2022 Valentine’s Bundle of One Blanket and Two Large Squares

I was never one of those teenage girls who had perfect handwriting or dotted their i‘s with little hearts. My hand could never move as fast as my thoughts and I just wanted to get the words on paper as quickly as possible.

That translated to some messy handwriting… but some carefree art!

This little bundle of patterns feels like the swirly doodles of grade school where crushes and who-likes-who are a major distraction from math and science. I like the carefree fun in these lines.

There are two large squares (chart size 81 x 81; 40 windows to start with when using interlocking) and one blanket (chart size 161 x 161; 80 windows in the foundation for interlocking) in this set. You can join all three together or use the squares as pillows or join the squares to other squares for a blanket of your own.

The name for the baby blanket, “My Heart is Full of Love“, comes from the cliche saying that I said repeatedly every time I had a new baby. Your arms get full, but your heart gets fuller! **I added “of love” to the title on Ravelry because I didn’t realize another designer already used that title.**

You’ll notice that the mosaic sample (pink and white in the images above) has the interlocking mesh dots as part of its chart. Lately I’ve been adjusting my mosaic pieces to be more solid but this set has not been adjusted.

The square titled “Flying Hearts” looks like wings to me. And “Swirly Hearts” is just the description of what I see as well. Both of the samples below were crocheted by Angela Kermack using the mosaic technique.

This eBook is on both Ravelry and Etsy. Each piece in this bundle is available separately on Ravelry as well.

For the blanket (My Heart is Full of Love):

  • Chart is 161 x 161
  • Finished measurements approximately 40” x 40” / 101cm x 101cm
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”
  • Worsted weight yarn
  • Interlocking yardage: (1820-1870 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) – 910 yards plus 50 for optional border
    • Accent color (AC) – 910 yards
  • Overlay Mosaic Yardage (1975 – 2475 yards)
    • Main color – 925 yards
    • Contrasting color – 1050 yards
    • Plus, optional envelope border: 500 yards

For the large squares (Flying Hearts & Swirly Hearts):

  • Chart is 81 x 81
  • Finished measurements approximately 20” x 20” / 51cm x 51cm
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”
  • Worsted Weight Yarn
  • Interlocking yardage: (460 – 485 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) – 230 yards plus 25 for optional border
    • Accent color (AC) – 230 yards
  • Overlay Mosaic Yardage (530 yards)
    • Main color – 265 yards
    • Contrasting color – 265 yards

2022 January Cat; Interlocking and Overlay Mosaic Crochet Pattern

Happy New Year!

We made it to 2022. We don’t know what the future holds but many people are really focused on making this year better than last year. I have never done well with “new year’s resolutions”. If I want to do something, I do it now. If I don’t want to do it then there’s no point in writing it on a fancy paper to declare that in the new year I’ll do it.

My pretend new year’s resolution is to stay a bit more balanced than the last few year’s have been. Less extremes, less craziness. More “slow and steady” instead of “race, race, race!”.

My advice to myself and to all of you: everything works out in the end. If things haven’t worked out, then it’s not the end. Things are always changing, let it flow.

Now, back to the crochet, which is the real reason you’re here!

Last year I did a fun gnome square each month. This year I am going to do a cat square each month! We just got two new kitties when we moved at the end of November and they are good inspiration.

The orange one is “Flippers” (named by my ocean-obsessed four-year-old son) and the black on is “Tiger” (named by my six-year-old daughter; it was supposed to be orange as well but when we went to pick up the cats it turned out the other orange kitten had met its demise so we substituted for this black one).

I have created an eBook (even though it currently has ONLY January Cat) and if you know you’re going to want all 12 cats then this is the best deal for you. Each month I will add the new cat square and you will receive an email letting you know the eBook has been updated.

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

Please note, unlike the Gnomes there are differences in the charts for the interlocking version and the overlay mosaic version. This time I have decided to removed the interlocking mesh dots and extra border lines from the mosaic version of the square. 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).

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My current Year End Sale takes an automatic 30% off (valid on Etsy and Ravelry); sale ends 11:59 pm CST January 1, 2022.

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”
Mosaic sample crocheted by CarolinevdB

2022: A Year of Cats; new eBook of oversized crochet squares

Meow! We got two kittens a few months ago and they are pretty fun to have around. Everyone has been scratched at least once. My youngest, Melody, seems to be their favorite, but I don’t understand why they like it when she carries them all over the place.

In honor of our kitties I have decided that this year’s monthly square will be all about cats!

Last year I did A Year of Gnomes. Each month a new square was published and at the end of the year I also added an all-in-one blanket pattern of the all the squares (so you don’t have to join squares together).

This year will be very similar: a monthly square will be published individually and added to the eBook, and at the end of the year I will add the all-in-one blanket pattern to the eBook as well.

But there will also be some differences from last year’s gnomes!

I’ve decided to remove the unnecessary interlocking mesh dots from the overlay mosaic version of each square. I’ve also removed the extra border lines (they are needed to lock the interlocking mesh layers together but they don’t serve a purpose for the mosaic technique).

Interlocking crochet sample

This change makes the mosaic version a bit crowded with stitches, so I recommend a larger hook size and this of course makes the finished square slightly larger as well.

Mosaic Crochet sample, crocheted by CarolinevdB

If you use one technique it won’t matter that the other technique is different.

If you are using the mosaic crochet technique and want to join the squares together at the end then you’ll need to weave your tails in or make an envelope border. Or you can wait until December when I’ll add the all-in-one blanket pattern. Then you’d still need to deal with the tails on the outer edges of the blanket but it wouldn’t interfere with joining anything.

If you use the interlocking technique make sure you’re consistent with either doing or not doing the optional single crochet border. I happen to be quite fond of the “adjusted border” (see below) which helps lock the layers together while also making the edges look more finished.

Chain 1, put 1 sc in the MC gap, and then the second sc should pick up one loop of the AC as well as going through the MC gap. Do this in each gap on all four sides. Add an extra chain 2 on the corners.

Revised SC border

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My Year-End sale takes an automatic 30% off everything until 11:59 pm CST January 1, 2022.

Please note, the price will go up as the year progresses; will you take a chance on patterns you haven’t seen?

The eBooks will continually be updated throughout the year.

Ravelry makes updating easy: I simply upload the pattern and click the “update” button and it sends an email to everyone. You can access your files immediately or wait until months later and they will all be there.

Etsy doesn’t actually work well for this process. I have to manually email each buyer and last year we did have some problems with my messages going to spam. But I want to try making my patterns accessible to everyone so I’m making the option available again.

I’ve added a third option this year as well. If you purchase the eBook directly from me I will send you the monthly updates just like I do for the Etsy customers.

Each square will be published individually on Etsy and Ravelry as well. This list below will be updated throughout the year.

2022: A Year of Cats (ongoing updates)
eBook (Ravelry) (Etsy) (Direct)
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)

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.

December Gnome and All-in-One Blanket

I have absolutely loved creating a new gnome each month this year! December Gnome is our final gnome in the series. And I’ve created an all-in-one blanket pattern that includes all 12 gnomes as well.

This December Gnome square shows a classically bearded gnome with a Santa hat next to a giant string of lights. I use these lights in my pattern Tinsel Tangle as well.

Crocheted by CarolinevdB

The all-in-one blanket pattern is handy if you don’t want to be joining squares together but the squares are easier to use if you want to include a lot of colors. I’ve also removed the extra border lines from between each square in the blanket pattern. The all-in-one blanket is not available on its own. You can find it in the eBook (on Etsy or Ravelry) of all 12 gnome squares. The squares are in the eBook and listed individually.

All-in-one Blanket: A Year of Gnomes

The blanket and each of the 12 squares comes with written instructions and charts for both techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet. The mosaic charts have X’s.

All my gnomes have a chart size of 81 x 81 (which makes it 20″ square if you match my gauge). I also have other squares of this same size if you’d prefer to mix and match: ashleeslint.com/patterns#large

And, of course, our master list of gnomes that keeps getting updated:

Thank you for supporting me all year! There will be another monthly series coming next year, keep your eyes peeled!

November Gnome

I am publishing this month’s gnome a few days early – I hope you don’t mind!

We just took possession of our new home (this will be our 3rd move in 14 months) and I am also involved in the “12 Days of Christmas Crochet Patterns” event so I wanted to make sure I am not late in releasing this gnome pattern. Early is better, in my opinion.

I don’t often have specific dates attached to my patterns. If life gets busy I can easily just delay publishing. No one ever knows how often that happens! But these Gnome squares have been coming out on the 1st of the month all year long and I wouldn’t want to disappoint anyone who has invested in the eBook!

First, I sent out the email to everyone who purchased the eBook on Etsy. Then I published the single pattern on Ravelry and uploaded the two files there (two files: one for the interlocking crochet technique and one for the overlay mosaic crochet method). After that I had to update the eBook listing on Ravelry.

Did you know that is two separate things on Ravelry? When I first started publishing patterns that caught me off guard. I thought you could create an eBook listing and tell Ravelry which patterns would be included and it would automatically join them but you actually have to upload everything you want in that eBook in the eBook listing itself.

When I went to add November Gnome to the Year of Gnomes eBook on Etsy I realized I hadn’t updated that listing since September! Oops! Good thing no one purchased it in the last few months anyway.

Then I realized I hadn’t published the single square on Etsy yet so I quickly did that.

Mosaic Crochet, by CarolinevdB

In case you’re new to this “A Year of Gnomes” series: there’s a new gnome each month. This month is a leafy design. You might see feathers if you’re thinking of Thanksgiving turkeys. This gnome has also put on his well-worn hat that’s been patched a few times. Why does a patch mean autumn weather to me? Is that in some nursery rhymes or something?

This pattern, like all the gnomes, has a chart size of 81 x 81 (so it is 20″ square if you match my gauge). I also have other squares of this same size if you’d prefer to mix and match: ashleeslint.com/patterns#large

On December 1st I will also be adding an all-in-one blanket pattern of all 12 gnomes to the eBooks on Ravelry and Etsy. The all-in-one pattern will save you from joining squares together but doesn’t allow as much creative freedom on yarn color. It won’t have a separate listing – it will only be available in the eBooks.

Speaking of the eBook – it is a great value; it is more than a 50% discount compared to buying each square individually (plus it’s the only way you’ll get that all-in-one blanket)! Ravelry has a great system for updating patterns; Etsy requires that I email you each month with the updated pattern. I offer both options for most of my patterns.

And, of course, our master list of gnomes that keeps getting updated:

Thank you for supporting me!