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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Get the Pattern

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

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

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!

Get the Pattern

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.

Repeatable GoldieLux Pattern

I originally created this pattern in May of 2021.

A year has gone by, and I recently used the overlay mosaic version in a YouTube tutorial on how to read a chart with X’s (see here). While filming that video I realized that although I had originally designed this pattern to be the same size as my other 40-window squares (chart size of 81 x 81), the design could be extracted in an easily repeatable form and then you could make it any size you wanted!

So, that’s what I have finally checked off my list! The pattern now comes with four files:

  • Written pattern and chart for original 40-window square, interlocking crochet
  • Updated repeatable pattern and chart, interlocking crochet
  • Written pattern and chart for original square (chart 81 x 81), overlay mosaic crochet
  • Updated repeatable pattern and chart, overlay mosaic crochet

This pattern has now been featured in three of my YouTube videos:

Get the Pattern

The pattern has been updated on Ravelry and all four files are available to those who previously purchased.

This pattern was not previously available on Etsy. All 4 files are included in one listing.

Namaste Mandala

This design began as a custom pattern for a yoga instructor. The meditative pose shown on this blanket is what I think of as a basic yoga pose but I have learned that there are a lot of nuances in yoga. I read a bit about chakras and mudras and spirituality and culture and although I find it slightly interesting I don’t think I’ll become a yoga master anytime soon.

“At the base level, namasté is a salutation of respect and reverence. A traditional Indian greeting, it literally translates to “I bow to you” (namah or namas, meaning bow, te meaning you).”

https://chopra.com/articles/learn-the-meaning-of-namaste

“Mudras are sacred hand movements that are used in yoga and meditation to deepen the practice”

https://www.yogajournal.com/practice/beginners/the-meaning-of-namaste/

~*~

Fun side note: the floral design behind the person will become it’s own pattern in a few weeks.

With permission, I inverted and adjusted the colors on Heather Passmore’s interlocking crochet sample just to show off some more color options for you.

I have heard a few requests/suggestions to create an entire series of yoga designs. There is so much symbolism in all of it and a lot of the imagery is quite beautiful. However, as of now I do not have plans to draw other poses.

When I drew this pattern I used black and white, and the person was drawn using the black. This is also how the charts appear, the dark grey (on the interlocking chart) and the blue (on the mosaic chart) correspond with the Main Color on the written instructions. Heather Passmore was the first tester to show me her project and it confused me at first because I expected the person to be the darker color! But she is not the only tester who chose to use white as the Main Color and I love seeing all the options!

While this pattern was in testing I saw so many patterns of this theme pop up, like knitted blankets and crocheted potholders. Another designer also contacted me because she has just started the testing phase of a similar design and she wanted to make sure I wasn’t going to be upset that our blankets were so similar. She wouldn’t have known they were similar except one of my testers also tests for her and alerted her about it. There’s been a lot more drama behind the scenes than either of us expected from crochet and she wanted to make sure we weren’t going to create more drama.

It sure was a breath of fresh air to hear kindness from Anke Wintermans and I am sure you are going to love her blanket when it comes out! It is definitely of the same theme, but not a copy and it was just luck that mine happens to be published first.

Thank you to my testers: CarolinevdB, Chantal Lariviere, Heather Passmore, Darquis Bushey of Just Duckie Crochet, and Nessa Miller.

This blanket is one of my larger patterns. If you feel the size is too large you can always use a smaller hook and thinner yarn but this won’t change how many stitches you make. A personal gauge swatch is the most accurate way to know how large your blanket will be.

If you use worsted weight (4 – medium) and meet gauge your blanket should be about 65″ square when you do the interlocking crochet method. Because overlay mosaic crochet is a different technique it creates a different gauge; your blanket should be about 69″ wide and 75″ tall if you meet the mosaic crochet gauge listed in the pattern.

The nice thing about blankets is that gauge is not extremely important. Just be aware that you may need more yarn if you use a looser tension than mine.

Get the Pattern

Use code “MAY2022” to get 30% off your purchase of my new pattern, Namaste Mandala, until 11:59 pm May 24, 2022. (Expired)

Code applicable on Etsy and Ravelry. On ravelry, this code will apply to your entire cart! (but you must include the “Namaste Mandala” pattern for it to apply)

**Check out my Facebook group for a chance to win a free copy! Draw to take place May 20** (expired)

Interlocking Crochet Details

  • Chart is 261 x 261
  • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”
  • 65” x 65” / 166cm x 166cm
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (4800 – 5000 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) (the person) – 2400 yards plus 200 for optional border
    • Accent color (AC) – 2400 yards

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

  • Chart is 257 x 257
  • Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
  • 69” x 73” / 174cm x 187cm
  • 5 mm hook (H-8)
  • Worsted weight yarn (6500 – 7300 yards)
    • Main color (black) – 3500 yards
    • Contrasting color (purple) – 3000 yards
    • Plus, optional envelope border – 800 yards

To choose colors, be aware that the person is the Main Color.

An image where the left half has dots showing the interlocking chart and the right side is solid like the mosaic chart is. The interlocking crochet and mosaic crochet patterns have slight differences in the patterns to account for the natural mesh dots.
The interlocking crochet and mosaic crochet patterns have slight differences in the patterns to account for the natural mesh dots.

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!

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”.

Double Wedding Rings: Crochet Square or Blanket Pattern

Are there bells ringing soon? Do you have friends or family members tying the knot?

This beautiful design (if I do say so myself) was based on a traditional quilting pattern. The Double Wedding Rings Quilt has been remade in many variations throughout the years and I am happy to offer my take on it now. I even unpacked my wedding dress for some photos!

Mosaic version, grey as Main Color, with my old wedding dress.

Like all of my patterns, this pattern includes written line-by-line instructions and charts for two techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet. The overlay mosaic crochet version has X’s on the chart to show where the dropped double crochets go.

This pattern can be made as large or as small as you want; simply adjust how many repeat you would like to do and choose a yarn weight and hook that matches.

This pattern has been updated to include center-out instructions for both techniques as well as the original bottom-up version.

https://ashleeslint.com/2022/06/25/double-wedding-rings-center-out-update

The base size for the interlocking crochet method is 81 x 81. This is the same size as my collection of large squares (see a list here). The outer rows that lock the layers together show three solid lines but those lines won’t interfere with the image because there are markings to show you which parts to repeat.

Because the chart is the same size as my other oversized squares it works great as a pillow or as a panel in a mix-and-match blanket. Kimberly Windsor-Johnson made this interlocking sample of one square (no repeats) and you can see how awesome the back looks too!

The mosaic version has had the interlocking mesh dots removed and the unnecessary extra border lines that locked the interlocking mesh layers together are not on the mosaic chart. The mosaic chart is 79 x 79 because of that.

My patterns always instruct you to look at the chart to be sure you’re using the colors the way you intend to. I get a lot of messages from people who aren’t sure which color to use first (and I don’t mind these messages) but I always try to help now and educate for later.

My overlay mosaic sample, grey as the Main Color

For my mosaic sample I have used grey as the main color which shows as blue on the accompanying chart. I made mine 2 repeats wide and 3 repeats tall. I used a 5 mm hook and my yarn is technically a 4 weight but felt a bit thin. The finished size was 36″ wide by 52″ tall. It works as a small couch throw and feels so nice draped around my shoulders!

And the wrong side of your overlay mosaic crochet project will be striped with a faint illusion of the front. There are fancy techniques you can use to change the way the back looks – but I like the simple version.

The wrong side, overlay mosaic crochet.

Cyncitycrochets made this interlocking sample and she decided to use white as the main color which would correspond to the black squares on that chart. The result is stunning on both the right and wrong side.

Right side, interlocking crochet sample by cyncitycrochets (white as Main Color).
Wrong side, interlocking crochet sample by cyncitycrochets (white as Main Color).

In my opinion, you will want a minimum of 3 repeats to get the rings effect otherwise it looks a bit like a flower to me. My husband called it propellers.

Interlocking Crochet Details

  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”
  • FOR FULL BLANKET (4 squares wide and 5 tall):
    • 79” x 92” / 189cm x 234cm
    • Worsted weight yarn (7800 – 7900 yards total)
      • Main color (MC) – 3900 yards plus 100 for optional border
      • Accent color (AC) – 3900 yards
  • FOR SINGLE SQUARE:
    • 20” x 20” / 51cm x 51cm
    • Worsted weight yarn (460 – 485 yards total)
      • Main color (MC) – 230 yards plus 25 for optional border
      • Accent color (AC) – 230 yards

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

  • 5 mm hook (H-8)
  • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4”
  • FOR FULL BLANKET (3 squares wide and 4 tall):
    • 59” x 84” / 150cm x 213cm
    • Worsted weight yarn (5550 – 6400 yards total)
      • Main color (blue/yellow on chart) – 2600 yards plus 850 for optional envelope border
      • Accent color (white on chart) – 2950 yards
  • FOR SINGLE SQUARE:
    • 20” x 22” / 52cm x 56cm
    • Worsted weight yarn (525 – 825 yards total)
      • Main color (blue/yellow on chart) – 250 yards plus 300 for optional envelope border
      • Accent color (white on chart) – 275 yards

Get the Pattern

Take 30% off your ENTIRE CART when you purchase this pattern and use code “WEDDING30” until 11:59 pm CST March 1, 2022. Applicable on Etsy and Ravelry.

The envelope border on my overlay mosaic sample took me about 4 hours. I used 4 rows of single crochet in the back loop only after a round of surface single crochets on the ends with the fringe.

Bubbles the Sea Turtle

Splish, splash! What you see here is a prairie girl dreaming of ocean animals in the middle of a long, white winter.

My eldest daughter, Alice, took this picture of me and my youngest daughter, Melody. 💕

Advice from a sea turtle, “be well traveled, think long term, age gracefully, and spend time at the beach!”

Judy crocheted this beautiful purple version of “Bubbles the Sea Turtle” using the overlay mosaic crochet technique
Rainbow colors 🤩 crocheted by Geraldine Hobbs using the interlocking crochet technique

My little boy LOVES ocean creatures and I did create a smaller sea turtle pattern for him a few months ago (see Baby Sea Turtle) but he just wasn’t wowed enough.

And I did interrupt my blanket process to come up with some sea turtle amigurumi which was a success in the kid’s eyes! You can make a scary looking fluffy turtle too! I wrote out my process/pattern here.

The kids love them

So here’s another attempt at wowing my little ones. And when I teasingly asked the kids who was going to sleep with it they all shrugged and said “aren’t you going to sell it?” Hmm… Object permanence may be a problem with all the moving around lately.


I changed my accent color for each third of the blanket (rows are marked in the written pattern). I did not manage to keep my tension very well and you can see I have varying amounts leftover. I suggest buying extra yarn if possible.

You don’t have to create a blue gradient, my color suggestions are not rules!

Theoretically, I should have had the same amount of yarn leftover for the 3 lighter colors and I should have ran out of the darker before finishing the border.

You can see my entire progression of photos on my Ravelry project page.

I used “Red Heart With Love” yarn for my blanket; each skein has 370 yards of 4-medium weight yarn.

Main Color: Peacock x 6 skeins

Accent Color / Contrasting Color (or you can just use one color that contrasts well with your main color): Bottom – Santorini x 2 skein; Middle – Wintergreen x 2 skeins; Top – Minty x 2 skeins

After attempting some outdoor snow photos I decided indoors was better 😅

This is the interlocking crochet version, but of course this pattern comes with overlay mosaic crochet instructions as well. And both techniques have appropriate charts (the mosaic chart has X’s).

If you use the mosaic technique you’ll probably want to cover the sides with an envelope border (to hide the fringe that gets created from cutting at the end of each row). I always include my photo tutorial of a double crochet envelope border in each pattern but you can use the same concept for a single crochet envelope as well.

Also, the back of overlay mosaic projects is striped with a faint illusion from the front. The back of an interlocking/ locked filet mesh project is an almost- inverse of the front. Each stitch is opposite so it is not exactly like the front (horizontal lines become vertical, for example).

The wrong side, Interlocking Crochet technique. A few pieces of snow stuck to it and my daughter was nervous about me getting too much snow on my new blanket lol 😍

Important Pattern Details

Interlocking Crochet

  • Chart is 217 x 285
  • Finished measurements approximately 54” x 71” / 138cm x 181cm
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (4400 – 4500 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) – 2200 yards plus 100 for optional border
    • Accent color (AC) – 2200 yards total
  • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4

Overlay Mosaic Crochet

  • Chart is 217 x 285
  • Finished measurements approximately 58” x 82” / 147cm x 207cm
  • 5 mm hook (H-8)
  • Worsted weight yarn (4530 – 5200 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) – 2250 yards of Dark Blue
    • Contrasting color (CC) – 2280 yards of Light Green
    • Plus, optional envelope border – 670 yards
  • Gauge: 14 sc x 15 rows = 4”

Get the Pattern

For the first 3 days you will get an automatic 30% discount – no code needed! Just add to cart to see the magic! Offer ends 11:59 pm CST February 13, 2022.

“Bubbles” blowing in the wind, and then I almost fell in the snow.