Ashlee Brotzell Designs

“Painting with yarn” – that’s one way to describe my crochet patterns! What’s the easiest way to get my art onto your blanket? Follow my crochet patterns, of course!

These intricate patterns don’t use complicated stitches or tangled yarn bobbins. Choose your preferred colorwork technique – interlocking crochet or overlay mosaic crochet – and then work from the written pattern or the charts to create your own masterpiece!

If you’re new to these techniques, start with a tutorial!

Current Highlights

2024: A Year of Dogs

Beloved Alphabet Series

Newest Entries

Popular Designs

Belle to Infinity

Double Wedding Rings: Center-out or bottom-up

Harmony Mandala: Center-out or botom-up

Bubbles the Sea Turtle

Book Dragon

Brotzell Tiger King

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Most Popular Tutorials

Center-Out Tutorial (Both Techniques)

How to Read Brackets in Crochet Patterns 

How to Read a Mosaic Crochet Chart Without X’s

Meet the Designer


Art has always been an important part of my life. I could spend hours drawing and coloring as a child. I took as many art classes as allowed in high school and was able to take one semester of art in university.

I graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2008 with a BA in Psychology, with distinction. I was really pleased to be accepted into law school but after one term I decided it was not for me.

I utilized my psychology degree for a few years in paying jobs and now I use it everyday at home with my kids.


I could have an entire blog dedicated to our family but since this one is dedicated to crochet I’ll keep it short.

Mitch and I got married in 2009. He also graduated from the U of S; he’s a mechanical engineer. His career has taken us to a few different cities over the years and for the past 5 years I’ve been able to stay home, full-time.

Alice is almost 6, Remi is 3, and Melody is 10 months old. They require a lot of my energy and patience. Some days I feel like supermom and other days I’m sure I’m failing at everything.

**Their ages have changed but I’ve decided to leave it as is. In May of 2023, they are now 8, 6, and 3.**

Mental Health

I learned to crochet when I was 8 and finished my first blanket when I was 13. I didn’t know how to read a pattern and I didn’t know there were more stitches than single crochet and double crochet!

I picked up my crochet hooks again a few years ago to help manage my anxiety and post-partum depression. Learning how to read a pattern was the top skill I wanted to learn, but it didn’t end there! 

Suddenly, I had a whole new world opened up to me and I wanted more! I realized I could combine my art skills with my computer skills and maybe earn a buck on the side too!

Most importantly, I was able to find myself again. Crochet and art are definitely therapy for me. I’m so thankful to have this outlet where I can put my art to work.

What Customers Are Saying

Ashlee Brotzell’s instructions are easy to follow. She’s always available to all working on her creations. I highly recommend her. I especially like this Facebook group because I can see several examples of Ashlee’s patterns as they are worked on by other group members. She even gives sneak peeks of what new creations she’s working.

– Daisha Mack, Facebook

I love the photo tutorial she offers you give a try with this method before you dive into more advance or larger patterns or you may be lost. Wished I known about this tutorial 5 years ago when I first discovered this type of crochet. This method is beautiful.

– Andrea Livingston-Shuman, Facebook

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