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Log Cabin Square
#1
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ARNie’s Log Cabin Square #1

This design pattern is based on the quilt pattern.  I’ve seen and heard of several different versions of this, which all of them mimic the ‘stair steps’ or diamonds of the quilt original.  
Log Cabin Squares are excellent for using up scraps of yarn, since each round of the granny square has two at least different colors.  The pattern is best achieved with obviously dark and light colored yarns, with a few medium shades here and there.

INSTRUCTIONS:
Center: traditional quilt patterns always have this color red, but you can use any color that is bright and contrasting from the rest of your colors.
Ch 6. Connect to form ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc, here and through out) and work 3 dc into ring.  *Ch 2.  Work 4 Dc into ring.  Repeat two more times.  Connect to beg ch and end off.
Round 2: Attach Dark Color in any Ch 2 sp.  Ch 3, Dc into same Ch 2 sp. Work 1 Dc into each st across side.  2 Dc into Ch 2 Sp, Ch 2, 2 Dc into same sp.  Work 1 Dc into each st across side. Yo, insert hk into Ch 2 Sp. Yo, pull through. Yo and pull through 2 loops, leaving last two loops on hk.  Drop Dark Yarn, and pick up Light Colored Yarn.  Yo, (with light color) and finish Dc. Work another Dc into same Ch 2 Sp.  (Cut a long tail on the dark yarn to tie to the light yarn to prevent unraveling).

From here, you will continue working down the next side, but in a slightly different manner.  

Ch 3 (serves as first Dc). Work 2 more Dc around the post of the previous stitch.  It will look something like this: | | |  

The new stitches are vertical and wrapped around the post of the last st of previous side.  Continue working 1 Dc into each stitch down the side.  Work 2 Dc into Ch 2 sp, Ch 2, 2 Dc into same sp.  1 Dc into each stitch down the side.  Work 1 Dc around post of last st of this round (same as above.) Yo, insert hook around same post, Yo and pull through, Yo and pull through two loops, leaving last two loops on hook.  Drop Light Colored Yarn and pick up another Dark Colored Yarn.  Yo, (dark color) and finish Dc. Work 1 more Dc around post of same st.

Round 3: (You will continue working down the next side, as shown in Round 2.) With Dark Colored Yarn,  *Ch 3 (serves as first Dc). Work 2 more Dc around the post of the previous stitch.  
It will look something like this: | | |  
The new stitches are vertical and wrapped around the post of the last st of previous side.  
Continue working 1 Dc into each stitch down the side.  Work 2 Dc into Ch 2 sp, Ch 2, 2 Dc into same sp.  1 Dc into each stitch down the side.  Work 1 Dc around post of last st of this round (same as above.) Yo, insert hook around same post, Yo and pull through, Yo and pull through two loops, leaving last two loops on hook.  Drop Dark Colored Yarn and pick up another Light Yarn.  Yo, (light color) and finish Dc. Work 1 more Dc around post of same st.  Repeat from * using Light Colored Yarn to finish this round.

Repeat Round 3 to achieve desired size of square.  
Be certain to secure all loose tails with knots to prevent unraveling.
Place squares with the Light sides together and the Dark sides together to create Stairs and/or Diamonds like the Log Cabin Quilts.

Join squares as you normally would.
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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