How to Crochet Heirloom Circle
This pattern uses US stitch abbreviation.
Create equal side loops on each side, connect with sc. When you have 4 loops create 5 sc fan. (Alternating one side will have 5 loops due to the turning of the heirloom). 5 sc fans are created by inserting hook as if making a sc, pull yarn through, yo and pull through only the first loop, *(insert hook, pull yarn through, you and pull through only the first loop) *, continue between ** until you have 5 loops on hook, yarn over and pull through all 5 loops. After you have connected both sides with 5 sc fan turn the heirloom 360 degrees and connect with sc. Turn heirloom the usual 180 degrees and connect with sc. Continue making loops the same way until you have 24 groups of 4 loops connected with 5 sc fans each side. Release the crochet work on one side of the heirloom only. Work the side as following: *(3 sc in loop, ch 5, 3 sc in next loop) x 2, 3 sc in next loop*, continue between * * until the end, ending with *(3 sc in loop, ch 5, 3 sc in next loop) x 2.
Connect the Heirloom work
Release the crochet work from the other side of the heirloom. Connect 8 loops together with a sl st, secure with another sl st in sl st. Repeat connecting the next 2 groups of 8 loops together with a sl st. Connect the 3 connected 8-loops by a knot. Secure the knot. You have now created a circle. Connect the rest of the crochet work with sl sts.