August Gnome: Cherries

*Radio crackle and static* We interrupt your Ocean baby blanket series to return to your previously scheduled series: A Year of Monthly Gnomes! (I am totally funny, right?)

August is a busy month in my household. We have a lot of birthdays! We will celebrate my husband’s birthday! 🥳 Then a few days later my baby girl turns two! 🥳 A week later is my first daughter’s 7th birthday! 🥳

And birthdays mean cake. And cake means ice cream. And ice cream should have cherries on top!

Plus, cherries scream SUMMER to me! August means hot, summer days around here.

I was worried this design isn’t busy enough. It is definitely less busy than last month’s design. But I hope you like the simplicity of it.

Each monthly gnome on Ravelry and all of the mosaic files in the eBook have been updated now to include a chart with X’s. If you purchased any of my patterns (not just these gnomes) on Etsy and would like an updated X-marked chart please send me an email!

This listing comes with two files: an interlocking crochet pattern and chart, and an overlay mosaic crochet pattern and X-marked chart.

Overlay Mosaic sample crocheted by CarolinevdB

Here’s our master list of Gnomes so far:

We are still continuing the Friends Around the World 6th Anniversary CAL: Adventure in Mosaic Crochet and I love seeing everyone’s projects! Even if you start late you can still join in! Make sure you join the Facebook group and event for all the new FATW6 releases every Monday and Thursday: https://www.facebook.com/calcrochetalong

When I finish with this Baby Ocean series I am hoping to have a new Crochet-A-Long as well! The “Summer Direction CAL” will have video walk thru’s for both techniques! I just finished the interlocking technique and I have only one more video to do for the mosaic one. And then I have to get my webpages set up for it all. And make sure my written pattern is ready. But first, in a few days, I will have the final pattern in the Baby Ocean and Others eBook – and it’s a special one for me, so keep your eyes peeled!

Baby Whale: 5 of 6 patterns in the Baby Ocean & Others eBook

These ocean-themed baby blankets have been fun to design! I have finally decided upon six baby ocean patterns for the eBook on Ravelry. Would you like me to put the eBook on Etsy too once it’s complete?

This adorable whale started his life looking quite different but I am happy with the final outcome. My art leads me most of the time. At least this time it is still a whale! I gotta go with the flow, you know?

Sometimes I ask my husband for his opinion. Sometimes I ask a friend online. And sometimes I ignore everything they say.

I get a little defensive, “this is MY art, stop telling me what to do!”

But sometimes I listen when my husband says the eye needs to go back farther and maybe change the curve of his back? And, wouldn’t you know it, my artsy husband can even be right! (some of the time)

Sample crocheted by CynCityCrochets using the interlocking crochet technique. Her fun purple ombre yarn really adds to this design!

As always, my pattern is written for two techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet. You get one file with written line-by-line instructions for locked filet mesh (that’s what I call interlocking crochet) and a one-page chart. The single-page chart is good for viewing on a screen because you can easily zoom in on the section you’re working on.

The other file has written line-by-line instructions for the overlay mosaic crochet technique and a multi-page chart with X’s showing where to do the drop-down double crochets. These charts are best used printed off and taped together. It can be confusing to scroll between the pages when you’re not sure which row to look at next.

This pattern, along with the others in my Baby Blankets section on Etsy and Ravelry all begin with 60 windows when you use the Locked Filet Mesh technique or 121 foundation single crochets for the overlay mosaic method.

These extra-large squares have been designed with the thought that if you join four together you could get a full 60″ blanket. I have a tutorial on YouTube for joining squares but this is only one of many ways you could do it.

Since this is not the first pattern in my Baby Ocean series, you should already know about the eBook on Ravelry called “Baby Ocean & Others“. It will be updated to include each of these ocean-themed baby blanket patterns as I publish them. And I have finally concluded that there will be a total of six (6) patterns in this eBook.

I have more than six Ocean-themed blankets but I have decided to create a new eBook next month with the designs that don’t really fit into the “baby” theme.

Get “Baby Whale” on Etsy or Ravelry. Use code, “BABY21” to get 20% off* all my baby blanket patterns!

*20% discount is valid in my Etsy Shop on Preemie Love Blanket, Feline the Deer, Many Hugs, Baby Ocean, Baby Dolphin, Baby Crab, Baby Sea Turtle and Baby Whale; and in my Ravely store on Preemie Love Blanket, Feline the Deer, Many Hugs, Baby Ocean, Baby Dolphin, Baby Crab, Baby Sea Turtle, Baby Whale, and Baby Ocean & Others eBook. Code “BABY21” must be used at the time of purchase, and is not retroactive. Offer ends 11:59 pm CST July 31, 2021. OFFER EXTENDED TO AUGUST 10, 2021.

This offer will be extended to August 10, 2021 because I didn’t create the patterns fast enough! I have a 6th pattern to publish in this eBook. The final pattern has a special place in my heart – you’re going to love it! It should be ready for you in one week!

Two fluffy baby blankets finished this week

Children for size reference 😅 the blankets are 33" square, but they elongate when hanging on the line.

I have never used the “story mode” on wordpress before. It didn’t let me write enough words. 😅 And you have to click on the photo above to see the other pictures in this series. Weird.

These blankets are both included in the current baby blanket sale but Feline the Deer is not part of the Baby Ocean & Others eBook. She was designed by my 6 year old daughter about 8 months ago.

Baby Sea Turtle, which has 3 turtles in it actually, IS in the eBook. It is the 4th pattern to be added there. I was hoping to have the eBook finished by the end of July but it looks like I have too many ideas!

Baby Sea Turtle: the 4th pattern but there will be more!

My four-year-old son LOVES sea turtles. He really like all ocean-things but there’s something special about a baby sea turtle.

For months, every time we took the (chicken) egg carton out of the fridge he would want to come play with the baby sea turtles. It was a bit hard to bake with him during that phase. Usually we like to make cookies and cake but it was hard for me to keep the eggs safe from his quick, but not-so-nimble hands.

This little blanket will be for him. I used my preferred technique, interlocking crochet (also called Locked Filet Mesh or LFM) because I can crochet it much quicker than when I do mosaic crochet. This blanket took me a week – I am sure some of you will be much quicker and many of you will take much longer for a blanket of this size. That’s ok!

I used a discontinued yarn for my sample. It was on clearance and I love a good bargain. The fluffy yarn I used (Premiere Pixie Dust) is considered a worsted weight yarn but the labels suggests you use a 5.5 mm hook. I really like the stitches to be quite small with interlocking crochet because it keeps those chain-gap-squares small and then the other color doesn’t show through too much, so I used a 5 mm hook.

Because it is so fluffy it does make the details of the design a bit less defined. And even though I used a 5 mm hook instead of my favorite 4.5 mm hook, I still used less than 500 yards per color. My finished square, including the simple single crochet border, is 33″ square.

You can use any weight yarn for my blankets, just make sure you use an appropriately-sized hook.

I titled this pattern “Baby Sea Turtle”, singular, but then I drew it with 3 little turtles swimming in the sea. 😬🤷‍♀️ I did the same with the dolphin pattern. The title is singular but the image shows more than one animal. One of my weird quirks, I guess.

My interlocking crochet version of “Baby Sea Turtle”

And, as always, the pattern is written up for interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet. The two files each include written instructions and an appropriate chart.

The chart that is attached to the mosaic instructions has X’s where you need to do your dropped double crochets. I hope to make my own tutorial video for using the chart with X’s soon. But for now it is mostly useful for people who are already familiar with that style.

Natalie Caruso has been amazingly helpful in creating these charts with X’s for you guys. Thank you, Natalie!

If you’ve seen the previous patterns in this series, then you already know I created an eBook on Ravelry called “Baby Ocean & Others“. All of the patterns in this eBook have a chart size of 121 x 121 and have an ocean theme.

These blankets – when matching the gauge stated in the pattern – will be about 30″ square. My sample with the fluffy yarn and large hook came out to about 33″ square.

All of the patterns in my Baby Blankets section on Etsy and Ravelry are the same size.

You can get “Baby Sea Turtle” on Etsy or Ravelry. Use code, “BABY21” to get 20% off* all my baby blanket patterns!

*20% discount is valid in my Etsy Shop on Preemie Love Blanket, Feline the Deer, Many Hugs, Baby Ocean, Baby Dolphin, Baby Crab, Baby Sea Turtle and Baby Whale; and in my Ravely store on Preemie Love Blanket, Feline the Deer, Many Hugs, Baby Ocean, Baby Dolphin, Baby Crab, Baby Sea Turtle, Baby Whale, and Baby Ocean & Others eBook. Code “BABY21” must be used at the time of purchase, and is not retroactive. Offer ends 11:59 pm CST July 31, 2021. OFFER EXTENDED TO AUGUST 10, 2021.

And, sorry for the delay in adding Baby Crab to the list of sale patterns – I forgot it doesn’t happen automatically!

The wrong side, using interlocking crochet. If you use the mosaic technique it will be striped on the back instead.

Baby Crab: 3rd Ocean Blanket

We were at the park the other day when we learned our city puts on a summer program. There were two workers doing crafts and playing games with the kids.

My youngest just played in the splash park, but the older two enjoyed making a crabby craft! Their favorite part was putting glue on the paper and then going over to the sandbox and putting REAL SAND on their picture!

Alice & Remi really enjoyed the craft at the park

Their little pictures are so adorable but I am not sure where to put them without getting sand all over the house. 😬

I hope you think my Crab pattern is adorable too! It is just one crab mostly. A few snappy pincher claws from some friends have made their way into the frame too. And I was thinking those small “circles” were bubbles or maybe strings of pearls, but they are actually squares so I am not sure if they look as well as my imagination wanted.

Crocheted by Altona Newcombe, using the overlay mosaic technique.

Let me know if you’re enjoying this series! Can you see yourself joining some baby blankets together to create one big blanket? Or do you have lots of new little ones in your life that need blankeys? (That’s not a typo, I mean “blankey”)

You probably already know I created an eBook on Ravelry called “Baby Ocean & Others”. This is the 3rd pattern I am adding to it – but I have 6 drawn up already so who knows how big it will get!?

These baby blankets finish to 30″ square when you use worsted weight yarn and match my gauge. You can use any yarn and hook really, just do a gauge swatch to see how large yours will be. The chart is 121 x 121.

Like all of my patterns, I have included the written instructions for interlocking crochet AND overlay mosaic crochet, plus one of the charts includes X’s for overlay mosaic crochet!

Interlocking crochet sample by CynCityCrochets – red/orange used as the Main Color.

You can find more Baby Blanket patterns in my “Baby Blanket” section on Etsy and Ravelry.

If you just want this single pattern, you can get “Baby Crab” on Etsy or Ravelry. Use code, “BABY21” to get 20% off* all my baby blanket patterns!

*20% discount is valid in my Etsy Shop on Preemie Love Blanket, Feline the Deer, Many Hugs, Baby Ocean, Baby Dolphin, Baby Crab, Baby Sea Turtle and Baby Whale; and in my Ravely store on Preemie Love Blanket, Feline the Deer, Many Hugs, Baby Ocean, Baby Dolphin, Baby Crab, Baby Sea Turtle, Baby Whale, and Baby Ocean & Others eBook. Code “BABY21” must be used at the time of purchase, and is not retroactive. Offer ends 11:59 pm CST July 31, 2021. OFFER EXTENDED TO AUGUST 10, 2021.

“Baby Crab” crocheted by Angela using the overlay mosaic crochet technique.

Baby Dolphin: 2nd in the series

Just a few days ago we saw the beginning of a short series: ocean-themed baby blankets! The first blanket has some waves and shells and a starfish and a sand dollar.

The first baby blanket in this series, “Baby Ocean”. Sample crocheted by Penny Groves McPherson.

This blanket has two dolphins swimming in a circle with some seaweed and bubbles. The swirl in the middle was supposed to be a bit of a whirlpool. Dolphins use bubbles and water to catch fish! They swim around and around to create a wall that traps the fish – good teamwork on their part!

Crocheted by Altona Newcombe. Black as MC, extra white border added after.

I created an eBook on Ravelry called “Baby Ocean & Others” and it is going to be a great deal for you! I originally said I will have at least 4 blankets in this series (so you can create a big blanket if you want) but I have already got 5 ready and it could be 6 or more baby blanket patterns by the time I’m done!

These blankets, when matching my gauge using 4 – medium, worsted weight yarn, will be about 30″ square. The chart is 121 x 121 and includes X’s for overlay mosaic crochet! Of course, using a lighter or thicker yarn works perfectly well too – just adjust your hook appropriately and expect that the yardage and finished size may change.

The chart attached to the interlocking pattern does not have X’s because that would be distracting for that technique. This pattern, along with the others in my Baby Blankets section on Etsy and Ravelry all begin with 60 windows when you use the Locked Filet Mesh technique.

You can get “Baby Dolphin” on Etsy or Ravelry. Use code, “BABY21” to get 20% off* all my baby blanket patterns!

*20% discount is valid in my Etsy Shop on Preemie Love Blanket, Feline the Deer, Many Hugs, Baby Ocean, Baby Dolphin, Baby Crab, Baby Sea Turtle and Baby Whale; and in my Ravely store on Preemie Love Blanket, Feline the Deer, Many Hugs, Baby Ocean, Baby Dolphin, Baby Crab, Baby Sea Turtle, Baby Whale, and Baby Ocean & Others eBook. Code “BABY21” must be used at the time of purchase, and is not retroactive. Offer ends 11:59 pm CST July 31, 2021. OFFER EXTENDED TO AUGUST 10, 2021.

Interlocking crochet sample done by CynCityCrochet.

Baby Ocean: small blanket or part of a large blanket

This summer needs more ocean!

I live in the Canadian Prairies; there are a few lakes nearby, but no oceans.

The finished size of this blanket, when using medium, 4 – worsted weight yarn, is about 30″ square. This is the perfect size for a baby blanket! It is not so large that it becomes unmanageable in the summer heat but it is not so small that it feels like it will be outgrown too quickly.

Mosaic crochet sample done by Penny Groves McPherson, dark blue used as Main Color

The chart is 121 x 121. This is larger than my selection of Large Squares (these have a chart size of 81 x 81 and finish to about 20″ square). I often put the number “-40” in the title of those squares because they begin with 40 windows when you’re using the interlocking crochet method.

This “Baby Ocean” pattern, along with my other patterns of this size (“Preemie Love Blanket“, “Feline the Deer“, and “Many Hugs“) begin with 60 windows when you use the interlocking crochet technique. You can see a list of baby blankets of this size on Etsy or Ravelry.

“Preemie Love Blanket” was the first pattern I designed of this size. With an envelope border and a larger hook size, the blue and orange blanket in the image above came out to 35″ square.

When you use the overlay mosaic crochet method you begin with with 62 single crochet stitches (60 for the pattern and one on each side for the joining and ending stitches).

And, for all of you Mosaic Crochet fans, you will be happy to know that this pattern includes a chart marked with X’s! I have been updating my old patterns as fast as fellow designer, Natalie Caruso, can create these charts! Thank you, Natalie!

One thing I love about blanket patterns is that gauge is not super critical. I use a 4.5 mm hook with my worsted weight yarn because I like my stitches to be quite tight. Sometimes, with mosaic crochet, I will use a 5 mm hook instead. It uses a little bit more yarn and the finished piece is a tiny bit larger but if I am not joining it to something else than it doesn’t matter to me.

I have used very thin yarn for some pieces and bulky yarn for others. As long as the hook size gets adjusted to match you can really use any kind of yarn!

As much as I believe this “Baby Ocean” blanket is perfect on its own, I also have some more ocean-themed blankets in the queue! You could join 4 of these baby blankets together to create one large blanket. So, keep your eyes peeled for the next pattern in this baby ocean series! If you know you’re going to be getting the whole series anyway then grab the eBook on Ravelry – it will be cheaper for you in the long run! I’ve called it “Baby Ocean & Others” because they will all be ocean-themed baby blankets.

You can get the single pattern, “Baby Ocean” on Etsy or Ravelry. Use code, “BABY21” to get 20% off* all my baby blanket patterns!

*20% discount is valid in my Etsy Shop on Preemie Love Blanket, Feline the Deer, Many Hugs, Baby Ocean, Baby Dolphin, Baby Crab, Baby Sea Turtle and Baby Whale; and in my Ravely store on Preemie Love Blanket, Feline the Deer, Many Hugs, Baby Ocean, Baby Dolphin, Baby Crab, Baby Sea Turtle, Baby Whale, and Baby Ocean & Others eBook. Code “BABY21” must be used at the time of purchase, and is not retroactive. Offer ends 11:59 pm CST July 31, 2021. OFFER EXTENDED TO AUGUST 10, 2021.

Interlocking crochet sample done by CynCityCrochet, white used as Main Color

Plus Flower: a large crochet square pattern

Sometimes I doodle.

This doodle was about me exploring what the wrong side looks like when done in interlocking crochet. Of course, the front looks good whether done in interlocking or overlay mosaic crochet!

Nessa Miller used the interlocking crochet technique for this sample.

The stitches are opposite but that doesn’t mean the wrong side shows an opposite image. It isn’t an inverse of colors. It is sometimes not even pretty on the wrong side even though technically you can create dual-sided, reversible fabric with this technique.

This is the wrong side when using the interlocking crochet technique (crocheted by Nessa Miller). The mosaic version will just be striped on the back.

When crocheted using the interlocking crochet method, the plus-signs all turn into boxes in this design.

I think it is a fun flower regardless of what the back looks like.

The chart is 81 x 81 which means it is the same size as all my other large squares. See a list here: ashleeslint.com/patterns#large

You can mix-and-match to create a blanket or use 2 squares for a pillow. I’ve thought about using them for a purse or bag as well. In that case I would use a thinner-weight yarn and smaller hook.

The suggested yarn is a worsted weight, medium – 4 but as long as you use an appropriate hook for your yarn you can really use any yarn you’d like. Keep in mind, your yardage used may not match my pattern if you don’t match the gauge swatch.

Altona Newcombe used the overlay mosaic technique for this square

And, as always, I’ve included written line-by-line instructions for the interlocking crochet technique and the overlay mosaic crochet technique. Each technique comes with a chart; the mosaic chart has x’s for my experienced fans who are familiar with that setup. I hope to have a tutorial on reading that kind of chart soon.

Grab your pattern on Ravelry before 11:59 pm CST, July 17, 2021 and get an automatic 20% off your entire cart!

If you don’t use Ravelry, you can buy the pattern directly from me here. Keep in mind this requires me to personally respond to the email notification so there may be a delay of a few hours to get your pattern to you.

Plus Flower 40 – Interlocking and Mosaic Crochet Patterns and Charts

You will receive one file containing the written, line-by-line instructions for the interlocking technique, and a one-page chart (81 x81). And another file containing the written, line-by-line instructions for the overlay mosaic technique (including instructions for an envelope border), and a multi-page chart with X’s marked (81 x81)

CA$3.50

Using Albums in a Facebook Group

I love my Facebook group, Ashlee Brotzell Designs.

I created it just over a year ago when I started designing crochet patterns. As a designer I suddenly wasn’t allowed to post in a lot of the groups I was in. It was, and still is, a bit of a sore spot. It makes me sad not being able to contribute to a conversation on a topic I love simply because I love it so much that I decided to create my own patterns.

So, now I have my own group where I can post everything I am working on. I also have a Facebook page and an instagram page and a ravelry group, but I am most active in the Facebook group.

Besides being a great place to see my newest patterns as they come out and sometimes see a sneak peak of things before they come out, it is also a great place to get advice on yarn choices or meet some new friends who love crocheting too!

I have created albums for most of my patterns so you can see a few color options and sometimes see the difference between the two techniques all my patterns are written for: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet.

But, it seems that these albums are not as easy to use as one would hope.

Mobile / Tablet

One issue is that the screens look different based on whether you are accessing the group on your desktop/laptop or on a mobile device like your smartphone or tablet.

This is is how I access the albums on my phone:

Choose, “More”, “View Group Info”, “Photos”, and then choose an album.

Choose the three dots, “More” and from the drop-down menu, choose “View Group Info”

Choose “Photos” (the number of photos in the group will probably keep increasing!)

Here are a list of albums! You have to scroll down and choose to load more if you want to see earlier designs. I find that slightly difficult on my phone actually. It is easier on the desktop.

When you choose an album you will see the description I have given the album and you may notice that the comments are all turned off but you can still add your own photos!

Comments are turned off on the albums, but you can click on an individual image and comment on that image. In the album description, I try to put the links to my blog post about each pattern and sometimes also the ravelry or etsy link. Those links can also be found in my blog post, so the information is kind of everywhere.

Desktop

The steps are basically the same on my laptop, but the screen looks a bit different. Also, your screen might be slightly different because you aren’t the admin so I am pretty sure I have some extra things that you can’t see.

Choose, “More” from the menu bar, then choose “Media” from the drop down menu. Select “Albums” instead of seeing all the photos at once, and then choose an album!

Choose “More” from the menu bar. It will have a drop down menu – choose “Media”. I tried to screenshot with the menu visible but I am apparently not that technologically advanced.

In “Media” you have the option of seeing all the photos or you can choose “Albums” to see some organization,

You may have to scroll down to see older designs. Some albums are bundled to include more than one design – for example, all of the gnomes are in one album.

Once you’ve selected an album you will see that comments are turned off but there’s a blue button that says “Add Photos/Videos”. Plus, if you click on a photo in an album you can leave a comment for the maker there!

I hope this helps! I sometimes forget to create an album for my new patterns, but eventually I get it done. *embarassed grin*

Remember, you can find a list of all my patterns here: ashleeslint.com/patterns

Most of my patterns are on Ravelry (a few of the Dr Who ones are not).

Some of my patterns are on Etsy (let me know if you need something on a non-ravelry platform).

And all of my social links are here: linktr.ee/LFMandMosaic

FATW6 CAL: Adventures in Mosaic Crochet – Ocean Theme

Good morning, Monday!

It has been so great seeing all the new projects getting started since Thursday when my Mosaic Coral Strip was released as the first section in the Friends Around the World 6th Anniversary CAL (FATW6)!

Mondays and Thursdays will be the release days of a new section – and today is Monday! Remember, all the pieces in this Crochet-A-Long have been designed by different people. The common theme is mosaic crochet and then 3 blankets were compiled from the submissions!

Each section is FREE. Some designers, like me, have included videos. I believe all the sections include a chart and written instructions, but I guess we will have to wait and see if that’s true.

This blog post of mine is going to be where I keep a list of all the sections as they are released. You can bookmark it if you like! You can also sign up for updates from the host: CAL Crochet A Long Facebook group

Also, please feel free to share your progress on this CAL in my Ashlee Brotzell Designs Facebook group. Normally, I don’t allow work by other designers but since this is a group collaboration I am making an exception – I want to see your progress! 🙂

I will link to the official CAL blog entry and you will have to scroll through their post to find the link to that section’s pattern (some are Ravelry downloads, some are on websites; different designers have different ways of doing things).

Friends Around The World: Adventures in Mosaic Crochet – Ocean theme

July 8, 2021: Mosaic Coral Strip by Ashlee Brotzell

Since this is my section I will also link to my blog entry about it and the ravelry download. Plus, my handy-dandy video walk-thru: Coral Strip on YouTube

July 12: Sally Starfish by Lynette Kosar of Lavender Cup Cottage

Look for the link to the ravelry download near the end of the article I linked to above.

July 15: Mosaic Crab by Suzanne Lively Boren

This one also has a link to ravelry near the end of the article.

July 19: Dancing Octopus by Suzanne Lively Boren

Find the ravelry link at the end of the blog article!

July 22: Mosaic Squid by Suzanne Lively Boren of Not So Boren Crochet

Suzanne was busy! This is another section she did!

July 26: The Goldfish 1 by Svetlana Rogatykh

This goldfish section also includes a tiny border design you can use at any point in your design! And the goldfish is pretty awesome! The link the to ravelry download is at the end of the article I have linked to above.

July 29: The Goldfish 2 by Svetlana Rogatykh

Svetlana’s second pattern in this Crochet-A-Long is swimming the other direction! Her Ravelry link is going at the end of the post linked to above.

August 2: Wave by Svetlana Rogatykh

Another beautiful section from Svetlana!

August 5: Dolphin by Suzanne Boren of Not so Boren Crochet

You must be familiar with this designer by now!