Celebration Gnome with 3 Flag Options

A new gnome square! Just in time to celebrate! Are you surprised to see a gnome? We are doing a series of cat squares this year. Last year we did a new gnome square each month (see: A Year of Gnomes).

This square has been waiting about a year for me to get around to it. An American friend asked me to make this and she must have the most patience I’ve ever heard of to wait this long.

There are 3 flag options for this one square; and of course they each come with an option for using the interlocking crochet technique or the overlay mosaic crochet technique. That makes 6 squares for you to choose from.

There is an American Celebration Gnome, a Canadian Celebration Gnome, and a blank flag option. Technically, the Canadian Gnome has a heart flag… not a Canadian flag. So you might decide to use that one to represent whatever you love. I couldn’t make a maple leaf in such a small chart space.

Some samples of this new gnome square:

I have no intentions of creating every flag. The blank flag option is available for you to work some magic though! Sew on an applique, get some fabric paint, or just use special colors for your square to represent you!

This gnome can be used in place of another gnome in the Year of Gnomes series, or you can make a wall hanging or a pillow or something fun.

If you want to use the mosaic technique you will notice that the mosaic options have all been adjusted to remove the interlocking mesh dots and extra border lines. I will soon have an update for each square in the Year of Gnomes eBook so that the adjusted mosaic squares will match this gnome (no mesh dots or extra border lines).

I didn’t want to create three separate listings on Ravelry for this gnome. Even though there are 3 flag options it feels like basically the same square, so I’ve put all three flag options under the one listing. And I needed to publish it before Canada Day so I rushed my testers a bit, sorry! I was cutting it close, eh?

Thank you so much to my testers! I appreciate having a team I can rely on and I promise I will try harder at being more organized so you have more time to make pretty things!

As always, when you start a new project, make sure you read the pattern to know which color you want to use as the Main Color. My patterns always refer you to the chart (and the chart is found after the written portion).

Master List of Gnomes

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For the month of July you will get an automatic 20% discount on this new gnome.

If you’re quick, and grab this square in the first week, you can get 40% off (use code “40FLAG”, offer expires 11:59 pm CST July 7, 2022).

This new Celebration Gnome is NOT included in the eBook from last year, but you might be interested in those gnomes so I’ve linked them below.

Interlocking Crochet Details

  • Chart is 81 x 81 (40-windows)
  • Crochet hook: 4.5 mm (US7)
  • 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) – 230 yards plus 25 yards for optional SC border
    • Accent Color (AC) – 230 yards

Mosaic Crochet

  • Chart is 77 x 77
  • Crochet hook: 5 mm (H-8)
  • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4″ square
  • Finished size: 20” x 22” / 52cm x 56cm
  • Worsted Weight Yarn (600 – 955 yards)
    • Main Color (MC) – 250-280 yards
    • Coordinating Color (CC) – 350-375 yards
    • Optional Envelope Border – 300 yards

Double Wedding Rings Center-Out Update

I know you have been waiting SO LONG for this update!

I am so excited to announce that my most popular pattern ever has now received an update that makes it even more amazing!

Double Wedding Rings was published in February 2022. It broke so many of my personal records (most sales in a day, most sales in a month, most shares on Facebook, etc). And each time someone shares their progress online I get another burst of sales and love. Thank you so much for all the love!

See my original post about this pattern: https://ashleeslint.com/2022/02/25/double-wedding-rings-crochet-square-or-blanket-pattern/

Regarding the original patterns: there are two files, one for the interlocking crochet technique and one for the overlay mosaic crochet technique. All of my patterns are like this.

But this one was also created with the ability to make it any size you want! The base square is the same size as my 40-window squares / 81 x 81 chart size. Instead of crocheting many squares and then sewing them together, this pattern has been written in a way that allows you to repeat it as you go.

My mosaic sample here is 2 repeats wide and 3 repeats tall.

The center-out technique is going to be very popular with those who prefer the mosaic crochet option because you no longer have to worry about those tails! No envelope border needed.

The interlocking crocheters will be happy to create a blanket that keeps getting larger and you can just go until your yarn runs out, you don’t need to pre-plan how wide to make it.

Both options can be really stunning with a self-striping yarn.

My photo shows my center-out interlocking sample, a single square (using the interlocking technique), my original grey and white mosaic sample, and a center-out mosaic sample!

I am not entirely sure how large I will make these center-out pieces. I’ve already started adding some extra yarn that I had leftover from other projects so the colors are going to be very bright and bold for my two center-out samples!

I have video tutorials on all the techniques. But I also have a complete step-by-step walk-thru of the first dozen rows of each center-out sample.

Find all my tutorials on YouTube and don’t forget to like and subscribe and click that little bell!

Get the Pattern

If you’ve previously purchased this pattern on Ravelry you will already have access to the updated files.

If you purchased on Etsy you will need to email me with your order number and I will send you the updated files.

Soccer Ball 40

This custom square was drawn by Natalie Caruso. She adjusted the soccer ball from her “Love Soccer Mosaic Throw” (https://ravel.me/love-soccer-mosaic-blanket) so that it would be a 40-window square for a customer who wanted the squares to match my other 40-window squares! I removed the mesh dots for the mosaic version and got both techniques written up. Teamwork!

There is one file for the interlocking crochet method, and another file for the overlay mosaic crochet method. The interlocking mesh dots and extra border lines have been removed for the mosaic version of this pattern.

It is written up with worsted weight as the suggested yarn, but like all of my patterns you can use whatever weight yarn you want. Just make sure you use an appropriately sized hook to go with your yarn.

You’ll need two colors, and they need to have good contrast. You’ll want them to be as similar as possible in regards to weight and material.

A gauge swatch can tell you how large your finished piece will be if you aren’t meeting the gauge I’ve set out. For a non-wearable piece you don’t really need to meet gauge.

If you’re joining this square to others of the same size (see the full list: ashleeslint.com/patterns#large) then you’ll want to keep the same tension for each project. If you’re planning to turn this into a wall hanging then it probably matters even less.

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Remember, if you’ve previously purchased my pattern Oh Canada! Throw then you can take 30% off your cart until June 19, 2022 by using code “OHCAN“!

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 (650 – 900 yards)
    • Main color (blue on chart) – 275 yards
    • Contrasting color (white on chart) – 375 yards
    • Optional Envelope Border – 250 yards
  • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4”

Oh Canada! Throw Blanket Update

I originally published this blanket pattern in June of 2020, and I had only been designing patterns for a few months at that point. I was pleased with it, but I am updating it now (May 2022) for a few reasons.

As a Canadian designer, I really wanted to have a design that showcases who I am, and I want it to be really well done.

My husband is a fun model 😀 can you hear him say “whoosh, whoosh, whoosh”?

If you’re new to my designs it will be helpful to know that all of my designs come with a chart and the written line-by-line pattern for TWO techniques. You can choose to use the interlocking crochet method, or the overlay mosaic crochet method. The mesh dots have been removed from the mosaic version.

I am quite excited to show off my big burly husband. He wouldn’t show off too much skin (I tried to convince him a naked man would sell more patterns hahahahaha) but he’s allowed me to show his hairy chest and naked shoulder. The giant beard is pretty distracting anyway. When we met, this hippie had some beads in his goatee and now, 15 years later, he has embraced the full beard. I don’t decide how he chooses to style his facial hair.

Also, he is 6’2 and this blanket goes from his shoulders to the floor so it is a nice comfortable and snuggly blanket.

We also took some pictures of him with a couple guitars and his violin for a poster for his local music lessons.

This blanket has a border design that is supposed to represent the knitted brim of a toque (a winter hat, for those of you who don’t speak “Canadian” lol).

The bottom section has maple leaves. There is one on our flag, but I was actually thinking about our one cent piece, the penny, which is no longer in circulation.

The next section has loons. These birds are on our dollar coin. They are not all facing the same way, and they are not centered. I like that and did it on purpose, but some people found that it looked like a mistake. I have kept them like this anyway.

The next section says, “OH CANADA!” and the only complaint I have is that it should technically have a comma: “Oh, Canada!” If you are a right-handed crocheter you will need to read the chart from left-to-right to get legible words. I have included the line-by-line instructions (like I do with all my patterns) and there are left-handed instructions after the right-handed instructions. If you’re printing the pattern maybe you can select only the applicable pages.

Going up a bit more we see a row of inukshuk (inuksuk). These stone statues are created by our native Inuit people. If you’re interested, this little video clip by the History Channel is quite informative: https://youtu.be/emSv0xHmDLs

And then I put another section of maple leaves to create some balance.

Interlocking crochet sample modeled by my husband

In the original design the maple leaves at the top and bottom were purposefully flipped so the left and right leaves that had been cropped were now on opposite ends; however, the flip made it look like the leaves were just misplaced. I have since learned that people REALLY like symmetry. In this update the two sections of maple leaves are cropped at the same point.

In my sample (as seen above) I was using the original pattern so the leaves at the top and the leaves at the bottom are cropped at different points.

I have not made the rest of the sections completely symmetrical (for example, the loons) because I think it would be too much of a change from my original and I honestly love the way it looks right now.

When I first started designing I was only doing interlocking crochet (locked filet mesh) and then when I added the mosaic in I simply used the same chart but created written instructions for the overlay mosaic technique. The interlocking mesh dots are a natural byproduct of that technique but they don’t need to be included on the mosaic version. So I have now removed them.


Another reason I am updating this pattern is because the amount of files in the Ravelry listing was excessive. I had a file for the original interlocking pattern, then an update for the left-handed version. An update with the mosaic version an another file for the left-handed version. A chart for every option. And then charts and written portions for all the variations for the option of adding “2020” in the middle of the bottom leaf row.

It was just confusing and overwhelming.

There is now one file for each technique (interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet). The written patterns for both right-and left-handed crocheters are in the same file. And the charts are included in those files. The mosaic chart has X’s.

I have removed the option for adding “2020” into your blanket. If you’d like customization I can do that for a fee, but it will not be made publicly available in the Etsy or Ravelry listing.

Get the Pattern

SALE ON RAVELRY: take 30% off your ENTIRE cart with the purchase of “Oh Canada! Throw” (past purchases count).
Use code “OHCAN” until June 19, 2022.

If you’ve previously purchased this pattern on Ravelry, you will now see a message notifying you of an update.

DO NOT update this pattern if you want the “2020” option (it has now been removed).
DO NOT update this pattern if you are in the middle of crocheting the top set of maple leaves (that section has been adjusted).
DO NOT update this pattern if you are using the mosaic technique (the mesh dots have been removed and it’s an entirely different pattern now).


SALE ON ETSY: take 30% off “Oh Canada! Throw”; no code needed. Valid until June 19, 2022.

If you purchased on Etsy and would like the updated version please email me with your order number.

Interlocking Crochet Details

  • Chart is 237 x 237
  • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”
  • Finished measurements approximately 60” x 60” / 151cm x 151cm
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (4000 – 4150 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) – 2000 yards plus 150 yards for optional border
    • Accent color (AC) – 2000 yards

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

  • Chart is 233 x 233
  • Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
  • 62” x 66” / 158cm x 170cm
  • 5 mm hook (H-8)
  • Worsted weight yarn (5000 – 5800 yards)
    • Main color (black) – 2500 yards
    • Contrasting color (red) – 2500 yards
    • Plus, optional envelope border – 800 yards

Both versions of this pattern use brackets in the written instructions. If you’re new to how those work please see my post: https://ashleeslint.com/2020/08/29/brackets-in-crochet-patterns/

Zoo Animals Blog Hop Again!

Last year I took part in a blog hop from the 1st-16th of June where you could get at least one free animal pattern each day. My entry was my Common Unicorn pattern.

This year, My Fingers Fly has decided to run the blog hop again!

Each day you need to go to the main webpage and find out what the daily patterns are and then you can visit the designer’s website on their special day to get your free patterns!

Creating A Chart on YouTube Live

I just finished a live video on YouTube where I showed you how I create my charts!

I go over the interlocking crochet charts and the overlay mosaic crochet charts. I even show you the computer program I use.

I hope you will find it informative and helpful if you’re trying to create your own charts. And if you’d prefer to just buy ones that I design, that’s ok with me too! haha!

Honestly, I believe there is room in this world for everyone’s art! Everyone needs to be creative, just like we need food and air and water. Some people like to create with dirt and growing green things, others use canvas and paints; I use a computer and yarn.

This blog post does not have the same information as the YouTube video. I have simply added a few photos and a downloadable empty chart that you are free to use.

Interlocking Crochet

This is the chart I drew live. It is on a very tiny paper. The grid is 21 x 21 which makes it a 10-window square.

If you’d like to try designing your own, you can download this empty 20-window square. The border lines and the mesh dots are already on there. Technically there are other ways of doing the border lines that allows you to lock the layers together (or not, that is an option too!) but this is how I start all of my patterns. This chart size is 41 x 41. I cut it to get the small grid we used in the live video.

Remember, the mesh dots are not changeable. The white squares are where you can decide if it is going to be blue (the Main Color, the first color, the larger layer) or pink (the inner layer, the Accent Color). Each white square must be filled in – but in my mind they default to pink.

Obviously you can use any yarn color you want, this is just how I have my charts set up when I create a new design.

Using the Chart

After you’ve drawn the chart you’ll need to be able to read it. Please see my tutorials:

Overlay Mosaic Crochet

You don’t have to start with mesh dots on your chart if you’re doing overlay mosaic crochet. I start with the mesh dots because all of my patterns are for both techniques. I despeckle the chart for the mosaic version (older patterns were not despeckled) but you can also start fresh if you’d prefer. I drew this very exciting chart on the live video (that’s sarcasm).

You alternate colors for each row, and if you imagine the “blank canvas” as many rows of SC in BLO (Single Crochet in the Back Loop Only), you can then add a dropped DC (double crochet, US terms) to create the design. You cannot crochet your dropped DC into the other color’s DC. X’s go at the top of each DC.

This is a very basic explanation of how to create a chart, but if you get familiar with the stitches I think this is actually all the information you need! If it doesn’t make sense, don’t worry, maybe our brains just work a bit differently and someone else will explain it in a way that makes sense to you.

Try, try, try again!

Programs

Inevitably, someone will ask what program I use. It’s not a secret, I have mentioned it a few times. I prefer to use Winstitch. I started with graph paper and a pen, tried excel and Stitch Fiddle, but I am comfortable with Winstitch now and don’t want to learn any more programs.

Winstitch is a cross stitch program. It starts with a grid. I created a motif of the blue and pink dots that I use multiple times for every pattern. The computer program gives me the stitch counts – quick, and no human error! But the exported information is not what I’d consider usable for a pattern, so I created over 900 pages of Microsoft Word macros and I copy and paste the information from the Winstitch export into Word and then do a bunch of editing to make a pattern for sale.

Winstitch also does not “do” mosaic crochet. But I create a bunch of files and copy and paste things together to get the stitch counts. For my more recent patterns I adjust the charts to remove the mesh dots before creating the mosaic pattern.

If you’re going to try creating your own patterns for sale, please remember that you can’t use copyrighted or trademarked material. People expect to see a key or some sort of explanation as to how they are to use whatever information you are giving them. And page numbers plus the pattern name in the header can really help make your pattern more user-friendly.

A few months ago I offered my pattern keys to anyone. You can use them as a starting place and edit as you see fit. Copy and paste them from this post I wrote about Copyright. I would suggest you also include some sort of copyright statement in your patterns. Again, you can use my statement, just make sure you edit it to have your name instead of mine!

Dark Arrows Mosaic Crochet Pouch from YouTube

As promised on my last YouTube video (https://youtu.be/7j6bTj76qZA) I am putting up the stitch counts for the tube/pouch we created. We started this project on May 28, 2022 on a 2-hour YouTube live (https://youtu.be/tQOeL4EbFU8).

This live video was an experiment for me! I had never done a tube before. I have a lot of experience with various projects and techniques though, so I used my skills to create it as I went. It is not a perfect project tutorial video.

For this mosaic pouch I adjusted the “Dark Arrows” chart section from my Summer Direction CAL. My Summer Direction CAL is free on my website (the written pattern for both techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet), but the charts are only included in the paid download.

For this pouch, neither the free written part nor the charts are actually entirely helpful because I adjusted the chart as I crocheted for the YouTube live. I removed the interlocking mesh dots and the border lines.

My post here will include the stitch counts for each round that we did on the video, but for proper instruction on the technique please see the YouTube videos.

I used a small amount of worsted weight yarn and a 4.5 mm hook. I meant to use a 5 mm hook but the live had already started and that hook was not at my desk. Your hook size does affect the size and drape of your finished project. One of the crocheters who watched the live and commented a lot said they were using a thinner yarn and a 3.5 mm hook. As long as your hook and yarn weight are good for each other you can truly use any yarn you’d like.

The repeatable portion of the chart is 18 stitches wide. I skipped the first 3 border lines and the last 3 border lines. I also skipped a 4th stitch at the left side of the chart because it is a balancing stitch and is a duplicate of the 4th stitch at the right of the chart. This information is helpful if you’d like to make your pouch larger by using more of the Summer Direction CAL.

I planned on doing two repeats of the chart (one for the front of the bag and one for the back) but I decided that was too small so I stuck a third repeat in there.

We are creating a tube and we join at the end of each round and simply carry the yarn up, there’s no need to cut your yarn. For the first video I was using a joining method that involved locking my yarn in (just like I do when I do a center-out piece), but I found it was a bit bulky so I changed the joining method in the second video. When I do center-out crochet you can’t tell where the join was, so I was quite surprised to see that with the tube the join was noticeable.

I created a project on Ravelry and linked it to my Summer Direction Pattern. I wonder if I should be creating a new pattern listing instead?

Finished pouch!
I did not line my pouch. This will just be for the kids to play with. But someday I will learn how to do that step as well and really make my bags look professional!
Bag in use lol

Follow the Pattern

Quick KEY

CC = Contrasting Color (red in the video)
dc = double crochet; for overlay mosaic crochet all the double crochets go in the front loop, two rows below
fsc = foundation single crochet; see video
MC = Main Color (black/grey variegated in the video)
sc = single crochet; for overlay mosaic crochet all the single crochets go in the back loop only

Joining Technique

At the end of each round we must pick up the other yarn. Watch how I do it in the 2nd video (I think it looks better than the method I used in the first video). Basically, when you get to the end of the round, insert your hook into the back loop and pick up the other color, pull through both loops on your hook (do a slip stitch). Chain 1 and our next sc goes into the same spot. If you’re doing a dc you don’t need to chain 1.

Use a stitch marker to make sure you know where to join at the end of the next round.

Stitch counts

Foundation row (row 0), using MC; I was looking at row 25 on the chart: repeats of 18 fsc

Row 1 / 26 on the chart, using CC: sc18

Row 2 / 27 MC: sc18

Row 3 / 28 CC: sc8, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc7

Row 4 / 29 MC: sc9, dc1, sc8

Row 5 / 30 CC: sc8, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc5

Row 6 / 31 MC: sc9, dc3, sc6

Row 7 / 32 CC: dc1, sc13, dc1, sc3

Row 8 / 33 MC: sc1, dc13, sc4

Row 9 / 34 CC: dc1, sc15, dc1, sc1

Row 10 / 35 MC: sc1, dc13, sc3, dc1

Row 11 / 36 CC: dc1, sc13, dc1, sc3

Row 12 / 37 MC: sc9, dc3, sc3, dc3

Row 13 / 38 CC: sc8, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc5

Row 14 / 39 MC: dc8, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc5

Part 2 video starts here

Row 15 / 40 CC: sc8, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc7

Row 16 / 41 MC: dc8, sc5, dc6

Row 17 / 42 CC: sc8, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc5

Row 18 / 43 MC: sc15, dc3

Row 19 / 44 CC: dc1, sc13, dc1, sc3

Row 20 / 45 MC: sc17, dc1

Row 21 / 46 CC: dc1, sc15, dc1, sc1

Row 22 / 47 MC: sc18

Repeat from row 1 if you’d like to make your pouch taller. Or use another pattern that has an 18 stitch count.

You now have a tube!

To create a purse / pouch you’ll need to sew the bottom of the tube together. I kept my joining seam at one side to hide it better and then did a mattress stitch join but you can do any kind of join you like. To do a mattress stitch join you flatten your tube, pick up one loop from the top and then one loop from the bottom and then pull the loop through. Then you pick up one loop from the top and pull it through. Then pull one loop from the bottom through. And repeat until you get to the end. This technique does take away some of the stretch but doesn’t use any extra yarn (until you want to fasten it off). To fasten it off you’ll need a tiny amount of yarn to make a knot through the last live loop on your hook AND make sure you tie it through another stitch as well.

I am adding a strap to my bag. I am using the Tunisian Simple Stitch. Watch that part of the video here: https://youtu.be/7j6bTj76qZA?t=4820

I hope you enjoyed this live project! It is full of mistakes and candid Ashlee. I did notice that the quality is less that stellar so I may go back to an edited video for my next crochet pattern on YouTube. Let me know what you prefer.

Show me your projects in my Facebook group: Ashlee Brotzell Designs or tag me on Instagram @AshleesLint

2022 June Cat

June is such a lovely month, don’t you agree? Here in Saskatchewan, Canada 🇨🇦 we are finally getting warm weather (it literally snowed multiple times last month) and summer is on the horizon.

When I picked the colors for my cat square this month I was trying to use something that might appeal to others… because these colors don’t really appeal to me… at all. 😬

I have been using Premier Yarns Home Cotton in various shades for all of my squares and this month I chose to use Citrus. It has yellow and orange and lime green in it. I thought it would feel tropical and warm but it just looks like mud to me. What do you think?

I try to use a variety of colors because I know that what catches my eye might not be the same thing that catches your eye. My husband likes these colors but my favorites are pinks and purples and maybe a little peacock blue or teal if I am feeling adventurous.

You probably remember that there will be a total of 12 cat squares by the end of the year (one for each month) and you may remember that the squares for March, June, September, and December create a mini series.

Now that we have reached June I can show you March and June together. They are the “L” and “o” for “love”! (yup, I crocheted this square again in prettier colors)

March was the “L”, June is the “o”. We will have to wait until September and December for the rest.

You can purchase each square separately, but your best deal is grabbing the eBook. It gets updated each month with the new cat square (you just pay once) and it will also include a bonus all-in-one blanket pattern at the end of the yarn. The blanket pattern will have all 12 squares arranged in a 3 x 4 grid with January Cat at the top left and each month in order. You won’t need to join squares.

This is most handy for the overlay mosaic crochet technique because you don’t have to worry about dealing with the ends /tails/fringe between each cat square.

Overlay Mosaic Crochet sample by CarolinevdB

My cats have decided they don’t want to model for me anymore, but Maja Serec convinced her kitties to take a nap with her square.

And it’s always interesting to see what the wrong side looks like when you use the interlocking crochet technique. That’s actually one of my favorite things about this technique! (My other favorite thing is not having cut tails to deal with).

Cyncitycrochets used white as the MC, so you can see the cat is in white on the right side of the square and when you flip it over the colors get inversed. The details change a bit (like the straight border lines) because each stitch is opposite, but it does look almost as good as the front!

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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 (600-850 yards)
    • Main color (blue on chart) – 300 yards
    • Contrasting color (white on chart) – 300 yards
    • Optional Envelope Border – 250 yards
  • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4”

Shawl Bundle Sale

Last month I created a lot of bundle sales for my Designaversary Celebration. But none of my shawl patterns were included!

Sale has been updated: automatic 25% discount on individually listed shawl squares (Ravelry and Etsy) or the bundle deal on ravelry is 50% off when you buy all 6 shawls and use code “2022SHAWLS“. Offers end May 31, 2022. EXPIRED

I have 6 shawl patterns:

Pull it Up crocheted by Maja Serec, Wings Are Freedom crocheted by Kimberly Windsor-Johnson, Waves Shawl crocheted by Dawn Haynes, Hearts Shawl crocheted by Monica Marshal, Moonlight on the City crocheted by Ashlee, Skyline Shawl crocheted by Divya Tellakula.

They are all rectangle shawls. They have simple hidden pockets (optional) so I could call them all pocket shawls, but the pockets are not the main feature. I think of them as half-blankets.

I really wanted these to be a great way to show off a self-striping yarn so you can choose to work the pattern from side to side or from bottom to top depending on how you think your yarn will look best.

Sale Details

One of the shawls is available on LoveCrafts, but I have not created a sale there.

Five of the six shawls are on Etsy (technically Many Hearts Shawl is also on Etsy but it is only available in the Hearts, Hearts, Hearts eBook, so it is not included in the sale). The individually listed shawl patterns are currently discounted by 25%. No code needed. Sale ends May 31, 2022. Expired.

I have created a bundle on Ravelry, this is the best deal. Use code “2022SHAWLS” to take 50% off when you purchase all 6 shawl patterns! Offer ends May 31, 2022. Expired

You can add each pattern to your cart or just click the link below to have all the patterns added to your cart and the sale code automatically applied.

Thank you for all the likes and shares and support! 💕

Pattern Summary for May

I find it really strange that I have only published 3 patterns this month! In my first year of designing I averaged a new pattern every 2.5 days! It was an unsustainable pace, especially now that I have added the mosaic crochet option to all of my patterns.

However, it was not a slow month for me. I put a lot of focus on my YouTube channel (and have finally reached the level of being able to earn ad revenue on my channel)! I have been adding 130 different language subtitles to each video and have done about 30 of my 70 videos.


The first pattern I published this month was May Cat. If you had the eBook you got an update and didn’t have to purchase anything extra. The next cat square will be published on June 1.

Mosaic crochet version of “May Cat” crocheted by CarolinevdB

The next pattern I published was “Dream A Dream”. It is a center-out square and I created a full video walk-thru for both techniques. I started using my squares for a cardigan but haven’t finished yet.


In May I finished publishing a 4-part video series for the interlocking crochet version of “Sonic Screwdriver”. I haven’t decided which of my Doctor Who patterns to do next on YouTube.


I also put up a short tutorial showing how to add the sc border to an interlocking crochet project. And I created a support video for the interlocking crochet version of my newly updated repeatable “GoldieLux” pattern.

I turned my bulky-weight samples into a cardigan! It may be hot here today but it could snow again in 3 months so a cardigan is always a good project for me.


My third new pattern for this month was “Namaste Mandala”. It is such a peaceful design; I knew it would be well received. And, spoiler alert, the floral design in the corners will be it’s own pattern soon!

Beautiful sample crocheted by Just Duckie Crochet

I also did a live video tutorial using my newly updated Interlocking Crochet “Tutorial 10” pattern. This was the photo PDF I created 2 years ago, only I had some pretty embarrassing mistakes in it. It has now been updated and you can get your free PDF directly from my website and you can watch the first half of the square being crocheted on YouTube.


In summary, I was busy even though I only published 3 patterns this month. “Namaste Mandala” was my bestseller this month (no surprise there) and “Dream A Dream” did well too. Tied for third place, “Bubbles the Sea Turtle” and “Double Wedding Rings” were the surprising ones for me!

However, as I type this blog entry I have received a few more emails notifying me of purchases and they are all for “Double Wedding Rings”! Someone must have shared their work-in-progress on this WIP Wednesday, thank you for that!

I am nearly ready to get that pattern updated with the center-out instructions for each technique.


We also managed to plant a huge garden. So between watering the garden, normal household duties, and all my crochet projects, I didn’t notice how quickly May was speeding along! Thank you for everyone’s patience and I promise I will have more patterns soon!