I am blown away by how fast my Facebook group has grown! I created the group in April, 2020 after deciding to publish my first crochet pattern to Ravelry.

I wanted it to be a place where people could “meet” me, get help with the patterns (interlocking crochet is a new technique for a lot of people), and crochet together as a group!

I have hosted 3 CALs (Crochet-A-Longs) since I began. And I learned a lot each time. The 3rd CAL was also offered in mosaic crochet and I think that really brought in a lot of new members.

There are now more than 3000 members in Ashlee’s Interlocking and Mosaic Crochet Facebook group!

I like to celebrate milestones 🙂

I should have prepared sooner. It took my surprise.

I went into my half-finished files to see which pattern I could quickly finish to offer as a free celebratory pattern. The first one I picked was not nearly close enough to finished. I spent about twenty minutes on that drawing before I said, wait, the group is already at 3000 members, I need something NOW!

The next chart I opened was ready for publishing. I exported it and started to work on the written instructions. After an hour I realized these written instructions were just too busy for a quick free pattern. I will finish both of those projects eventually, but I really need to find something in my files that is ready NOW! Lol

Then it was bedtime for my kids so I had to walk away from my work. Brushing teeth, changing, stalling, crying, snuggling, etc. It takes a long time, and last night was one of the exta long adventures.

Eventually I did get back to my computer. But I got distracted with drawing something else that’s been in my mental to-do list. It is ready, by the way: a valentine’s day surprise!

But, I still had no pattern to give away in celebration. Then I remembered the blanket my 6-year-old daughter wanted me to make for her.

A few finishing touches on the drawing and it was ready for me to work some magic with typing. The instructions did take me longer than I anticipated (like, all day).

But, I was tired of switching my projects so I stuck with it.

It is probably not something that EVERYONE will like. I can’t please everyone. But I am pretty sure that at least some of you will like it. And, hey, it’s free!

Now presenting: Common Unicorn

Unicorns are not rare in my house. Sparkles and rainbows and pastel colors are our favorites. Especially in shades of pink.

It is written up for both my favorite techniques: interlocking and overlay mosaic crochet. And of course, there is a chart.

Check out my YouTube channel if you need a tutorial on either of those techniques or how to use the chart.

I am putting the pattern in the files section of my Facebook group (that is free!). I will also publish it to Etsy and Ravelry for those who don’t use Facebook or for strangers to stumble upon in later days.

It is a throw-sized blanket: the chart is 229 x 237 which should work up to 57″ x 60″ with worsted weight yarn.

When I eventually get around to crocheting this one I think I will do it in mosaic crochet and I will use a rainbow of scrap yarn for my CC (contrasting color). I will probably stick with black or a dark purple or blue for the MC (main color).

I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with. I love seeing the various color choices!

Anneke used a rainbow self-striping yarn for the MC!