What A Bear, the Grizzly in the River Blanket

A few months ago, a friend asked if I could draw this. It stretched my skills but I am pleased to say I met the challenge!

I wanted to keep it a manageable size but also include a lot of details. The chart is 197 x 271 (add 2 stitches to each side for the interlocking method) which means it finishes to about 50″ x 80″ when you use worsted weight yarn. I’ve seen a lot of amazing patterns by other designers that have a chart size of over 300 and I’m just not ready to go that big yet.

When drawing, I started with the general shape of the bear and then had to decide how much fur to give him. It was hard to find a balance between a pencil drawing and a chart that works for interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet.

At first I didn’t include any details around the bear (the water and the mountains). But my helpful critics suggested it needed something.

When I was creating the background for the bear I drew up some mountains and then decided I liked them so much I would make them without a bear!

Maybe you’ve already seen my Rocky Mountain Range Wall Hanging?

I adjusted the mountain design only slightly for use on its own versus behind the bear.

If you were watching this bear go fishing in the river you might laugh at his failed attempt. “Oh, what a silly bear!?” But don’t laugh too loud or he won’t be going hungry anymore! “Oh! What a scary bear!” (He will eat you, in case you missed that).


A few weeks ago I encouraged members of my mailing list to hit reply and enter my draw to win a copy of this pattern. I had 53 entries and I chose 2 winners. The winners have been notified and everyone in my email list has been given a code to take 50% off this pattern. I also gave away one free copy of this pattern in my Facebook Group: Ashlee Brotzell Designs.

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Get the Pattern

Whether you prefer Ravelry or Etsy, you will receive 2 files: one for the interlocking crochet technique and one for the overlay mosaic crochet technique.

Don’t you love his little nose? Mosaic sample crocheted by AriCrochetCorner

Both files include a written pattern, a single-page chart, and a multi-page chart. The single-page chart is best for viewing on a screen whereas the multi-page is better for printing. The mosaic version has X’s to show where the dropped double crochets go.

On Ravelry and Etsy, you will get an automatic 30% discount on this pattern until 11:59 pm CST August 23, 2022.

Interlocking Crochet Details

  • Chart is 201 x 275
  • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”
  • Finished measurements approximately 50” x 79” / 128cm x 175cm
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (3950 – 4150 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) (black on chart) – 1975 yards plus 200 for optional border
    • Accent color (AC) – 1975 yard

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

  • Chart is 197 x 271
  • Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
  • 52” x 83” / 133cm x 211cm
  • 5 mm hook (H-8)
  • Worsted weight yarn (4600 – 5300 yards)
    • Main color (black) – 2250 yards
    • Contrasting color (blue) – 2350 yards
    • Plus, optional envelope border – 700 yards

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