Missi the Horse and Missi’s Flowers – a blanket and a matching repeatable motif

I sure hope that I’m not allowing one of these amazing patterns to get brushed under the rug by releasing them at the same time. The blanket is amazing, and the flower motif is so versatile and cute. I really love them both individually.

But, I created them at the same time. So, to me, they are a set. You can get them together in an eBook called, “Missi” or you can purchase them individually (“Missi the Horse” and “Missi’s Flowers”). Jump to the purchase links. (or, on a desktop, just look to your right).

You’ll notice there’s a difference in chart size between the two crochet techniques. That’s because the chart has been adjusted for best use with each technique.

This beautiful horse, with a long, long mane, is named “Missi”. I don’t actually have a horse, but as a kid I often fantasized about the freedom of riding away on a horse. I imagine a field of flowers with the sun shining on the dew and I think of peace and tranquillity. I used to include fairies in the daydream too.

Blanket depicting a horse. Autumn leaves cover the ground where the blanket is draped.
Overlay mosaic crochet sample of Ashlee Brotzell’s “Missi the Horse” crocheted by Linda Bakker

I wanted the border to give the impression of a field, rather than drawing an actual field in the background behind the horse. I always hope to see dainty wildflowers out my window when we travel, but around here it’s usually just wheat or flax.

Close up of the floral details on Heather Passmore’s sample of “Missi the Horse”.

The little flower is very minimalist. I wanted it to be dainty and not detract from the horse. I tried creating a pattern of flowers behind Missi for the blanket (alternating, spaced closer or farther apart, bunched here or there, etc) but after many attempts I decided the flowers were usually too much next to the feature (the horse).

Interlocking crochet sample of Ashlee’s “Missi the Horse”, crocheted by Just_Duckie_Crochet using blue as the Accent Color (AC).

So, my final decision was to use a handful of flowers only. However, after playing with this design so long I really loved the way the flowers looked on their own and knew that it could work on its own as well!

I know some of you really love having a matching pillow to go with the blanket. “Missi’s Flowers” comes with a written pattern and chart for a square (I have quite a few squares of this size: see more at AshleesLint.com/patterns#large). But, because it is a repeatable design I also created a full written pattern and chart that you can use to create a project of any size!

Each option has interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet versions. So that is 2 files for “Missi the Horse” and 4 files for “Missi’s Flowers”. All 6 files are included in the eBook, “Missi”, but they are downloaded as an eBook.

When I was checking my math to make sure my repeatable design worked with interlocking I made a sample 2 repeats wide by 2 repeats tall. I used a 4 mm hook and dk weight yarn (3 – light worsted) even though the pattern technically says to use a 4 weight yarn.

The image shows up the same whether you use extra jumbo yarn or lace weight yarn. As long as your hook size matches your yarn size it will work out! Of course, the smaller yarn will result in a smaller finished piece too. This one just so happens to be the perfect size for a placemat!

Interlocking repeatable sample of “Missi’s Flowers”; two repeats wide and two repeats tall.

It is slightly easier to create a repeating design using the mosaic technique so a single repeat was sufficient.

A single repeat of the mosaic version of “Missi’s Flowers”.

I thought about leaving it as only a repeatable pattern. Technically, you can use it to make any size of project. But I have a LOT of large squares with the same chart size and it makes sense to me to have this pattern written properly for that size.

Missi’s Flowers, the square version using the overlay mosaic crochet technique. Crocheted by Linda Bakker.

When I was posting teaser photos a lot of people guessed holiday-related things. I guess the end of October isn’t too far away from Christmas. It made me giggle a little. And then Linda sent me her photo of the test square and she said it looked like Christmas ribbon to her so she staged it with some lights.

I think it’s fun to see so many purposes in a single design, what do you think?

I also like to play with color. I switched my Main Color (MC) and Accent Color (AC) for my samples of the square and the repeatable version. The MC is the first color used, so it creates the outside border line, and it is also the flowers in this particular design.

Completed 40-window square with in-progress repeatable design. The Main Color is the yarn used first, it is the flowers in this design.

To be clear, “Missi’s Flowers” has a full written pattern and chart for a small repeatable section (chart size AND as a large square (chart size of 81 x 81 for interlocking, and 77 x 77 for mosaic).


“Missi the Horse” comes with 2 files:

Interlocking crochet / LFM crochet file

  • line-by-line instructions
  • a one-page chart (211 x 291)
  • a multi-page chart

Overlay Mosaic Crochet file

  • line-by-line instructions
  • instructions for optional envelope border
  • instructions on reading a chart
  • a one-page chart marked with X’s for mosaic crochet (207 x 287)
  • a multi-page chart marked with X’s for mosaic crochet
Mosaic Crochet sample of “Missi the Horse” by Whimwitch

“Missi’s Flowers” comes with 4 files:

Large Square Interlocking crochet / LFM crochet file

  • line-by-line instructions
  • a one-page chart (81 x 81)

Repeatable Interlocking crochet / LFM crochet file

  • line-by-line instructions
  • a one-page chart (39 x 31)

Large Square Overlay Mosaic Crochet file

  • line-by-line instructions
  • instructions for optional envelope border
  • instructions on reading a chart
  • a one-page chart marked with X’s for mosaic crochet (77 x 77)

Repeatable Overlay Mosaic Crochet file

  • line-by-line instructions
  • instructions for optional envelope border
  • instructions on reading a chart
  • a one-page chart marked with X’s for mosaic crochet (37 x 39)

“Missi” eBook comes with 2 files encompassing all 6 files listed above:

Interlocking Crochet eBook

  • Chart & written pattern for “Missi the Horse”
  • Chart & written pattern for “Missi’s Flowers” as a 40-window square
  • Chart & written pattern for “Missi’s Flowers” as a repeatable motif

Overlay Mosaic Crochet eBook

  • Instructions on reading a chart
  • Instructions for optional envelope border
  • X-marked chart & written pattern for “Missi the Horse”
  • X-marked chart & written pattern for “Missi’s Flowers” as a 40-window square
  • X-marked chart & written pattern for “Missi’s Flowers” as a repeatable motif

As always, I am so grateful for my testers. My team for these patterns included Heather Passmore, Just_Duckie_Crochet, Kami, Linda Bakker, & Whimwitch.

Grab the eBook for the best deal: you’ll save 20% compared to buying each pattern individually. Plus, right now you’ll save an additional 25%!

Individually, “Missi the Horse” and “Missi’s Flowers” are 25% off.

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“Missi the Horse” Interlocking Crochet

  • Chart is 211 x 291
  • Gauge: 8 (dc, ch) x 8 rows = 4”
  • 53” x 73” / 143cm x 185cm
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (4400 – 5000 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) (black) – 2200 yards plus 600 for optional border
    • Accent color (AC) – 2200 yards

    “Missi the Horse” Overlay Mosaic Crochet

    • Chart is 207 x 287
    • Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
    • 55” x 82” / 140cm x 208cm
    • 5 mm hook (H-8)
    • Worsted weight yarn (5600 – 6400yards)
      • Main color (black) – 2300 yards
      • Contrasting color (blue) – 3300 yards
      • Plus, optional envelope border – 800 yards

    “Missi’s Flowers” Interlocking Crochet Square

    • Chart is 81 x 81
    • Finished measurements approximately 20” x 20” / 51cm x 51cm
    • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
    • Worsted weight yarn (485 yards total)
    o Main color (MC) – 230 yards plus 25 for optional border
    o Accent color (AC) – 230 yards
    • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”

    “Missi’s Flowers” Overlay Mosaic Crochet Square

    • Chart is 77 x 77
    • Finished size approximately 20” x 22” / 52cm x 56cm
    • 5 mm hook (H-8)
    • Worsted weight yarn (575 – 875 yards)
    o Main color (black) – 225 yards
    o Contrasting color – 350 yards
    o Optional envelope border – 300 yards
    • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4”


    “Missi’s Flowers” Interlocking Crochet Repeatable Design

    • Chart is 43 x 35, repeat section is 36 x 26
    • Base size is 11” x 9” / 27cm x 22cm, each additional repeat adds 9” x 6.5” / 23cm x 16.5cm
    • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
    • Per repeat: worsted weight yarn (120+ yards total)
    o Main color (MC) – 60 yards, for each repeat add 40 yards
    o Accent color (AC) – 60 yards, for each repeat add 40 yards
    • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”

    “Missi’s Flowers” Overlay Mosaic Crochet Repeatable Design

    • Chart is 39 x 31, repeat section is 37 x 29
    • Single repeat is 10” x 9” / 26cm x 22cm
    • 5 mm hook (H-8)
    • Per repeat: worsted weight yarn (120+ yards total)
    o Main color (MC) – 50 yards
    o Contrasting color (CC) – 70 yards
    o Plus, optional envelope border
    • Gauge: 14 sc x 15 rows = 4

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