(or hook of choice, just add or delete rows to reach 12 inches)
Special Stitch: Crossed Double Crochet (abbreviated Xdc). Skip dc, dc in next dc, dc in skipped dc, Xdc made
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 8 sc in second ch from hook; join with slip st to first sc.
Rnd 2: Ch 5, dc in same st; *2 dc in next st; dc ch2 dc in next st;* 3 times; 2 dc in next st; sl st to third ch of beg ch-5. (16 dc, 4 ch 2 spaces made)
Rnd 3: Sl st in corner; ch 1, *3 sc in corner; sc in back loop of each st across; * 4 times; sl st to first sc.
Rnd 4: Sl st in second sc in corner; ch 3, dc in same st, ch 2, 2 dc in same st; *Xdc across; 2 dc-ch 2-2 dc in corner st;* 3 times; Xdc across, sl st in top of beg ch-3. Rnd 5: Sl st in next dc, sl st in corner; ch1, *3 sc in corner; sc in back loop of each st across; * 4 times; sl st to first sc.
Repeat rows 4 and 5 until square is 12 inches, ending with Rnd 5.
*variation: alternate contrasting colors with each round*
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