Rocking Horse Update

I have just added a third file to my Rocking Horse pattern. The original two files use the same chart for the interlocking crochet technique and the overlay mosaic crochet technique. This third file is also for the overlay mosaic crochet technique but the chart has been adjusted to removed the unnecessary interlocking crochet dots.

When I draw a chart for interlocking crochet it has to follow certain rules in order to translate properly into the actual crocheted piece. Overlay mosaic crochet has different rules but you can use the technique to follow a chart written for interlocking crochet.

I have a tutorial on how to read a chart drawn for interlocking crochet but use the overlay mosaic crochet method. Technically, you don’t need to know this information, since all of my patterns include the written instructions.

I have also adjusted the interlocking pattern slightly. There were a few pixels in the chart that weren’t really how I wanted them so I figured if I am doing an update I might as well fix it now.

If you purchased this pattern on Etsy you’ll need to contact me with your order number and I will send the updated files to you.

Ravelry is easy for updating. You can update your library at your convenience.

Interlocking crochet version of Ashlee Brotzell’s “Rocking Horse” crocheted by Linn Christine

Get the Pattern

RAVELRY: Get a 30% discount on your ENTIRE cart with your purchase (past or new) of “Rocking Horse”. Offer ends 11:59 pm CST September 27, 2022 extended to the 29th because I forgot to actually send the updated pattern to everyone; no code needed.

To clarify, if you’ve previously purchased this pattern on Ravelry you will automatically get 30% off your entire cart until September 27.

ETSY: Get a 30% discount on your purchase of “Rocking Horse”. Offer ends 11:59 pm CST September 27, 2022; no coded needed.

Size information

The original chart is 243 x 243. With worsted weight yarn that makes your blanket about 61″ square. When I adjusted the chart I removed the border lines that lock the layers together and I changed the hook size and gauge to accommodate all the double crochet stitches beside each other.

For Interlocking Crochet

  • Chart is 243 x 243
  • Finished size 61″ / 155cm square
  • Worsted Weight Yarn (4200 – 4400 yards)
  • Main Color (MC) – 2100 yards plus 200 yards for optional SC border
  • Accent Color (AC) – 2100 yards
  • Crochet hook: 4.5 mm (US7)
  • Gauge: 16 stitches x 8 rows in one color = 4” square

For original Mosaic Crochet

  • Chart is 243 x 243
  • Finished size 61″ / 155cm square
  • Worsted Weight Yarn (4750 – 5350 yards)
  • Main Color (MC) – 2375 yards
  • Coordinating Color (CC) – 2375 yards
  • Plus 600 yards for optional envelope border
  • Crochet hook: 4.5 mm (US7)
  • Gauge: 16 stitches x 16 rows = 4″ square

For the Adjusted Mosaic Crochet

  • Chart is 239 x 239
  • Finished size of 64″ x 68″ / 162cm x 173
  • Worsted Weight Yarn (5475 – 6275 yards)
  • Main Color (MC) – 2600 yards
  • Coordinating Color (CC) – 2875 yards
  • Plus 800 yards for optional envelope border
  • Crochet hook: 5 mm (H-8)
  • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4″ square

Sign up to my email newsletter for contests, coupons, and more!

Processing…
Success! You're on the list.

FREE Square: 2022 Bonus Scratch Cat

Sometimes I allow my sense of humor to show through my art. I hope you’ll agree that this pattern is amusing! I don’t feel as amused when my cats climb my curtains. I just wish this was something that happened only on TV for dramatic effect and not based on reality.

This square is a free bonus for everyone who has purchased the eBook. I have emailed it to those who purchased the eBook on Etsy or on my website and it has been added to the eBook on Ravelry and Etsy.

This bonus square will not be included in the all-in-one blanket that will be coming out in December (that has all 12 monthly cat squares in a 4 x 3 grid and allows you to crochet the blanket without joining squares).

And for my birthday, everyone can download “Bonus Scratch Cat” on Ravelry for free! Use code “FREE”, offer ends 11:59pm September 18, 2022.

Or, you can forever view both the interlocking pattern and the mosaic pattern here on my website!


Follow this pattern for FREE here on my website!

I’ve put the interlocking crochet pattern AND the overlay mosaic crochet pattern for this square here online. Charts are not included, only the written portion. Charts are available in the purchased pattern.

If you’re new to my patterns or to one of these techniques let me go over some basics.

All of my patterns can be made using interlocking crochet (also called Locked Filet Mesh or LFM) or overlay mosaic crochet (that’s the technique where you cut at the end of each row).

Interlocking crochet is two layers of mesh that get created row by row and locked together strategically to show the design. Watch my tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oku_6_hN1w4&list=PLbdEDo49IQroC7Xoj6svR0J0i0HvJU1IM

Overlay mosaic crochet uses single crochet (US terms) in the back loop only and a dropped double crochet in the front loop two rows below to create the image. My tutorial: https://youtu.be/6YwXIqKqWjI

Old patterns and a select few of my new ones will have the exact same chart for both techniques. Most of my new patterns use a chart for mosaic crochet that has been adjusted to remove the unnecessary mesh dots and extra border lines – so the image is the same but technically the charts are different. I also have added X’s onto my mosaic charts that tell you when to do a dropped double crochet.

Regardless of whether the charts are the same or adjusted, the way you read the charts is different for each technique. I always include the written pattern for each technique as well as the charts. You can use one or the other, or both.

I personally prefer to use the written pattern for both techniques. Once I create the written instructions I generally don’t look at the chart again.


Interlocking Crochet Pattern for “Bonus Scratch Cat”

This square is a “40-window” pattern, which means it starts with 40 windows in the foundation trellis. It is easiest to join squares of the same size so it can be helpful to look at the full list of squares of this size if you’d like to mix and match: ashleeslint.com/patterns#large

    For yardage and other important details, click here or scroll down.

    KEY

    AC = Accent Color. Second color used.
    MC = Main Color. First color used.
    RS = right side: the side of your work that will show the finished design
    WS = wrong side: the back of your project
    Front = the side currently facing you
    Back = the side not facing you
    Ch = chain
    Sp = space
    Sk = skip a stitch
    SC = single crochet
    DC = double crochet
    F = DC in front, then CH 1
    B = DC behind, then CH 1
    ES = DC into the last window space
    EF = end stitch in front: using AC, DC into the last AC window, working in front of MC
    EB = end stitch in back: using AC, DC into the last AC window, working behind MC
    ACF = bring the AC yarn to the side facing you
    ACB = put AC yarn to the side facing away from you

    • If you chain tighter than me you may need to Ch 4 where I Ch 3
    • Don’t confuse RS / WS with Front / Back
    • Remember, each color is worked into itself only and there is a chain space between each DC

    Foundation Rows (41 MC stitches, 40 AC stitches)

    STEP 1

    Using MC (grey or black suggested) create 40 windows.

    I prefer the chainless technique (chain 6, dc into first stitch, chain 1, tr into same space, *chain 1, tr into 2nd part of the previous tr* repeat as many times as needed).

    Alternatively, to create 40 windows you can chain 84, then DC in 6th chain from your hook. *Ch 1, Sk 1, DC* repeat until the end. Place stitch marker so your work doesn’t unravel.

    STEP 2

    With your AC (orange suggested), chain 82. Place MC windows on top of this chain (make sure the end with the stitch marker is at your left) then pull the tail of your AC through the window on the right end (see picture BELOW). DC through the back of the next window into the 6th chain from your hook.

    Short sample showing how to put the AC tail through the MC trellis

    STEP 3

    Using your AC, *Ch 1, Sk 1, DC through the back* repeat to end. Place stitch marker so your work doesn’t unravel. Both stitch markers should be on the same end.

    Turn your work and continue at row 4.

    WS – ACB (wrong side facing you, AC to back)  

    4 MC – Ch3, 2B, 4F, 1B, 5F, 9B, 5F, 3B, 5F, 1B, 2F, 2B, ES

    5 AC – Ch3 in back, 11B, 9F, 1B, 4F, 1B, 2F, 10B, EB

    RS – ACF (right side facing you, AC to front)

    6 MC – Ch3, 1F, 3B, 1F, 8B, 5F, 2B, 8F, 4B, 1F, 1B, 1F, 2B, 2F, ES

    7 AC – Ch3 in front, 8F, 11B, 1F, 8B, 10F, EF

    WS – ACB

    8 MC – Ch3, 2B, 2F, (1B, 1F) x3, 8B, 1F, 8B, 3F, 1B, 2F, 2B, (1F, 1B) x2, ES

    9 AC – Ch3 in back, 10B, 7F, 1B, 8F, 1B, 4F, 7B, EB

    RS – ACF

    10 MC – Ch3, 1F, 1B, 2F, (1B, 1F) x2, 3B, 1F, 2B, (7F, 1B) x2, 1F, 3B, 1F, 2B, 2F, ES

    11 AC – Ch3 in front, 7F, 3B, 1F, 2B, (1F, 7B) x2, 9F, EF

    WS – ACB

    12 MC – Ch3, 1B, 3F, 1B, 4F, 7B, 1F, 6B, 2F, 1B, 2F, 2B, 3F, 1B, 1F, 1B, 2F, 1B, ES

    13 AC – Ch3 in back, 8B, 7F, 1B, 5F, 1B, 3F, 1B, 4F, 8B, EB

    RS – ACF

    14 MC – Ch3, 1F, 2B, 1F, 4B, 5F, 2B, 1F, 2B, 5F, 1B, 7F, 2B, 2F, (1B, 1F) x2, ES

    15 AC – Ch3 in front, 7F, 8B, 3F, 5B, 1F, 6B, 8F, EF

    WS – ACB

    16 MC – Ch3, (1B, 1F) x2, 2B, 2F, 6B, 1F, 2B, 2F, 1B, 3F, 9B, 2F, 2B, 2F, 1B, ES

    17 AC – Ch3 in back, 8B, 8F, 1B, 3F, 2B, 10F, 6B, EB

    RS – ACF

    18 MC – Ch3, (2F, 1B) x2, 2F, 4B, 5F, 1B, 1F, 2B, 1F, 4B, 5F, 2B, 2F, (1B, 1F) x2, ES

    19 AC – Ch3 in front, 6F, 2B, 2F, 1B, 1F, 8B, 1F, 4B, 1F, 5B, 7F, EF

    WS – ACB

    20 MC – Ch3, 1B, 1F, 1B, 2F, 1B, 1F, 3B, 3F, 3B, 2F, 8B, 1F, 2B, 1F, 3B, 1F, 1B, 2F, 2B, ES

    21 AC – Ch3 in back, 7B, 8F, 1B, 9F, 2B, 1F, 1B, 4F, 5B, EB

    RS – ACF

    22 MC – Ch3, 2F, 3B, 5F, 4B, 9F, 2B, 1F, 1B, 5F, 1B, 1F, 2B, 1F, 1B, 1F, ES

    23 AC – Ch3 in front, 4F, 20B, 1F, 6B, 7F, EF

    WS – ACB

    24 MC – Ch3, 1B, 1F, 1B, 4F, 4B, 3F, 6B, 4F, 8B, 1F, 2B, 2F, 2B, ES

    25 AC – Ch3 in back, 7B, 12F, 1B, 1F, 2B, 9F, 1B, 2F, 3B, EB

    RS – ACF

    26 MC – Ch3, (2F, 1B) x2, 10F, 1B, 2F, 1B, 4F, 1B, 8F, 5B, 1F, ES

    27 AC – Ch3 in front, 2F, 14B, 1F, 1B, 2F, 3B, 1F, 2B, 1F, 4B, 7F, EF

    WS – ACB

    28 MC – Ch3, 1B, 3F, 1B, 1F, 12B, 4F, 17B, ES

    29 AC – Ch3 in back, 7B, 4F, 1B, 2F, 1B, 21F, 2B, EB

    RS – ACF

    30 MC – Ch3, 2F, 7B, 14F, 1B, 9F, 1B, 1F, 3B, 1F, ES

    31 AC – Ch3 in front, 9F, 13B, 1F, 3B, 1F, 4B, 7F, EF

    WS – ACB

    32 MC – Ch3, 1B, 3F, 1B, 2F, 22B, 5F, 1B, 1F, 3B, ES

    33 AC – Ch3 in back, 7B, 4F, 1B, 3F, 1B, 12F, 10B, EB

    RS – ACF

    34 MC – Ch3, (1F, 1B) x2, (1F, 3B) x2, 10F, 1B, 3F, 1B, 5F, 2B, 1F, 3B, 1F, ES

    35 AC – Ch3 in front, 12F, 9B, 1F, 3B, 2F, 4B, 7F, EF

    WS – ACB

    36 MC – Ch3, (1B, 1F) x2, 1B, 2F, 5B, 1F, 6B, 3F, 3B, 5F, 1B, 1F, 1B, 3F, 1B, 1F, 1B, ES

    37 AC – Ch3 in back, 6B, 5F, 2B, 3F, 1B, 2F, 2B, 3F, 14B, EB

    RS – ACF

    38 MC – Ch3, (1F, 1B, 1F, 3B) x2, 1F, 1B, 7F, 1B, 4F, 1B, 6F, 3B, 1F, 1B, 1F, ES

    39 AC – Ch3 in front, 14F, 3B, 2F, 1B, 1F, 4B, 2F, 6B, 5F, EF

    WS – ACB

    40 MC – Ch3, 1B, 1F, 1B, 2F, 7B, 2F, 6B, 1F, 3B, 2F, 1B, 3F, 1B, 1F, 2B, 2F, 1B, 1F, 1B, ES

    41 AC – Ch3 in back, 4B, 7F, 3B, 3F, (1B, 2F) x2, 15B, EB

    RS – ACF

    42 MC – Ch3, 1F, 1B, 1F, 2B, 2F, 1B, 1F, 7B, 4F, 1B, 4F, 2B, 8F, (1B, 1F) x2, ES

    43 AC – Ch3 in front, 16F, 3B, 1F, 4B, 3F, 8B, 3F, EF

    WS – ACB

    44 MC – Ch3, 12B, 2F, 5B, 1F, 2B, 6F, (1B, 1F) x2, 2B, 2F, 1B, 1F, 1B, ES

    45 AC – Ch3 in back, 3B, 8F, 3B, 4F, 2B, 1F, 17B, EB

    RS – ACF

    46 MC – Ch3, 1F, 1B, (1F, 2B) x2, 1F, 1B, 1F, 5B, 1F, 3B, 5F, 2B, 9F, 1B, 2F, ES

    47 AC – Ch3 in front, 20F, 4B, 3F, 5B, 1F, 2B, 3F, EF

    WS – ACB

    48 MC – Ch3, (2B, 1F) x2, 6B, 2F, 5B, 3F, 1B, 1F, 1B, 3F, 1B, 4F, 1B, 2F, 3B, ES

    49 AC – Ch3 in back, 3B, 1F, 2B, 2F, 1B, 2F, 2B, 6F, 19B, EB

    RS – ACF

    50 MC – Ch3, 2F, 3B, 1F, 4B, 1F, 3B, 1F, 4B, 7F, 1B, 3F, 1B, 2F, 5B, 1F, ES

    51 AC – Ch3 in front, 18F, 7B, 2F, 2B, (2F, 1B) x2, 3F, EF

    WS – ACB

    52 MC – Ch3, 1B, 2F, 2B, 4F, 2B, 2F, 8B, (3F, 1B) x2, 2F, (1B, 1F) x3, 2B, ES

    53 AC – Ch3 in back, 3B, (1F, 2B) x3, 9F, 17B, EB

    RS – ACF

    54 MC – Ch3, 1F, 2B, 1F, 3B, 1F, 2B, 1F, 6B, 10F, 4B, 2F, 1B, 2F, 2B, 1F, ES

    55 AC – Ch3 in front, 17F, 9B, (2F, 1B) x3, 3F, EF

    WS – ACB

    56 MC – Ch3, 1B, 1F, 3B, (1F, 2B) x2, 2F, 8B, 7F, 1B, 2F, 1B, 3F, 1B, 2F, 1B, ES

    57 AC – Ch3 in back, 3B, (1F, 2B) x2, 1F, 3B, 1F, 1B, 3F, 1B, 1F, 18B, EB

    RS – ACF

    58 MC – Ch3, 1F, 2B, 1F, 3B, 1F, 4B, 1F, 3B, 1F, 4B, 2F, 5B, (2F, 1B) x2, 3F, 1B, 1F, ES

    59 AC – Ch3 in front, 18F, (1B, 2F) x2, 1B, 3F, (1B, 2F) x2, 1B, 3F, EF

    WS – ACB

    60 MC – Ch3, 1B, 1F, 3B, (1F, 2B) x2, 2F, 2B, 4F, 2B, 1F, 1B, 3F, 1B, 11F, 1B, ES

    61 AC – Ch3 in back, 3B, (1F, 2B) x2, 1F, 3B, (1F, 2B) x2, 1F, 18B, EB

    RS – ACF

    62 MC – Ch3, (1F, 3B) x3, (1F, 1B) x3, (2F, 1B) x2, 2F, 2B, (2F, 1B) x2, 3F, 1B, 1F, ES

    63 AC – Ch3 in front, 18F, (1B, 2F) x2, 1B, 3F, (1B, 2F) x2, 1B, 3F, EF

    WS – ACB

    64 MC – Ch3, 5B, (1F, 2B) x2, 2F, (2B, 1F) x3, (1B, 1F) x2, (1B, 3F) x3, 1B, ES

    65 AC – Ch3 in back, 3B, (1F, 2B) x2, 1F, 3B, (1F, 2B) x2, 1F, 18B, EB

    RS – ACF

    66 MC – Ch3, 2F, 2B, 1F, 3B, 1F, 5B, 1F, 3B, (2F, 1B) x2, 2F, 2B, (2F, 1B) x3, 2F, ES

    67 AC – Ch3 in front, 18F, (1B, 2F) x2, 1B, 3F, (1B, 2F) x2, 1B, 3F, EF

    WS – ACB

    68 MC – Ch3, (2B, 1F) x3, 2B, 2F, (2B, 1F) x2, 2B, 3F, 1B, 5F, 1B, 1F, 1B, 4F, 2B, ES

    69 AC – Ch3 in back, 3B, (1F, 2B) x2, 1F, 3B, (1F, 2B) x2, 1F, 18B, EB

    RS – ACF

    70 MC – Ch3, (1F, 2B) x2, (1F, 1B) x2, (1F, 3B) x2, (2F, 1B) x2, 2F, 2B, (2F, 1B) x3, 2F, ES

    71 AC – Ch3 in front, 18F, (1B, 2F) x2, 1B, 3F, (1B, 2F) x2, 1B, 3F, EF

    WS – ACB

    72 MC – Ch3, (2B, 1F) x3, 2B, 2F, (2B, 1F) x2, 2B, (3F, 1B) x2, (1F, 1B) x2, (2F, 1B) x2, ES

    73 AC – Ch3 in back, 3B, (1F, 2B) x2, 1F, 3B, (1F, 2B) x2, 1F, 18B, EB

    RS – ACF

    74 MC – Ch3, 1F, 2B, 1F, 4B, 1F, 1B, (1F, 3B) x2, (2F, 1B) x2, 2F, 2B, (2F, 1B) x3, 2F, ES

    75 AC – Ch3 in front, 18F, (1B, 2F) x2, 1B, 3F, (1B, 2F) x2, 1B, 3F, EF

    WS – ACB

    76 MC – Ch3, 1B, 2F, (2B, 1F) x2, 2B, 2F, (2B, 1F) x2, 3B, 2F, 2B, (2F, 1B) x2, 3F, 1B, 2F, 1B, ES

    77 AC – Ch3 in back, 3B, (1F, 2B) x2, 1F, 3B, (1F, 2B) x2, 1F, 18B, EB

    RS – ACB

    78 MC – Ch3, 2F, 1B, 1F, 3B, 1F, 5B, 1F, 3B, 3F, (1B, 2F) x2, 2B, (2F, 1B) x2, 2F, 2B, 1F, ES

    79 AC – Ch3 in back, 38B, EB

    Cut and tie off AC

    WS

    80 MC – Ch3, 39F, ES

    Cut and tie off OR add border first.

    SC Border

    Chain 1, put 2 sc in each gap on all four sides. Add an extra chain 2 space in each corner (corner gap will have 2sc, 2ch, 2sc).

    Revised SC border

    Chain 1, put 1 sc in the MC gap, and then the second sc should pick up one loop of the AC as well as going through the MC gap. Do this in each gap on all four sides. Add an extra chain 2 on the corners.

    FINISHED!

    Take a picture and share it! @Ashleeslint #lockedfiletmeshcrochet


    Overlay Mosaic Crochet Pattern for “Bonus Scratch Cat”

    Overlay Mosaic Crochet sample of Ashlee’s “Bonus Scratch Cat” crochetd by Linda Bakker. Black used as MC.

    As with all my cat squares, this chart is slightly smaller than the interlocking crochet chart. The interlocking crochet chart is 81 x 81, but the mosaic chart is 79 x 79 because the extra border lines (that are unnecessary with this technique) have been removed. The interlocking mesh dots have also been removed, so this is a ‘solid overlay mosaic crochet’ design.

    For more squares of this size see my list: ashleeslint.com/patterns#large

    The x-marked chart can be found in the paid PDF. The written pattern is available here for FREE!

    View important details like yardage and finished size by clicking here.

    KEY for Mosaic Crochet

    MC = Main Color: black suggested
    CC = Contrasting Color: orange suggested
    Sp = space
    Sk = skip a stitch
    CH = chain
    SC = single crochet
    sc = SC into Back Loop only
    FSC = foundation single crochet: chain 2, insert hook in first chain, yarn over and pull a loop through, yarn over and pull through one loop (chain made), yarn over and pull through remaining 2 loops (SC made); to make the next stitch insert your hook into the chain made previously
    DC = double crochet
    dc = DC into Front Loop of stitch, 2 rows below
    JS = Joining Stitch: insert hook under both loops, pull up a loop, slip stitch, SC in same space
    ES = End Stitch: SC under both loops, CH 1, cut yarn and pull through tightly

    Mosaic Crochet Technique

    • Remember to skip the same number of stitch(es) behind your dc(s) before doing your next sc
    • The front of your work is always facing you (this is the right side, the side showing the design)
    • You are always working from the right to the left
    • You tie on a new yarn at the beginning of each row and cut it at the end
      • Tails don’t need to be longer than an inch and a half
    • Yarn colors can be anything you like. They need to contrast well and be the same weight (size / thickness)
    • I prefer using a Foundation Single Crochet to create my foundation row because then I have tails on both sides of my work just like all my other rows will have
    • Even-numbered rows use MC; odd-numbered rows use CC

    Foundation Row (Row 0): use Main Color (MC)

    Use a foundation SC technique to create 79 FSC. Or chain 80, SC in 2nd chain from hook and SC all the way back across. Cut and tie off.

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

    1 – JS, sc77, ES

    2 – JS, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc11, dc5, sc11, dc17, sc11, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

    3 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc1, dc5, sc1, dc11, sc5, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc19, dc9, sc1, dc3, sc1, dc5, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

    4 – JS, dc1, sc7, dc1, sc17, dc9, sc5, dc15, sc9, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

    5 – JS, (sc1, dc3) x2, sc1, dc1, sc1, dc5, sc23, dc1, sc17, (dc3, sc1) x3, dc5, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

    6 – JS, (dc1, sc3) x2, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc7, dc15, sc3, dc15, (sc3, dc1) x3, sc5, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

    7 – JS, sc1, dc3, (sc1, dc1) x3, sc1, dc3, sc9, dc1, sc17, dc1, sc15, (dc3, sc1) x3, dc5, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

    8 – JS, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc1, (dc1, sc3) x2, dc1, sc7, dc1, sc5, (dc13, sc3) x2, dc1, sc7, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

    9 – JS, sc1, dc3, sc1, dc1, (sc1, dc3) x2, sc7, dc1, sc5, (dc1, sc15) x2, dc1, sc1, dc7, sc1, dc5, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

    10 – JS, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc7, dc3, (sc5, dc1) x2, sc1, dc9, sc3, dc13, sc9, dc1, sc7, dc1, ES

    11 – JS, sc1, dc5, sc1, dc3, sc1, dc5, sc9, dc1, sc7, dc1, sc11, dc1, sc15, dc5, sc1, dc1, (sc1, dc3) x2, sc1, ES

    12 – JS, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc9, dc9, sc5, dc1, sc5, dc9, sc3, dc13, sc5, dc1, sc1, (dc1, sc3) x2, dc1, ES

    13 – JS, sc1, dc5, sc1, dc1, sc1, dc5, sc17, dc5, sc11, dc1, sc13, dc5, sc1, dc1, (sc1, dc3) x2, sc1, ES

    14 – JS, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc5, dc17, sc7, dc1, sc5, dc3, sc3, dc11, sc5, dc1, sc1, (dc1, sc3) x2, dc1, ES

    15 – JS, (sc1, dc1, sc1, dc3) x2, sc21, dc3, sc7, dc1, sc17, dc5, sc1, dc1, (sc1, dc3) x2, sc1, ES

    16 – JS, (dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3) x2, dc3, sc9, dc9, sc3, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc9, dc9, sc5, dc1, sc1, (dc1, sc3) x2, dc1, ES

    17 – JS, (sc1, dc1, sc1, dc3) x2, sc5, dc3, sc3, dc1, sc17, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc11, dc3, sc1, dc1, (sc1, dc3) x2, sc1, ES

    18 – JS, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc3, dc5, sc3, dc3, sc3, dc15, sc5, dc5, sc7, dc5, sc3, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc3, dc1, ES

    19 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc1, dc5, sc1, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc3, dc3, sc19, dc1, sc17, dc3, sc1, dc5, sc1, dc3, sc1, ES

    20 – JS, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc7, dc9, sc9, dc17, sc5, dc1, sc3, dc9, sc3, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc3, dc1, ES

    21 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc1, dc5, sc41, dc1, sc13, dc3, sc1, dc5, sc1, dc3, sc1, ES

    22 – JS, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc5, dc3, sc3, dc15, sc9, dc11, sc7, dc7, sc9, dc1, sc3, dc1, ES

    23 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc1, dc3, sc5, dc1, sc19, dc3, sc3, dc1, sc25, dc1, sc1, dc7, sc1, dc3, sc1, ES

    24 – JS, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc3, sc3, dc19, sc3, dc3, sc3, dc7, sc3, dc3, sc1, dc9, sc1, dc1, sc11, dc1, ES

    25 – JS, (sc1, dc1) x2, sc29, dc1, sc3, dc3, sc7, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc1, dc3, sc1, dc7, sc1, ES

    26 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc29, sc9, (dc5, sc1) x2, dc9, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc7, dc1, ES

    27 – JS, (sc1, dc1) x2, sc43, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc1, dc3, sc1, dc7, sc1, ES

    28 – JS, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc15, dc27, sc3, dc5, sc1, dc9, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc7, dc1, ES

    29 – JS, (sc1, dc1) x2, sc1, dc3, sc1, dc9, sc27, dc1, sc7, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc1, dc3, sc1, dc7, sc1, ES

    30 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc11, dc25, sc1, dc7, sc1, dc9, sc5, dc1, sc7, dc1, ES

    31 – JS, (sc1, dc1) x2, sc1, dc3, sc1, dc7, sc1, dc3, sc25, dc1, sc7, dc1, sc9, dc5, sc1, dc7, sc1, ES

    32 – JS, (dc1, sc3) x2, (dc1, sc7) x2, dc19, sc3, dc5, sc3, dc9, sc5, dc1, sc7, dc1, ES

    33 – JS, (sc1, dc3) x4, sc1, dc7, sc19, dc1, sc7, dc3, sc9, dc5, (sc1, dc3) x2, sc1, ES

    34 – JS, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc7, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc11, dc5, sc7, dc3, sc1, dc7, sc3, dc9, sc5, (dc1, sc3) x2, dc1, ES

    35 – JS, (sc1, dc3, sc1, dc7) x2, sc1, dc3, sc7, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc7, dc3, sc11, (dc3, sc1) x3, ES

    36 – JS, (dc1, sc3, dc1, sc7) x2, dc1, sc3, dc7, sc1, dc1, sc1, dc3, sc3, dc7, sc3, dc11, sc7, dc1, sc3, dc1, ES

    37 – JS, sc1, dc3, sc1, dc5, sc1, dc1, sc1, dc3, sc1, dc7, sc1, dc3, sc7, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc9, dc3, sc13, dc5, sc1, dc3, sc1, ES

    38 – JS, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc7, dc1, sc5, dc5, sc3, dc3, sc1, dc7, sc5, dc13, sc5, dc1, sc3, dc1, ES

    39 – JS, sc1, dc3, sc1, dc5, sc1, dc1, sc1, dc3, sc1, dc7, sc1, dc5, (sc5, dc1) x2, sc7, dc5, sc15, (dc3, sc1) x2, ES

    40 – JS, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc15, dc3, sc1, dc3, sc3, dc7, sc5, dc15, (sc3, dc1) x2, ES

    41 – JS, sc1, dc3, sc1, dc5, sc1, dc1, (sc1, dc3) x2, sc1, dc11, sc7, dc1, sc9, dc5, sc17, (dc1, sc1) x3, ES

    42 – JS, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc1, (dc1, sc3) x2, dc1, sc13, dc3, sc3, dc9, sc5, dc17, (sc1, dc1) x3, ES

    43 – JS, sc1, dc3, sc1, dc5, sc1, dc1, (sc1, dc3) x2, sc1, dc11, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc3, sc9, dc5, sc17, (dc1, sc1) x3, ES

    44 – JS, dc1, sc3, (dc1, sc5) x2, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc11, dc1, sc7, dc9, sc5, dc11, sc1, dc5, sc3, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

    45 – JS, (sc1, dc1) x2, (sc1, dc5) x2, sc1, dc3, sc1, dc7, sc1, dc3, sc1, dc7, sc9, dc5, sc11, dc1, sc5, dc3, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

    46 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc7, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc7, dc9, sc5, dc5, sc1, dc5, sc3, dc3, sc3, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

    47 – JS, (sc1, dc1) x2, sc1, dc5, sc1, dc9, sc1, dc7, sc1, dc3, sc1, dc5, sc13, dc3, sc5, dc1, sc5, dc3, sc3, dc3, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

    48 – JS, dc1, sc1, (dc1, sc7, dc1, sc9) x2, dc13, sc3, dc5, sc3, dc3, sc11, dc1, ES

    49 – JS, sc1, dc1, (sc1, dc3) x3, sc1, dc5, (sc1, dc7) x2, sc15, dc3, sc5, (dc3, sc3) x2, dc5, sc1, ES

    50 – JS, dc1, sc1, (dc1, sc3) x3, dc1, sc5, (dc1, sc7) x2, dc15, sc5, dc3, sc9, dc3, sc5, dc1, ES

    51 – JS, sc1, dc1, (sc1, dc3) x3, sc1, dc5, sc1, dc7, sc1, dc5, sc19, (dc3, sc3) x3, dc5, sc1, ES

    52 – JS, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc7, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc13, dc19, sc9, dc3, sc3, dc3, sc5, dc1, ES

    53 – JS, sc1, dc5, sc1, dc7, sc1, dc5, sc1, dc13, sc19, (dc3, sc3) x3, dc1, sc1, dc3, sc1, ES

    54 – JS, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc7, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc15, dc3, sc1, dc7, sc1, dc3, sc5, (dc3, sc3) x2, dc3, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1, ES

    55 – JS, sc1, dc5, sc1, dc7, sc1, dc5, sc1, dc3, sc1, dc7, sc1, dc3, sc3, dc1, sc7, dc1, sc3, dc5, (sc3, dc3) x2, sc3, dc1, sc1, dc3, sc1, ES

    56 – JS, dc1, sc5, (dc1, sc7, dc1, sc9) x2, dc3, sc11, (dc3, sc3) x2, dc3, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1, ES

    57 – JS, sc1, dc5, sc1, dc7, sc1, dc9, sc1, dc7, sc1, (dc3, sc3) x3, dc5, (sc3, dc3) x2, sc3, dc1, sc1, dc3, sc1, ES

    58 – JS, dc1, sc23, dc1, sc7, dc1, sc3, dc3, sc9, dc3, sc5, (dc3, sc3) x2, dc3, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1, ES

    59 – JS, (sc1, dc7) x3, (sc1, dc3) x3, (sc3, dc3) x2, sc3, dc5, (sc3, dc3) x2, sc3, dc1, sc1, dc3, sc1, ES

    60 – JS, (dc1, sc7) x3, (dc1, sc3) x3, (dc3, sc3) x2, dc3, sc5, (dc3, sc3) x2, dc3, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1, ES

    61 – JS, (sc1, dc7) x3, (sc1, dc3) x3, (sc3, dc3) x2, sc3, dc5, (sc3, dc3) x2, sc3, (dc1, sc1) x3, ES

    62 – JS, (dc1, sc7) x3, (dc1, sc3) x3, (dc3, sc3) x2, dc3, sc5, (dc3, sc3) x2, dc3, (sc1, dc1) x3, ES

    63 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc1, dc5, (sc1, dc7) x2, (sc1, dc3) x3, (sc3, dc3) x2, sc3, dc5, (sc3, dc3) x2, sc3, (dc1, sc1) x3, ES

    64 – JS, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc7, dc1, sc11, dc1, sc7, (dc3, sc3) x2, dc3, sc5, (dc3, sc3) x3, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

    65 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc1, dc5, (sc1, dc3) x2, sc1, dc11, sc1, dc7, (sc3, dc3) x2, sc3, dc5, (sc3, dc3) x3, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

    66 – JS, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc11, dc1, sc7, (dc3, sc3) x2, dc3, sc5, (dc3, sc3) x3, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

    67 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc1, dc3, sc1, dc5, (sc1, dc3) x2, (sc1, dc7) x2, (sc3, dc3) x2, sc3, dc5, (sc3, dc3) x3, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

    68 – JS, (dc1, sc5) x2, (dc1, sc3) x2, (dc1, sc7) x2, (dc3, sc3) x2, dc3, sc5, (dc3, sc3) x3, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

    69 – JS, (sc1, dc5) x2, (sc1, dc3) x2, (sc1, dc7) x2, (sc3, dc3) x2, sc3, dc5, (sc3, dc3) x3, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

    70 – JS, (dc1, sc5) x2, (dc1, sc3) x2, (dc1, sc7) x2, (dc3, sc3) x2, dc3, sc5, (dc3, sc3) x3, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

    71 – JS, (sc1, dc5) x2, (sc1, dc3) x2, (sc1, dc7) x2, (sc3, dc3) x2, sc3, dc5, (sc3, dc3) x3, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

    72 – JS, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc3, (dc1, sc7) x2, (dc3, sc3) x2, dc3, sc5, (dc3, sc3) x3, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

    73 – JS, sc1, dc5, sc1, dc7, sc1, dc1, sc1, dc3, (sc1, dc5, sc1, dc1) x2, (sc3, dc3) x2, sc3, dc5, (sc3, dc3) x3, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

    74 – JS, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc7, (dc1, sc5) x2, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc1, (dc3, sc3) x2, dc3, sc5, (dc3, sc3) x2, dc3, sc5, dc1, ES

    75 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc1, dc3, sc1, dc7, (sc1, dc5) x2, sc1, dc1, sc1, dc5, sc1, dc1, (sc3, dc3) x2, sc3, dc5, (sc3, dc3) x2, sc3, dc5, sc1, ES

    76 – JS, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc7, dc1, sc11, dc1, sc7, dc1, sc1, (dc3, sc3) x2, dc3, sc5, (dc3, sc3) x2, dc3, sc5, dc1, ES

    Trim the fringe, if needed.

    Add optional envelope border (see YouTube tutorial).

    Congratulations! All done! #AshleesLint #overlaymosaiccrochet

    Get the Pattern

    For my birthday, everyone can download “Bonus Scratch Cat” on Ravelry for free! Use code “FREE”, offer ends 11:59pm September 18, 2022.

    For Interlocking Crochet

    • Crochet hook: 4.5 mm (US7)
    • Stitch marker
    • Gauge: 16 stitches x 8 rows in one color = 4” square
    • Finished size: 20″ x 20″ / 51cm x 51cm
    • Worsted Weight Yarn (460 – 485 yards)
    • Main Color (MC) BLACK – 230 yards plus 25 yards for optional SC border
    • Accent Color (AC) ORANGE – 230 yards

    For Mosaic Crochet

    • Crochet hook: 5 mm (H-8)
    • Scissors
    • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4″ square
    • Finished size: 20” x 22” / 52cm x 56cm
    • Worsted Weight Yarn (625 – 875 yards)
    • Main Color (MC) BLACK – 325 yards
    • Coordinating Color (CC) ORANGE – 300 yards
    • Optional Envelope Border – 250 yards

      2022: A Year of Cats (ongoing updates)
      eBook (Ravelry) (Etsy) (Direct Purchase)
      January (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      February (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      March (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      April (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      May (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      June (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      July (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      August (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      September (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      Bonus Scratch Cat (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      October (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      November (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      December (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      All-in-One Blanket (available only in eBook)

      Garden Mandala: a floral blanket that can be made 4 ways

      I am pleased to present my newest pattern: Garden Mandala! I have written this pattern up to be made using the overlay mosaic crochet technique from the center-out or bottom-up, and also the interlocking crochet technique from the center-out or bottom-up.

      It is a bit floral, with a few dainty notes, but mostly it is bold and uncomplicated. Most of the lines are thick with gentle curves.

      The “wow” in my photo mostly comes from the amazing color gradient in my yarn. It definitely doesn’t come from my garden unless you are stunned by the amount of weeds in there. (That is mostly round leaf mallow – technically edible, but considered an invasive weed around here; I was too busy with crochet to worry about all the weeds).

      I really wanted an excuse to use one of the big cakes of yarn from Scheepjes. Typically, I use cheap acrylic yarn because it is inexpensive and readily available.

      Most of my yarn stash has been given to me over the years as friends of my grandmother or mother-in-law have destashed. I have a lot of tightly hand-rolled balls of old acrylic yarn with no labels. Every now and then there would be full skeins with labels included in the bags.

      Now that I consider myself a proper designer I decided it was time to try some new-to-me yarns.

      I used Scheepjes Whirl and Whirlette for my Garden Mandala. It is a fingering weight yarn (1 – super fine, on the Craft Council’s chart).

      You can find more details on my project page on Ravelry if you’re interested: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/ashleeslint/center-out-mosaic-garden-mandala

      I had planned on using a worsted weight yarn ( 4 – medium) for this project when I was drawing it. It was supposed to cover a queen size bed. Nancy Foster used worsted weight and her blanket just about covers her king size bed (but no drape down the sides) as shown in the photo below.

      Her measurements came to 65″ square, as expected.

      Garden Mandala by Ashlee Brotzell, overlay mosaic crochet from the center out; crocheted by Nancy Foster using worsted weight yarn, shown on a king size bed.

      Using the thinner yarn has (as expected) resulted in a much smaller blanket. My very tall 8 year old daughter is showing the size in the photo below. You can also see a very sad tomato plant that I had to pull away from the rest of the garden because I was scared there was something attacking it – but it turns out it was blossom end rot and was because I didn’t water it enough. And there are some weeds drying on the walkway (proof that I did pull some weeds!).

      Overlay mosaic crochet from the center-out using a fingering weight yarn

      I used a 3 mm hook with this fingering weight yarn instead of the 5 mm I would have used with worsted weight yarn and my final piece is 40″ / 101cm square.

      The kids really like the size and the drape and the colors. While working on this one, at one point or another, each person in my house has tried to claim it as their own. It was nice to have that compliment from them but I felt bad that I had to tell each of them no.

      Multiple times: “No, you can’t have it, I haven’t finished it.”

      To my son, Remi, “oh, you like the blues and greens? There will be more colors later. It isn’t finished yet.”

      To my husband, “you love the weight of the cotton but I don’t think this is going to be big enough to cover all 6’3″ of you.”

      To my eldest daughter, Alice, “no, I can’t let you use it as a cape, I need to take some photos of it for the pattern listing..”

      To my youngest daughter, Melody, “no, I can’t let this one be only yours because everyone seems to love it and they all want a turn.”

      I make plenty of blankets, but this one has captured everyone’s eye! The colors, the design, the feel of the yarn – my only complaint is that it took me a really long time to finish because I kept doing small projects in between.

      You can do this pattern from the bottom-up or the center-out in both interlocking crochet or overlay mosaic crochet.

      In-progress. Interlocking Crochet sample from the center-out by CarolinevdB

      No matter which way you do it, the results are spectacular!

      And, as always, I’ve included all 4 options in one listing. I don’t want anyone to be disappointed with their purchase (by purchasing the wrong version of the pattern). Whether you use Ravelry or Etsy you will receive all four options.

      Each of the four options comes with a written pattern and an appropriate chart. There are slight differences between the charts as well.

      The interlocking crochet chart has mesh dots all over it, and the edges are locked together with solid lines. This is how all of my interlocking crochet charts look.

      The center-out method has the mesh dots (because it is a natural byproduct of the interlocking technique) but it doesn’t have the edges locked the same way. This makes the chart a few squares smaller but doesn’t have a big impact on anything else.

      The overlay mosaic version of “Garden Mandala” does not have the mesh dots, it is solid mosaic crochet. Yardage estimates for the center-out version do not include an envelope border because there are no cut ends to hide with that technique.

      I did post a few teasers on Instagram showing this blanket at various points. Here are a few:

      A very adorable helper.

      An automatic 30% discount on this pattern will be applied in your cart. Newsletter subscribers have received a 40% discount code; sign up below. Offers end 11:59 pm CST September 19, 2022.

      Processing…
      Success! You're on the list.

      For Interlocking Crochet

      • Chart is 249 x 249
      • Gauge: 8 (dc, ch) x 8 rows = 4”
      • 62” / 158cm square
      • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
      • Worsted weight yarn (4400 – 4700 yards total)
        • Main color (MC) (black on chart) – 2200 yards plus 300 for optional border
        • Accent color (AC) – 2200 yards

      For Interlocking Crochet from the Center-Out

      • Chart is 245 x 245
      • Gauge: 8 (dc, ch) x 8 rows = 4”
      • 61” / 156cm square
      • 5 mm hook (H-8)
      • Worsted weight yarn (4400 yards total)
        • Main color (MC) (black on chart) – 2200 yards
        • Accent color (AC) – 2200 yards

      For Overlay Mosaic Crochet

      • Chart is 245 x 245
      • Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
      • 65” x 70” / 166cm x 178cm
      • 5 mm hook (H-8)
      • Worsted weight yarn (4800 – 5500 yards)
        • Main color (black) – 3000 yards
        • Contrasting color – 2900 yards
        • Plus, optional envelope border – 700 yards

      For Overlay Mosaic Crochet from the Center-Out

      • Chart is 245 x 245
      • Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 14 rows = 4”
      • 65” / 166cm
      • 5 mm hook (H-8)
      • Worsted weight yarn (5700 yards)
        • Main color (black) – 2900 yards
        • Contrasting color – 2800 yards
          or
      • Gauge: 28 sc blo stitches x 28 rows = 4”
      • 40” / 101cm
      • 3 mm hook
      • Fingering weight yarn (2750 yards)
        • Main color (Scheepjes Whirlette, Bilberry) – 1400 yards
        • Contrasting color (Scheepjes Whirl, Sherbet Rainbow) – 1350 yards

      Prairie Meadow Fox; a blanket pattern for interlocking crochet or overlay mosaic crochet

      There’s a delightful tale from a nearby town (hamlet, actually, as they have a population of about 50) of a friendly, neighborhood fox. She hangs out in the same grassy park every day and the locals were pleased to see that she even brought her pups to town this spring!

      I don’t believe they actually get close enough to the fox to domesticate her, but it’s still sweet to see a familiar animal in an unusual place looking comfortable.

      I love the photographs of a sleeping fox in a wooded meadow. There are always wildflowers and grass along with beautiful shadows and lighting. Here in the Saskatchewan prairies we have a lot of wildflowers and I must confess I love them all!

      selective focus photo of blue and white flowers field
      Photo by Freddie Ramm on Pexels.com

      The fox on this blanket is sleeping peacefully and will hopefully help keep your little one sleeping peacefully too.

      If you meet gauge your finished piece will be 46″ x 50″ / 116cm x 128cm (interlocking crochet) or 48″ x 56″ / 121cm x 143cm (mosaic crochet).

      Traditionally, “they” claim a baby blanket is about 40″ square (who is “they” and when did they decide this?). So this blanket is more like a throw blanket but I had babies in mind when designing it so I think of it as a baby blanket.

      As with all of my patterns, you have the option of using the interlocking crochet technique or the overlay mosaic crochet technique.

      Each technique has its own file. And each file has written line-by-line instructions and a chart. The mosaic chart has X’s showing where to do your dropped double crochets.

      If you need a refresher, here’s my tutorial on how to use the charts with X’s:

      I also have tutorials on the stitch techniques and other tips and tricks (and a few free patterns) so it’s worth it to subscribe to my YouTube channel! 😉

      As always, I am so grateful for my testers. My team for this pattern included Angela Kermack, “E”, Helene Kvenseth, Lara Skelly, Marijke Laenen, and Nessa Miller.

      ~*~*~*~*~

      Interlocking crochet sample by Nessa Miller
      Overlay mosaic sample by Marijke Laenen. Red/orange used as main color and envelope border.
      Overlay mosaic sample crocheted by Angela Kermack. Orange used as main color, white envelope border added.

      New Pattern Promotion

      This must-have blanket pattern is on sale for the next few days! No code needed on Etsy and Ravelry, you’ll get an automatic 30% discount just by adding it to your cart.

      My newsletter subscribers have received a 50% off code. You can sign up here:

      Processing…
      Success! You're on the list.

      Discount offers end at 11:59pm CST September 7, 2022.


      Get the Pattern

      Interlocking Crochet Details

      • Chart is 183 x 201
      • Gauge: 8 (dc, ch) x 8 rows = 4”
      • 46” x 50” / 116cm x 128cm
      • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
      • Worsted weight yarn (2600 – 2800 yards total)
        • Main color (MC) (orange) – 1300 yards plus 200 for optional border
        • Accent color (AC) (white) – 1300 yards

      Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

      • Chart is 179 x 197
      • Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
      • 48” x 56” / 121cm x 143cm
      • 5 mm hook (H-8)
      • Worsted weight yarn (2925 – 3525 yards)
        • Main color (orange) – 1700 yards
        • Contrasting color (white) – 1225 yards
        • Plus, optional envelope border – 600 yards

      2022 September Cat

      Each month in 2022 I have been publishing a new cat pattern! This month’s square can be used in the full blanket or it can be the “v” in “Love” along with 2022 March Cat, 2022 June Cat, and December Cat (which hasn’t been published yet!

      The interlocking pattern has been updated as of 3pm on September 1, 2022 – You can see the mistake in a lot of these photos but the correct version of this pattern should look like CarolinevdB’s mosaic sample. My corrected interlocking samples are shown in this video below. (If you can’t see the mistake, it is right where the tail goes straight up – shouldn’t be a bulky section).

      Flippers, our orange cat, is helping me show the corrected “September Cat” squares.

      You can grab the eBook (which will be updated monthly and is a great deal!), 2022: A Year of Cats or just pick your favorite squares. The eBook and the individual squares are available on Ravelry and Etsy. You also have the option of buying the eBook directly from me here on my website (and you’ll have the monthly updates emailed to you).

      All of these links are just to the side if you’re using a browser window, or at the bottom if you’re viewing on your mobile (click here to jump to the September Cat links, or click below to view more about the eBook).

      Interlocking crochet sample by cyncitycrochet. White used as the MC (Main Color).

      No matter what platform you use to get your copy of ‘September Cat’, you will receive two files (one for each technique).

      You will receive one file containing:

      • the interlocking written line-by-line pattern
      • a one-page chart (81 x 81)
      Sample crocheted by Maja Serec. Wrong side shown. Black used as MC.

      And another file with:

      • the mosaic written line-by-line pattern (including instructions for an envelope border)
      • an X-marked chart (77 x 77)

      The interlocking mesh dots and border lines have been removed for the overlay mosaic version of the pattern.

      Overlay Mosaic Crochet sample by CarolinevdB

      The Locked Filet Mesh (LFM) interlocking crochet method uses only chain spaces and double crochets to create a mesh; two colors are worked alternately which creates the pattern.

      Mosaic crochet is single crochet and double crochet stitches. The double crochet stitches cover some of the other color’s single crochet stitches to create the design. My patterns instruct you to cut your yarn at the end of each row. The back is striped but often gives a faint impression of the pattern on the front (sort of like illusion knitting). See an example here.


      I have YouTube tutorials available for both crochet methods! Follow this link to get to my YouTube channel and find my other social links.


      Maja Serec crocheted this sample of “September Cat” using the interlocking crochet method. Black is used as the MC. Her fluffy cat and hilarious book make the picture one of my favorites!

      Get the Pattern

      Interlocking Crochet Details

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

      Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

      • Chart is 77 x 77
      • Finished measurements approximately 20” x 22” / 52cm x 56cm
      • 5 mm hook (H-8)
      • Worsted weight yarn (625-875 yards)
        • Main color (blue on chart) – 275 yards
        • Contrasting color (white on chart) – 350 yards
        • Optional Envelope Border – 250 yards
      • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4”

      2022: A Year of Cats (ongoing updates)
      eBook (Ravelry) (Etsy) (Direct Purchase)
      January (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      February (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      March (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      April (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      May (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      June (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      July (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      August (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      September (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      Bonus Scratch Cat (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      October (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      November (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      December (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      All-in-One Blanket (available only in eBook)

      Comfort Cat, a blanket of love

      I am so excited to share my newest pattern with you all!

      This cat was drawn by request for a custom pattern. She specifically wanted a pattern with a cat on it so that it could be auctioned off as a fundraiser for stray cats!

      I know there’s a lot of crocheters that specifically make for the purpose of donating and you guys are all so generous and I know there are a lot of people and animals that appreciate it!

      Marjolijn used the overlay mosaic crochet technique. The pattern also comes with instructions and charts for the interlocking crochet technique (also called Locked Filet Mesh / LFM). The interlocking mesh dots have been removed for the mosaic version of this pattern.

      This is one of my largest patterns! If you use the mosaic technique the chart is 279 x 311. If you use the interlocking crochet technique you’ll have 2 extra stitches on each side where the layers get locked together (making the chart 283 x 315).

      One of the fun things about using a charted design is that you can really used any yarn weight and an appropriately sized hook and your image will be visible. The final product may be larger or smaller but the image will still be there.

      My pattern suggests a worsted weight yarn officially. And you’d get a large blanket. About 70″ x 80″ depending on which technique you use and whether you match gauge (check out the full detail list for interlocking crochet and mosaic crochet).

      I suggest a 4.5 mm hook for interlocking crochet and a 5 mm hook for overlay mosaic crochet. I like smaller holes in the interlocking fabric so I use a smaller hook, but usually worsted weight yarn suggests a 5 or 5.5 mm hook.

      Overlay Mosaic Sample by Marjolijn (using a 2 mm hook).

      Marjolijn used a 2 mm hook for the 87,110 stitches! *Gasp, big eyes, keep breathing!* She used 100% cotton from Hobbii which they label as 8/4 (which means fingering weight). It took 3100 meters of the black yarn and 4540 meters of the beige yarn.

      If I was really organized I’d have figured out how to get an affiliate link or something. But, that’s just a random mention of the yarn company and I don’t earn anything from linking to them. Maybe someday I will have a yarn contract and I will try to convince you to use a certain type of yarn, but for now I like exploring with lots of yarn companies.


      It is possible to subscribe to my private mailing list AND to this public blog. Please sign up below to get my emails (where special discounts are sent):

      Processing…
      Success! You're on the list.

      Get the Pattern

      You’ll get an automatic 30% discount off your purchase of “Comfort Cat“! If you’re subscribed to my newsletter check your email for a 50% off code! Offers expires 11:59 pm CST August 30, 2022.

      Crocheted by Marjolijn

      Interlocking Crochet Details

      • Chart is 283 x 315
      • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”
      • Finished measurements approximately 71” x 79” / 180cm x 200cm
      • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
      • Worsted weight yarn (6300 – 6500 yards total)
        • Main color (MC) (black on chart) – 3150 yards plus 200 for optional border
        • Accent color (AC) – 3150 yards

      Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

      • Chart is 279 x 311
      • Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
      • 74” x 89” / 189cm x 226cm
      • 5 mm hook (H-8)
      • Worsted weight yarn (8400 – 9300 yards)
        • Main color (black) – 3400 yards
        • Contrasting color (purple) – 5000 yards
        • Plus, optional envelope border – 900 yards

      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.

      If you’d like to subscribe to my newsletter, join here:

      Processing…
      Success! You're on the list.

      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

      Pre-Winter Sale

      Believe it or not, this morning I woke up to the sound of our furnace running. Heat was being pumped through our home in August!

      Why? Because it was freaking cold out!

      When the weather gets warm we turn the thermostat down so low that it only kicks in if it is 16° Celcius inside (that is 62°F). And today, in the middle of summer, it is that chilly. Didn’t my thermometer show 50°C / 120°F just a few weeks ago!?

      Winter is just around the corner I guess.

      So, I’m having a pre-winter sale to warm me up!

      Use code “22PREWINTER” to save 30% when you buy 2 or more patterns on Ravelry or Etsy until 11:59pm CST August 10, 2022.

      I was originally going to make the sale apply to holiday-themed patterns only, but I’ve decided that’s too complicated so it will apply to all of my patterns. EBooks are included, which is a great deal for you because they usually represent a 30% savings already!

      Also, fun to know: I have almost finished drawing my next CAL! It is a winter-themed design and I hope to have it ready for you by mid-September.

      Choose 2 or more patterns and enter code “22PREWINTER

      Offer expires 11:59 pm CST August 10, 2022.

      To get you in the holiday mood, check out this newly finished “Tinsel Tangle” blanket crocheted by Kristen Forster! She’s a lefty so I had her test out the left-handed instructions and we are pleased to confirm that the pattern is good and functional! 😉

      Tinsel Tangle on Ravelry

      Tinsel Tangle on Etsy


      Or, cozy up with a warm gingerbread man! This sample of “Warm Wishes” was crocheted by Geraldine Hobbs.

      Warm Wishes on Ravelry

      Warm Wishes on Etsy

      2022 August Cat

      Last month’s cat was a sleepy kitten, and this month I’ve drawn a striped cat. These two cats are similar in style and in my mind they’d be great as the two sides of a pillow!

      I think most of you will be quite familiar with this, but I’m going to say it anyway: this pattern, like all of my patterns, comes with the written pattern and charts for both the interlocking crochet method and the overlay mosaic crochet method.

      If you use the interlocking technique (also called Locked Filet Mesh / LFM) your chart size is 81 x 81. If you use the mosaic technique you’ll be using a chart that has been adjusted so there are no unnecessary border lines or interlocking mesh dots, so that chart is 77 x 77.

      The eBook has been updated to include this new square. I am curious as to how many of you are waiting until December when there will be an all-in-one blanket pattern added to the eBook. That pattern will contain all 12 monthly cat squares but you don’t need to join the squares you just crochet them all together.

      Thank you again to my testers: CarolinevdB, CynCityCrochet, and Maja Serec!

      Get the Pattern

      Flash Sale: take 25% off your entire cart with a minimum purchase of $10 by using code “22SUMMER“, valid on Ravelry and Etsy until August 3, 2022.

      Interlocking Crochet Details

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

      Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

      • Chart is 77 x 77
      • Finished measurements approximately 20” x 22” / 52cm x 56cm
      • 5 mm hook (H-8)
      • Worsted weight yarn (625-875 yards)
        • Main color (blue on chart) – 275 yards
        • Contrasting color (white on chart) – 350 yards
        • Optional Envelope Border – 250 yards
      • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4”

      2022: A Year of Cats (ongoing updates)
      eBook (Ravelry) (Etsy) (Direct Purchase)
      January (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      February (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      March (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      April (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      May (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      June (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      July (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      August (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      September (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      Bonus Scratch Cat (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      October (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      November (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      December (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      All-in-One Blanket (available only in eBook)

      Brotzell Tiger King, Chart Update

      This will be a quick entry. I have just updated ‘Brotzell Tiger King‘.

      Crocheted by Chantal Doiron using the overlay mosaic crochet technique.

      Nothing has changed with the interlocking file.

      The mosaic file used to be a written pattern and then a multi-page chart.

      It now includes a one-page chart as well.

      The one-page charts are better for viewing on a screen (computer, tablet, etc) whereas the multi-page charts are better for printing.

      Lately I’ve been including both options but some of my patterns have only one or the other option of chart size.

      Please contact me if you need a pattern updated! I plan on getting to them all eventually but if there’s something you’re working on and it isn’t a good format then just let me know so I can fix it!

      Also, if you purchased this pattern on Etsy you’ll need to email me with your order number to receive the new file. Ravelry has been updated already.