What A Bear, the Grizzly in the River Blanket

A few months ago, a friend asked if I could draw this. It stretched my skills but I am pleased to say I met the challenge!

I wanted to keep it a manageable size but also include a lot of details. The chart is 197 x 271 (add 2 stitches to each side for the interlocking method) which means it finishes to about 50″ x 80″ when you use worsted weight yarn. I’ve seen a lot of amazing patterns by other designers that have a chart size of over 300 and I’m just not ready to go that big yet.

When drawing, I started with the general shape of the bear and then had to decide how much fur to give him. It was hard to find a balance between a pencil drawing and a chart that works for interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet.

At first I didn’t include any details around the bear (the water and the mountains). But my helpful critics suggested it needed something.

When I was creating the background for the bear I drew up some mountains and then decided I liked them so much I would make them without a bear!

Maybe you’ve already seen my Rocky Mountain Range Wall Hanging?

I adjusted the mountain design only slightly for use on its own versus behind the bear.

If you were watching this bear go fishing in the river you might laugh at his failed attempt. “Oh, what a silly bear!?” But don’t laugh too loud or he won’t be going hungry anymore! “Oh! What a scary bear!” (He will eat you, in case you missed that).


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Whether you prefer Ravelry or Etsy, you will receive 2 files: one for the interlocking crochet technique and one for the overlay mosaic crochet technique.

Don’t you love his little nose? Mosaic sample crocheted by AriCrochetCorner

Both files include a written pattern, a single-page chart, and a multi-page chart. The single-page chart is best for viewing on a screen whereas the multi-page is better for printing. The mosaic version has X’s to show where the dropped double crochets go.

On Ravelry and Etsy, you will get an automatic 30% discount on this pattern until 11:59 pm CST August 23, 2022.

Interlocking Crochet Details

  • Chart is 201 x 275
  • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”
  • Finished measurements approximately 50” x 79” / 128cm x 175cm
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (3950 – 4150 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) (black on chart) – 1975 yards plus 200 for optional border
    • Accent color (AC) – 1975 yard

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

  • Chart is 197 x 271
  • Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
  • 52” x 83” / 133cm x 211cm
  • 5 mm hook (H-8)
  • Worsted weight yarn (4600 – 5300 yards)
    • Main color (black) – 2250 yards
    • Contrasting color (blue) – 2350 yards
    • Plus, optional envelope border – 700 yards

2022 August Cat

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

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

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

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

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

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Interlocking Crochet Details

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

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

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

2022: A Year of Cats (ongoing updates)
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All-in-One Blanket (available only in eBook)

Brotzell Tiger King, Chart Update

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

Crocheted by Chantal Doiron using the overlay mosaic crochet technique.

Nothing has changed with the interlocking file.

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

It now includes a one-page chart as well.

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

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

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

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

Year of Gnomes, Adjusted Mosaic Crochet Update

In 2021, I published a new gnome square each month (the series was called A Year of Gnomes). This year has been a new cat square each month (see 2022: A Year of Cats). So why am I talking about gnomes again?

The original squares were designed first as interlocking crochet patterns. The overlay mosaic crochet versions of each square used the interlocking chart but were written for the mosaic crochet technique.

The pictures above show above how the interlocking crochet method creates mesh dots naturally, and the effect can be reproduced using the overlay mosaic crochet technique.

Each gnome has now been updated to include a 3rd option: the adjusted overlay mosaic crochet pattern.

The interlocking mesh dots have been removed and the extra border lines have also been removed.

“January Gnome” crocheted using the adjusted mosaic chart, by Wolsalon

Each monthly gnome is available separately on Ravelry or Etsy. You can also buy an eBook (called “A Year of Gnomes”) on either platform that includes all 12 monthly gnomes and an all-in-one blanket pattern (so you don’t have to join squares). The all-in-one blanket pattern is not available separately.

If you purchased the eBook or any of the individual squares on Ravelry you will have an update available to you.
If you used Etsy you’ll need to email me with your order number and I will send you the updated files.

What else has changed?

The original mosaic crochet version of each of these squares used a chart that started as row 1. I haven’t changed the charts but I have changed the numbers of the rows. They now start at row 0 so that they match the written pattern completely.

But wait, there’s more!

Months after the “Year of Gnomes” was finished, a request came in for a title banner. I created the banner and added the free interlocking and overlay mosaic crochet patterns to the files in my Facebook group, Ashlee Brotzell Designs.

The adjusted mosaic crochet version of the free title banner can be viewed here or you can download the PDF in my Facebook group files.

Anytime there are words on my patterns I create a written pattern for left-handed crocheters as well. You can see my entire selection of patterns that have a left-handed version here on Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/bundles/left-handed-instructions-included

Patterns tested by Angela Kermack, CarolinevdB, Just_Duckie_Crochet, Just_Stitched_ByJS, Linda Bakker, and Wolsalon.

A Year of Gnomes Title Banner

An Overlay Mosaic Crochet Pattern

In 2021 I released a new gnome square each month. Months later, a request came in for a title banner.

The original squares were designed first as interlocking crochet patterns and the mosaic crochet versions of each square used the same chart. This updated pattern uses an adjusted chart: the interlocking mesh dots have been removed and the extra border lines have also been removed. This pattern includes right-handed and left-handed instructions so that the words remain legible for everyone.

There is no chart here in the free online version of this pattern, but there is an X-marked chart included in the PDF file found in my Facebook Group Files.

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.

If you share your works on Instagram, tag me: @AshleesLint

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Important Details
Pattern Key
Mosaic Instructions
Right-Handed Pattern
Left-Handed Pattern
Copyright Statement

Watch my YouTube tutorials!

I also have a free photo tutorial in PDF form on this technique available in my Facebook group (Ashlee Brotzell Designs) and on Ravelry

All my social media links are here:

https://linktr.ee/LFMandMosaic

Important Details

  • US crochet terminology
  • Chart is 239 x 37
  • Finished measurements approximately 60” x 9” / 152cm x 23cm
  • 5 mm hook (H-8)
  • Worsted weight yarn (875 – 1375 yards)
    • Main color (blue on chart) – 375 yards
    • Contrasting color (white on chart) – 500 yards
    • Optional Envelope Border – 500 yards
  • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4”

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Key

MC = Main Color: blue in chart

CC = Contrasting Color: white in chart

ch = chain

SC = single crochet: insert hook, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through both loops on hook

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: yarn over, insert hook, pull up a loop, *yarn over, pull through two loops* twice

dc = dropped double crochet: skip next single crochet, and instead double crochet into Front Loop of stitch in the row below

JS = Joining Stitch: create slip knot, insert hook under both loops, complete a normal single crochet

ES = End Stitch: single crochet under both loops, chain 1, cut yarn and pull through tightly

dc = the dropped DC goes into the same-colored stitch, 2 rows below, Front Loop Only
*the single crochet behind the dropped double crochet does not get used

sc = a single crochet in the body of the pattern is going into the Back Loop Only

Mosaic Crochet Stitch 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 Foundation Single Crochet 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) (black on the chart)

Use the foundation SC technique to create 241 FSC. Or chain 242, SC in 2nd chain from hook and SC all the way back across. Cut and tie off.

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

1 – JS, sc239, ES

2 – JS, dc1, sc237, dc1, ES

3 – JS, sc1, dc55, sc11, dc31, sc11, dc47, sc3, dc3, sc7, dc69, sc1, ES

4 – JS, dc1, sc55, dc11, sc31, dc11, sc47, dc3, sc3, dc3, sc1, dc3, sc69, dc1, ES

5 – JS, sc1, dc5, sc15, dc7, sc11, dc5, sc7, dc5, sc11, dc1, sc5, dc11, sc11, dc3, sc11, dc1, sc5, dc11, sc15, dc15, sc3, (dc1, sc5) x2, dc67, sc1, ES

6 – JS, dc1, sc5, dc7, sc5, dc3, sc7, dc11, sc5, dc7, sc7, dc7, sc3, dc5, sc11, dc11, sc5, dc7, sc3, dc5, sc11, dc15, sc15, dc3, sc1, dc3, sc5, dc3, sc67, dc1, ES

7 – JS, sc1, dc3, sc9, dc1, sc9, dc3, sc15, dc3, sc11, dc3, sc7, dc3, sc11, dc3, sc15, dc3, sc7, dc3, sc11, dc3, sc19, dc13, sc3, dc1, sc3, dc5, sc3, dc67, sc1, ES

8 – JS, dc1, sc3, dc5, sc5, dc9, sc3, dc5, sc3, dc7, sc5, dc9, sc3, dc7, sc5, dc9, sc3, dc15, sc3, dc7, sc5, dc9, sc3, dc7, sc3, dc9, sc13, dc3, sc1, dc3, sc5, dc3, sc67, dc1, ES

9 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc7, dc3, sc11, dc1, sc7, (dc3, sc9) x2, dc1, sc9, dc5, sc9, dc1, sc19, dc1, sc7, dc5, sc9, dc3, sc7, dc3, sc9, dc13, sc3, (dc1, sc5) x2, dc67, sc1, ES

10 – JS, dc1, sc1, dc7, sc3, dc11, sc1, dc5, sc7, (dc7, sc3) x2, dc9, sc5, dc7, sc3, dc9, sc3, dc7, sc1, (dc7, sc5) x2, dc7, sc3, dc9, sc13, dc3, sc3, dc3, sc1, dc3, sc69, dc1, ES

11 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc11, dc1, sc7, dc5, (sc7, dc3) x2, sc9, dc5, sc7, dc3, sc9, dc3, sc7, dc1, (sc7, dc5) x2, sc7, dc3, sc11, dc11, sc3, dc3, sc7, dc69, sc1, ES

12 – JS, dc1, sc1, dc9, sc13, dc7, sc7, dc5, sc3, dc7, sc3, dc9, sc5, dc7, sc3, dc5, sc11, dc3, sc1, (dc7, sc5) x2, dc7, sc5, dc9, sc11, dc3, sc79, dc1, ES

13 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc19, dc3, sc7, dc7, sc5, dc3, sc7, (dc3, sc9) x2, dc3, sc5, dc9, sc5, dc1, sc7, dc3, sc9, dc5, sc7, dc5, sc9, dc9, sc7, dc15, (sc3, dc1) x2, (sc7, dc5) x2, sc7, dc23, sc1, ES

14 – JS, dc1, sc3, dc17, sc17, dc5, sc3, dc7, (sc3, dc9) x2, sc3, dc3, sc11, dc5, sc1, dc7, sc3, dc9, sc5, dc7, sc5, dc9, sc11, dc3, sc17, (dc3, sc1) x3, dc3, (sc5, dc7) x2, sc23, dc1, ES

15 – JS, sc1, dc3, sc19, dc1, sc19, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc23, dc3, sc7, dc3, sc9, dc1, sc19, dc3, sc13, dc1, sc9, dc7, sc3, dc1, sc3, dc17, sc3, dc1, sc7, dc1, sc3, dc3, sc11, dc3, sc7, dc23, sc1, ES

16 – JS, dc1, sc13, dc9, sc1, dc19, sc1, dc7, sc3, dc15, sc1, (dc7, sc3) x2, dc9, sc1, dc11, sc1, dc7, sc3, dc13, sc3, dc7, sc7, dc3, sc1, dc3, sc17, (dc3, sc3) x3, (dc3, sc5) x2, dc3, sc25, dc1, ES

17 – JS, sc1, dc3, (sc9, dc1) x2, sc19, dc1, sc25, dc1, sc7, dc3, sc19, dc1, sc11, dc1, sc7, dc3, sc13, dc3, sc7, dc7, sc7, dc17, sc3, dc3, sc9, dc3, (sc3, dc5) x2, sc3, dc25, sc1, ES

18 – JS, dc1, sc3, dc9, sc3, dc7, sc1, dc5, sc9, dc5, sc1, dc25, sc1, dc5, sc5, dc17, sc3, dc11, sc1, dc5, sc21, dc7, sc9, dc3, sc19, dc3, sc3, dc5, sc15, dc3, sc5, dc3, sc25, dc1, ES

19 – JS, sc1, dc3, sc9, dc3, sc7, dc1, sc7, dc5, sc7, dc1, sc25, dc1, sc5, dc5, sc17, dc3, sc11, dc1, sc5, dc5, (sc7, dc9) x2, sc3, dc19, sc3, dc3, sc5, dc1, sc3, dc3, sc11, dc5, sc3, dc25, sc1, ES

20 – JS, dc1, sc3, dc7, (sc5, dc5) x3, sc5, dc7, sc5, dc9, sc3, dc5, sc7, dc13, sc5, dc9, sc3, dc5, sc5, dc7, sc9, dc7, sc31, (dc3, sc3) x3, (dc3, sc5) x2, dc3, sc25, dc1, ES

21 – JS, sc1, dc3, sc7, dc1, sc9, dc5, sc15, dc5, sc7, dc5, sc9, dc3, sc7, dc5, sc13, dc5, sc9, dc3, sc7, dc1, sc13, dc5, sc7, dc27, sc9, dc1, sc9, dc3, sc11, dc3, sc7, dc23, sc1, ES

22 – JS, dc1, sc5, dc5, sc1, dc5, sc11, dc11, sc21, dc3, sc7, dc7, sc25, dc3, sc7, dc7, sc1, dc13, sc5, dc5, sc29, dc5, sc1, dc3, sc1, dc7, sc7, dc7, sc5, dc3, sc1, dc3, sc23, dc1, ES

23 – JS, sc1, dc5, sc11, dc11, sc11, dc21, sc3, dc7, sc7, dc25, sc3, dc7, sc7, dc1, sc13, dc3, sc7, dc29, sc5, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc7, dc7, sc7, dc3, sc5, dc1, sc5, dc7, sc5, dc3, sc5, dc1, sc1, ES

24 – JS, dc1, sc119, dc11, sc5, dc7, sc63, dc3, sc5, dc3, sc7, dc5, sc3, dc5, sc1, dc1, ES

25 – JS, sc1, dc119, sc11, dc5, sc7, dc61, sc7, dc1, sc7, dc5, sc5, dc3, sc5, dc1, sc1, ES

26 – JS, dc1, sc121, dc5, sc9, dc5, sc63, dc7, sc1, dc7, (sc7, dc1) x2, sc3, dc1, ES

27 – JS, sc1, dc121, sc7, dc3, sc9, dc63, sc7, dc1, sc7, dc7, sc9, dc3, sc1, ES

28 – JS, dc1, sc123, dc5, sc3, dc7, sc87, dc9, sc3, dc1, ES

29 – JS, sc1, dc123, sc15, dc87, sc9, dc3, sc1, ES

30 – JS, dc1, sc225, (dc3, sc3) x2, dc1, ES

31 – JS, sc1, dc225, (sc3, dc3) x2, sc1, ES

32 – JS, dc1, sc227, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc5, dc1, ES

33 – JS, sc1, dc227, sc5, dc5, sc1, ES

34 – JS, dc1, sc227, dc5, sc5, dc1, ES

35 – JS, sc1, dc227, sc5, dc5, sc1, ES

36 – JS, dc1, sc237, dc1, ES

Trim the fringe, if needed.

Add optional envelope border (YouTube tutorial: https://youtu.be/P-uXHjwTFeE).


LEFT-HANDED INSTRUCTIONS BEGIN HERE

Foundation Row (Row 0): use Main Color (MC) (black on the chart)

Use the foundation SC technique to create 241 FSC. Or chain 242, SC in 2nd chain from hook and SC all the way back across. Cut and tie off.

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

1 – JS, sc239, ES

2 – JS, dc1, sc237, dc1, ES

3 – JS, sc1, dc69, sc7, dc3, sc3, dc47, sc11, dc31, sc11, dc55, sc1, ES

4 – JS, dc1, sc69, dc3, sc1, dc3, sc3, dc3, sc47, dc11, sc31, dc11, sc55, dc1, ES

5 – JS, sc1, dc67, (sc5, dc1) x2, sc3, dc15, sc15, dc11, sc5, dc1, sc11, dc3, sc11, dc11, sc5, dc1, sc11, dc5, sc7, dc5, sc11, dc7, sc15, dc5, sc1, ES

6 – JS, dc1, sc67, dc3, sc5, dc3, sc1, dc3, sc15, dc15, sc11, dc5, sc3, dc7, sc5, dc11, sc11, dc5, sc3, dc7, sc7, dc7, sc5, dc11, sc7, dc3, sc5, dc7, sc5, dc1, ES

7 – JS, sc1, dc67, sc3, dc5, sc3, dc1, sc3, dc13, sc19, dc3, sc11, dc3, sc7, dc3, sc15, dc3, sc11, dc3, sc7, dc3, sc11, dc3, sc15, dc3, sc9, dc1, sc9, dc3, sc1, ES

8 – JS, dc1, sc67, dc3, sc5, dc3, sc1, dc3, sc13, dc9, sc3, dc7, sc3, dc9, sc5, dc7, sc3, dc15, sc3, dc9, sc5, dc7, sc3, dc9, sc5, dc7, sc3, dc5, sc3, dc9, sc5, dc5, sc3, dc1, ES

9 – JS, sc1, dc67, (sc5, dc1) x2, sc3, dc13, sc9, dc3, sc7, dc3, sc9, dc5, sc7, dc1, sc19, dc1, sc9, dc5, sc9, dc1, (sc9, dc3) x2, sc7, dc1, sc11, dc3, sc7, dc1, sc1, ES

10 – JS, dc1, sc69, dc3, sc1, dc3, sc3, dc3, sc13, dc9, sc3, (dc7, sc5) x2, dc7, sc1, dc7, sc3, dc9, sc3, dc7, sc5, dc9, (sc3, dc7) x2, sc7, dc5, sc1, dc11, sc3, dc7, sc1, dc1, ES

11 – JS, sc1, dc69, sc7, dc3, sc3, dc11, sc11, dc3, (sc7, dc5) x2, sc7, dc1, sc7, dc3, sc9, dc3, sc7, dc5, sc9, (dc3, sc7) x2, dc5, sc7, dc1, sc11, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc1, ES

12 – JS, dc1, sc79, dc3, sc11, dc9, (sc5, dc7) x3, sc1, dc3, sc11, dc5, sc3, dc7, sc5, dc9, sc3, dc7, sc3, dc5, sc7, dc7, sc13, dc9, sc1, dc1, ES

13 – JS, sc1, dc23, (sc7, dc5) x2, sc7, (dc1, sc3) x2, dc15, sc7, dc9, sc9, dc5, sc7, dc5, sc9, dc3, sc7, dc1, sc5, dc9, sc5, (dc3, sc9) x2, dc3, sc7, dc3, sc5, dc7, sc7, dc3, sc19, dc1, sc1, ES

14 – JS, dc1, sc23, (dc7, sc5) x2, (dc3, sc1) x3, dc3, sc17, dc3, sc11, dc9, sc5, dc7, sc5, dc9, sc3, dc7, sc1, dc5, sc11, dc3, (sc3, dc9) x2, sc3, dc7, sc3, dc5, sc17, dc17, sc3, dc1, ES

15 – JS, sc1, dc23, sc7, dc3, sc11, dc3, sc3, dc1, sc7, dc1, sc3, dc17, sc3, dc1, sc3, dc7, sc9, dc1, sc13, dc3, sc19, dc1, sc9, dc3, sc7, dc3, sc23, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc19, dc1, sc19, dc3, sc1, ES

16 – JS, dc1, sc25, (dc3, sc5) x2, (dc3, sc3) x3, dc3, sc17, dc3, sc1, dc3, sc7, dc7, sc3, dc13, sc3, dc7, sc1, dc11, sc1, dc9, (sc3, dc7) x2, sc1, dc15, sc3, dc7, sc1, dc19, sc1, dc9, sc13, dc1, ES

17 – JS, sc1, dc25, (sc3, dc5) x2, sc3, dc3, sc9, dc3, sc3, dc17, sc7, dc7, sc7, dc3, sc13, dc3, sc7, dc1, sc11, dc1, sc19, dc3, sc7, dc1, sc25, dc1, sc19, (dc1, sc9) x2, dc3, sc1, ES

18 – JS, dc1, sc25, dc3, sc5, dc3, sc15, dc5, sc3, dc3, sc19, dc3, sc9, dc7, sc21, dc5, sc1, dc11, sc3, dc17, sc5, dc5, sc1, dc25, sc1, dc5, sc9, dc5, sc1, dc7, sc3, dc9, sc3, dc1, ES

19 – JS, sc1, dc25, sc3, dc5, sc11, dc3, sc3, dc1, sc5, dc3, sc3, dc19, sc3, (dc9, sc7) x2, dc5, sc5, dc1, sc11, dc3, sc17, dc5, sc5, dc1, sc25, dc1, sc7, dc5, sc7, dc1, sc7, dc3, sc9, dc3, sc1, ES

20 – JS, dc1, sc25, (dc3, sc5) x2, (dc3, sc3) x3, dc3, sc31, dc7, sc9, dc7, sc5, dc5, sc3, dc9, sc5, dc13, sc7, dc5, sc3, dc9, sc5, dc7, (sc5, dc5) x3, sc5, dc7, sc3, dc1, ES

21 – JS, sc1, dc23, sc7, dc3, sc11, dc3, sc9, dc1, sc9, dc27, sc7, dc5, sc13, dc1, sc7, dc3, sc9, dc5, sc13, dc5, sc7, dc3, sc9, dc5, sc7, dc5, sc15, dc5, sc9, dc1, sc7, dc3, sc1, ES

22 – JS, dc1, sc23, dc3, sc1, dc3, sc5, dc7, sc7, dc7, sc1, dc3, sc1, dc5, sc29, dc5, sc5, dc13, sc1, dc7, sc7, dc3, sc25, dc7, sc7, dc3, sc21, dc11, sc11, dc5, sc1, dc5, sc5, dc1, ES

23 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc5, dc3, sc5, dc7, sc5, dc1, sc5, dc3, sc7, dc7, sc7, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc5, dc29, sc7, dc3, sc13, dc1, sc7, dc7, sc3, dc25, sc7, dc7, sc3, dc21, sc11, dc11, sc11, dc5, sc1, ES

24 – JS, dc1, sc1, dc5, sc3, dc5, sc7, dc3, sc5, dc3, sc63, dc7, sc5, dc11, sc119, dc1, ES

25 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc5, dc3, sc5, dc5, sc7, dc1, sc7, dc61, sc7, dc5, sc11, dc119, sc1, ES

26 – JS, dc1, sc3, (dc1, sc7) x2, dc7, sc1, dc7, sc63, dc5, sc9, dc5, sc121, dc1, ES

27 – JS, sc1, dc3, sc9, dc7, sc7, dc1, sc7, dc63, sc9, dc3, sc7, dc121, sc1, ES

28 – JS, dc1, sc3, dc9, sc87, dc7, sc3, dc5, sc123, dc1, ES

29 – JS, sc1, dc3, sc9, dc87, sc15, dc123, sc1, ES

30 – JS, dc1, (sc3, dc3) x2, sc225, dc1, ES

31 – JS, sc1, (dc3, sc3) x2, dc225, sc1, ES

32 – JS, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc227, dc1, ES

33 – JS, sc1, dc5, sc5, dc227, sc1, ES

34 – JS, dc1, sc5, dc5, sc227, dc1, ES

35 – JS, sc1, dc5, sc5, dc227, sc1, ES

36 – JS, dc1, sc237, dc1, ES

Trim the fringe, if needed.

Add optional envelope border (YouTube tutorial: https://youtu.be/P-uXHjwTFeE).


Copyright Statement

©️ 2021 Ashlee Brotzell.
All rights reserved. This publication is protected under federal copyright laws. Reproduction or distribution, in whole or in part, in any medium, is strictly prohibited.
What does this mean?
This is an original pattern by Ashlee Brotzell. You may not copy, reproduce, sell, or share any part of it whether for profit or not. This includes, but is not limited to, the written pattern, the chart, and the photos. No translations or video tutorials are allowed.
Sales of your finished items are, of course, unrestricted (and I wish you all the best!). I appreciate credit given to the designer when possible but it is not a requirement. You may tag me @AshleesLint or direct people to my website http://www.ashleeslint.com

Center-Out Update of Heart Levels 40

If you have subscribed to my YouTube channel and have notifications turned on (you need to click on the little bell) then you’ll have noticed that I have a new video published!!

This pattern, Heart Levels 40, has now been updated to include center-out instructions for BOTH techniques (interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet).

It’s always interesting to see what the Wrong Side (aka Back Side) of the interlocking pattern will look like. “Heart Levels” doesn’t have any hearts on the wrong side.

There are now 4 files in the Ravelry and Etsy listings: one for the original interlocking square, one for the original overlay mosaic crochet square (using the interlocking chart with dots and border lines), a NEW center-out version of the interlocking crochet square, and a NEW center-out overlay mosaic version of this square.

When you do the interlocking crochet version from the center-out you will have two unlocked layers until you get to round 5

The center-out mosaic version has been adjusted so there are no mesh dots or border lines. The original bottom-up mosaic version of this square still has those mesh dots.

The center-out version of the mosaic crochet square doesn’t have any tails to worry about, so that’s probably my favorite!

I have created full walk-thru videos for the center-out versions of this square. The videos are quite long but there are time stamps so you can just jump to whatever round you’re having troubles with.

YouTube Walk-Thru for the Center-Out version of “Heart Levels” using the overlay mosaic crochet technique. Part 1 of 2. Recorded live, video quality is less than stellar, I apologize.

YouTube Walk-Thru for the Center-Out version of “Heart Levels” using the overlay mosaic crochet technique. Part 2 of 2.

If you’d like to practice the center-out technique a bit more, maybe you’d prefer to start with my tutorial videos (each technique also has a PDF photo tutorial if you’d prefer):


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Rocky Mountain Range Wall Hanging

I have lived on the prairies my whole life. We took a trip to Banff, AB in high school and it was such a beautiful sight!

Driving through the mountains makes me feel really claustrophobic. I like being able to see for miles in all directions. It feels better.

I prefer to look at the beauty of the mountains from a distance.

And now I can look at them on my wall every day!

“Rocky Mountain Range” Overlay Mosaic Crochet Wall Hanging

The Rocky Mountains are the largest mountain system in North America. You can access them from Canada or the USA. There is no one iconic peak for this system because it is so large, but usually my favorite photos include a blue-green lake or river at the bottom of the mountain with lush greenery and white snow on the rocky mountains.


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I designed this piece as a wall hanging. I suggest a fingering weight yarn because it keeps the piece from being too large or heavy for the wall. I have seen people hang up full-size blankets made from worsted weight cotton though, so this suggestion is not really required. It just depends on what you want to do with the finished piece.

One of my testers suggested it might look good as a bed runner (but you’d have to use at least a worsted weight yarn to get the size for a bed).

When I went to the store to buy my wooden dowel they were sold out of the shorter length, so I bought a super long dowel and my husband cut it in half when we got home. I am very thankful for his handy skills! He also made it black for me.

I love the way the dowels stick out way past the project. It makes them part of the statement. In the pattern I’ve listed a dowel that would only give you an inch of extra space on each side of the crocheted rectangle, but of course you are free to use any size you’d like!

Since this is quite a wide piece make sure your dowel is thick enough to have the strength needed to hold your piece up.

I don’t think I am abnormal in dreading the finishing touches – I whined on Instagram that my pocket for the dowels was taking too long and much too difficult. But, I really love the finished look and in the end I think it was worth it.

Thank you to my testers: Cindy Daling, CynCityCrochet, Deb Albers, & Kami!

Since this piece is designed to be hung on the wall, the wrong side is not overly important, but I know you like seeing it. It’s good to know what to expect!

When you use the interlocking crochet technique (shown above) you will get an image on the wrong side that is almost an inverse of the right side. The straight vertical lines on the sides turn into short horizontal dashes, and you’ll notice the smooth mountain gets prickly where the white meets the black.

When you use the overlay mosaic technique (shown below) you will have stripes on the back. You also get a sort of hazy view of what the front will look like. I have not locked in my stitches (but you can see my tutorial on that here) and I haven’t done anything other than the basic mosaic crochet stitches (single crochets in the back loop only, and double crochets in the front loop only dropped two rows below).

Wrong side of my overlay mosaic sample. My attempt at blocking without pinning it to a board.

If you’re new to these techniques please check out my tutorials! I have PDFs with photos and also videos on YouTube!

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I like having a sale on my newest publications for the first few days after release. This time I’ve also added a code that can be applied to everything in my stores!

On Ravelry and Etsy, you will get an automatic 30% discount on this pattern until July 15, 2022.

If you spend a minimum of $40 CAD and use code “MNT40” you can take 40% off your entire cart! Offer ends 11:59 pm CST July 15, 2022.

Interlocking Crochet Details

  • Chart is 201 x 97
  • Finished measurements approximately 31” x 15” / 79cm x 38cm
  • 3.5 mm hook (E/4)
  • Wooden Dowel: 1/2” diameter, 33” length
  • Finishing needle
  • Fingering weight yarn (1500+ yards total)
    • Main color (MC) – 750 yards
    • Accent color (AC) – 750 yards
    • Optional Single Crochet Border – 100 yards
    • Fringe – optional
  • Gauge: 13 (dc, ch) x 26 rows in one color = 4” square

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

  • Chart is 197 x 93
  • Finished measurements approximately 36” x 15” / 91cm x 48cm”
  • (E/4)
  • Wooden Dowel: 1/2” diameter, 38” length
  • Finishing needle
  • Fingering weight yarn (1725 – 2225 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) (black) – 850 yards
    • Accent color (AC) (blue) – 875 yards
    • Optional Envelope Border – 500 yards
  • Gauge: 25 sc x 22 rows = 4”
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Coffee Time Wall Hanging Set

How old were you when you first tasted coffee? I don’t actually remember. I just know that I didn’t like it. Same goes for tea actually.

In high school I tried to like hot drinks, because it made me feel more like a grown up. Coffee and tea were cool, but hot chocolate was a kid’s drink.

Now that I’m older and not interested in being a grown up (darn it, too late), I can fully embrace my dislike for hot drinks. And that has opened up the world of iced coffee!!

Oh, no! Yes, that’s right! I suddenly learned that I LIKE coffee… when it’s cold and sweetened!

I am still very sensitive to the caffeine content though. So I only indulge if it before lunch and I don’t do it every day. Maybe once a week.

My husband drinks coffee multiple times a day, every day. Hot. Bitter. Disgusting. He has a few fancy machines and certain beans are better with this method or that press. It’s a bit much, in my opinion, but he’s a grown up so he can do what he wants.

My newest set of wall hangings features a mug, a quote, and an abstract design. You can make all three or just pick your favorite piece. The quote simply says “Coffee Time” and is also the title of this set.

There are left-handed instructions for that piece so that everyone can have a legible wall hanging. Lefties will be creating a mug that faces the opposite way, but the Sugar Cubes piece will look exactly the same since it’s symmetrical.

I always recommend a fingering weight (1 – fine) yarn for a wall hanging, but if you’d like to use a thicker yarn that’s fine too, you’ll just end up with a bigger finished project.

I actually used a 2 mm hook and crochet thread for my little sample! The thread says 5 on it. That might mean more to some people than it did to me. I still have a lot to learn.

My mosaic sample. Dark brown is the “main color” in the pattern.

You’ll notice the mosaic version of each pattern has had the interlocking mesh dots and all border lines removed. This means that when you’re using the interlocking technique your Main Color (MC) is the lettering on Coffee Time but when you use the overlay mosaic technique we are starting with the background color and the first color used is still the MC in the written pattern.

Always check the charts to be sure you know what color will be used first and prevent any surprises halfway through your project.

Interlocking Crochet

Set crocheted by an Anonymous Squirrel using the interlocking technique
  • Chart is 73 x 105
  • Finished measurements approximately 11” x 16” / 28.5cm x 41cm
  • Gauge: 13 (dc, ch) x 26 rows in one color = 4” square
  • 2.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Wooden Dowel: 1/2” diameter, 13” length
  • Finishing needle
  • Fingering weight yarn (600+ yards total)
    • Main color (MC) (dark brown on image above) – 300 yards
    • Accent color (AC) (light brown on image above) – 300 yards
    • Single Crochet Border – optional
    • Fringe – optional

Mosaic Crochet

Set crocheted by Angela Kermack using the overlay mosaic crochet technique.
  • Chart is 67 x 99
  • Finished measurements approximately 12” x 16” / 31cm x 40cm”
  • Gauge: 25 sc x 22 rows = 4”
  • 3.5 mm hook (E/4)
  • Wooden Dowel: 1/2” diameter, 14” length
  • Finishing needle
  • Coffee Time: Fingering weight yarn (675 – 975 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) (first color, background) – 400 yards
    • Accent color (AC) (words) – 275 yards
  • Steaming Mug: Fingering weight yarn (650 – 900 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) (first color, pink on image above) – 350 yards
    • Accent color (AC) (black) – 300 yards
  • Sugar Cubes: Fingering weight yarn (640 – 940 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) (first color, light grey on image above) – 360 yards
    • Accent color (AC) (black) – 280 yards

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Grab your favorite piece in this set, or get the eBook of all 3 patterns. You’ll save 25% by buying the eBook!

And, for the first 5 days you can take an additional 30% off by using code “30COFFEE” (valid on Ravelry and Etsy on the individual patterns and the eBook of the full set, expires 11:59pm CST July 10, 2022).

This code can also be applied to one of my older patterns, “But First, Coffee“. The theme matches! 😉

This older pattern was published in April 2020 (my first month of designing)! The sale code can be applied to “But First, Coffee” as well.

Interlocking crochet by Esperanza

2022 July Cat

Don’t tell the other squares but this might be my favorite one. I think it looks so cute and I picked my favorite color for this square so that helps too!

I unofficially call this one “Sleepy Kitten”. I am horrible at naming my patterns, so I’ve liked the lazy method of just using the months as the titles, but sometimes it’s easier to refer to the image.

I know this will be a boring paragraph if you’ve been following along each month, but if you’re new to me or to this cat series you may want to know the following details:

  • There will be a total of 12 cat squares (one for each month of the year)
  • Each square comes with the written pattern and a chart for TWO techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet
  • The interlocking version (also called Locked Filet Mesh / LFM) has a chart size of 81 x 81
  • The overlay mosaic version has been adjusted so there are no unnecessary border lines and no mesh dots so the chart size is 77 x 77
  • At the end of the year I will also add an all-in-one blanket pattern (so you don’t need to sew squares together) for each technique to the eBook; it will not be available separately
  • There is a mini-series inside this series: the March, June, September, and December cat squares spell “Love”

Another thing that you might already know: Ravelry is my preferred method of getting patterns to you. The platform is easy to update, easy for you to have access to your patterns (download again and again), etc. Etsy and the Direct Purchase option on my website require that I manually email you the updates, so it is less convenient but I like to make sure everyone has an option they like.

Thank you again to my testers! I know everyone appreciates having so many colors and varieties to look at!

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If you’ve purchased the “Year of Cats” eBook then you’ll already have an update with access to “July Cat”.

Interlocking Crochet Details

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

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

  • Chart is 77 x 77
  • Finished measurements approximately 20” x 22” / 52cm x 56cm
  • 5 mm hook (H-8)
  • Worsted weight yarn (550-800 yards)
    • Main color (blue on chart) – 300 yards
    • Contrasting color (white on chart) – 250 yards
    • Optional Envelope Border – 250 yards
  • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4”

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

Celebration Gnome with 3 Flag Options

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

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

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

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

Some samples of this new gnome square:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Master List of Gnomes

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

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

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

Interlocking Crochet Details

  • Chart is 81 x 81 (40-windows)
  • Crochet hook: 4.5 mm (US7)
  • Gauge: 16 stitches x 8 rows in one color = 4” square
  • Finished size: 20″ x 20″ / 51cm x 51cm
  • Worsted Weight Yarn (460-485 yards)
    • Main Color (MC) – 230 yards plus 25 yards for optional SC border
    • Accent Color (AC) – 230 yards

Mosaic Crochet

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

Double Wedding Rings Center-Out Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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