip st loosely in next dc, slip st into ch 2
sp. (35 stitches per side)

Measure work. II square measures 11 inches, use Rnd 10A. II
square measures 11 1/2 inches, use Rnd 10B.
Rnd 10A: Ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 sp (beginning corner
made), dc in each dc and each ch 1 sp, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2
sp (corner made), Repeat around until beginning corner is
reached. Finish oII.
Rnd 10B: Ch 1, 3 sc in ch 2 sp, sc in each dc and each ch 1 sp,
3 sc in ch 2 sp (corner made), sc in each dc and each ch 1 sp.
Repeat around until beginning corner is reached. Finish oII.