Square Motif Style Breastplate























Source:
  http://handmadebymother.blogspot.com/2009/08/super-foxes-breastplates-its-not-hip-to.html

SQUARE MOTIF STYLE

TENSION: 1 motif = 3 1/2 ins x 3 1/2 ins.

MOTIF: With B, ch 6. Join with ss to form ring.

1st round: Ch 3. 15 dc in ring. Ss in top of ch 3. (16 sts in round).

2nd round: Ch 5. * 1 dc in back loop only of next dc. Ch 2. Repeat from * to end of round. Ss in 3rd st of ch 5.

3rd round: Ch 5. 1 tr in same st. * Ch 2. 1 dc in next dc. Ch 2. 1 hdc in next dc. Ch 2. 1 dc in next dc. Ch 2. (1 tr. Ch 2. 1 tr.) in next dc. Repeat from * twice. Ch 2. 1 dc in next dc. Ch 2. 1 hdc in next dc. Ch 2. 1 dc in next dc. Ch 2. Ss in 3rd st of ch 5.

4th round: 3 sc in 1st space. 1 sc in each st. 2 sc in each space and 3 sc in each corner space to end of round. Ss in 1st st. Fasten off.

Using a blunt ended needle, thread a length of A over and under each dc of 2nd round 4 times, being sure that all 4 strands lie flat and are not twisted. Darn in ends on wrong side.

Make another motif the same, then make 2 motifs with A and thread 2nd round with B.

Sewing through back loops only, join motifs as illustrated.

Join A in any st along edge. Ch 3. 1 dc in each st and 3 dc in each corner st around entire edge. Ss in top of ch 3. Fasten off.

NECK BAND: With B, ch 70 sts. 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook. 1 dc in next ch. * 2 dc in next ch. 1 dc in each of next 2 ch. Repeat from * to end of ch. Fasten off.

With right side of motif facing, join B in back loop of 3rd st before corner sts above motif made with A. Ch 4.

1st row: Working in back loops only of sts 1 tr in next st. 1 dc in next st. 1 hdc in next st. 1 sc in next st (centre st of corner). 1 hdc in next st. 1 dc in next st. 1 tr in each of next 2 sts. Ch 3. Turn. (9 sts in row).

2nd row: Miss 1 st. 1 dc in each st to end of row. Ch 3. Turn.

Repeat 2nd row once, omitting ch 3 at end of row. Fasten off. Sewing through back loops only, join to centre 9 sts of neck band.

SIDE PIECE: With right side of work facing, join B in back loop of 5th st before corner sts above motif made with B. Ch 4.

1st row: Working in back loops only of sts 1 tr in next st. 1 dc in next st. 1 hdc in each of next 2 sts. 1 sc in each of next 3 sts. 1 hdc in each of next 2 sts. 1 dc in next st. 1 tr in each of next 2 sts. Ch 3. Turn. (13 sts in row).

2nd row: Miss 1st st. 1 dc in each st to last 2 sts. Miss 1 st. 1 dc in top of turning ch. Ch 3. turn. (11 sts in row). Repeat 2nd row to 3 sts in row.

Next row: Miss 1st st. 1 dc in next st. 1 dc in top of turning ch. Ch 3. turn.

Repeat last row until side piece measures desired length to middle of back. See note on page 2, then fasten off.

With right side of work facing, join B at other side and work 2nd piece in same manner. Press lightly. Sew button at end of neck band and end of left side piece. Use spaces between sts for buttonholes.

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