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Single Shell &
V’s
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Mile a Minute Strips pg 2

Single Shell and V’s
Ch 9.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk. *Sk 3 chs and work 7 Dc in next ch (Shell completed). Sk 3 chs and Sc in next ch.
Row 2: Turn, ch 4 (serves as 1 Dc & Ch 1). Dc into sc of previous row. *Ch 2, Sc into top of Shell, ch 2, (Dc, Ch 1, Dc-V St completed) into last Sc.
Row 3: Turn. Ch 1. *1 Sc in center of  V st. Sk Ch 2 sp. Work Shell st in Sc. Sk ch 2 sp. 1 Sc in the center of the last V st.
Repeat Rows 2 & 3 to create pattern. End off.
Attach coordinating color in any post of side. Ch (1-4-depending on sc, hdc, dc or trc) and work 3 sts in each post down both sides and ends adding extra stitches in the corners to get around corners. Connect to beg Ch, and end off. Weave threads.

Christmas Tree Strip

I used a fine acrylic thread to create this sample, so that it would be small enough to give you a good sample of the trees.  However, you can use a worsted weight yarn with this strip for afghans and couch throws.  Also, you could use a fine cotton thread to make this pattern into a wonderful bookmark.

I chose Kelly Green for the Trees and bright red for the trim.

Specialty Stitches:
Triple Decrease Cluster- (Yo, insert hk in next st. Yo, pull up. Yo, pull through 2 loops) 3 times.  Yo, pull through all 4 loops on hk.

Instructions
Ch 17.
Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hk. Ch 2, sk 2 chs.  Work 1 Dc in next 9 chs. Ch 2, sk 2 chs. Work 2 Dc in last st.  Turn.
Row 2: Ch 3 (serves as 1st Dc here and throughout.) 1 Dc in same st.  Ch3. Sk 1 Dc, work 1 Dc in next 7 sts. Ch 3. Work 2 Dc in last st.  Turn.
Row 3:Ch 3. 1 Dc in same st.  Ch 2, 1 Dc into Ch 3 sp, Ch 2. Sk 2 Dc, work 1 Dc in next 5 sts. Ch 2, 1 Dc into Ch 3 sp, Ch 2. Sk 2, 2 Dc in last st.  Turn.
Row 4: Ch 3. 1 Dc in same st. Ch 2, 1 Dc in next Dc. Ch 3. Sk 2 Dc, work 1 Dc in next 3 Sts.
Ch 3, 1 Dc in next Dc. Ch 2. 2 Dc in last st.  Turn.
Row 5. Ch 3. Dc in same st.  Ch 2. 1 Dc in next Dc.  Ch 3. Work Triple Decrease Cluster.  Ch 3. Dc in next Dc.  Ch 2. Work 2 Dc in last st.
Row 6: Ch 3. 1 Dc in same st.  Ch 2. 1 Dc in next Dc. Work 3 Dc in Ch 3 sp. 1 Dc into top of Triple Decrease Cluster. 3 Dc in Ch 3 sp. 1 Dc in next Dc. Ch 2. 2 Dc in last st.

To create pattern, Repeat Rows 2 through 6.  End off.

From here you can add a decorative border around the strip with a contrasting or coordinating color of yarn/thread.
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Christmas Tree
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Abbreviations:  
Beg: Beginning
 Ch: Chain stitch
Dc: Double Crochet   
Sc: Single Crochet  
Trc: Treble Crochet
Lp: Loop  
Hk: Hook
 Sk: skip stitches
Sl St: slip stitch
Yo: Yarn Over hook