April Cat

This large square featuring a heart-shaped cat is the 4th in our “2022: A Year of Cats” series of interlocking and overlay mosaic crochet patterns.

Interlocking & Mosaic

Each square in this year’s series of large squares can be made using one of two colorwork techniques: interlocking crochet or overlay mosaic crochet.

Learn more about these techniques at https://ashleeslint.com/tutorials/interlocking-and-mosaic-crochet/.


All the squares in this series are large squares.

These squares begin with 40 windows when you use the interlocking crochet technique.

The overlay mosaic crochet version has a chart size of 77 x 77 and begins with 79 stitches in the foundation row (to account for the chart stitches and the Joining and Ending Stitch on each side).

Original Blog Entry

Goodbye, March. Hello, April!

It is almost looking like spring here – it hasn’t snowed in at least 2 days. Had to update before publishing this from drafting this entry this morning because it is now snowing again. April brings us a new cat square and it is my 2nd year anniversary since publishing my first pattern!

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April Cat

 The official name of each cat pattern in this series is just the month; like “April Cat”. But they all have unofficial nicknames as well. January was the yin yang. February was the love tails. March was “The L” (of the “Love” miniseries). And April is a heart-cat!

Two techniques

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again because we always have new people joining us and not everyone knows: all of my patterns come with written line-by-line instructions and charts for two techniques. You can choose to crochet the pattern using the interlocking crochet technique (also called Locked Filet Mesh / LFM) or you can use the overlay mosaic crochet technique (that’s the one where you cut the yarn at the end of each row).

You can work from the charts or the written instructions. I personally prefer to use the written instructions. The mosaic charts do have X’s on them to show you where the dropped DCs go. I hope to get my tutorial up on YouTube this week (that will show you how to use a chart only).

Monthly Updates

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I hope you know by now that I have an eBook and each month I update it to include the next cat pattern. By December there will be 12 cat squares and then I will add an all-in-one blanket pattern so you don’t have to join squares.

You can also purchase each square individually as they come out.

Thank you, testers!

Thank you to my testers who continue to create pretty squares for us to look at!

CrochetCarob is using the overlay mosaic technique – you can see the fringe on the sides where the yarn gets cut and joined for each row. You can hide those tails with an envelope border later.

CynCityCrochet used the interlocking crochet technique and used white as the main color (MC) / first color used.

Pattern Details for “April Cat”

As always, you have your choice between using interlocking crochet or overlay mosaic crochet. I love both of these techniques for colorwork.

Interlocking crochet / LFM crochet file includes:

  • line-by-line written pattern
  • a one-page chart


  • Chart is 81 x 81
  • Gauge: 16 stitches x 8 rows = 4”
  • 20″ x 20″ / 51cm x 51cm
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (460 – 485 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) (the cat) – 230 yards plus 25 for optional SC border
    • Accent color (AC) (background) – 230 yards

    Wrong side of interlocking sample crocheted by cyncitycrochet. White used as Main Color (MC).

    Overlay Mosaic Crochet file includes:

    • line-by-line written pattern
    • instructions for optional envelope border
    • instructions for reading a chart
    • a two-page chart marked with X’s


    • Chart is 77 x 77
    • Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
    • 20″ x 22″ / 52cm x 56cm
    • 5 mm hook (H-8)
    • Worsted weight yarn (675 – 925 yards)
      • Main color (the cat) – 350 yards
      • Contrasting color (background) – 325 yards
      • Optional envelope border – 250 yards