Summer Direction Crochet-A-Long

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Version

Interlocking & Mosaic

Summer Direction can be made using one of two colorwork techniques: interlocking crochet or overlay mosaic crochet.

This is the landing page for the overlay mosaic crochet version.

Free or Paid

Each section of Summer Direction was published separately on my website for free. A new YouTube walk-thru for that section of the pattern was published at the same time.

Scroll down to find the schedule of release.

If you’re looking for the full written pattern or the x-marked charts, they’re included in the paid PDF version of Summer Direction. I appreciate all the support!

Original Blog Entry

This Summer Direction CAL is my 5th Crochet-A-Long (CAL) since I started designing just over a year ago.

My first CAL was some large flower squares for Mother’s Day 2020. Then I did a Father’s Day CAL of scarves that joined together to create a blanket. My third CAL was the Abstract Queen; it was the first one to be available with written instructions for both interlocking and overlay mosaic crochet (before that, the other CALs were just interlocking crochet, but they have been updated since then to include both techniques). A few months ago we did the MusicCAL (which had an easier and smaller repeat section compared to the Abstract Queen CAL). I also contributed to the Friends Around the World 6th Anniversary CAL, but since I didn’t host that one I don’t consider it one of “MY” Crochet-A-Longs.

You can find the links for all my Crochet-A-Longs (CALs) in one place here:

All of the images below (showing each of my previous CALs) use the interlocking crochet technique. Overlay Mosaic Crochet will produce the same images but you will have to deal with the tails on the sides from cutting and joining your yarn each row.

Mother’s Day CAL 2020 crocheted by Erie Krol / zus.

2020 Father’s Day CAL crocheted by Claudia.

Abstract Queen CAL crocheted by Emily Harmon.

My MusicCAL runner.

Summer Direction CAL

My newest CAL, the Summer Direction CAL, like all of my patterns now, is written up for two different techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet. This CAL has video walk-thrus for both techniques! That’s the big new thing about this pattern. I have also been updating all of my patterns to include charts marked with X’s for mosaic crochet – so this pattern includes those X’s.

You are viewing the landing page for the OVERLAY MOSAIC CROCHET version of the Summer Direction CAL. You may also wish to go to the interlocking crochet landing page. I also pre-released the yardage charts, but those charts are also in this post.

I created a video walk-thru for each section in this Summer Direction CAL! I began in the winter and I figured I would definitely be ready by summer. I know it is nearing the end of August now but IT IS STILL SUMMER! I insist on not living for pumpkin spice yet! Slow down, people!

The written instructions can be found FREE here online (one section released at a time) or you can purchase a nice PDF of the entire pattern (including a plain chart for interlocking and a chart marked with X’s for mosaic as well as links to each YouTube walk-thru for every section) on Etsy or Ravelry.

Offer expired. Get 50% off when you use code, “SUMMER2021” (offer ends 11:59 pm, CST, September 30, 2021; valid on Etsy and Ravelry on the pattern “Summer Direction CAL” only).

Summer Direction CAL Schedule

This is where you can find the links to each section. This is our overlay mosaic crochet landing page so all of these links go directly to that technique for each section. Try interlocking crochet here.

Each section has a free written option on my website along with a free YouTube video.

If you’re looking for the charts, they’re included in the paid PDF version of Summer Direction. I appreciate all the support!

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Tutorials

Before we get started, brush up on your technique! If you’re new to overlay mosaic crochet, you may want to check out my tutorials first.

Remember to subscribe to my YouTube channel to get notified when each section’s videos are live.

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Section 1 – Foundation Rows

The first section is very short.

It is aptly called, “Foundation Rows” and we will decide how wide our project is going to be and how much yarn we will need.

The YouTube video does not include information on yardage so please see the Key portion for that!

Section 2 – Chevron A

This chevron goes down and then up.

Section 3 – Chevron A

This section is the same thing as the previous section.

However, your row numbers will be different because your project will be at row 15 but the video and written portion will say row 5.

So use some stitch markers to help you keep track!

Section 4 – Dark Arrows

These arrows are solid.

Of course, you may note, that my mosaic patterns all have these dots in the “solid” areas. I design first for the interlocking technique and it creates these mesh dots. I like the way our eyes still see a solid arrow and there are no flaps created by long sections of Dropped Double Crochets. Read more about these techniques at

There is a section later on that looks almost the same – however it is actually a reversed or mirrored image.

Section 5 – Chevron A

If you’ve been following the pattern as written, we are now at row 49.

However, this section is identical to rows 5-14. Both the video and the written pattern will begin with row 5 and go through row 14.

You may wish to use a stitch marker to mark row 49 so that you remember it counts as the beginning of this section.

Section 6 – Chevron B

This chevron differs from Chevron “A” because it goes up and then down instead of down and then up.

Section 7 – Light Arrows

These arrows are hollow, just the outline is drawn.

Also, this is our halfway point!

Section 8 – Chevron A

This section is identical to an earlier section so the YouTube video shows rows 5-14 while we are actually crocheting rows 95-104.

Section 9 – Chevron B

These Chevrons mirror the ones we just did in section 8. They are the same as rows 59-70 but we are on rows 105-116.

Section 10 – Dark Arrows Reversed

These look very similar to those dark arrows at the beginning of our project but their direction is actually reversed.

The arrow on the top is now pointing to the left instead of the right. So perhaps a mirror-image is a better way to think of it.

Either way, there’s a NEW YouTube video to accompany this section.

Section 11 – Chevron B

You are almost a pro at this crochet stuff by now! If you still need to reference the video please re-watch the section that covers rows 59-70. And, remember, the written portion also says 59-70 even though we are actually on rows 141-150 at this point.

Section 12 – Chevron B

Yes, this section is the same as the section before this.

We’ve done this already, so you know what to do: follow the YouTube video for rows 59-70 or follow with the written pattern (our project is now at rows 151-160).

Section 13 – Top Border Lines

We are now finishing off the pattern with the final rows that match the beginning foundation rows.

Instructions for a single crochet envelope border are included in the video.

A link to a photo tutorial for my lazy double crochet envelope border is at the end of the written instructions.

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Pattern for Summer Direction CAL

Let’s get started, shall we?

Remember, the written instructions can be found FREE here online or you can purchase a nice PDF of the entire pattern (including the X-marked chart) on Etsy or Ravelry. Get 50% off when you use code, “SUMMER2021” (offer ends 11:59 pm, CST, September 30, 2021).

What Size?

To create a full-sized blanket, do 9 repeats for the width. You repeat the stitches between the stars as many times as you want. Each repeat will add about 4.5” in width.

Yarn weight and hook size can easily be adjusted, just keep in mind your finished project will use a different amount of yarn and be a different finished size. A gauge swatch can help with that.


Each line may have brackets which you repeat the designated number of times, and the stars denote the sections you repeat based on how wide you want your project; like this:

JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc8, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc7*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

To expand the brackets, it looks like this: JS, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc1, *sc8, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc7*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

For a 2-width repeat, it will look like: JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, sc8, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc7, sc8, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc7, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

Foundation stitches and repeats, and yarn usage

To figure out how many stitches you start with: (four and nine repeats are just examples, you can use any number of repeats)

Mosaic Foundation Single width Four repeats Nine repeats
Finished Size (41” height includes all the sections of the original designs) 6.5” x 41” 20” x 41” 42” x 41”
Chainless SC Foundation Repeats of 18 + 9 (1 x 18) + 9 = (18) + 9 = 27 (4 x 18) + 9 = (72) + 9 = 81 (9 x 18) + 9 = (162) + 9 = 171
Or, chain and SC back Add 1 to the final number above 27 + 1 = 28 81 + 1 = 82 171 + 1 = 172

When determining yardage, I design for two colors: Main Color and Contrasting Color. You could do a gauge swatch to get a more accurate representation of your yarn and personal gauge but if you’d like to use my estimates keep in mind I use a 4.5 mm hook and a thicker worsted weight yarn (4 – medium).

Mosaic Yardage Single width Four repeats Nine repeats
Yardage Per color = base + repeats 60 + (120) = 180 60 + (120 x 4) = 540 60 + (120 x 9) = 1140
Plus optional envelope border = base + repeats 275 + (25) = 300 275 + (25 x 4) = 375 275 + (25 x 9) = 500
Total Yardage = first line x 2 (for MC and AC), plus optional border 180 x 2 = 360 + 300 = 660 540 x 2 = 1080 + 375 = 1455 1140 x 2 = 2280 + 500 = 2780

Important Details for “Summer Direction CAL

These details will help you decide how much yarn you’ll need now that you’ve decided upon what size of a project you want.

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details for Summer Direction CAL

  • US terminology
  • Full blanket chart 169 x 165
  • Single width chart 25 x 165; repeat width 18
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Gauge 16 sc in blo stitches x 16 rows = 4″
  • Full blanket measures 42″ x 41″
  • Worsted weight yarn (2280 – 2780 yards needed for full blanket)
    • Main Color – 1140 yards
    • Contrasting Color – 1140 yards
    • Plus optional envelope border – 500 yards


I have my key posted on another page.

Please jump to

Mosaic Technique

That link above will also give you a brief overview of the stitches needed for this technique (including some photos).

Copyright Notice

© 2021 Ashlee Brotzell.
All rights reserved. This publication is protected under federal copyright laws. Reproduction or distribution, in whole or in part, in any medium, is strictly prohibited.

What does this mean?
This is an original pattern by Ashlee Brotzell. You may not copy, reproduce, sell, or share any part of it whether for profit or not. This includes, but is not limited to, the written pattern, the chart, and the photos. No translations or video tutorials are allowed.

Sales of your finished items are, of course, unrestricted (and I wish you all the best!). I appreciate credit given to the designer when possible but it is not a requirement. You may tag me @AshleesLint or direct people to my website

Summer Direction CAL: Overlay Mosaic Crochet Foundation Row

If you’re ready to start crocheting, here’s the place you want to begin: the foundation row.

My foundation rows are also called row 0 because technically we are looking below the chart to determine whether there are any dropped double crochets in this row. Spoiler alert: there are none because we haven’t done any crocheting yet so there’s nowhere to drop a double crochet into.

Foundation Row (Row 0): use Main Color (MC) (black on the chart)

Use a chainless SC technique to create repeats of 18 +9 SC. Or, chain repeats of 18 +10, SC in 2nd from hook and all the way back across. Cut and tie off. See the chart with more details.

Switch to Contrasting Color (CC) {Even- rows use MC; odd-numbered rows use CC}

Repeat between the stars 9 times for a blanket.

1 – JS, sc4, *sc18*, sc3, ES

2 – JS, dc1, sc3, *sc18*, sc2, dc1, ES

3 – JS, sc4, *sc18*, sc3, ES

4 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc18*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

The foundation rows can be a bit boring with all the counting. I apologize. It will be worth it!

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