Esplanade Shawl Pattern

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6 ozs. Scarlet.
6 ozs. National Blue or Med. Blue.
2 inch hairpin staple.
Steel crochet hook No. 4.

Wind Scarlet around 2 prongs of staple and tie tightly in center over the 2 strands thus forming a loop on each prong. With yarn in back, insert hook in left hand loop close to center knot, yarn over hook and pull through loop, * push the hook upwards so that it parallels the prongs and pass between the prongs to the back of staple, turn the staple ½ turn to right and place yarn in front of staple, wind yarn around left prong to the back of staple and bring to center, insert hook up through the front yarn of previous loop on left side close to the center, yarn over hook and pull up a chain through previous loop on staple (2 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through 2 loops, repeat from * until there are 352 loops on each side, cut yarn, leaving a 6 inch length of yarn. Work 8 more strips in Scarlet and 8 strips in Blue in same manner.
JOINING: Working across the long side of a strip of Blue and a strip of Scarlet, insert hook in first 2 loops of Scarlet strip and keep on hook, insert hook in first 2 loops of Blue strip and pull the 2 Blue loops through the 2 Scarlet loops, there are 2 Blue loops on hook, * pull the next 2 Scarlet loops through the 2 Blue loops on hook, then pull the next 2 Blue loops through the 2 Scarlet loops on hook, repeat from * until the 2 strips are joined, fasten last 2 loops securely with the 6 inch length of yarn. Join remaining strips in same manner having 2 Scarlet strips on each outside edge and alternating colors when joining.
EDGE: Working on long side, attach Blue in first 2 loops, s c in same space, * ch 1, s c through next 2 loops, repeat from * across side, 3 s c in corner, work in s c across short end working 4 s c over each loop, work other 2 sides to correspond, join.
Next Row. 1 s c in each s c and 1 s c in each ch 1 loop on long sides, 1 s c in each s c across short sides and 3 s c in center st at each corner.
Next Row. 1 s c in each s c, cut yarn.
FRINGE: Wind Blue over a 6½ inch cardboard, cut one end. Using 4 strands, double in half and loop through every other s c across each short end, trim evenly.

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