Winter 2021 CAL: Mosaic Part 2

We made it through the first half of the holiday season! I asked in my Facebook group for people to tell us which technique they are using (or plan on using). Team Mosaic seems to have a larger following than Team Interlocking. Let us know what technique you’re using in my Facebook Group: Ashlee Brotzell Designs.

I’ve just published a new pattern: Cupcake 20 and also updated an older pattern: Pins and Needles. I’m also getting ready to publish my newest “square a month” eBook (like “A Year of Gnomes” last year) and I hope you’ll all really like this year’s designs too!

If you’re new to my patterns, please note that this is the OVERLAY MOSAIC VERSION. Go back to the main landing page to find the links to the other sections or for the interlocking version.


The pattern KEY and other details can be found in Section 1. Remember, the width of this pattern is adjustable so you need to repeat between the asterisks (*) to get your required width; the blanket is designed to be six repeats wide.

If you’re looking for a chart (with X’s showing the dropped double crochets) you’ll need to purchase the pattern on Etsy or Ravelry. This free version online contains the written instructions only.

Use code “MILD20” to take 20% off your purchase of the pattern for the duration of the CAL
(offer ends January 31, 2022).

{Even- rows use MC; odd-numbered rows use CC}

Continue from previous section. Repeat between the *s six (6) times for a blanket.

33 – JS, *sc4, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc3*, sc1, ES

34 – JS, *sc34*, sc1, ES

35 – JS, *(dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc9, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc9, (dc1, sc1) x2*, dc1, ES

36 – JS, *sc34*, sc1, ES

37 – JS, *sc6, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc9, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc5*, sc1, ES

38 – JS, *sc34*, sc1, ES

39 – JS, *(dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc11, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc11, (dc1, sc1) x2*, dc1, ES

40 – JS, *sc34*, sc1, ES

41 – JS, *sc6, (dc1, sc1) x4, dc1, sc5, (dc1, sc1) x4, dc1, sc5*, sc1, ES

42 – JS, *sc34*, sc1, ES

43 – JS, *(dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc11, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc11, (dc1, sc1) x2*, dc1, ES

44 – JS, *sc34*, sc1, ES

45 – JS, *sc6, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc9, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc5*, sc1, ES

46 – JS, *sc34*, sc1, ES

47 – JS, *(dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc9, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc9, (dc1, sc1) x2*, dc1, ES

48 – JS, *sc34*, sc1, ES

49 – JS, *sc4, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc3*, sc1, ES

50 – JS, *sc5, (dc1, sc7) x3, dc1, sc4*, sc1, ES

51 – JS, *sc6, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc5*, sc1, ES

52 – JS, *sc34*, sc1, ES

53 – JS, *dc1, sc3, (dc1, sc1) x5, dc1, sc5, (dc1, sc1) x5, dc1, sc3*, dc1, ES

54 – JS, *sc1, dc1, sc9, (dc1, sc5) x2, dc1, sc9, dc1*, sc1, ES

55 – JS, *sc2, {(dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc5} x2, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc1*, sc1, ES

56 – JS, *sc11, dc1, sc11, dc1, sc10*, sc1, ES

57 – JS, *(dc1, sc1) x4, dc1, sc5, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc5, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc1*, dc1, ES

58 – JS, *sc5, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc11, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc4*, sc1, ES

59 – JS, *dc1, sc1, dc1, sc5, (dc1, sc1) x9, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc1*, dc1, ES

60 – JS, *sc5, (dc1, sc11) x2, dc1, sc4*, sc1, ES

61 – JS, *dc1, sc9, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc5, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc9*, dc1, ES

62 – JS, *sc5, (dc1, sc11) x2, dc1, sc4*, sc1, ES

63 – JS, *sc12, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc11*, sc1, ES

64 – JS, *sc5, (dc1, sc11) x2, dc1, sc4*, sc1, ES

65 – JS, *dc1, sc9, dc1, sc13, dc1, sc9*, dc1, ES

66 – JS, *sc5, (dc1, sc11) x2, dc1, sc4*, sc1, ES

67 – JS, *dc1, sc1, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc13, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc1*, dc1, ES

68 – JS, *sc5, (dc1, sc11) x2, dc1, sc4*, sc1, ES

69 – JS, *(dc1, sc1) x5, dc1, sc13, (dc1, sc1) x4, dc1, sc1*, dc1, ES

70 – JS, *sc3, dc1, sc5, (dc1, sc7) x2, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc2*, sc1, ES

71 – JS, *(dc1, sc5) x2, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc5*, dc1, ES

72 – JS, *sc3, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc15, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc2*, sc1, ES

73 – JS, *sc2, (dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3) x2, dc1, sc5, (dc1, sc3, dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc1*, sc1, ES

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Winter 2021 CAL: LFM Part 2

We made it through the first half of the holiday season! I asked in my Facebook group for people to tell us which technique they are using (or plan on using). Team Mosaic seems to have a larger following than Team Interlocking. Let us know what technique you’re using in my Facebook Group: Ashlee Brotzell Designs.

I’ve just published a new pattern: Cupcake 20 and also updated an older pattern: Pins and Needles. I’m also getting ready to publish my newest “square a month” eBook (like “A Year of Gnomes” last year) and I hope you’ll all really like this year’s designs too!

If you’re new to my patterns, please note that this is the INTERLOCKING CROCHET VERSION. Go back to the main landing page to find the links to the other sections or for the overlay mosaic version.


The pattern KEY and other details can be found in Section 1. Remember, the width of this pattern is adjustable so you need to repeat between the asterisks (*) to get your required width; the blanket is designed to be six repeats wide.

If you’re looking for a chart you’ll need to purchase the pattern on Etsy or Ravelry. This free version online contains the written instructions only.

Use code “MILD20” to take 20% off your purchase of the printable PDF patterns and charts for the duration of the CAL
(offer ends January 31, 2022).


Repeat between asterisks (*) six times for a full blanket.

WS – ACB

28 MC – Ch3, 1B, *1B, 4F, (1B, 2F) x2, 1B, 4F, 1B*, 1B, ES

29 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *1F, 6B, 2F, 6B, 1F, 1B*, EB

RS – ACF

30 MC – Ch3, 1F, *17B*, 1F, ES

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

WS – ACB

32 MC – Ch3, 1B, *2F, (1B, 3F) x3, 1B, 2F*, 1B, ES

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

RS – ACF

34 MC – Ch3, 1F, *17B*, 1F, ES

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

WS – ACB

36 MC – Ch3, 1B, *17F*, 1B, ES

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

RS – ACF

38 MC – Ch3, 1F, *17B*, 1F, ES

39 AC – Ch3 in front, *3F, (5B, 2F) x2*, 1F, EF

WS – ACB

40 MC – Ch3, 1B, *17F*, 1B, ES

41 AC – Ch3 in back, 1F, *(2F, 5B) x2, 3F*, EB

RS – ACF

42 MC – Ch3, 1F, *17B*, 1F, ES

43 AC – Ch3 in front, *3F, (5B, 2F) x2*, 1F, EF

WS – ACB

44 MC – Ch3, 1B, *17F*, 1B, ES

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

RS – ACF

46 MC – Ch3, 1F, *17B*, 1F, ES

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

WS – ACB

48 MC – Ch3, 1B, *17F*, 1B, ES

49 AC – Ch3 in back, 1F, *1F, 1B, 4F, 1B, 2F, 1B, 4F, 1B, 2F*, EB

RS – ACF

50 MC – Ch3, 1F, *2B, (1F, 3B) x3, 1F, 2B*, 1F, ES

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

WS – ACB

52 MC – Ch3, 1B, *17F*, 1B, ES

53 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *1F, 6B, 2F, 6B, 1F, 1B*, EB

RS – ACF

54 MC – Ch3, 1F, *1F, 4B, (1F, 2B) x2, 1F, 4B, 1F*, 1F, ES

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

WS – ACB

56 MC – Ch3, 1B, *(5F, 1B) x2, 5F*, 1B, ES

57 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *(4B, 2F) x2, 5B*, EB

RS – ACF

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

59 AC – Ch3 in front, *2F, 2B, 10F, 2B, 1F*, 1F, EF

WS – ACB

60 MC – Ch3, 1B, *2F, (1B, 5F) x2, 1B, 2F*, 1B, ES

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

RS – ACF

62 MC – Ch3, 1F, *2B, (1F, 5B) x2, 1F, 2B*, 1F, ES

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

WS – ACB

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

65 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *4F, 1B, 6F, 1B, 4F, 1B*, EB

RS – ACF

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

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

WS – ACB

68 MC – Ch3, 1B, *2F, (1B, 5F) x2, 1B, 2F*, 1B, ES

69 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *5B, 6F, 6B*, EB

RS – ACF

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

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

WS – ACB

72 MC – Ch3, 1B, *1F, 1B, 2F, 1B, 7F, 1B, 2F, 1B, 1F*, 1B, ES

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

RS – ACF

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

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

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Pins and Needles: Pattern Update and Feedback Request

**Pattern has been updated to include repeatable section, see more details here: Repeatable Pins and Needles**

In November 2020 I published this throw blanket called “Pins and Needles”. At that point I wasn’t creating a page on the blog for each pattern so I’ve created this one now instead.

I updated this pattern in July 2021 to include the X-marked mosaic chart.

At that time I did notice that the diamond motif wasn’t actually symmetrical in the corners. I decided it was a design feature because I felt overwhelmed at the idea of possibly also adjusting the pattern to have the interlocking mesh dots removed and maybe even pulling out the repeatable motif like I’ve done for Evelyn’s Repeat.

There was a lot of patterns to update with the X-Marked Charts and looking back it would have been better to just do it all at once and get it over with, but alas, here we are. Past-Me was not kind enough to Future-Me.

This pattern has now been updated again to have a nice symmetrical design. I have not yet sectioned out the repeatable motif. Is that something you’re interested in? Vote below:

And, another question I’m looking for feedback on:

Where to Get the Pattern

Interlocking Crochet Details

  • Chart is 201 x 241
  • Finished measurements approximately 50” x 60”
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (3500 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) – 1700 yards plus 100 for optional border
    • Accent color (AC) – 1700 yards
  • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

  • Chart is 201 x 241
  • Finished measurements approximately 50” x 60”
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (4100 yards)
    • Main color – 1950 yards
    • Contrasting color – 1950 yards
    • Plus 200 yards for optional envelope border
  • Gauge: 16 stitches x 16 rows = 4”

–THIS PATTERN HAS NOW BEEN UPDATED TO INCLUDE A REPEATABLE SECTION: CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS!–

Cupcake 20: one pattern, four ways

When I started designing a year and a half ago I made quite a few small squares. I designed them with the thought that people could mix and match the designs to create customized blankets.

For example, my seven year old is absolutely in love with this cupcake design but she also wants unicorns and dinosaurs in her blanket. This cupcake square would also work great in a blanket for any pastry chef you know and also for anyone else who likes to eat delicious treats! Or how about for someone who has a birthday?

I’ve also seen people use these squares as pillows (the back panel can either be another fancy design or just something simple), wall hangings, potholders (use cotton or wool!), and wash cloths!

I used bulky pink and white blanket yarn for my interlocking crochet sample in the photo below and worsted weight yarn for the two mosaic samples (one rainbow and one pink/grey). The rainbow sample shows the adjusted mosaic pattern where the border lines and interlocking mesh dots have been removed. ALL THREE PATTERNS are included in this listing.

An assortment of cupcakes 🧁

You may be asking, “why does the title of this blog entry say four ways?”

I am counting them as such: the interlocking square as shown above, the interlocking version repeated (the asterisks allow you to not repeat those border lines), the mosaic version as a square like the interlocking, and the adjusted mosaic version that is repeated like the rainbow sample above.

. . .

When I was naming my original squares I ended them all with “20” (like Cactus 20, Waves 20, Wine 20, etc) because they begin with a foundation row of 20 windows when you use interlocking crochet (when I first started designing I was only doing Locked Filet Mesh/interlocking patterns).

When I learned how to create overlay mosaic patterns I went back and updated all of my patterns. I didn’t alter the charts; I just created written instructions for the mosaic technique.

There are no windows when you use the mosaic technique (the foundation row uses single crochets) but it is a size reference nonetheless so I have left that on the titles. The 20-window squares are all on a chart size of 41 x 41 and when I use worsted weight yarn they come out to 10″.

I have a permanent promotion on Ravelry: put six “20-window-squares” into your cart but only pay for 4! These small designs are NOT on Etsy because the fees eat up the small price on the small square.

. . .

My patterns all come with written line-by-line instructions and charts for BOTH the interlocking crochet technique and the overlay mosaic technique.

You can see in this picture below that the interlocking square (bright pink and white) and the mosaic square (country rose and grey, unfinished envelope border) are both made from the same chart even though they are crocheted using different techniques. The pink is the main color in the interlocking sample, and the grey is the main color in the mosaic sample; it also has some extra pink around the edge because I started an envelope border to cover the tails.


There is a bonus file in this listing: a repeatable mosaic cupcake! The interlocking mesh dots and the unnecessary border lines have been removed. The chart is only 36 x 37 instead of 41 x 41 like the original square.

Four repeats of the bonus adjusted repeatable mosaic-only version of Cupcake 20

I added asterisks (*) to the written interlocking instructions so that you can repeat the inner motif without repeating the border lines. You could do this to any of the 20-window squares but I have not updated them all to include asterisks.

Funny side story: when I create my patterns I do all the editing to the line-by-line instructions in a word document and then copy and paste it into my template for the pattern (where the key remains the same for each pattern and the methodology instructions are the same too). I took the file I had saved as “Cupcake 20” and was halfway through the square before I realized I was crocheting a “Monogrammed C”. Oops! But what a happy accident, because “C is for Cupcake!”

Get the Pattern on Ravelry or Directly From Me Here

Cupcake 20 for Interlocking Crochet

  • Chart size 41 x 41
  • Written instructions and chart for interlocking crochet
  • Repeatable section marked off with asterisks (*)

Cupcake for Overlay Mosaic Technique

  • Chart size 41 x 41
  • Written instructions and X-marked chart for overlay mosaic crochet
  • Chart looks like Interlocking chart

Bonus Repeatable Mosaic Version

  • Chart size 36 x 37
  • Written instructions and X-marked chart for overlay mosaic crochet only
  • No interlocking mesh dots or border lines

Yardage & Hook Details:

For Interlocking Crochet, You Will Need

  • Worsted Weight Yarn (131 yards)
  • Main Color (MC) – 60 yards plus 11 yards for optional SC border
  • Accent Color (AC) – 60 yards
  • Crochet hook: 4.5 mm (US7)
  • Stitch marker
  • Gauge: 16 stitches x 8 rows in one color = 4” square

For Mosaic Crochet, You Will Need

  • Worsted Weight Yarn (130 yards)
  • Main Color (MC) – 65 yards
  • Coordinating Color (CC) – 65 yards
  • Crochet hook: 4.5 mm (US7)
  • Scissors
  • Gauge: 16 stitches x 16 rows = 4″ square

For Adjusted Repeatable Mosaic Crochet, You Will Need

  • Worsted Weight Yarn (175 yards)
  • Main Color (MC) – 85 yards
  • Coordinating Color (CC) – 90 yards
  • Crochet hook: 5 mm (H-8)
  • Scissors
  • Gauge: 16 stitches x 16 rows = 4″ square

Winter 2021 CAL: LFM Part 1

Let’s get this party started! Thank you so much for joining me in creating this warm winter blanket! You may notice that I use “interlocking” sometimes and “LFM” or “Locked Filet Mesh” at other times. They all mean the same thing (but it is much quicker to type “LFM”).

If you’re new to my patterns, please note that this is the INTERLOCKING CROCHET VERSION. Go back to the main landing page to find the links to the other sections or for the overlay mosaic version.

If you’re looking for a chart you’ll need to purchase the pattern on Etsy or Ravelry. This free version online contains the written instructions only.

Use code “MILD20” to take 20% off your purchase of the pattern for the duration of the CAL
(offer ends January 31, 2022).


The width of this pattern is adjustable. It is designed as a blanket (six repeats of the pattern), but you can make it larger or smaller. Repeat between the asterisks (*) to get your required width.

Yarn weight and hook size can easily be adjusted, just keep in mind your finished project will use a different amount of yarn and be a different finished size.

Interlocking Crochet Details

  • US crochet terminology
  • Finished measurements approximately 53” x 56”
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (3350 – 3425 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) – 1675 yards plus 75 for optional border
    • Accent color (AC) – 1675 yards
  • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”
I’ve used a thinner yarn and smaller hook for this sample; it is only 6″ wide instead of the expected 8.5″.

Interlocking Crochet KEY

AC = accent color (second color used, blue in image above)
MC = main color (first color used, grey in image above)
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: insert hook, yarn over, pull up loop, yarn over, pull through both loops
DC = double crochet: yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull up loop, *yarn over, pull through two loops* twice
TR = treble crochet: yarn over twice, insert hook, yarn over, pull up loop, *yarn over, pull through two loops* three times
F = DC in front, then chain 1
B = DC behind, then chain 1
EB = end stitch in back: using AC, dc into the last AC window, working behind MC
EF = end stitch in front: using AC, dc into the last AC window, working in front of MC
ES = end stitch: dc into the last window space
ACF = bring the AC yarn to the side facing you
ACB = put AC yarn to the side facing away from you

Interlocking Crochet Technique

See my YouTube tutorials or PDF tutorial if you’re new to this technique.

Chart for Foundation Rows

This pattern has been designed as a blanket but it is very easy to to adjust the width. If you are doing the full blanket you will repeat the instructions between the asterisks (*) six times (the final column in the chart below shows you how many chains and windows to begin with).

If you’re not able to match gauge then your finished measurements will be different, but this chart still should help you determine how many chains or windows to start with.

Single width (no repeats)Width added per repeat (height stays the same)Repeat six times (blanket)
Chart size41 x 225+ 34211 x 225
Finished measurements10” x 55.5”+ 8.5”53” x 55.5”
Main Color yardage330 + 50 for border+ 270 + 5 for border1675 + 75
Accent Color yardage330+ 2701675
MC Windows to start20+ 17105
MC Chains to start44+ 34214
AC Chains to start42+ 34212
Use this chart to adjust the width of your project

Foundation Rows

  1. Using MC create 105 windows (for a full blanket, or use chart above to adjust):
    1. I prefer the chainless technique (chain 6, dc into first stitch, chain 1, tr into same space, *chain 1, tr into 2nd part of the previous tr* repeat as many times as needed).
    1. Alternatively, you can Ch 211 + 3 (or 4 if you chain tighter than me), then DC in 6th (or 7th) chain from your hook. *Ch 1, Sk 1, DC* repeat until the end. Place stitch marker so your work doesn’t unravel.
  2. With your AC, Ch 211 +1 (or 2 if you chain tighter). Place MC windows on top of this chain (make sure the end with the stitch marker is at your left) then pull the tail of your AC through the window on the right end (see picture below). DC through the back of the next window into the 6th (or 7th) chain from your hook.
  3. *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.
Step 2 of foundation trellis.
Foundation windows (MC, black above) showing step 2 where AC (the gold) is put through the window. If you’re left-handed this will be mirrored.

Repeat between asterisks (*) six times for a full blanket.

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

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

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

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

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

7 AC – Ch3 in front, *(1F, 2B) x2, 1F, 1B, 2F, 1B, (1F, 2B) x2*, 1F, EF

WS – ACB

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

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

RS – ACF

10 MC – Ch3, 1F, *1B, 1F, 2B, 1F, 7B, 1F, 2B, 1F, 1B*, 1F, ES

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

WS – ACB

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

13 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *5B, 6F, 6B*, EB

RS – ACF

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

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

WS – ACB

16 MC – Ch3, 1B, *2F, (1B, 5F) x2, 1B, 2F*, 1B, ES

17 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *4F, 1B, 6F, 1B, 4F, 1B*, EB

RS – ACF

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

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

WS – ACB

20 MC – Ch3, 1B, *2F, (1B, 5F) x2, 1B, 2F*, 1B, ES

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

RS – ACF

22 MC – Ch3, 1F, *2B, (1F, 5B) x2, 1F, 2B*, 1F, ES

23 AC – Ch3 in front, *2F, 2B, 10F, 2B, 1F*, 1F, EF

WS – ACB

24 MC – Ch3, 1B, *(2F, 1B) x2, 5F, (1B, 2F) x2*, 1B, ES

25 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *(4B, 2F) x2, 5B*, EB

RS – ACF

26 MC – Ch3, 1F, *(5B, 1F) x2, 5B*, 1F, ES

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

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Winter 2021 CAL: Mosaic Part 1

Let’s get this party started! Thank you so much for joining me in creating this warm winter blanket!

If you’re new to my patterns, please note that this is the OVERLAY MOSAIC VERSION. Go back to the main landing page to find the links to the other sections or for the interlocking version.

If you’re looking for a chart (with X’s showing the dropped double crochets) you’ll need to purchase the pattern on Etsy or Ravelry. This free version online contains the written instructions only.

Use code “MILD20” to take 20% off your purchase of the pattern for the duration of the CAL
(offer ends January 31, 2022).


The width of this pattern is adjustable. It is designed as a blanket (six repeats of the pattern), but you can make it larger or smaller. Repeat between the asterisks (*) to get your required width.

Yarn weight and hook size can easily be adjusted, just keep in mind your finished project will use a different amount of yarn and be a different finished size.

Overlay Mosaic Details

  • Finished measurements approximately 53” x 56”
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (3200 – 3800 yards)
  • Main color – 1475 yards
  • Contrasting color – 1725 yards
  • Plus, optional envelope border – 600 yards
  • Gauge: 16 stitches x 16 rows = 4”
Crocheted by Cristina

Overlay Mosaic Crochet KEY

MC = Main Color: dark blue in image above
CC = Contrasting Color: light blue in image above
Sp = space
Sk = skip a stitch
CH = chain
SC = single crochet
sc = SC into Back Loop only
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

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Technique

Please see the YouTube tutorial for more details. I use a single-row mosaic technique where you join and cut every row.

  • 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
  • Yarn colors can be anything you like
    • They need to contrast well (try a black and white photo to see if they are too similar)
    • They need to be the same weight (size/thickness)
    • My charts use black as the Main Color and white as the Coordinating Color
  • I prefer using a chainless SC to create my foundation row because then I have tails on both sides of my work just like all the other rows will have
  • Even-numbered rows use MC; odd-numbered rows use CC

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

An error! My apologies! The foundation row math has been updated! It should say 207 stitches needed for the full blanket.

Use a chainless SC technique to create repeats of 34 +3 SC. Or chain 34 +4, SC in 2nd from hook and all the way back across. Cut and tie off.

FOR A BLANKET, AS DESIGNED: (34 x 6) = 204 +3 = 207 foundation single crochet stitches needed.

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

Repeat between the *s six (6) times for a blanket.

1 – JS, *sc34*, sc1, ES

2 – JS, *sc34*, sc1, ES

3 – JS, *sc34*, sc1, ES

4 – JS, *sc3, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc15, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc2*, sc1, ES

5 – JS, *sc2, (dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3) x2, dc1, sc5, (dc1, sc3, dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc1*, sc1, ES

6 – JS, *sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc1, {dc1, sc3, (dc1, sc1) x2} x2, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1*, sc1, ES

7 – JS, *(dc1, sc5) x2, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc5*, dc1, ES

8 – JS, *sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc1, {dc1, sc3, (dc1, sc1) x2} x2, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1*, sc1, ES

9 – JS, *sc2, (dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3) x2, dc1, sc5, (dc1, sc3, dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc1*, sc1, ES

10 – JS, *sc3, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc15, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc2*, sc1, ES

11 – JS, *(dc1, sc5) x2, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc5*, dc1, ES

12 – JS, *sc3, dc1, sc5, (dc1, sc7) x2, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc2*, sc1, ES

13 – JS, *(dc1, sc1) x5, dc1, sc13, (dc1, sc1) x4, dc1, sc1*, dc1, ES

14 – JS, *sc5, (dc1, sc11) x2, dc1, sc4*, sc1, ES

15 – JS, *dc1, sc1, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc13, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc1*, dc1, ES

16 – JS, *sc5, (dc1, sc11) x2, dc1, sc4*, sc1, ES

17 – JS, *dc1, sc9, dc1, sc13, dc1, sc9*, dc1, ES

18 – JS, *sc5, (dc1, sc11) x2, dc1, sc4*, sc1, ES

19 – JS, *sc12, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc11*, sc1, ES

20 – JS, *sc5, (dc1, sc11) x2, dc1, sc4*, sc1, ES

21 – JS, *dc1, sc9, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc5, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc9*, dc1, ES

22 – JS, *sc5, (dc1, sc11) x2, dc1, sc4*, sc1, ES

23 – JS, *dc1, sc1, dc1, sc5, (dc1, sc1) x9, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc1*, dc1, ES

24 – JS, *sc5, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc11, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc4*, sc1, ES

25 – JS, *(dc1, sc1) x4, dc1, sc5, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc5, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc1*, dc1, ES

26 – JS, *sc11, dc1, sc11, dc1, sc10*, sc1, ES

27 – JS, *sc2, {(dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc5} x2, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc1*, sc1, ES

28 – JS, *sc1, dc1, sc9, (dc1, sc5) x2, dc1, sc9, dc1*, sc1, ES

29 – JS, *dc1, sc3, (dc1, sc1) x5, dc1, sc5, (dc1, sc1) x5, dc1, sc3*, dc1, ES

30 – JS, *sc34*, sc1, ES

31 – JS, *sc6, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc5*, sc1, ES

32 – JS, *sc5, (dc1, sc7) x3, dc1, sc4*, sc1, ES

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Winter 2021 Crochet-A-Long Foundation Rows

The countdown is definitely on to get this Crochet-A-Long (CAL) STARTED! 🥳

I know there are also CALs from other designers going on at the same time. It is simply impossible to schedule things one at a time. I do hope to see at least a few progress photos from you guys the next few weeks even though I know some of you will be working on other projects.

If you’re eager to get started, like me, then why not get those foundation rows figured out? The actual pattern will go live on Ravelry and Etsy tomorrow night and then the FREE version will begin online here as well (part 1 will contain introductory info and the first few rows).

First decide which technique you’re using (interlocking or overlay mosaic crochet). Then grab your yarn and a hook (and likely a stitch marker or scissors as well).

I am going to use this thin cone yarn from my stash.

I am going to use grey as my Main Color because I want the “snowflake” parts to be grey with the background this bright blue color.

Both techniques are written up to be repeated six times to get the blanket width. I am going to make a table runner during the CAL so I am not repeating it.

If you are using the interlocking crochet technique this is the chart that will help you decide how many windows to put in your foundation row:

Chart for determining the width of your Interlocking Crochet project

My finished project won’t be 10″ wide because I am not using worsted weight yarn. You can always make a gauge swatch if you’re concerned about size and yardage.

If you prefer the overlay mosaic technique then your foundation rows are a bit simpler than the interlocking method. The finished sizes should be the same (that is, if you match gauge the smallest width is 10″ and each additional repeat adds 8.5″ to your project).

This is how I have written the foundation instructions for the overlay mosaic version:

Foundation instructions for the mosaic technique

My apologies – an error was found in the foundation row math! It *should* say: repeats of 34 +3 (or chain 34 +4) which means a total of 207 stitches is needed for a full blanket.

Updated December 21, 2021

I hope this helps you get a head start! Give us a shout in the Facebook group if you need help or want to show off your progress!

Oh… H-E-Double Hockey Sticks!

I am not much of a sports fan. My contribution to sporting events is sort of, “go, team, go! Which color am I cheering for again?” and, in the words of comedian Brian Regan, “go my favorite sports team! Score a goal… unit… basket… beat the opponents… soundly!”

One time when I was watching football with my husband’s family (we were only dating back then) when the team scored a touchdown I yelled “football!” instead of “touchdown!” and they have never let me live it down.

When I started crocheting this one I estimated it would take me a week to do both the interlocking sample and the overlay mosaic sample. But we had a few house issues (see my blog entry on our watery adventures) and the kids (and the grown ups, to be honest) are not handling our 3rd move in the last 14 months that well. We are all tired and life is just big lately. So, all that to say, this pattern has taken me longer than I anticipated.

Interlocking sample next to overlay mosaic sample – see the differences in the mesh dots

Because of the move, and my own frugalness, I wanted to use up some of my yarn stash for these pieces. I thought they were small enough that it would work out but I did put a few extra scraps in my bag just in case. It’s a good thing I did that because I ran out of yarn a few times.

I crocheted the interlocking sample first. The light blue yarn is the 2nd color, that is the “Accent Color”, and I know that terminology confuses people sometimes, especially in a piece like this where the light blue seems dominant. The camo green was my Main Color and I am glad the colors didn’t make the image hard to see – sometimes that can happen with yarn that isn’t a solid color.

I used my trusty 4.5 mm hook but the light blue yarn is a baby worsted weight (aka. thinner than worsted weight) so my finished piece is actually 23″ x 18.25″ – not 27” x 21” because I didn’t actually meet gauge.

I wanted to show the difference in the two techniques for this pattern – the interlocking mesh dots that are a natural byproduct of that technique don’t need to be included on the overlay mosaic version, so I didn’t include them. But, having so many dropped double crochets next to each other changes the gauge so you may notice that the finished size for the mosaic piece is larger than the interlocking piece.

I also had to use a larger hook than normal for my mosaic sample because the red yarn I had pulled out of my stash before we packed it all up and moved was one of those super thick “worsted” weight yarns. Isn’t it crazy how “worsted” weight has such a large range?

I had to use two strands of the light blue to match the red and then I couldn’t find my 5 mm hook so I used a 5.5 mm hook. Oh, the joys of moving.

Just like with the interlocking sample, the light blue is the “contrasting color” (not the “main color” even though it looks like it is the most visible color). Always look at the charts to make sure you’re using the colors the right way – and ask for help if needed! I really don’t mind those messages asking for confirmation to make sure you’re doing it the way you want it!

You can’t tell in the picture, but my mosaic sample is 32″ x 23″ instead of the expected 29” x 25”. And you can definitely see where I ran out of red. But you can’t see where I also ran out of green. And then purple. And then blue. *Picture my face getting more and more frustrated even though it’s a bit funny now.*

Here, on the back of the mosaic sample, you can see where I tried to use purple where it wouldn’t be seen to keep the green visible through the final rows. And then you can see I also didn’t have enough purple – I knew there wouldn’t be enough when I grabbed it but I didn’t give myself many options in this bag of scraps that I kept out of the packed section of our house. I had to use a small amount of black/white camo yarn to sew my final blue envelope border together as well.

This fun adventure is FINALLY over. And just in time for my upcoming Winter 2021 CAL to begin! Tomorrow is the final day to grab the pre-sale price of 50% off (grab the code in the link above) and then the Crochet-A-Long begins on December 21!

Get the Pattern

Use code “21GOALS” to take 30% off my sports-themed patterns until December 24, 2021.

Sale code valid on Ravelry for “Hockey Sticks“, “Canoe 20“, “Tire Tread Scarf“, “Tire Tread Border Scarf“, “Checkerboard Scarf“, “Fishing Hooks Scarf“, “Football Scarf“, and “To Sail Away“.
Valid on Etsy for “Hockey Sticks“, “Tire Tread Scarf“, “Tire Tread Border Scarf“, “Checkerboard Scarf“, “Fishing Hooks Scarf“, “Football Scarf“, and “To Sail Away“.

Interlocking Crochet

  • Chart is 109 x 85
  • Finished measurements approximately 27” x 21” / 70cm x 54cm
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (700-730 total)
    • Main color (MC) – 350 yards plus 30 for optional border
    • Accent color (AC) – 350 yards (light blue in photos)
  • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”

Overlay Mosaic Crochet

  • No interlocking mesh dots
  • Finished measurements approximately 29” x 25” / 74cm x 62cm
  • 5 mm hook (H-8)
  • Worsted weight yarn (900 – 1200 yards)
    • Main color – 350 yards
    • Contrasting color (light blue in photo) – 550 yards
    • Plus, optional envelope border – 300 yards
  • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4”

Hanukkah 40: Updated for a Full Star

Last year I came out with a series of 15 holiday squares. I have just updated one of the squares: Hanukkah 40.

They were all on a chart size of 81 x 81 which means they begin with 40 windows when you use the interlocking technique. Whether you use the interlocking crochet technique or the overlay mosaic crochet technique these squares will be about 20″ square when you meet my gauge.

The problem I had when creating the Hanukkah design was that it was just a smidge too big for the chart. I decided to cut off the bottom tip of the star because it was more important that all the squares were the same size (for joining into a blanket).

It turns out that people like turning this square into a wall hanging and on its own it doesn’t make sense for the bottom point to be cropped off.

So I have updated this square to be a rectangle!

The chart is now 81 x 87. It adds about 2″ to the height. The written instructions are made for the interlocking crochet technique or the overlay mosaic crochet technique. The mosaic chart has X’s showing the dropped double crochets.

I have added this updated file to the ravelry listing for the individual square and the eBook. If you purchased the eBook on Etsy and you’d like this updated rectangle please send me a message!

Get the Pattern

If you haven’t got yourself a copy of this eBook yet now is the time! Take 30% off the eBook or the individually listed Hanukkah square until 11:59 pm CST December 17, 2021 by using code “MAZELTOV“.

Discount code is applicable to the eBook on Ravelry or Etsy and to “Hanukkah 40” on Ravelry.

Nordic Collection 2021: bundle of four crochet patterns

To me, the Nordic star / snowflake is a classic Christmas element. There are a few designers out there who have various takes on it. I wanted my version to have my own flair.

I’ve created a collection of four patterns for you: a blanket and three 20″ squares. The squares can be used to create your own colorful blanket or maybe you’d prefer a matching pillow or some wall art.

You may notice on Ravelry the pattern names of the squares ends with “40”. This refers to how many windows you begin with when you use the interlocking crochet technique. It is still a size reference for the mosaic version of the pattern (all “40-window” squares have the same charts size: 81 x 81).

Blanket and 3 squares, Interlocking Crochet samples by cyncitycrochets.

Each design in this eBook has written instructions and charts for BOTH interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet plus charts (the mosaic chart has X’s). I had a full team of testers and I am very thankful for the hours they put in crocheting while I packed up my house and moved!


The first piece in this collection is the Nordic Snowflake. This is the archetypal image in my mind. The corners of the square will create more snowflakes if you join these squares together.


The second square is called Nordic Hearts. These corners will also create the snowflake design when joined together.


The third part of my 2021 Nordic Collection is the blanket; I call it the Nordic Squares Blanket because it has the designs from both of the first two squares on it. The size is adjustable, just repeat the motif as many times as you want. As designed it is 3 repeats wide and tall and finishes to 59″ square with worsted weight yarn when you meet my gauge.


The fourth pattern in this bundle is basically a bonus square. The corners will still create the snowflake just like the other two squares but the centre motif isn’t anywhere else. I had actually drawn this one first and then discarded it. My tester, cyncitycrochets, convinced me it was worth putting out there for all to see. It has hearts but is more decorated with details, hence the title: Nordic Hearts Decorative.


Get the Patterns

The eBook (which includes the blanket and all 3 squares) represents a 50% discount compared to buying each pattern individually.

Take an additional 20% off your purchase of the eBook or any of these patterns individually by using code “20NORDIC” until 11:59 pm CST December 14, 2021.






I’ve also thrown my “Fa La La Wall Hanging” pattern into this sale because it also uses the Nordic Snowflake design. Use code “20NORDIC” to take 20% off until Dec. 14, 2021.