Dream A Dream: Center-Out Crochet Square

Have you had a chance to bump up your crochet skills yet? My tutorial on crocheting from the Center-Out has been live for 2 weeks now. I have seen a few of the Tutorial Squares and I am eager to see what everyone plans to do with a square so small. I think I will have to design more of that size!

The tutorial and this pattern (and all my other patterns) come with written line-by-line instructions and charts for two techniques. Overlay Mosaic Crochet seems to be the most popular. Interlocking Crochet is fun too (and sometimes goes by other names, such as Locked Filet Mesh / LFM)!

This pattern here (called “Dream a Dream”) is a little bit larger than the tutorial square. But it is not an overwhelming size. Plus, to make it more accessible I have created a full video walk-thru for each technique!

9 squares makes a perfect toddler-sized blanket

You don’t NEED to buy the pattern in order to follow along with the video. You can view the Key for the Interlocking Crochet method or the Overlay Mosaic Crochet method here and each row is written on the screen on the video; the charts are only available in the paid PDF. I truly do appreciate each purchase of the PDF pattern!

This square is not a size that easily mixes and matches with my other patterns, but I am sure you will still love it! There are so many things you can do with a square!

The first thing I think of is blankets. You can crochet as many squares as you like and then join them together to make a blanket.

The beauty of this technique and these squares is that you can use any weight yarn (as long as the yarns used are similar to each other in weight) and then an appropriately sized hook.

Just make sure you always have good contrast between the Main Color yarn and the second yarn you use.

If one of your yarns is self-striping you need to make sure the contrast color contrasts well with ALL the colors in the striping yarn.

Pillows (or throw cushions) go well with blankets, especially when you can have a matching set!

Then there are always so many bag options. A simple, small bag with just two squares and a strap is quick to make. Or, using multiple squares, you can create a larger bag.

I’m attempting to create a cardigan from my squares. My toddler really liked it when I had the back panel done – she used it as a blanket for a day!

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Interlocking Crochet Details

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

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KEY FOR INTERLOCKING / LOCKED FILET MESH / LFM CROCHET

AC = accent color (pink on chart / even-numbered rounds)

MC = main color (green on chart / odd-numbered rounds)

Back = the wrong side of your work

Front = the right side of your work (you never turn your work, so the right side is always facing you)

AC/MC to Back indicates you need to place the AC/MCyarn towards the BACK of your project

AC/MC to Front indicates you need to bring the AC/MC yarn towards the FRONT of your project

CROCHET STITCHES USED (US terminology)

BLO = use the back loop only

ch = chain: pull a loop of yarn through the loop on your hook

dc = double crochet: yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull up loop, *yarn over, pull through two loops* twice

hdc = half double crochet: yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull up loop, yarn over, pull through all three loops

MR = magic ring: lay yarn across front of index and middle fingers, loose end hanging down; wrap yarn over and behind fingers then back up the front of your hand; cross yarn over yarn towards your wrist and hold working end of yarn with pinkie finger; insert hook under yarn closest to fingertips, grab the other loop of yarn and pull a loop up (with a slight clockwise twist); chain 1 to hold it together. You will crochet over the side that has 2 strings and when you are done you can tighten the loose end. See my video tutorial or my photo tutorial at ashleeslint.com/magicring

sk = skip a stitch

SS = slip stitch: insert hook, pull a loop through everything on your hook

SPECIAL TERMS USED

Ch3 in Back/Front counts as your first dc and chain

C = Corner: chain 2 (when added to previous stitch that makes 3 chains between the double crochets in each corner)

B = double crochet (dc) behind the previous row, and chain 1

F = double crochet (dc) in front of the previous row, and chain 1

Join = SS to finish the round. This stitch goes into the 2nd chain of the first ch3 of the round, or it can be made into the first window space

INTERLOCKING CROCHET TECHNIQUE

You are creating two layers of mesh that happen to be worked around each other. Each color of yarn gets stitched into itself only. Each double crochet goes into the previous row’s double crochet. There is a chain space between each double crochet that doesn’t get worked into. You alternate using each color of yarn and thus can do the double crochet in front or behind the opposite color’s chain space (never yarn over in a way that it encloses that chain space on both sides). Do not cut your yarn at the end of each round, just use a stitch marker to keep the live loop waiting. Detailed tutorial on this technique in PDF and YouTube video format can be found at https://ashleeslint.com/interlocking-crochet-tutorial-center-out/.

KEY FOR OVERLAY MOSAIC CROCHET

MC = Main Color: blue in chart

CC = Contrasting Color: white in chart

ch = chain: pull a loop through

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

DC = double crochet: yarn over, insert hook, pull up a loop, *yarn over, pull through two loops* twice

MR = magic ring: place yarn across the front of your fingers with the tail hanging down, wrap yarn over and behind your fingers, cross yarn at the top of your hand towards your wrist, insert hook under first loop on the back of your hand and grab the second loop, pull the loop up and chain to keep it in place. View my video tutorial or photo tutorial online: AshleesLint.com/magicring

SPECIAL STITCHES (TAKE NOTE OF THE LOWER CASE VERSUS UPPER CASE WAY OF USING THESE):

sc = SC into Back Loop only

dc = dropped double crochet: DC into Front Loop of stitch in the round below, skip the sc stitch that gets hidden behind this dropped stitch

scC = single crochet corner: SC into Back Loop Only of previous round’s corner chain, chain 1, SC into the same Back Loop again

dcC = double crochet corner: do a dropped DC into front loop of previous round’s corner chain, chain 1, do another dropped DC into same front loop again. The next stitch, if it is a dc, will use this same front loop as well.

Remember to skip the same number of stitch(es) behind your dc(s) before doing your next sc

Mosaic Technique when working from the CENTER-OUT

Technique tutorials: https://ashleeslint.com/overlay-mosaic-crochet-tutorial-center-out/

  • The front of your work is always facing you (this is the right side, the side showing the design)
  • 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)
  • Foundation round counts as round 0 – it is a magic ring with 8 single crochets in it; uses the MC
  • Do not cut your yarn at the end of each round, carry it up through the corner stitch
  • Even-numbered rounds use MC; odd-numbered rounds use CC

2022 May Cat

Thank you for such a wonderful April! It was so much fun celebrating my 2nd Year Designaversary and remembering all the progress I’ve made. I was also able to give away a bunch of patterns and I will be doing a live giveaway for my Grand Prize on YouTube tomorrow (it’s almost midnight on the 30th of April for me as I post this)!


Welcome to May!

There are four cats on this month’s square! No matter which way you turn it, someone is staring at you.

This square was based on a quilt block. I have a few quilting-inspired designs now: Bonnet Girl Blanket, Double Wedding Rings, and now this May Cat!

If you’ve purchased the eBook (2022: A Year of Cats) on Ravelry, Etsy, or by direct purchase from my website, then you should have received your update. Please check all your email folders and make sure you’re looking in the email account associated with the purchase. Let me know if you still can’t find it.

Wrong side of the interlocking square

Thank you to my bundle of testers! You all did a great job and it helps me more than you know to have the peace of mind that I have such a trustworthy team! I am using black yarn for the Main Color in all my squares but I love to give my testers free range on color choice and you can see in these photos below that both Maja Serec and cyncitycrochets have used grey/black as their second color instead. Which colors would you use?

I have been trying to get my kittens to pose with each square monthly. Sometimes they don’t really want to pose for my photos. I managed to get a little video with Flippers the orange cat walking across my square. His meow is the weirdest sound. We thought he’d grow out of it, but he’s about 6 months old now and still sounds weird. Maybe it’s normal and I just haven’t been around enough cats.

Thank you, Flippers, for making my cat square authentic

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Interlocking Crochet Details

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

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

  • Chart is 77 x 77
  • Finished measurements approximately 20” x 22” / 52cm x 56cm
  • 5 mm hook (H-8)
  • Worsted weight yarn (600-850 yards)
    • Main color (blue on chart) – 275 yards
    • Contrasting color (white on chart) – 325 yards
    • Optional Envelope Border – 250 yards
  • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4”

2022: A Year of Cats (ongoing updates)
eBook (Ravelry) (Etsy) (Direct Purchase)
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)
October (Ravelry) (Etsy)
November (Ravelry) (Etsy)
December (Ravelry) (Etsy)
All-in-One Blanket (available only in eBook)

April 24-30, 2022: Blanket Bundles

It is the final week of my Designaversary Celebration! Thank you so much for celebrating 2 years with me!

I gave away some free patterns on Instragram in the first week, on my Facebook Page in the 2nd week, and for the 3rd week I picked a random winner from my mailchimp email subscribers list! This is the final week to enter the Grand Prize Giveaway on my YouTube channel!

Giveaway CLOSED NOW – congratulations to RescueBooks Bookkeeping!

For this final week of my Designavery Celebration we are going to focus on my blanket patterns! I have blankets of various sizes. They start at baby blankets (chart size of 121 x 121) and go up to my biggest blanket (Brotzell Tiger King: chart size of 203 x 307).

Update: I have added the Cruise patterns to the sale (they have a chart size of 101 x 101) because they were already on the list I created earlier.

On Etsy and Ravelry you will get an automatic 30% discount on my blanket patterns. No code needed, discount shows up in cart, offer ends April 30, 2022.

Or, you can create your own bundle of any 10 blanket patterns and get 60% off! This bundle deal is only available on Ravelry, offer expires April 30, 2022. Use code 2022BUNDLE.

There are 72 patterns that are part of this week’s promotion.

If you’re looking at my Etsy shop on a desktop browser you can see a list of categories on the left-hand side; there is a section called “on sale” and that will be all the baby blankets and larger blankets.

If you’re shopping on Ravelry, go to my designer page: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/ashlee-brotzell and scroll past my introduction. The first pictures of patterns are organized sections (Ravelry calls them bundles). You can view all the blankets or all the 60-window squares (aka. baby blankets) and those are the patterns you can choose from for this week’s sale. I show a printed screenshot around minute 14 in this video linked below:

Remember, you can’t use eBooks to get the 60% off. I couldn’t think of an example in the live video that is embedded just above, but a perfect example is my eBook “Baby Ocean & Others“. It has 6 baby blanket patterns in it. Individually, these patterns are $5.50 CAD; the eBook of all 6 patterns is $20 CAD, so that’s a 27% savings already. To get 60% off you’d need to add each baby blanket to your cart individually and then add 4 more blanket patterns.

To be thorough, here’s a list of this week’s promotional patterns and their links to either Ravelry or Etsy:

2020 Father’s Day Throw (one-piece blanket) (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Make a Wish -includes left-handed instructions- (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Birthday Cupcake -includes left-handed instructions- (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Cupcake Sparkle (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Wild and Free -includes left-handed instructions- (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Wild and Free Moose -includes left-handed instructions- (Ravelry) (Etsy)
But First, Coffee -includes left-handed instructions- (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Many Hearts Throw (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Oh Canada Throw -includes left-handed instructions- (Ravelry) (Etsy LFM) (Etsy Mosaic)
Moon Fairy (Etsy) (Direct Purchase)
Rocking Horse (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Abstract Queen (Ravelry) (Etsy) (FREE on blog)
Speedy Train (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Abstract Princess (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Warm Wishes (Gingerbread) (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Oh Tannenbaum (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Moose on Plaid (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Dinosaur Stomp (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Bonnet Girl Blanket (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Pins and Needles (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Gnomesflake (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Live Laugh Love Paws -includes left-handed instructions- (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Evelyn’s Expression (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Evelyn’s Favorite Guitar (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Common Unicorn (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Into the Ocean (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Mesmur Avenue (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Lucky Stars Throw (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Chained Ponds (Ravelry) (Etsy bundle)
Brotzell Tiger King (Ravelry) (Etsy)
MusicCAL (Ravelry) (Etsy) (Free on Blog)
Goodnight, Unicorn (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Magic Decanter (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Monstera Leaf (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Hobby Stencil Blanket (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Sunflowers and Butterflies (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Summer Direction CAL (Ravelry) (Etsy) (FREE on Blog)
Pumpkin Trio Throw (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Evelyn’s Repeat (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Seahorse Dance (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Long Hauler (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Glacial Warmth (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Tinsel Tangle (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Soaring Dreams (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Winter 2021 (Ravelry) (Etsy) (FREE on Blog)
Forever Be My Always (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Nordic Squares Blanket (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Medical Staff (Ravelry) (Etsy)
My Heart is Full of Love (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Bubbles the Sea Turtle (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Double Wedding Rings (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Dress to Impress Yourself (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Come a-Llama (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Cruise Lighthouse (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Cruise Whales {XL Square and Single Whale} (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Cruise Waves (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Preemie Love Blanket -includes left-handed instructions- (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Feline the Deer (Alice’s debut design) (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Many Hugs -includes left-handed- (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Baby Ocean (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Baby Dolphin (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Baby Crab (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Baby Sea Turtle (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Baby Whale (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Baby Fish (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Many Hearts Baby Throw (Ravelry) (Etsy)
One Octopus (Ravelry) (Etsy)
To Sail Away (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Trident (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Four Lobsters (Ravelry) (Etsy)
All the Waves (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Electric Shock (Ravelry) (Etsy)

A small sample of patterns:

I am so thankful for everyone who allows me to share pictures of their finished works! The photo I’m using as the title of this blog entry has quite a few patterns on it: Summer Direction, Bubbles the Sea Turtle, Many Hearts Baby Blanket, Nordic Squares Blanket, My Heart is Full of Love, Seahorse Dance, Preemie Love Blanket, Monstera Leaf, Glacial Warmth, But First Coffee, Baby Sea Turtle, Long Hauler, Brotzell Tiger King, Into the Ocean, Sunflowers and Butterflies, Common Unicorn, Speedy Train, Make A Wish. Crocheted by myself, cyncitycrochets, Angela Kermack, Esperanza, Jackie Lindsey, Eileen, Christine Schneider, Semicci, Anneke de Groot, Sherry Shaffer & Monique.

A final note, for those who may not know: all of my patterns come with written line-by-line instructions and charts for two techniques. If you’re not familiar with interlocking crochet or overlay mosaic crochet you should check out my tutorials on YouTube!

April 17-23, 2022: Wall Hangings Bundle

I hope everyone has been enjoying my Designaversary Celebration (don’t forget to enter the Grand Prize giveaway on YouTube)! April has gone by so quickly already!

Last week’s contest winner has been notified on my Facebook Page. This week’s contest will be drawn from my email list subscribers! If you’d like to get in on that, sign up below:

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Last week’s bundles were HUGE! One bundle had 94 patterns, the other bundle had 73. They were all squares (designed to be joined together as blankets), but if you saw my last post you’ll know there’s so much more you can do with a square!

This week I am featuring my wall hanging patterns!

These patterns were designed to decorate your wall (but I also love that you can really put any of my designs on your wall). They all come with written instructions and charts for BOTH the interlocking crochet method and the overlay mosaic crochet method (like ALL of my patterns).

My selection of wall hanging patterns. Fa La La crocheted by Altona Newcombe, Parisian set crocheted by An Anonymous Squirrel, Blooming Owl crocheted by me

What makes these patterns different? Mostly, the yarn suggestion.

Using a 1 – fine / fingering weight yarn keeps these projects smaller and lighter than my normal 4 – medium / worsted weight recommendation. You’ll use a smaller hook as well.

Of course, you can use fingering weight yarn on any project but these patterns specifically include instructions for attaching them to a wooden dowel for you to hang on the wall.

There are many ways to join your project to a dowel. Blooming Owl Wall Hanging was designed so you could tie the mosaic fringe on the top of the piece to the dowel and then hide it behind.

Fringe gets tied together and then hidden at the back of the wall hanging. The piece is sideways in the photo.

For my other patterns, or if you use the interlocking crochet technique where there is no fringe, I suggest a simple whip stitch.

I also really like the way it looks when you create tabs to go over the dowel. I added 3 sections of single crochet tabs to my single-width sample of Glacial Warmth (a blanket pattern, not a wall hanging pattern).

I also have these two Mountain squares on my wall (these are also not wall hanging patterns but, as you can see, anything can get hung on the wall!).

Mosaic sample at the top uses the lighter blue for the main color (MC) whereas the interlocking sample below uses the darker blue as the MC.

Details on the Bundle

I have 5 patterns designed as wall hangings and for this week only you can get them ALL in one bundle!

The bundle deal gets you 60% off! *Cue the jaw-drop!* But it’s only available on Ravelry and the offer ends 11:59pm CST April 23, 2022.

If you don’t want ALL of them, you can also buy them individually and you’ll get 30% off. The 30% off offer is valid on Etsy and Ravelry until 11:59pm CST April 23, 2022; no code needed, no eBooks included.

They are each available separately (the Ravelry and Etsy links are listed above), and the three Parisian designs are also available as a set (eBook on Ravelry or eBook on Etsy). The Parisian eBook represents a 23% savings versus buying each pattern individually; normally that’s a good deal, but this week (if you’re not going to grab the Wall Hangings Bundle at 60% off) you’re better off grabbing each pattern individually so you can get the 30% off!

Why even bother with such a small bundle?

Well, this Designaversary Celebration month is intended to take you on a journey of discovering more about me! And the first wall hanging I ever made also happened to be the one I got published in a magazine!

Photo courtesy of Practical Publishing

Unfortunately, my crocheted Eiffel Tower got lost in the mail back to me in Canada from Crochet Now! magazine in the UK.

But, besides that, I am proud of these designs and wall hangings seem to be one of the preferred ways crocheters can show off their talent so it’s time for you to show off your talent!

Next week it will be all about blankets!

April 10-16, 2022: Squares Bundles

We have reached week 2 of my 2nd year Designaversary! Congratulations, again, to the winner of my giveaway on instagram! This week you’ll want to pay attention to my Facebook page! 😉

Contest details for this week.

Last week my Crochet-A-Long patterns were featured; this week it’s all about squares!

Some of my blanket patterns are technically squares, but I am referring specifically to the squares that were designed to be joined to other squares. Blankets and baby blankets will be featured in the final week of April.

Small Squares / Mini Squares / Free Squares

The smallest square I have has a chart size of 21 x 21 and those are my tutorial squares. LFM PDF Tutorial square, Wave 10 & Tutorial Hearts 10 for Interlocking & Tutorial Hearts 10 for Mosaic all have YouTube videos to help you learn! These tiny squares are all free downloads and are not included in the bundle promotion.

My small squares (all free tutorials)

I have been working on a new tutorial pattern for both interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet: center-out!
I hope to have that ready for you by the beginning of next month.

Medium Squares

The next size up has a chart size of 41 x 41. These patterns begin with 20 windows when you use the interlocking technique, so you will notice that they have the number “20” after their title. I have 73 squares of this size listed on Ravelry. I don’t have many of these listed on Etsy (because the listing fee on small items makes it not worth it). The ones I do have on Etsy are all in eBooks (like my Monogrammed Alphabet).

All of my patterns are listed on my website: ashleeslint.com/patterns#medium and you’ll notice they are in the “medium” category because I reserved “small” for those tiny tutorial squares. For details on getting ALL of these medium-sized squares in a bundle at an 80% discount, keep scrolling or click here.

Small selection of my medium-sized squares

Large Squares

My first crochet-a-long (CAL) was actually a series of large squares. They had flowers and leaves and butterflies and the intention was that you join the squares together and create a blanket. At that time I only did interlocking crochet but the Mother’s Day CAL has since been updated to include mosaic crochet as well (having both techniques is kind of my “thing”). These squares have a chart size of 81 x 81 and the titles end with “40” because that’s how many windows you have in the foundation row when you do interlocking crochet.

I have 94 squares of this size listed on Ravelry! I have listed 25 of these large squares on Ravelry individually and some of them are only available in eBook sets on Etsy (such as the Sophisticated Alphabet). You can see the entire list and where to find the patterns on my website: ashleeslint.com/patterns#large or keep scrolling down to find a bundle deal that includes ALL of them at an 80% discount!

A selection of Large Squares

And Larger Squares?

I also have larger squares with a chart size of 101 x 101, 121 x 121, and 161 x 161 all the way up to 241 x 241 (that’s a 60″ / 152cm blanket). These square are not included in this week’s bundle deals; wait for the final week of April.

Bundles at 80% off!? <EXPIRED>

Yes, it’s true! This is the largest discount I have ever offered!

I have quite a few square patterns, so I’ve created TWO BUNDLE DEALS. One for the medium-sized squares and one for the large squares. Each bundle contains ALL of my patterns of that size (for interlocking crochet AND overlay mosaic crochet, of course)!

Now, because a lot of these squares are also included in eBooks (that are usually quite heavily discounted already), I was left with a decision to make: calculate the discount off of the individual price of the squares? Or calculate the discount based on how much a person could save if they tried to add all the patterns to their cart (and obviously that person would choose the eBooks when available).

To be clear, these bundles are 80% off the cost if you added the eBooks to your cart. If you did the math on adding ONLY the individual squares to your cart, you’d actually be saving 88% on the Large Squares Bundle and 85% off the Medium Squares Bundle!

And, to add to the value of the Large Squares bundle: we are in the midst of an ongoing series (2022: A Year of Cats) and this Bundle includes the eBook listing so you will also get the next 8 months of cat squares! If you’ve already got that eBook you may find this bundle is still worth the value with a 78% discount on the rest of the squares. Check the bundles out!

No Bundles for Me, Thanks

There’s many reasons why someone might pass on the super amazing bundle deal; that’s ok! You can still take 40% off any individually listed medium or large square from April 10-16, 2022. The eBooks are not included in this sale but it is valid on both Etsy and Ravelry. And you don’t even need a coupon code! I have organized the listings a bit so you can see what’s available:

And that is this week’s sales and bundles! I hope you guys can feel the love – I am so thankful that these past two years have given me an outlet for my art and helped keep me sane (or at least somewhat sane).

I really appreciate the way this craft has allowed me to help support my family and make new friends and make pretty things!

Don’t forget, you have all month to enter into my big Grand Prize! Check out the video on YouTube!

Grand Prize includes these physical prizes as well as an all-access pass to my patterns for a year!

2022 April Cat

Goodbye, March. Hello, April! It is almost looking like spring here – it hasn’t snowed in at least 2 days. Had to update before publishing this from drafting this entry this morning, it is now snowing again. April brings us a new cat square and it is my 2nd year anniversary since publishing my first pattern! Make sure you subscribe to my newsletter or follow me on my social media accounts so you don’t miss out on this month’s celebratory sales and prizes!

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The official name of each cat pattern in this series is just the month; like “April Cat”. But they all have unofficial nicknames as well. January was the yin yang. February was the love tails. March was “The L” (of the “Love” miniseries). And April is a heart-cat!

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again because we always have new people joining us and not everyone knows: all of my patterns come with written line-by-line instructions and charts for two techniques. You can choose to crochet the pattern using the interlocking crochet technique (also called Locked Filet Mesh / LFM) or you can use the overlay mosaic crochet technique (that’s the one where you cut the yarn at the end of each row).

You can work from the charts or the written instructions. I personally prefer to use the written instructions. The mosaic charts do have X’s on them to show you where the dropped DCs go. I hope to get my tutorial up on YouTube this week (that will show you how to use a chart only).

I have sent my email updates – if you were expecting an email and can’t find it, please check your junk mail first and if you still can’t find it send me a message (on whatever platform you prefer: facebook message, email, instagram message). A private message is best because we will need to search your purchase history.

I hope you know by now that I have an eBook and each month I update it to include the next cat pattern. By December there will be 12 cat squares and then I will add an all-in-one blanket pattern so you don’t have to join squares.

You can also purchase each square individually as they come out.

Thank you to my many testers who continue to create pretty squares for us to look at!

CarolinevedB is using the overlay mosaic technique – you can see the fringe on the sides where the yarn gets cut and joined for each row. You can hide those tails with an envelope border later.

I am crocheting each square using the interlocking crochet method.

My cats weren’t as cooperative for a video this time. Flippers, the orange cat that isn’t shown here, was too busy playing with feathers on a stick. Tiger, this black cat, was more interested in getting a good scratch and he didn’t want to model or pose on the crochet. Good help is hard to find.

I did remove the sound because it is a combination of all 5 of my family (myself, husband, 3 kids) in one room doing breakfast, Barbie dance party, smashing some Lego around, and it’s generally just a chaotic noise that no one wants to hear.

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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 (675-925 yards)
    • Main color (blue on chart) – 350 yards
    • Contrasting color (white on chart) – 325 yards
    • Optional Envelope Border – 250 yards
  • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4”

2022: A Year of Cats (ongoing updates)
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Come A-Llama Throw Blanket

My newest pattern features a big, llama-butt. It makes me giggle to myself each time I see it.

There are actually two shaggy llamas looking back at you. They are saying, “Come along!” but since they are llamas I made them say, “Come a-llama” … get it? It’s punny, right?

My husband helped me come up with the title and so I am going to blame him if this blanket pattern is a complete flop. I know not everyone can be as funny and cool as my beloved hubby.

I debated internally on whether to put the words on the top corner or not. Having words on the design means I have to create written instructions for the left-handed crocheters. I don’t want to leave them out.

I just liked the way it looked better, so I decided to put the words on it. I make a lot of decisions based on a whim like that. So far, it’s working out okay for me!

Interlocking Crochet Sample by Skye Acker. Dark brown used as the Main Color (MC).

To summarize, you’ll get this super-awesome, funny little llama throw blanket crochet pattern written up for two techniques (interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet) and each technique has right- and left-handed instructions. There is a one-page chart for the interlocking crochet technique (it is best used on a screen, good for zooming in). And the multi-page chart for the mosaic technique has X’s on it so you know where to drop those double crochets.

The mosaic version of this pattern has had the interlocking mesh dots and the extra border lines removed and the gauge gets slightly larger because of that.

Usually I say you can use whatever colors you want. For this pattern it is important that you definitely use the darker color as the Main Color (MC), that is the first color used. It will allow the llama drawing to show properly.

Wrong side of interlocking crochet sample by Skye Acker. If you use the mosaic technique your “wrong side” will just be stripes.

Interlocking Crochet Details

  • US crochet terminology
  • Chart is 185 x 185
  • Finished measurements approximately 46” x 46” / 117cm x 117cm
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (2500-2575 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) black – 1250 yards plus 75 for optional border
    • Accent color (AC) yellow – 1250 yards
  • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

  • US crochet terminology
  • Chart is 181 x 181
  • Finished measurements approximately 48” x 52” / 123cm x 131cm
  • 5 mm hook (H-8)
  • Worsted weight yarn (3050-3650 yards)
    • Main color (black) – 1200 yards
    • Contrasting color (yellow) – 1850 yards
    • Optional envelope border – 600 yards
  • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4”

Get the Pattern

On Etsy, take 20% off this pattern until March 25, 2022 by using code “20MARCH“.

I put a special secret promotion on Ravelry for this pattern: make sure you’re signed in to Ravelry and then add “Come A-Llama” to your cart to see! 😉 This secret offer ends 11:59 pm CST March 25, 2022.

Learning Interlocking Crochet Skills on The Crochet Crowd’s 2022 Finale Cruise

I was so pleased when Pamela MacManus asked if I would create some interlocking crochet patterns for her to teach with on The Crochet Crowd’s 2022 Crochet Cruise. Have you heard of Mikey’s Crochet Cruises? @thecrochetcrowd #crochetcruise (see one of their promo videos on YouTube) Thank you, Pam, for making me feel famous!

Remember, “interlocking crochet” goes by many names but the technique is the same; I also use the term “Locked Filet Mesh / LFM”

I created four patterns for the cruise (written instructions and charts for interlocking crochet only): Cruise Lighthouse, Cruise Whales, Cruise Finale Whales, and Cruise TCC Waves. Each chart is 101 x 101, which means they begin with 50 foundation windows. They are a good large size on their own or can be joined together to create a blanket.

Pamela MacManus crocheted each pattern and then taught classes on the cruise ship!

Now that the cruise is over, I’ve been asked to make the patterns available online – but of course, my “thing” is that all of my patterns have written instructions and charts for TWO techniques: interlocking crochet AND overlay mosaic crochet. And the mosaic charts DO have X’s, by the way.

So, I’ve adjusted a few things.

“Cruise Whales” is designed to be 3 whales tall and the same width as the other squares. “Cruise Whales Single” allows you to decide how many repeats to make! Both options come with written line-by-line instructions and charts for two techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet.

I’ve created mosaic versions of Cruise Lighthouse and Cruise Whales (where I’ve removed the unnecessary interlocking mesh dots and border lines from the patterns).

Mosaic version of “Cruise Lighthouse” crocheted by Angela Kermack

I didn’t think the general public would have much interest in the “TCC” on the waves square, but the waves on their own would be applicable to everyone so I created a new pattern called Cruise Waves and it is available in both techniques.

“Cruise Waves” crocheted by Semicci using the interlocking crochet method.

I have not created a mosaic version of Cruise Finale Whales.

There is also a new pattern (for both techniques) of just a single whale: Cruise Whale Single. Originally, I wanted all the patterns to be the same size (in case you want to join them together as a big blanket), but this whale is simply adorable and can be used in so many ways.

The single whale comes with charts and written instructions for right- and left-facing whales (for both interlocking and mosaic crochet). You can repeat it lengthwise to create a scarf or table runner. You can create a pillow. You can make a blanket. You can show off your creativity with this one!

A multi-color whale square crocheted by Monique using the overlay mosaic crochet technique.

Patterns List

  • On Ravelry:
    • There is an eBook called “Crochet Cruise Bundle
      • It contains the original 4 patterns, interlocking crochet only, in one easy to find and download PDF: Cruise Bundle (Cruise Lighthouse, Cruise Whales, Cruise Finale Whales, and Cruise TCC Waves)
      • The eBook also has individual files- one for interlocking crochet and one for overlay mosaic crochet – for these patterns:
        • Cruise Lighthouse
        • Cruise Whales
        • Cruise Whales Single
        • Cruise Waves
    • Ravelry also has individual listings for these patterns:
      • Cruise Lighthouse
      • Cruise Whales including Cruise Whales Single
      • Cruise Waves
  • On Etsy, these patterns are listed:
    • Cruise Lighthouse
    • Cruise Whales including Cruise Whales Single
    • Cruise Waves

Size Information

The interlocking versions of each square have a chart size of 101 x 101 (that’s a 50-window foundation). The mosaic versions have had the mesh dots and extra border lines removed, so the charts are 97 x 97. The finished size depends on your yarn and hook and tension, if you meet my gauge your finished interlocking squares will be about 25″ x 25″ / 64cm x 64cm and the mosaic squares will be 26″ x28″ / 66cm x 70cm.

The single whale is 101 x 33 for interlocking and 97 x 27 for mosaic. A single whale will be 25″ x 8″ / 64cm x 21cm in interlocking crochet and 28″ x 7″ / 70 cm x 18 cm in mosaic. But of course you can repeat him to create a blanket that’s much larger!

You will also notice there is a difference in the wrong sides between the two techniques. Interlocking crochet shows the opposite stitches on the back. Mosaic crochet is just stripes on the back. Sometimes those stripes get a bit “flappy” – for my whales sample in the image below I used my anchored variation to eliminate the flaps. See my tutorial here: https://ashleeslint.com/2021/07/06/mosaic-locked-double-crochet/


Get the Patterns

On Etsy or Ravelry, use code “2022CRUISE” to take 20% off your purchase of these squares or the eBook (the eBook already represents a 30% savings versus buying the squares individually, by the way). Offer ends March 17, 2022.

Also, a HUGE thank you to my testers (Angela Kermack, Heather Passmore, Monique, & Semicci) who helped me get this out quickly (when, in reality, I should have given them months – how do you forget there’s a cruise? oh, I was moving, but that’s a lame excuse)

Dress to Impress Yourself: Princess Gown Blanket Pattern

This voluptuous ball gown will lovingly adorn your little princess’s bed!

I had a lot of fun drawing all the folds in this dress. Sometimes these details can feel tedious but this pattern really came together easily and made me feel a little bit like a superstar!

I originally created this as a custom pattern – their niece is graduating high school and we put the year and their name on it. You can have customization as well! Just send me a message BEFORE purchasing this pattern and I’ll get it drawn up for you.

As per my new usual, there is a slight difference in the pattern depending on whether you use the interlocking crochet method or overlay mosaic crochet.

The interlocking mesh dots and extra border lines have been removed from the mosaic version of the pattern.

If you use the interlocking technique you’ll want to get about 1850 yards of black (or something similarly dark) to use as the “main color” and 1850 yards of something lighter (like pink or purple or sparkly white) to use as the “accent color”. I like adding a simple single crochet border with the main color yarn around the outside because it helps give the outside edge a nice defined look, but that is optional.

If you use the overlay mosaic technique, you’ll want to take note of the way the colors are labeled in the written instructions for this pattern: usually the black lines in the image correspond to the “Main Color” but this pattern switches that! The first color used in the overlay mosaic version of this pattern is not black. In Angela Kermack’s sample here that means the “Main Color” is the striping blue yarn.

Of course, you are free to use something other than blue – but make sure you know that the color you pick as the “main color” is going to show where I’ve put pink in the sample. And your “contrasting color” needs to be really dark (navy blue, super deep purple, or black) to make the drawing show up properly.

If you meet gauge, the finished blanket will be slightly smaller using the interlocking technique compared to the mosaic technique. The mosaic version has a lot of dropped double crochets in a row, so I suggest using a 5 mm hook with worsted weight yarn but the interlocking technique looks better with a tighter weave (in my opinion) so I suggest a 4.5 mm hook with worsted weight yarn.

It’s just a suggestion, like everything, but if you follow my suggestions you should get a blanket about 51″ x 61″ with the interlocking technique or 53″ x 68″ with the mosaic technique.

I have done my best to be accurate – yet generous – with the yardage amounts. I always suggest buying more yarn than you think you’ll need.

Interlocking Crochet Details

  • Chart is 205 x 245
  • Finished measurements approximately 51” x 61” / 130cm x 156cm
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (3650-4250 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) black – 1850 yards plus 75 for optional border
    • Accent color (AC) purple – 1850 yards
  • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”

Overlay Mosaic Details

  • Chart is 199 x 239
  • Finished measurements approximately 53” x 68” / 135cm x 173cm
  • 5 mm hook (H-8)
  • Worsted weight yarn (4800-5500 yards)
    • Main color (pink or blue or sparkly white, etc) – 2800 yards
    • Contrasting color (black or very dark) – 2000 yards
    • Optional envelope border – 700 yards
  • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4”

Get the Pattern

New release promotion: take 30% off your purchase of “Dress to Impress Yourself” until 11:59 pm CST, March 11 2022 by using code “2022DRESS”.

2022 March Cat or L for Love

I know that typically “March-themed” things are green for St. Patrick’s Day but this series of cat squares is not going to follow a monthly theme.

This square is just another cat. You can make it green if you want. Or you can pick any other color.

I also really like the design that shows up on the wrong side of the interlocking version where the hearts meet (in an almost 4-clover type image).

The wrong side looks cool too!

But, this square does give a bit of a spoiler for the upcoming squares… there are right- and left-handed instructions for this pattern. 😯

What!? Why would it matter which direction a cat is facing?

Did you already hear about this in my YouTube live from February 12, 2022?

This is actually an “L” and there will be 3 other squares that go in a mini-series to spell “Love”. They will not be released one after another though. And the “o” and the “v” don’t have left-handed instructions (because those letters are legible regardless of which direction they face).

My interlocking crochet sample. Can you see the “L”?

And, because of these letter-cat squares I will also be including left-handed instructions for the all-in-one blanket pattern which will be released in December when all the squares are out.

That blanket pattern will be added to your eBooks but not available separately on its own, by the way.

Please note, I have removed the interlocking mesh dots and extra border lines from the mosaic versions of these cat squares. All 12 mosaic cat squares will be the same size (77 x 77) and all 12 interlocking squares will be the same size (81 x 81; 40- window square). This deviates from most of my other squares of this size where the chart is 81 x 81 for both techniques.

Thanks again to my wonderful testers (and cat)!

My cats were very cooperative as I took pictures! I had to remake January because the yarn I originally used was just not what I wanted. All of my squares will be done using Premier Yarns Home Cotton. I will keep black as the main color and then use an assortment of striped yarns and solid yarns.

My photoshoot of my remade January Cat square

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Interlocking Crochet Details

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

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

  • Chart is 77 x 77
  • Finished measurements approximately 20” x 22” / 52cm x 56cm
  • 5 mm hook (H-8)
  • Worsted weight yarn (600-850 yards)
    • Main color (blue on chart) – 300 yards
    • Contrasting color (white on chart) – 300 yards
    • Optional Envelope Border – 250 yards
  • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4”

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

Flippers, our orange cat, supervising the “March Cat” square