Star Wheel Tablecloth

MATERIALS:
Choose one of the following-threads in size 20, White or Ecru: Clark's 0.N.T Mercerized Crochet, 74 balls.
J. & P. Coats Mercerized Crochet, 53 balls.
J. & P. Coats Big Ball Best Six Cord Mercerized Crochet, 31 balls.
Milward's steel crochet hook No. 9 or 10.
GAUGE: One large motif measures 4 1/4 inches in diameter and requires about 25 yards -of crochet thread. Each fill-in-lace requires about 4 yards of crochet thread. When completed, tablecloth measures about 68 x 85 inches.
Make 320 large motifs, then join them together as explained later.
MOTIF: Ch 10 and join with sl st to form ring.
1st rnd: Ch 3, 23 dc in ring. Join with sl st to 3rd st of ch-3 first made.
2nd rnd: Ch 10, and complete a cross st as follows: Thread over twice, insert hook in 8th ch from hook, draw thread through (4 loops on hook), thread over once, skip 1 dc and insert hook in next dc, draw thread through (6 loops on hook), thread over, and take off 2 loops at a time, 5 times. * Ch 3, thread over 4 times, insert hook in next dc and draw thread through (6 loops on hook), thread over, and take off 2 loops at a time twice, then thread over, skip 1 dc, insert hook in next, draw thread through (6 loops on hook), thread over, and take off 2 loops at a time, 5 times. Ch 3, dc in center point of the cross, thus completing the cross. Repeat from * until there are 8 cross sts around the circle. Join last ch-3 with sl st to 7th st of ch-10 first made.
3rd rnd: 5 sc in each sp.
4th to 7th rnds incl: Sc in each sc of previous rnd.
8th rnd: Ch 4, dc in 1st sc, * ch 1, dc in next sc, repeat from* to end of rnd. Then ch 1, and join with sl st to 3rd st of ch-4 first made.
9th rnd: Ch 10, and complete cross st as before, skipping 2 dc between each leg of cross st and inserting hook under ch-1 sp. Ch 3 between each cross st. Skip 2 dc between each cross st. Repeat around (20 cross sts) and join last ch-3 with sl st to 7th st of ch-10 first made.
10th rnd: Sl st in 1st 2 sts of first sp, ch 5, * dc in same sp, ch 3, sc in next sp, ch 3, dc in next sp, ch 2, repeat from * to end of rnd. Join last ch 3 with sl st to 3rd st of ch-5 first made.
11th rnd: Ch 6, dc in same sp, * ch 4, sc in next sc of previous rnd, ch 4, dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 3, dc in same sp, repeat from * to end of rnd, joining with sl st to 3rd st of ch-6 first made.
TO JOIN MOTIFS: Place motifs in position (16 x 20 motifs). With over-and-over stitches, sew 3 points of one motif to corresponding 3 points of the adjacent motif (thus leaving 2 points free on each motif.)
Fill in Lace: For fill in lace between the motifs, ch 4, join with sl st to form ring. ** Ch 15, sc at joining of two motifs, ch 15, sc in center ring, * ch 9, sc in point of next scallop, ch 9, sc in center ring, repeat from * once more. Then repeat from ** 3 more times. This completes the fill-in lace. Break off thread.



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