I have not made the model for this design; therefore, do not have a specific working gauge.
However, I tend to use Size 20 Crochet Cotton with a #10 Steel Hook producing a gauge of
15 sts/5 rows = 1".  Therefore, this piece worked as shown with this gauge would = an overall
size of approx. 16" x 7".  It can be worked in many weights of Crochet Cotton.  I have given
the most popular hook size in the Materials below.  Also, the alphabet is included for those
who'd like this as a Name Lace.  For those of you who enjoy a challenge, try using popcorn stitch
for the lettering.  Try your hand at it and let me know how it works out!   THANKS! 

OFF THE DRAWING BOARD!

"I LOVE YOU" LACE
By Nancy Hearne

MATERIALS:  
Crochet Cotton Size 10/#7 Steel Crochet Hook 
    or
Crochet Cotton Size 20/#10 Steel Crochet Hook
    or
Crochet Cotton Size 30/#11 or #12 Steel Crochet Hook

TECHNIQUE:
1.  Block (BL)
= 3 dc
    A.  Starting Bl = ch 3 + 3 dc
    B.  Bl over a Bl = dc in 3 dc
     C.  Bl over a Sp = 2 dc in sp, dc in next dc
2.  Space (Sp) = ch 2 + dc
    A.  Sp over a Bl = ch 2, sk 2 dc, dc in next dc
    B.  Sp over a Sp = ch 2, dc in next dc
     C.  Sp over a Popcorn = ch 2, sk Popcorn, dc in next dc
3.  Popcorn = 5 dc in designated st/sp, remove hook from lp & insert in top of 1st dc, pull lp through dc
                    & form popcorn w/"bump" on R.S. of work; ch 1 to close

     A.  Popcorn over a Sp = Popcorn in ch 2 sp, dc in next dc
    B.  Popcorn over a Popcorn = Popcorn in top of Popcorn, dc in next dc

INSTRUCTIONS:
Row 1:  R.S.  Ch 243.  Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across.  Turn.
Row 2:  Starting Bl over Bl, *ch 2, sk 2 dc, dc in next dc, repeat from * to last 3 dc, dc in last 3 dc.
          
Turn.
Rows 3-36:  Follow graph utilizing TECHNIQUE.  End off.

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