2022 November Cat

Can I be honest with you? I don’t like this square. I am more of a romantic. I like pinks and roses and gentle swirling ethereal fluff. I despise it when my cat sticks his butt in my face.

But this square is real life with a cat. And I think most of you will appreciate the humor behind it (Hah! “behind”).

If you’re looking for his face: https://ashleeslint.com/2022/11/04/november-cat-face-another-bonus-square/

We have had one cat square for each month, plus a bonus square released for my birthday in September. In December I will also be adding the all-in-one blanket pattern (does not use the bonus square) and an all-in-one Love mini-series blanket pattern (uses March, June, September, and December squares) to the eBook.

The all-in-one blankets allow you to crochet the blanket without worrying about joining squares afterwards. This is most handy for the mosaic technique so you don’t have to cut your yarn until you’re finished the whole row (which is 3 squares wide). Plus, the envelope border to cover the tails can be annoying to add to all 12 squares and makes the final project much larger. Doing the blanket all at once eliminates that step.

These all-in-one blanket patterns will only be available in the eBook. They won’t be posted for individual sale.

I do have another surprise for you but you’ll need to wait a few days. Any guesses as to what it is?

It is not an announcement of next year’s theme because I still haven’t decided. Yikes, eh?!

I have too many options. It’s the same problem with going yarn shopping. I just want it all!

But, back to the subject at hand: this cat’s butt.

Like the other squares in this set, the charts are 81 x 81 for the interlocking technique and 77 x 77 for the mosaic technique. The mosaic version does not have the interlocking dots all over it and it does not need the locked-in border lines.

Once again I am thankful for my testing team who helps make me look good: CarolinevdB, cyncitycrochet, Maja Serec, & Marjolijn Cuypers.

I made a small error when crocheting my square. I only noticed it after I edited a bunch of photos and created my poster and video, GROAN! I fixed it and took a few more photos but the cat wasn’t around so I kept the photos with my cute kitty even though there’s a mistake. Hope you’ll forgive me!

There’s no sound in the video, and truly it is just a slide show of still shots.

Get the Pattern

Interlocking Crochet Details

  • 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) – 230 yards plus 25 yards for optional SC border
  • Accent Color (AC) – 230 yards

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

  • 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 (650 – 850 yards)
  • Main Color (MC) – 250 yards
  • Coordinating Color (CC) – 350 yards
  • Optional Envelope Border – 250 yards

2022: A Year of Cats (ongoing updates)
eBook (Ravelry) (Etsy) (Direct Purchase)
All-in-one Love Miniseries blanket (in eBook only)
All-in-one Blanket (in eBook only)
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 FREE online (Ravelry) (Etsy)
October (Ravelry) (Etsy)
November (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Bonus November Face (Ravelry) (Etsy)
December (Ravelry) (Etsy)

FREE Winter Trees Hooded Cowl CAL; Part 2

This is our halfway point! That seems like a laughable statement since we just started last week. I’ve never done such a short CAL!

Part 1 was the first half of the hood. In part 2 we will finish the hood. Part 3 adds the cowl neck on.

If you’re just hearing about this project, you’ll want to return to the Introduction page, or maybe Part 1. The schedule and links to each section are just below.


Follow this pattern for FREE here on my website!

I will have both 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.

For the duration of the CAL, you’ll get an automatic 40% discount. on the purchase of “Winter Trees Hooded Cowl“. Regular price applies on November 10, 2022.

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


Interlocking Crochet Pattern

To refresh yourself on the KEY, click here.

For yardage and other important details, click here.

In part 1 we did the foundation rows up to row 29. We will now continue at row 30.

RS – ACF

30 MC – Ch3, 1F, *4B, 7F, 5B, 4F, 5B*, 1F, ES

31 AC – Ch3 in front, *5F, 6B, 5F, 4B, 1F, 1B, 3F*, 1F, EF

WS – ACB

32 MC – Ch3, 1B, *3F, 7B, 5F, 5B, 5F*, 1B, ES

33 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *3B, 6F, 6B, 4F, 2B, 1F, 3B*, EB

RS – ACF

34 MC – Ch3, 1F, *2B, 2F, 1B, 4F, 7B, 5F, 4B*, 1F, ES

35 AC – Ch3 in front, *3F, 1B, 1F, 4B, 1F, 1B, 6F, 4B, 2F, 1B, 1F*, 1F, EF

WS – ACB

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

37 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *1B, 1F, 3B, 2F, 4B, 1F, 2B, 6F, 5B*, EB

RS – ACF

38 MC – Ch3, 1F, *5B, 5F, 2B, 2F, 3B, 2F, 6B*, 1F, ES

39 AC – Ch3 in front, *1F, 1B, 4F, 4B, 3F, 1B, 4F, 1B, 6F*, 1F, EF

WS – ACB

40 MC – Ch3, 1B, *16F, 3B, 4F, 2B*, 1B, ES

41 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *16B, 2F, 5B, 1F, 1B*, EB

RS – ACF

42 MC – Ch3, 1F, *7B, 2F, 16B*, 1F, ES

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

WS – ACB

44 MC – Ch3, 1B, *25F*, 1B, ES

45 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *6B, 1F, 10B, 1F, 7B*, EB

RS – ACF

46 MC – Ch3, 1F, *6B, 2F, 9B, 2F, 6B*, 1F, ES

47 AC – Ch3 in front, *2F, 1B, 4F, 1B, 3F, 1B, 6F, 1B, 6F*, 1F, EF

WS – ACB

48 MC – Ch3, 1B, *13F, 2B, 7F, 2B, 1F*, 1B, ES

49 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *1B, 1F, 11B, 1F, 8B, 1F, 2B*, EB

RS – ACF

50 MC – Ch3, 1F, *22B, 2F, 1B*, 1F, ES

51 AC – Ch3 in front, *15F, 1B, 7F, 1B, 1F*, 1F, EF

WS – ACB

52 MC – Ch3, 1B, *9F, 2B, 14F*, 1B, ES

53 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *9B, 1F, 10B, 1F, 4B*, EB

RS – ACF

54 MC – Ch3, 1F, *3B, 2F, 20B*, 1F, ES

55 AC – Ch3 in front, *4F, 1B, 20F*, 1F, EF

WS – ACFront

56 MC – Ch3, 1B, *25F*, 1B, ES

57 AC – Ch3 in front, *25F*, 1F, EF

Cut and tie off AC

RS

58 MC – Ch3, 1B, *26B, ES

I strongly suggest adding the revised SC Border now, but you may choose to use the simple SC Border or add no border at all.

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.

Creating the Hood

Fold this rectangle in half and, using a whip stitch, sew the top together.

That’s it for now!

The cowl addition will be published in section 3 on November 7, 2022.

Click here to jump to list of CAL sections


Overlay Mosaic Crochet Pattern

The x-marked chart can be found in the paid PDF only. Charts are not included in the free version online.

To refresh yourself on the KEY, click here.

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

In part 1 we did the foundation rows up to row 29. We will now continue at row 30.

30 MC – JS, *dc4, sc3, dc3, sc9, dc11, sc13, dc7*, ES

31 CC – JS, *sc4, dc3, sc3, dc7, sc15, dc9, sc9*, ES

32 MC – JS, *dc4, sc3, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc3, dc11, sc9, dc3, sc3, dc3*, ES

33 CC – JS, *sc8, dc9, sc1, dc3, sc13, dc5, sc5, dc3, sc3*, ES

34 MC – JS, *dc8, sc13, dc3, sc3, dc7, sc5, dc5, sc3, dc3*, ES

35 CC – JS, *sc10, dc9, sc5, dc3, sc7, dc3, sc13*, ES

36 MC – JS, *sc3, dc7, sc9, dc5, sc3, dc7, sc3, dc13*, ES

37 CC – JS, *dc3, sc9, dc5, sc33*, ES

38 MC – JS, *sc3, dc9, sc5, dc33*, ES

39 CC – JS, *sc14, dc3, sc33*, ES

40 MC – JS, *dc14, sc3, dc33*, ES

41 CC – JS, *sc50*, ES

42 MC – JS, *dc12, sc3, dc19, sc3, dc13*, ES

43 CC – JS, *sc12, dc3, sc19, dc3, sc13*, ES

44 MC – JS, *dc2, sc3, dc7, sc3, dc5, sc3, dc11, sc3, dc13*, ES

45 CC – JS, *sc2, dc3, sc15, dc3, sc27*, ES

46 MC – JS, *dc2, sc3, dc15, sc3, dc21, sc3, dc3*, ES

47 CC – JS, *sc44, dc3, sc3*, ES

48 MC – JS, *dc28, sc3, dc13, sc3, dc3*, ES

49 CC – JS, *sc28, dc3, sc19*, ES

50 MC – JS, *dc6, sc3, dc19, sc3, dc19*, ES

51 CC – JS, *sc6, dc3, sc41*, ES

52 MC – JS, *dc6, sc3, dc41*, ES

Trim the fringe, if needed.

Creating the Hood

Fold this rectangle in half and, using a whip stitch, sew the top together.

Hood has been sewn at the top bu there’s still work to do!

Time to add an envelope border

I suggest you use a single crochet stitch for this project. My YouTube tutorial shows double crochet stitches worked in a square around a blanket (https://youtu.be/P-uXHjwTFeE). This project is slightly differnt.

This video shows how I do an envelope border around one end of a project: https://youtu.be/VGah43YCxAw

I did 7 rounds of single crochet after my initial surface crochet round. You may prefer a wider brim – it’s all up to you!

That’s it for now!

The cowl addition will be published in section 3 on November 7, 2022.

Click here to jump to list of CAL sections

Get the Pattern

For the duration of the CAL, you’ll get an automatic 40% discount on the purchase of “Winter Trees Hooded Cowl”. Regular price applies on Nov 10, 2022.


For Interlocking Crochet

  • Chart is 57 x 59 (repeat it twice)
  • Folded hood is about 17” / 44cm tall by 14” / 36cm deep, plus a 5” / 13cm cowl
  • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”
  • 5 mm hook (H-8)
  • Worsted weight yarn (700-740 yards total)
    • Hood Main color (MC) (black on chart, white in sample above, the trees) – 250 yards plus 40 for optional border
    • Hood Accent color (AC) (teal in sample, the sky) – 250 yards
    • Cowl (teal in sample) – 200 yards

    For Mosaic Crochet

    • Chart for hood is 50 x 53 (repeat it twice)
    • Folded hood, including envelope border brim is about 12” / 30cm square, plus a 5” / 13cm cowl
    • Gauge: 16 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
    • 5 mm hook (H-8)
    • Worsted weight yarn (655 yards total)
      • Hood Main Color (White) – 250 yards
      • Hood Contrasting Color (Green) – 180 yards
      • Hood Envelope Border (white) – 75 yards
      • Cowl (Green) – 150 yards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    “Missi the Horse” comes with 2 files:

    Interlocking crochet / LFM crochet file

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

    Overlay Mosaic Crochet file

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

    “Missi’s Flowers” comes with 4 files:

    Large Square Interlocking crochet / LFM crochet file

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

    Repeatable Interlocking crochet / LFM crochet file

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

    Large Square Overlay Mosaic Crochet file

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

    Repeatable Overlay Mosaic Crochet file

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

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

    Interlocking Crochet eBook

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

    Overlay Mosaic Crochet eBook

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

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

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

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

    25% discount expires 11:59 pm CST November 5, 2022. No code needed, add to cart so see the discount applied.

    “Missi the Horse” Interlocking Crochet

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

      “Missi the Horse” Overlay Mosaic Crochet

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

      “Missi’s Flowers” Interlocking Crochet Square

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

      “Missi’s Flowers” Overlay Mosaic Crochet Square

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


      “Missi’s Flowers” Interlocking Crochet Repeatable Design

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

      “Missi’s Flowers” Overlay Mosaic Crochet Repeatable Design

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

        Go back up to the purchase links

        FREE Winter Trees Hooded Cowl CAL; Part 1

        I announced this CAL (Crochet-A-Long) just a few days ago. This is my first CAL of the year! Last year I did a couple, so I couldn’t believe it when I realized it was already October and I hadn’t done any!

        This is a smaller project than my other CALs have been; I usually do blankets. I wanted to give people the opportunity to get something done before the holidays get too busy.

        The FREE pattern online will be published in 3 sections (see the schedule below). You also have the option of purchasing the FULL PATTERN and CHARTS on Ravelry or Etsy. The free online version does not include the charts.

        Links to all my tutorials can be found in the menu bar or by going back to the introduction page.


        Follow this pattern for FREE here on my website!

        I will have both 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.

        For the duration of the CAL, you’ll get an automatic 40% discount. on the purchase of “Winter Trees Hooded Cowl”. Regular price applies on November 10, 2022.

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


        Interlocking Crochet Pattern

        The introduction teased you with the first 5 rows. I am repeating them here just to have everything all together. When I publish part 2 I will link back to this page for the KEY and yardage (hopefully by that time you won’t need to refer to them anymore anyway).

        For yardage and other important details, click here.

        KEY

        AC = Accent Color. Second color used. The background / sky.
        MC = Main Color. First color used. The trees.
        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

        KEY for the Cowl portion:

        BPDC = back post double crochet: yarn over, insert hook from the back around the front of the stitch and to the back again (go around the post), pull up a loop, *yarn over, pull through two loops* twice

        FPDC = front post double crochet: as above, except insert hook from the front of the stitch and go around the back of the post coming out the front again.

        Foundation Rows (54 MC stitches, 53 AC stitches)

        STEP 1

        Using MC (white in my sample, the trees) create 53 windows.

        I prefer the chainless technique (chain 5, 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 53 windows you can chain 110, then DC in 5th 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 (teal in my sample, the sky), chain 108. 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 5th chain from your hook.

        Short sample showing how to put the gold AC tail through the dark purple 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, 1B, *25F*, 1B, ES

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

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

        6 MC – Ch3, 1F, *2B, 3F, 14B, 3F, 3B*, 1F, ES

        7 AC – Ch3 in front, *5B, 14F, 3B, 3F*, 1B, EF

        WS – ACB

        8 MC – Ch3, 1B, *1F, 2B, 3F, 4B, 15F*, 1B, ES

        9 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *4F, 2B, 4F, 8B, 1F, 6B*, EB

        RS – ACF

        10 MC – Ch3, 1F, *6B, 3F, 5B, 1F, 9B, 1F*, 1F, ES

        11 AC – Ch3 in front, *2B, 5F, 3B, 4F, 1B, 10F*, 1B, EF

        WS – ACB

        12 MC – Ch3, 1B, *12F, 4B, 5F, 3B, 1F*, 1B, ES

        13 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *12B, 3F, 5B, 3F, 2B*, EB

        RS – ACF

        14 MC – Ch3, 1F, *1F, 3B, 4F, 4B, 13F*, 1F, ES

        15 AC – Ch3 in front, *2B, 3F, 4B, 4F, 12B*, 1B, EF

        WS – ACB

        16 MC – Ch3, 1B, *11B, 1F, 5B, 4F, 4B*, 1B, ES

        17 AC – Ch3 in back, 1F, *10F, 2B, 13F*, EB

        RS – ACF

        18 MC – Ch3, 1F, *1B, 10F, 6B, 2F, 6B*, 1F, ES

        19 AC – Ch3 in front, *2F, 9B, 4F, (1B, 2F) x2, 1B, 3F*, 1F, EF

        WS – ACB

        20 MC – Ch3, 1B, *3F, (2B, 1F) x2, (2B, 6F) x2*, 1B, ES

        21 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *3B, 7F, 3B, 2F, 2B, 1F, 1B, 2F, 4B*, EB

        RS – ACF

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

        23 AC – Ch3 in front, *2F, 1B, 1F, 8B, 1F, 1B, 1F, 6B, 4F*, 1F, EF

        WS – ACB

        24 MC – Ch3, 1B, *5F, 5B, 1F, 2B, 1F, 7B, 1F, 2B, 1F*, 1B, ES

        25 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *(1F, 2B, 6F, 2B) x2, 1F, 2B*, EB

        RS – ACF

        26 MC – Ch3, 1F, *5B, 5F, 6B, 6F, 1B, 2F*, 1F, ES

        27 AC – Ch3 in front, *4F, 1B, 1F, 4B, 1F, 1B, 4F, 6B, 2F, 1B*, 1F, EF

        WS – ACB

        28 MC – Ch3, 1B, *4F, 6B, 3F, 2B, 1F, 3B, 1F, 2B, 3F*, 1B, ES

        29 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *4B, 5F, 4B, 8F, 4B*, EB

        Rows 30 – 58 (the end of the hood) will be published in section 2 on October 31, 2022.

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        Overlay Mosaic Crochet Pattern

        If you began with the introduction you will have already seen the first 5 rows. I am repeating them here just to have everything all together. When I publish part 2 I will link back to this page for the KEY and yardage (hopefully by that time you won’t need to refer to them anymore anyway).

        The x-marked chart can be found in the paid PDF only. Charts are not included in the free version online.

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

        KEY for Mosaic Crochet

        MC = Main Color: first color used, white in my sample, the sky
        CC = Contrasting Color: second color used, green in my sample, the trees
        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

        KEY for the Cowl portion

        BPDC = back post double crochet: yarn over, insert hook from the back around the front of the stitch and to the back again (go around the post), pull up a loop, *yarn over, pull through two loops* twice

        FPDC = front post double crochet: as above, except insert hook from the front of the stitch and go around the back of the post coming out the front again.

        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) – this will be your background / sky

        Use a foundation SC technique to create 102 FSC. Or chain 103, 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}

        Repeat between the asterisks (*) twice.

        1 CC – JS, *sc50*, ES

        2 MC – JS, *dc4, (sc1, dc1) x2, sc7, dc23, (sc1, dc1) x2, sc3, dc5*, ES

        3 CC – JS, *sc4, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc29, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc7*, ES

        4 MC – JS, *sc9, dc21, (sc1, dc1) x3, sc7, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc2*, ES

        5 CC – JS, *sc30, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc7, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3*, ES

        6 MC – JS, *dc10, sc3, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc11, sc9, dc3, sc9, dc1*, ES

        7 CC – JS, *sc12, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc11, dc1, sc19, dc1, sc1*, ES

        8 MC – JS, *sc3, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc5, sc7, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc3, dc19, sc2*, ES

        9 CC – JS, *sc2, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc11, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc25*, ES

        10 MC – JS, *sc1, dc1, sc7, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc3, sc7, (dc1, sc1) x12, dc1*, ES

        11 CC – JS, *dc1, sc7, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc9, (dc1, sc1) x13*, ES

        12 MC – JS, *sc3, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc9, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc26*, ES

        13 CC – JS, *(dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc9, (dc1, sc1) x4, dc1, sc3, (dc1, sc1) x11*, ES

        14 MC – JS, *sc25, dc3, sc22*, ES

        15 CC – JS, *sc2, (dc1, sc1) x9, dc1, sc13, dc3, sc13*, ES

        16 MC – JS, *dc2, sc19, dc7, (sc3, dc3) x2, sc3, dc7*, ES

        17 CC – JS, *sc12, dc3, sc13, (dc3, sc3) x2, dc3, sc7*, ES

        18 MC – JS, *dc6, sc5, dc1, sc3, dc3, sc5, dc5, sc15, dc7*, ES

        19 CC – JS, *sc6, dc5, sc1, dc3, sc3, dc5, sc5, dc13, sc9*, ES

        20 MC – JS, *dc2, sc3, dc1, sc17, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc13, dc9*, ES

        21 CC – JS, *sc2, dc3, sc3, dc13, sc3, dc3, sc3, dc9, sc11*, ES

        22 MC – JS, *dc2, (sc3, dc3, sc13, dc3) x2, sc3, dc1*, ES

        23 CC – JS, *sc10, dc9, sc13, dc11, sc3, dc3, sc1*, ES

        24 MC – JS, *dc6, sc3, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc3, dc7, sc13, dc3, sc3, dc1*, ES

        25 CC – JS, *sc6, dc3, sc3, dc5, sc3, dc3, sc7, dc11, sc9*, ES

        26 MC – JS, *dc6, sc17, dc7, sc11, dc9*, ES

        27 CC – JS, *sc8, dc13, sc11, dc7, sc11*, ES

        28 MC – JS, *dc8, sc13, dc9, sc9, dc1, sc3, dc7*, ES

        29 CC – JS, *sc10, dc9, sc11, dc9, sc1, dc3, sc7*, ES

        Rows 30 – 52 (the end of the hood) will be published in section 2 on October 31, 2022.

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        Get the Pattern

        For the duration of the CAL, you’ll get an automatic 40% discount on the purchase of “Winter Trees Hooded Cowl”. Regular price applies on Nov 10, 2022.

        For Interlocking Crochet

        • Chart is 57 x 59 (repeat it twice)
        • Folded hood is about 17” / 44cm tall by 14” / 36cm deep, plus a 5” / 13cm cowl
        • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”
        • 5 mm hook (H-8)
        • Worsted weight yarn (700-740 yards total)
          • Hood Main color (MC) (black on chart, white in sample above, the trees) – 250 yards plus 40 for optional border
          • Hood Accent color (AC) (teal in sample, the sky) – 250 yards
          • Cowl (teal in sample) – 200 yards

          For Mosaic Crochet

          • Chart for hood is 50 x 53 (repeat it twice)
          • Folded hood, including envelope border brim is about 12” / 30cm square, plus a 5” / 13cm cowl
          • Gauge: 16 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
          • 5 mm hook (H-8)
          • Worsted weight yarn (655 yards total)
            • Hood Main Color (White) – 250 yards
            • Hood Contrasting Color (Green) – 180 yards
            • Hood Envelope Border (white) – 75 yards
            • Cowl (Green) – 150 yards

          FREE Winter Trees Hooded Cowl CAL; interlocking and mosaic crochet patterns

          For me, a Crochet-A-Long (CAL) means everyone gets an opportunity to join in. This hooded cowl will be published for FREE on my website in three parts: the first half of the hood, the 2nd half of the hood, and then the cowl.

          You also have the option of purchasing the FULL PATTERN and CHARTS on Ravelry or Etsy. The free online version will be released in stages and does not include the charts.

          As per my usual, you will have the option of using the interlocking crochet technique or the overlay mosaic crochet technique. In my samples I have used a local hand-dyed alpaca yarn for my mosaic crochet version and some acrylic yarn for my interlocking crochet version.

          I did a little promo on YouTube: https://youtu.be/vEjPwRzBo1k

          I also switched the dark/light colors for fun. Do you prefer green trees or white trees?

          White used as Main Color in both my samples (interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet)

          When you use the interlocking crochet technique you’ll have a few more rows than the mosaic option because we need to lock the two layers of mesh together. Whichever color you start with will become the trees.

          With the mosaic version, because we don’t need border lines, the first color you use will actually be the background color (the sky). I used white as the sky and as the envelope border but you could use the other color for your envelope border if you prefer.

          For the duration of the CAL, you’ll get an automatic 40% discount. Regular price applies on November 10, 2022.

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

          I also created a quick support video for the cowl portion of this project:


          Follow this pattern for FREE here on my website!

          I will have both 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

          The hood is a rectangle that gets folded in half. It starts with 53 windows in the foundation trellis.

          For yardage and other important details, click here.

          KEY

          AC = Accent Color. Second color used. The background / sky.
          MC = Main Color. First color used. The trees.
          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

          KEY for the Cowl portion:

          BPDC = back post double crochet: yarn over, insert hook from the back around the front of the stitch and to the back again (go around the post), pull up a loop, *yarn over, pull through two loops* twice

          FPDC = front post double crochet: as above, except insert hook from the front of the stitch and go around the back of the post coming out the front again.

          Foundation Rows (54 MC stitches, 53 AC stitches)

          STEP 1

          Using MC (white in my sample, the trees) create 53 windows.

          I prefer the chainless technique (chain 5, 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 53 windows you can chain 110, then DC in 5th 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 (teal in my sample, the sky), chain 108. 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 5th chain from your hook.

          Short sample showing how to put the gold AC tail through the dark purple 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, 1B, *25F*, 1B, ES

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

          Row 6 will be published in section 1 on October 24, 2022.

          Click here to jump to list of CAL sections


          Overlay Mosaic Crochet Pattern

          This chart is slightly smaller than the interlocking crochet chart 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.

          The x-marked chart can be found in the paid PDF only. Charts are not included in the free version online.

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

          KEY for Mosaic Crochet

          MC = Main Color: first color used, white in my sample, the sky
          CC = Contrasting Color: second color used, green in my sample, the trees
          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

          KEY for the Cowl portion

          BPDC = back post double crochet: yarn over, insert hook from the back around the front of the stitch and to the back again (go around the post), pull up a loop, *yarn over, pull through two loops* twice

          FPDC = front post double crochet: as above, except insert hook from the front of the stitch and go around the back of the post coming out the front again.

          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) – this will be your background / sky

          Use a foundation SC technique to create 102 FSC. Or chain 103, 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}

          Repeat between the asterisks (*) twice.

          1 CC – JS, *sc50*, ES

          2 MC – JS, *dc4, (sc1, dc1) x2, sc7, dc23, (sc1, dc1) x2, sc3, dc5*, ES

          3 CC – JS, *sc4, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc29, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc7*, ES

          4 MC – JS, *sc9, dc21, (sc1, dc1) x3, sc7, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc2*, ES

          5 CC – JS, *sc30, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc7, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3*, ES

          Continue with row 6 in Section 1 which will be published on October 24, 2022.

          Click here to jump to list of CAL sections

          Get the Pattern

          For the duration of the CAL, you’ll get an automatic 40% discount. Regular price applies on Nov 10, 2022.


          For Interlocking Crochet

          • Chart is 57 x 59 (repeat it twice)
          • Folded hood is about 17” / 44cm tall by 14” / 36cm deep, plus a 5” / 13cm cowl
          • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”
          • 5 mm hook (H-8)
          • Worsted weight yarn (700-740 yards total)
            • Hood Main color (MC) (black on chart, white in sample above, the trees) – 250 yards plus 40 for optional border
            • Hood Accent color (AC) (teal in sample, the sky) – 250 yards
            • Cowl (teal in sample) – 200 yards

            For Mosaic Crochet

            • Chart for hood is 50 x 53 (repeat it twice)
            • Folded hood, including envelope border brim is about 12” / 30cm square, plus a 5” / 13cm cowl
            • Gauge: 16 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
            • 5 mm hook (H-8)
            • Worsted weight yarn (655 yards total)
              • Hood Main Color (White) – 250 yards
              • Hood Contrasting Color (Green) – 180 yards
              • Hood Envelope Border (white) – 75 yards
              • Cowl (Green) – 150 yards

              Prairie Meadow Pillow; to match the Prairie Meadow Fox blanket

              A few weeks ago I published an adorable sleeping fox blanket, called “Prairie Meadow Fox“. Someone in my Facebook group suggested that a matching pillow pattern would be nice. So off I went!

              This design was extracted from my Prairie Meadow Fox blanket.

              Angela Kermack’s Prairie Meadow Pillow and Prairie Meadow Fox blanket.

              It is NOT the same size as my other large squares (which are 81 x 81 or 79 x 79). This design is 79 x 81 (that is, 39 windows wide by 40 windows tall) in interlocking crochet and 75 x 77 in mosaic crochet because I was pulling motifs from the fox blanket and the chart just ended up with this random size.

              The mosaic version doesn’t need to lock the two layers together so those extra border lines are not included (which makes it slightly smaller).

              The fox blanket has an adjusted chart for the mosaic version. That means I removed the interlocking mesh dots. But, for this pillow, the two charts look the same. The details that I stole from the blanket just happened to be the sections that looked the same.

              Marijke Laenen’s overlay mosaic sample of Prairie Meadow Pillow (shown as a single panel, the cut ends will get hidden inside the pillow).

              For the mosaic version of this pattern, to create a pillow, you get to choose one of the following options:

              Repeat between the asterisks (*) and work in the round to create the front and back at the same time. Sew the bottom edge closed, insert the pillow form, and sew the top edge closed.

              See YouTube tutorial: https://youtu.be/waTD3QzaA0I

              Or TWO PANELS: Crochet this square twice. Put the wrong sides together, tuck the cut ends (the fringe) inside and sew three edges together, insert pillow form, and sew the final side.


              For the interlocking crochet version, to create a pillow: crochet this square twice (note, the yardage listed is per square). Put the wrong sides together and sew three edges together, insert pillow form, sew up the final side.

              Brackets are used in the written pattern to denote repeated sections. See my detailed explanation: https://ashleeslint.com/2020/08/29/brackets-in-crochet-patterns/

              Interlocking and mosaic patterns tested by Angela Kermack, Nessa Miller, Marijke Laenen, and anonymous. I am, as always, extremely thankful for their work!

              Get the Pattern

              Get 30% off my newest pattern for the first 3 days (no code needed, offer ends 11:59 pm CST October 14, 2022).

              For Interlocking Crochet

              • Crochet hook: 4.5 mm (US7)
              • Stitch marker
              • 20″ pillow form
              • Gauge: 16 stitches x 8 rows in one color = 4” square
              • Finished size: 19.5″ x 20″ / 50cm x 51cm
              • Worsted Weight Yarn (500 – 575 yards per panel, make 2 for a pillow)
              • Main Color (MC) – 250 yards plus 75 yards for optional SC border
              • Accent Color (AC) – 250 yards

              For Mosaic Crochet

              • Crochet hook: 5 mm (H-8)
              • Scissors
              • 20″ pillow form
              • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4″ square
              • Finished size: 20” x 22” / 51cm x 56cm
              • Worsted Weight Yarn (450 yards per panel / 900 yards per pillow)
              • Main Color (MC) – 250 yards
              • Coordinating Color (CC) – 200 yards

              Harmony Mandala – Interlocking and Mosaic Crochet Patterns from the Bottom-Up or Center-Out

              I am extremely pleased to present my newest blanket pattern: Harmony Mandala. This beautiful piece is so balanced. And, simply-put, it is pleasing to look at! It is one of my favorites and I am hopeful you will agree!

              Overlay mosaic crochet from the bottom-up using peach as the Main Color. Sample crocheted by Linda Bakker.

              My husband gave me the googly eyes when I showed him my draft a few months ago. “You drew that!?” was almost the wrong thing to say, but he made up for it by quickly following with, “I REALLY like this one!”

              Overlay mosaic crochet from the center-out using cream as the Main Color. Sample crocheted by AriCrochetCorner.

              Just like Garden Mandala, you can crochet this blanket from the bottom-up or from the center-out. And you can choose from interlocking crochet or overlay mosaic crochet. As always, I give you charts and the full written pattern for whichever technique you prefer (but you don’t need to worry about purchasing the wrong listing, because they are all listed together).

              Overlay mosaic crochet from the bottom-up. Crocheted by Sandi Willoughby.

              The patterns include links to my tutorials but, in case you’d like to start with a tutorial before deciding whether to purchase this pattern, here’s the short list (I have more tutorials on my YouTube channel).


              Overlay mosaic crochet from the center-out. Crocheted by Nyasha Jones.

              I am so thankful to my testing team: AriCrochetCorner, Deb Albers, Linda Bakker, Nyasha Jones, Sandi Willoughby, and Sheryl Dunbar. As always, they make me look good! And I am honored to have so many people willing to support me with such a big undertaking!

              Interlocking crochet from the bottom-up using Rainbow as the Main Color. Crocheted by Deb Albers.

              Overlay mosaic crochet from the center-out, peach used as Main Color. Sample crocheted by AriCrochetCorner.

              This pattern will be 30% off for the first week. Email subscribers have been given a 50% off code. Sign up here and ask for the current code:

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              Interlocking crochet from the center-out using brown as the Main Color. Sample crocheted by Sheryl Dunbar.

              Important Details

              For Interlocking Crochet

              • Chart is 245 x 245
              • Gauge: 8 (dc, ch) x 8 rows = 4”
              • 61” / 156cm square
              • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
              • Worsted weight yarn (4400 – 4800 yards total)
                • Main color (MC) (black on chart) – 2200 yards plus 400 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 241 x 241
              • Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
              • 64” x 69” / 163cm x 175cm
              • 5 mm hook (H-8)
              • Worsted weight yarn (5000 – 5800 yards)
                • Main color (black) – 2600 yards
                • Contrasting color – 2400 yards
                • Plus, optional envelope border – 800 yards

              For Overlay Mosaic Crochet from the Center-Out

              • Chart is 241 x 241
              • Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 14 rows = 4”
              • 60” / 153cm
              • 5 mm hook (H-8)
              • Worsted weight yarn (5000 yards)
                • Main color (black) – 2600 yards
                • Contrasting color – 2400 yards

              Gnomesflake Update

              I like to get straight to the point and not waste people’s time with a lot of chit-chat on the blog here. That doesn’t help me much with generating ad revenue but I value your time and don’t think the extra $0.0002 is worth your frustration.

              I have just updated “Gnomesflake” on Ravelry and Etsy. There are now three files for you to choose from.

              On Ravelry you’ll have a notification and can download and save to wherever you store your patterns.

              I personally save everything to Dropbox. I have a folder for homeschooling, a folder for my crochet designs, a folder for other designers’ crochet patterns (that I may or may not ever have time to make), a folder for our tax information, etc. No matter which computer I sit down at, or which tablet or phone, I can always access my stuff.

              If you are interested, this is my referral link for Dropbox (I’ll get bonus space and so will you). https://www.dropbox.com/referrals/AAClOaIBO763v5I1KsrEQAbBWJKaO_S3OKk?src=global9

              Etsy doesn’t “do” updates, so you’ll have to send me an email if you’d like the new files (tell me your order number so I can verify).

              What has been changed?

              In short: the brackets on the original patterns and an additional adjusted solid overlay mosaic pattern.

              The original file had the written pattern for interlocking crochet, a chart, and then the written pattern for overlay mosaic crochet. I added an x-marked chart for mosaic crochet a few months later but didn’t join it to the file, so there were two files available.

              I have separated the two techniques into their own files now. And I have added a third file.

              Much like Rocking Horse, I have added a second overlay mosaic crochet pattern where I use an adjusted chart.

              The original overlay mosaic crochet version still uses the original interlocking chart (so you will see the border lines and the mesh dots). But this additional overlay mosaic crochet pattern has had the extra border lines removed and there are no more mesh dots interrupting the solid spaces. I call it “adjusted” mosaic crochet, but you can also think of it as a solid version.

              The original written patterns for “Gnomesflake” had a lot of weird brackets. Technically there was nothing wrong with it as written, you could still follow it and get the proper finished piece, but it was sloppy and I apologize. The new files have better brackets but technically no changes in the actual design.

              Kristen Forster did a fabulous job helping me weed out the bracket problems! Thank you!


              “Gnomesflake” crocheted by Kristen Forster using the interlocking crochet technique

              Some people do find the brackets tricky. Please check out my tutorial: https://ashleeslint.com/2020/08/29/brackets-in-crochet-patterns/

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              In honor of this update, get an automatic 30% discount on your ENTIRE CART on Ravelry with the purchase of “Gnomesflake” (past purchases count) until 11:59 pm CST October 5, 2022.

              On Etsy, you’ll get an automatic 30% discount on “Gnomesflake” only.

              Size information

              For Interlocking Crochet

              • Chart is 241 x 241
              • Finished size 60″ / 152cm square
              • Worsted Weight Yarn (4100 – 4300 yards)
              • Main Color (MC) – 2050 yards plus 200 yards for optional SC border
              • Accent Color (AC) – 2050 yards
              • Crochet hook: 4.5 mm (US7)
              • Gauge: 16 stitches x 8 rows in one color = 4” square

              For Overlay Mosaic Crochet

              • Chart is 241 x 241
              • Finished size 60″ / 152cm square
              • Worsted Weight Yarn (4450 – 5250 yards)
              • Main Color (MC) – 2000 yards
              • Coordinating Color (CC) – 2450 yards
              • Plus 800 yards for optional envelope border
              • Crochet hook: 4.5 mm (US7)
              • Gauge: 16 stitches x 16 rows = 4″ square

              For Adjusted Solid Overlay Mosaic Crochet

              • Chart is 239 x 239
              • Finished size 64″ x 68″/ 162cm x 173cm
              • Worsted Weight Yarn (5100 – 5900 yards)
              • Main Color (MC) – 2100 yards
              • Coordinating Color (CC) – 3000 yards
              • Plus 800 yards for optional envelope border
              • Crochet hook: 5 mm (H-8)
              • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4″ square

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              2022 October Cat

              Affectionately, I call this one “grumpy cat”. His fur is sticking out and his face is not pleased. Those long droopy whiskers and his long droopy neck make him look adorably upset. Don’t you want to soothe him?

              This is our 10th square and I am so excited that we have reached the 4th row in the blanket design (for the blanket I start in the top right corner with “January Cat” and go across to the left corner with February and March, then the next row, from right to left again has April through June, etc.).

              I folded up my bonus square and left it at the top corner to weigh down the sheet protecting my squares from the dry grass. I am still not sure what to do with that square. A bag? A pillow? Add it to my other random squares (like “Sophisticated A” and “Firetruck 40“) for a blanket?

              All of my samples above have been crocheted using the interlocking technique (two layers of mesh that get woven together as you crochet). But, hopefully you already know, all of my patterns are written up for TWO techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet!

              And, if you’ve been following me for awhile you probably already know that you can get a better price by purchasing the eBook. The eBook currently contains 11 squares (January through October, plus the Bonus Scratch Cat). In December, besides adding the final square I will also be adding an all-in-one blanket pattern and a Love miniseries all-in-one blanket pattern.


              When I was drawing these cats I was imagining black as the main color with a rainbow of contrasting colors (like my samples above). But you can switch the dark and light colors accidentally or on purpose. It’s nice to see some samples made with lots of options to help you decide.

              “October Cat” crocheted by Marjolijn Cuypers using the overlay mosaic crochet technique and white as the main color.


              “October Cat” crocheted by CarolinevdB using the overlay mosaic crochet technique and black as the Main Color.

              I am thankful, as always, to my team of testers: cyncitycrochet, CarolinevdB, Maja Serec, & Marjolijn Cuypers (a new addition to the team).

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              Important Details

              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) – 230 yards plus 25 yards for optional SC border
              • Accent Color (AC) – 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) – 325 yards
              • Coordinating Color (CC) – 300 yards
              • Optional Envelope Border – 250 yards

                2022: A Year of Cats (ongoing updates)
                eBook (Ravelry) (Etsy) (Direct Purchase)
                All-in-one Love Miniseries blanket (in eBook only)
                All-in-one Blanket (in eBook only)
                January (Ravelry) (Etsy)
                February (Ravelry) (Etsy)
                March (Ravelry) (Etsy)
                April (Ravelry) (Etsy)
                May (Ravelry) (Etsy)
                June (Ravelry) (Etsy)
                July (Ravelry) (Etsy)
                August (Ravelry) (Etsy)
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                Bonus Scratch Cat FREE online (Ravelry) (Etsy)
                October (Ravelry) (Etsy)
                November (Ravelry) (Etsy)
                Bonus November Face (Ravelry) (Etsy)
                December (Ravelry) (Etsy)

                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

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                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

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