**STARTUP ROWS**

**Row 1:** String 4 beads, and tic in an over-hand knot (as if you are beginning to tic a shoestring), leaving an 8″ {20.3 cm) tail.

Grasp the tail tightly in the hand that is not holding the needle until you have established several rows. Sew Through the next bead.

**Row 2**: String 1 new bead, and proceed through the next bead. Continue adding a bead after each bead in the previous row until you reach the end of the row. You will now have 8 beads. Step up to begin the next row.

**Row 3**: String 3 beads, and proceed through the next bead. The middle bead of these 3 should lie directly oil top of the one below it. Pull up the side beads, with your fingernails if necessary, to seat the middle one. Continue adding 3 beads after each bead in the previous row until you reach the end of the row. Step up to begin the next row. (Note: When you step up, you will sew through only the first of the 3 beads.)

**Row 4**: String 2 beads, and sew through the third bead of the three-bead set from the previous row, skipping the middle bead to form a V. String 1 bead, and sew through the next up bead. Pull firmly so that this bead snaps into place. Continue this process— sewing 2 beads over each corner bead and then 1 bead between every two up beads—until you reach the end of the row. Step upto begin the next row. (Note: When you step up, yon will sew through only the first of the 2 beads, coming out in the center of the V.)

Row 5: String 2 beads, and sew through the second of the two beads from the previous row. You should now have a second V sitting inside the first one. Sew 1 bead between the up beads until you come out in the center of the next V. Add 2 beads for the second corner. Continue until you reach the end of the row. Step up to begin the next row.

**Row 6:** String 1 bead, and sew through the second of the two beads, making sure that it sits snugly inside the V. This bead establishes the corner of the square. Sew I bead between the up beads until you come out in the center of the next V. Add a head for the second corner. Continue until you reach the end of the row. Step up to begin the next row. (Note: The last bead of the row will be the first leg of the first V, and you will step up to the adjacent corner bead.)

**INCREASE CYCLE**

Bу now you have noticed that the base portion of the square box is made up of two parts: four corners (where the increases

occur) and four straight sides (which have no increases). As you proceed, the corners increase in cycles. The square box has an

increase cycle of five rows, as follows:

**Row 1:** Bead around the square as usual, with 1 bead between every 2 up beads (including the corner bead).

**Row 2**: Add 3 beads to each corner, making sure that the middle bead touches the bead below it.

**Row 3**: Add 2 beads to each corner, skipping the middle bead, to form a V.

**Row 4**: Add 2 beads to each corner, forming a second V inside the first one.

**Row 5**: Add I bead to each corner, inside the second V.

After the startup rows, each cycle will increase the square by 12 beads (3 beads per side). Continue this cycle until your square reaches the desired size (about 2n [5.1 cm] for your practice piece).

When you have finished the increase cycles, begin making the sides **(tutorial about making the sides will be in the next post on beads-making.com**