2022 December Cat & All-In-One Blankets

This year has just flown by! It is not December yet though – don’t worry! I am publishing December Cat a few days early as requested by a few people in my Facebook Group: Ashlee Brotzell Designs.

The holiday season is upon us and people are getting busy but they want to make sure the blanket is finished in time, so our final square (December Cat) is live now instead of waiting for December 1.

Interlocking crochet sample, black as Main Color (MC)

You’ll also be happy to know I’ve decided on next year’s theme and have all 12 squares drawn up! I’ve got to turn them into a proper pattern still and then I’ll get my team of testers working on it.

Overlay mosaic crochet version of “December Cat”

Our Year of Cats has been a fun series and I am so thankful for all the interest and support this year!

Melody came to snuggle with me

Quick recap:

  • The Year of Cats series contains 12 squares (one for each month)
    • PLUS a couple bonus squares
  • Each square has a chart and a full written pattern for TWO techniques: interlocking crochet or overlay mosaic crochet
    • Mosaic crochet option has had the interlocking mesh dots & extra border lines removed
    • Mosaic crochet charts have X’s showing the dropped double crochets
  • The eBook contains the 12 original individual squares (one file for interlocking and one file for mosaic)
  • PLUS, there’s a bonus eBook (one file for each technique) which contains “Bonus Scratch Cat”, “November Cat Face”, and an all-in-one Love mini-series blanket (using March, June, September, and December Cats), and an all-in-one blanket pattern (using the 12 original squares) so you don’t have to join squares!
    • In the bonus eBook, mosaic version only, there’s also a file that has the written pattern for using November Cat and November Cat Face as a bag.
Interlocking crochet squares: March Cat, June Cat, September Cat, and December Cat. Joined to show the Love Mini-series.

December Cat not only finishes our full blanket of 12 squares, it finishes the mini-series that spells “Love”. This is the “e”, and because we need to make sure it faces the right way to be legible this square comes with the written pattern for right- and left-handed crocheters!

The mini-series uses March, June, September, and December Cats. The bonus eBook also includes an all-in-one pattern for the Love blanket (right- and left-handed options). This allows you to crochet the set as a single blanket without needing to join squares.

The bonus eBook ALSO includes an all-in-one pattern for the full blanket (using the 12 original squares).

All-in-one patterns allow you to crochet without joining squares at the end. They still include charts and full written patterns for both techniques. They are ONLY available in the eBook listings on Etsy and Ravelry (in the Bonus eBook files) – they are not listed separately.

Thank you to my testing team: cyncitycrochets, CarolinevdB, & Maja Serec!

I created a quick tutorial on how to join squares. This can be applied to more than just our cat squares, but I had the cats in mind when I did it. It is short enough to watch in full and then use the excessive amount of time stamps to find exactly what you want to re-watch.

Get the Pattern

2022: A Year of Cats (ongoing updates)
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All-in-one Love Miniseries blanket (in eBook only)
All-in-one Blanket (in eBook only)
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Interlocking Crochet Details

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

    Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

    • Crochet hook: 5 mm (H-8)
    • Scissors
    • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4″ square
    • Finished size: 20” x 22” / 52cm x 56cm
    • Worsted Weight Yarn (625 – 875 yards)
    • Main Color (MC) – 325 yards
    • Coordinating Color (CC) – 300 yards
    • Optional Envelope Border – 250 yards

      Missi the Horse and Missi’s Flowers – a blanket and a matching repeatable motif

      I sure hope that I’m not allowing one of these amazing patterns to get brushed under the rug by releasing them at the same time. The blanket is amazing, and the flower motif is so versatile and cute. I really love them both individually.

      But, I created them at the same time. So, to me, they are a set. You can get them together in an eBook called, “Missi” or you can purchase them individually (“Missi the Horse” and “Missi’s Flowers”). Jump to the purchase links. (or, on a desktop, just look to your right).

      You’ll notice there’s a difference in chart size between the two crochet techniques. That’s because the chart has been adjusted for best use with each technique.

      This beautiful horse, with a long, long mane, is named “Missi”. I don’t actually have a horse, but as a kid I often fantasized about the freedom of riding away on a horse. I imagine a field of flowers with the sun shining on the dew and I think of peace and tranquillity. I used to include fairies in the daydream too.

      Blanket depicting a horse. Autumn leaves cover the ground where the blanket is draped.
      Overlay mosaic crochet sample of Ashlee Brotzell’s “Missi the Horse” crocheted by Linda Bakker

      I wanted the border to give the impression of a field, rather than drawing an actual field in the background behind the horse. I always hope to see dainty wildflowers out my window when we travel, but around here it’s usually just wheat or flax.

      Close up of the floral details on Heather Passmore’s sample of “Missi the Horse”.

      The little flower is very minimalist. I wanted it to be dainty and not detract from the horse. I tried creating a pattern of flowers behind Missi for the blanket (alternating, spaced closer or farther apart, bunched here or there, etc) but after many attempts I decided the flowers were usually too much next to the feature (the horse).

      Interlocking crochet sample of Ashlee’s “Missi the Horse”, crocheted by Just_Duckie_Crochet using blue as the Accent Color (AC).

      So, my final decision was to use a handful of flowers only. However, after playing with this design so long I really loved the way the flowers looked on their own and knew that it could work on its own as well!

      I know some of you really love having a matching pillow to go with the blanket. “Missi’s Flowers” comes with a written pattern and chart for a square (I have quite a few squares of this size: see more at AshleesLint.com/patterns#large). But, because it is a repeatable design I also created a full written pattern and chart that you can use to create a project of any size!

      Each option has interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet versions. So that is 2 files for “Missi the Horse” and 4 files for “Missi’s Flowers”. All 6 files are included in the eBook, “Missi”, but they are downloaded as an eBook.

      When I was checking my math to make sure my repeatable design worked with interlocking I made a sample 2 repeats wide by 2 repeats tall. I used a 4 mm hook and dk weight yarn (3 – light worsted) even though the pattern technically says to use a 4 weight yarn.

      The image shows up the same whether you use extra jumbo yarn or lace weight yarn. As long as your hook size matches your yarn size it will work out! Of course, the smaller yarn will result in a smaller finished piece too. This one just so happens to be the perfect size for a placemat!

      Interlocking repeatable sample of “Missi’s Flowers”; two repeats wide and two repeats tall.

      It is slightly easier to create a repeating design using the mosaic technique so a single repeat was sufficient.

      A single repeat of the mosaic version of “Missi’s Flowers”.

      I thought about leaving it as only a repeatable pattern. Technically, you can use it to make any size of project. But I have a LOT of large squares with the same chart size and it makes sense to me to have this pattern written properly for that size.

      Missi’s Flowers, the square version using the overlay mosaic crochet technique. Crocheted by Linda Bakker.

      When I was posting teaser photos a lot of people guessed holiday-related things. I guess the end of October isn’t too far away from Christmas. It made me giggle a little. And then Linda sent me her photo of the test square and she said it looked like Christmas ribbon to her so she staged it with some lights.

      I think it’s fun to see so many purposes in a single design, what do you think?

      I also like to play with color. I switched my Main Color (MC) and Accent Color (AC) for my samples of the square and the repeatable version. The MC is the first color used, so it creates the outside border line, and it is also the flowers in this particular design.

      Completed 40-window square with in-progress repeatable design. The Main Color is the yarn used first, it is the flowers in this design.

      To be clear, “Missi’s Flowers” has a full written pattern and chart for a small repeatable section (chart size AND as a large square (chart size of 81 x 81 for interlocking, and 77 x 77 for mosaic).


      “Missi the Horse” comes with 2 files:

      Interlocking crochet / LFM crochet file

      • line-by-line instructions
      • a one-page chart (211 x 291)
      • a multi-page chart

      Overlay Mosaic Crochet file

      • line-by-line instructions
      • instructions for optional envelope border
      • instructions on reading a chart
      • a one-page chart marked with X’s for mosaic crochet (207 x 287)
      • a multi-page chart marked with X’s for mosaic crochet
      Mosaic Crochet sample of “Missi the Horse” by Whimwitch

      “Missi’s Flowers” comes with 4 files:

      Large Square Interlocking crochet / LFM crochet file

      • line-by-line instructions
      • a one-page chart (81 x 81)

      Repeatable Interlocking crochet / LFM crochet file

      • line-by-line instructions
      • a one-page chart (39 x 31)

      Large Square Overlay Mosaic Crochet file

      • line-by-line instructions
      • instructions for optional envelope border
      • instructions on reading a chart
      • a one-page chart marked with X’s for mosaic crochet (77 x 77)

      Repeatable Overlay Mosaic Crochet file

      • line-by-line instructions
      • instructions for optional envelope border
      • instructions on reading a chart
      • a one-page chart marked with X’s for mosaic crochet (37 x 39)

      “Missi” eBook comes with 2 files encompassing all 6 files listed above:

      Interlocking Crochet eBook

      • Chart & written pattern for “Missi the Horse”
      • Chart & written pattern for “Missi’s Flowers” as a 40-window square
      • Chart & written pattern for “Missi’s Flowers” as a repeatable motif

      Overlay Mosaic Crochet eBook

      • Instructions on reading a chart
      • Instructions for optional envelope border
      • X-marked chart & written pattern for “Missi the Horse”
      • X-marked chart & written pattern for “Missi’s Flowers” as a 40-window square
      • X-marked chart & written pattern for “Missi’s Flowers” as a repeatable motif

      As always, I am so grateful for my testers. My team for these patterns included Heather Passmore, Just_Duckie_Crochet, Kami, Linda Bakker, & Whimwitch.

      Grab the eBook for the best deal: you’ll save 20% compared to buying each pattern individually. Plus, right now you’ll save an additional 25%!

      Individually, “Missi the Horse” and “Missi’s Flowers” are 25% off.

      25% discount expires 11:59 pm CST November 5, 2022. No code needed, add to cart so see the discount applied.

      “Missi the Horse” Interlocking Crochet

      • Chart is 211 x 291
      • Gauge: 8 (dc, ch) x 8 rows = 4”
      • 53” x 73” / 143cm x 185cm
      • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
      • Worsted weight yarn (4400 – 5000 yards total)
        • Main color (MC) (black) – 2200 yards plus 600 for optional border
        • Accent color (AC) – 2200 yards

      “Missi the Horse” Overlay Mosaic Crochet

      • Chart is 207 x 287
      • Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
      • 55” x 82” / 140cm x 208cm
      • 5 mm hook (H-8)
      • Worsted weight yarn (5600 – 6400yards)
        • Main color (black) – 2300 yards
        • Contrasting color (blue) – 3300 yards
        • Plus, optional envelope border – 800 yards

      “Missi’s Flowers” Interlocking Crochet Square

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

      “Missi’s Flowers” Overlay Mosaic Crochet Square

      • Chart is 77 x 77
      • Finished size approximately 20” x 22” / 52cm x 56cm
      • 5 mm hook (H-8)
      • Worsted weight yarn (575 – 875 yards)
      o Main color (black) – 225 yards
      o Contrasting color – 350 yards
      o Optional envelope border – 300 yards
      • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4”


      “Missi’s Flowers” Interlocking Crochet Repeatable Design

      • Chart is 43 x 35, repeat section is 36 x 26
      • Base size is 11” x 9” / 27cm x 22cm, each additional repeat adds 9” x 6.5” / 23cm x 16.5cm
      • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
      • Per repeat: worsted weight yarn (120+ yards total)
      o Main color (MC) – 60 yards, for each repeat add 40 yards
      o Accent color (AC) – 60 yards, for each repeat add 40 yards
      • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”

      “Missi’s Flowers” Overlay Mosaic Crochet Repeatable Design

      • Chart is 39 x 31, repeat section is 37 x 29
      • Single repeat is 10” x 9” / 26cm x 22cm
      • 5 mm hook (H-8)
      • Per repeat: worsted weight yarn (120+ yards total)
      o Main color (MC) – 50 yards
      o Contrasting color (CC) – 70 yards
      o Plus, optional envelope border
      • Gauge: 14 sc x 15 rows = 4

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      Harmony Mandala – Interlocking and Mosaic Crochet Patterns from the Bottom-Up or Center-Out

      I am extremely pleased to present my newest blanket pattern: Harmony Mandala. This beautiful piece is so balanced. And, simply-put, it is pleasing to look at! It is one of my favorites and I am hopeful you will agree!

      Overlay mosaic crochet from the bottom-up using peach as the Main Color. Sample crocheted by Linda Bakker.

      My husband gave me the googly eyes when I showed him my draft a few months ago. “You drew that!?” was almost the wrong thing to say, but he made up for it by quickly following with, “I REALLY like this one!”

      Overlay mosaic crochet from the center-out using cream as the Main Color. Sample crocheted by AriCrochetCorner.

      Just like Garden Mandala, you can crochet this blanket from the bottom-up or from the center-out. And you can choose from interlocking crochet or overlay mosaic crochet. As always, I give you charts and the full written pattern for whichever technique you prefer (but you don’t need to worry about purchasing the wrong listing, because they are all listed together).

      Overlay mosaic crochet from the bottom-up. Crocheted by Sandi Willoughby.

      The patterns include links to my tutorials but, in case you’d like to start with a tutorial before deciding whether to purchase this pattern, here’s the short list (I have more tutorials on my YouTube channel).


      Overlay mosaic crochet from the center-out. Crocheted by Nyasha Jones.

      I am so thankful to my testing team: AriCrochetCorner, Deb Albers, Linda Bakker, Nyasha Jones, Sandi Willoughby, and Sheryl Dunbar. As always, they make me look good! And I am honored to have so many people willing to support me with such a big undertaking!

      Interlocking crochet from the bottom-up using Rainbow as the Main Color. Crocheted by Deb Albers.

      Overlay mosaic crochet from the center-out, peach used as Main Color. Sample crocheted by AriCrochetCorner.

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      Interlocking crochet from the center-out using brown as the Main Color. Sample crocheted by Sheryl Dunbar.

      Important Details

      For Interlocking Crochet

      • Chart is 245 x 245
      • Gauge: 8 (dc, ch) x 8 rows = 4”
      • 61” / 156cm square
      • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
      • Worsted weight yarn (4400 – 4800 yards total)
        • Main color (MC) (black on chart) – 2200 yards plus 400 for optional border
        • Accent color (AC) – 2200 yards

      For Interlocking Crochet from the Center-Out

      • Chart is 245 x 245
      • Gauge: 8 (dc, ch) x 8 rows = 4”
      • 61” / 156cm square
      • 5 mm hook (H-8)
      • Worsted weight yarn (4400 yards total)
        • Main color (MC) (black on chart) – 2200 yards
        • Accent color (AC) – 2200 yards

      For Overlay Mosaic Crochet

      • Chart is 241 x 241
      • Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
      • 64” x 69” / 163cm x 175cm
      • 5 mm hook (H-8)
      • Worsted weight yarn (5000 – 5800 yards)
        • Main color (black) – 2600 yards
        • Contrasting color – 2400 yards
        • Plus, optional envelope border – 800 yards

      For Overlay Mosaic Crochet from the Center-Out

      • Chart is 241 x 241
      • Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 14 rows = 4”
      • 60” / 153cm
      • 5 mm hook (H-8)
      • Worsted weight yarn (5000 yards)
        • Main color (black) – 2600 yards
        • Contrasting color – 2400 yards

      Gnomesflake Update

      I like to get straight to the point and not waste people’s time with a lot of chit-chat on the blog here. That doesn’t help me much with generating ad revenue but I value your time and don’t think the extra $0.0002 is worth your frustration.

      I have just updated “Gnomesflake” on Ravelry and Etsy. There are now three files for you to choose from.

      On Ravelry you’ll have a notification and can download and save to wherever you store your patterns.

      I personally save everything to Dropbox. I have a folder for homeschooling, a folder for my crochet designs, a folder for other designers’ crochet patterns (that I may or may not ever have time to make), a folder for our tax information, etc. No matter which computer I sit down at, or which tablet or phone, I can always access my stuff.

      If you are interested, this is my referral link for Dropbox (I’ll get bonus space and so will you). https://www.dropbox.com/referrals/AAClOaIBO763v5I1KsrEQAbBWJKaO_S3OKk?src=global9

      Etsy doesn’t “do” updates, so you’ll have to send me an email if you’d like the new files (tell me your order number so I can verify).

      What has been changed?

      In short: the brackets on the original patterns and an additional adjusted solid overlay mosaic pattern.

      The original file had the written pattern for interlocking crochet, a chart, and then the written pattern for overlay mosaic crochet. I added an x-marked chart for mosaic crochet a few months later but didn’t join it to the file, so there were two files available.

      I have separated the two techniques into their own files now. And I have added a third file.

      Much like Rocking Horse, I have added a second overlay mosaic crochet pattern where I use an adjusted chart.

      The original overlay mosaic crochet version still uses the original interlocking chart (so you will see the border lines and the mesh dots). But this additional overlay mosaic crochet pattern has had the extra border lines removed and there are no more mesh dots interrupting the solid spaces. I call it “adjusted” mosaic crochet, but you can also think of it as a solid version.

      The original written patterns for “Gnomesflake” had a lot of weird brackets. Technically there was nothing wrong with it as written, you could still follow it and get the proper finished piece, but it was sloppy and I apologize. The new files have better brackets but technically no changes in the actual design.

      Kristen Forster did a fabulous job helping me weed out the bracket problems! Thank you!


      “Gnomesflake” crocheted by Kristen Forster using the interlocking crochet technique

      Some people do find the brackets tricky. Please check out my tutorial: https://ashleeslint.com/2020/08/29/brackets-in-crochet-patterns/

      Get the Pattern

      In honor of this update, get an automatic 30% discount on your ENTIRE CART on Ravelry with the purchase of “Gnomesflake” (past purchases count) until 11:59 pm CST October 5, 2022.

      On Etsy, you’ll get an automatic 30% discount on “Gnomesflake” only
      .

      Size information

      For Interlocking Crochet

      • Chart is 241 x 241
      • Finished size 60″ / 152cm square
      • Worsted Weight Yarn (4100 – 4300 yards)
      • Main Color (MC) – 2050 yards plus 200 yards for optional SC border
      • Accent Color (AC) – 2050 yards
      • Crochet hook: 4.5 mm (US7)
      • Gauge: 16 stitches x 8 rows in one color = 4” square

      For Overlay Mosaic Crochet

      • Chart is 241 x 241
      • Finished size 60″ / 152cm square
      • Worsted Weight Yarn (4450 – 5250 yards)
      • Main Color (MC) – 2000 yards
      • Coordinating Color (CC) – 2450 yards
      • Plus 800 yards for optional envelope border
      • Crochet hook: 4.5 mm (US7)
      • Gauge: 16 stitches x 16 rows = 4″ square

      For Adjusted Solid Overlay Mosaic Crochet

      • Chart is 239 x 239
      • Finished size 64″ x 68″/ 162cm x 173cm
      • Worsted Weight Yarn (5100 – 5900 yards)
      • Main Color (MC) – 2100 yards
      • Coordinating Color (CC) – 3000 yards
      • Plus 800 yards for optional envelope border
      • Crochet hook: 5 mm (H-8)
      • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4″ square

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      Rocking Horse Update

      I have just added a third file to my Rocking Horse pattern. The original two files use the same chart for the interlocking crochet technique and the overlay mosaic crochet technique. This third file is also for the overlay mosaic crochet technique but the chart has been adjusted to removed the unnecessary interlocking crochet dots.

      When I draw a chart for interlocking crochet it has to follow certain rules in order to translate properly into the actual crocheted piece. Overlay mosaic crochet has different rules but you can use the technique to follow a chart written for interlocking crochet.

      I have a tutorial on how to read a chart drawn for interlocking crochet but use the overlay mosaic crochet method. Technically, you don’t need to know this information, since all of my patterns include the written instructions.

      I have also adjusted the interlocking pattern slightly. There were a few pixels in the chart that weren’t really how I wanted them so I figured if I am doing an update I might as well fix it now.

      If you purchased this pattern on Etsy you’ll need to contact me with your order number and I will send the updated files to you.

      Ravelry is easy for updating. You can update your library at your convenience.

      Interlocking crochet version of Ashlee Brotzell’s “Rocking Horse” crocheted by Linn Christine

      Get the Pattern

      RAVELRY: Get a 30% discount on your ENTIRE cart with your purchase (past or new) of “Rocking Horse”. Offer ends 11:59 pm CST September 27, 2022 extended to the 29th because I forgot to actually send the updated pattern to everyone; no code needed.

      To clarify, if you’ve previously purchased this pattern on Ravelry you will automatically get 30% off your entire cart until September 27.

      ETSY: Get a 30% discount on your purchase of “Rocking Horse”. Offer ends 11:59 pm CST September 27, 2022; no coded needed.

      Size information

      The original chart is 243 x 243. With worsted weight yarn that makes your blanket about 61″ square. When I adjusted the chart I removed the border lines that lock the layers together and I changed the hook size and gauge to accommodate all the double crochet stitches beside each other.

      For Interlocking Crochet

      • Chart is 243 x 243
      • Finished size 61″ / 155cm square
      • Worsted Weight Yarn (4200 – 4400 yards)
      • Main Color (MC) – 2100 yards plus 200 yards for optional SC border
      • Accent Color (AC) – 2100 yards
      • Crochet hook: 4.5 mm (US7)
      • Gauge: 16 stitches x 8 rows in one color = 4” square

      For original Mosaic Crochet

      • Chart is 243 x 243
      • Finished size 61″ / 155cm square
      • Worsted Weight Yarn (4750 – 5350 yards)
      • Main Color (MC) – 2375 yards
      • Coordinating Color (CC) – 2375 yards
      • Plus 600 yards for optional envelope border
      • Crochet hook: 4.5 mm (US7)
      • Gauge: 16 stitches x 16 rows = 4″ square

      For the Adjusted Mosaic Crochet

      • Chart is 239 x 239
      • Finished size of 64″ x 68″ / 162cm x 173
      • Worsted Weight Yarn (5475 – 6275 yards)
      • Main Color (MC) – 2600 yards
      • Coordinating Color (CC) – 2875 yards
      • Plus 800 yards for optional envelope border
      • Crochet hook: 5 mm (H-8)
      • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4″ square

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      Garden Mandala: a floral blanket that can be made 4 ways

      I am pleased to present my newest pattern: Garden Mandala! I have written this pattern up to be made using the overlay mosaic crochet technique from the center-out or bottom-up, and also the interlocking crochet technique from the center-out or bottom-up.

      It is a bit floral, with a few dainty notes, but mostly it is bold and uncomplicated. Most of the lines are thick with gentle curves.

      The “wow” in my photo mostly comes from the amazing color gradient in my yarn. It definitely doesn’t come from my garden unless you are stunned by the amount of weeds in there. (That is mostly round leaf mallow – technically edible, but considered an invasive weed around here; I was too busy with crochet to worry about all the weeds).

      I really wanted an excuse to use one of the big cakes of yarn from Scheepjes. Typically, I use cheap acrylic yarn because it is inexpensive and readily available.

      Most of my yarn stash has been given to me over the years as friends of my grandmother or mother-in-law have destashed. I have a lot of tightly hand-rolled balls of old acrylic yarn with no labels. Every now and then there would be full skeins with labels included in the bags.

      Now that I consider myself a proper designer I decided it was time to try some new-to-me yarns.

      I used Scheepjes Whirl and Whirlette for my Garden Mandala. It is a fingering weight yarn (1 – super fine, on the Craft Council’s chart).

      You can find more details on my project page on Ravelry if you’re interested: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/ashleeslint/center-out-mosaic-garden-mandala

      I had planned on using a worsted weight yarn ( 4 – medium) for this project when I was drawing it. It was supposed to cover a queen size bed. Nancy Foster used worsted weight and her blanket just about covers her king size bed (but no drape down the sides) as shown in the photo below.

      Her measurements came to 65″ square, as expected.

      Garden Mandala by Ashlee Brotzell, overlay mosaic crochet from the center out; crocheted by Nancy Foster using worsted weight yarn, shown on a king size bed.

      Using the thinner yarn has (as expected) resulted in a much smaller blanket. My very tall 8 year old daughter is showing the size in the photo below. You can also see a very sad tomato plant that I had to pull away from the rest of the garden because I was scared there was something attacking it – but it turns out it was blossom end rot and was because I didn’t water it enough. And there are some weeds drying on the walkway (proof that I did pull some weeds!).

      Overlay mosaic crochet from the center-out using a fingering weight yarn

      I used a 3 mm hook with this fingering weight yarn instead of the 5 mm I would have used with worsted weight yarn and my final piece is 40″ / 101cm square.

      The kids really like the size and the drape and the colors. While working on this one, at one point or another, each person in my house has tried to claim it as their own. It was nice to have that compliment from them but I felt bad that I had to tell each of them no.

      Multiple times: “No, you can’t have it, I haven’t finished it.”

      To my son, Remi, “oh, you like the blues and greens? There will be more colors later. It isn’t finished yet.”

      To my husband, “you love the weight of the cotton but I don’t think this is going to be big enough to cover all 6’3″ of you.”

      To my eldest daughter, Alice, “no, I can’t let you use it as a cape, I need to take some photos of it for the pattern listing..”

      To my youngest daughter, Melody, “no, I can’t let this one be only yours because everyone seems to love it and they all want a turn.”

      I make plenty of blankets, but this one has captured everyone’s eye! The colors, the design, the feel of the yarn – my only complaint is that it took me a really long time to finish because I kept doing small projects in between.

      You can do this pattern from the bottom-up or the center-out in both interlocking crochet or overlay mosaic crochet.

      In-progress. Interlocking Crochet sample from the center-out by CarolinevdB

      No matter which way you do it, the results are spectacular!

      And, as always, I’ve included all 4 options in one listing. I don’t want anyone to be disappointed with their purchase (by purchasing the wrong version of the pattern). Whether you use Ravelry or Etsy you will receive all four options.

      Each of the four options comes with a written pattern and an appropriate chart. There are slight differences between the charts as well.

      The interlocking crochet chart has mesh dots all over it, and the edges are locked together with solid lines. This is how all of my interlocking crochet charts look.

      The center-out method has the mesh dots (because it is a natural byproduct of the interlocking technique) but it doesn’t have the edges locked the same way. This makes the chart a few squares smaller but doesn’t have a big impact on anything else.

      The overlay mosaic version of “Garden Mandala” does not have the mesh dots, it is solid mosaic crochet. Yardage estimates for the center-out version do not include an envelope border because there are no cut ends to hide with that technique.

      I did post a few teasers on Instagram showing this blanket at various points. Here are a few:

      A very adorable helper.

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      For Interlocking Crochet

      • Chart is 249 x 249
      • Gauge: 8 (dc, ch) x 8 rows = 4”
      • 62” / 158cm square
      • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
      • Worsted weight yarn (4400 – 4700 yards total)
        • Main color (MC) (black on chart) – 2200 yards plus 300 for optional border
        • Accent color (AC) – 2200 yards

      For Interlocking Crochet from the Center-Out

      • Chart is 245 x 245
      • Gauge: 8 (dc, ch) x 8 rows = 4”
      • 61” / 156cm square
      • 5 mm hook (H-8)
      • Worsted weight yarn (4400 yards total)
        • Main color (MC) (black on chart) – 2200 yards
        • Accent color (AC) – 2200 yards

      For Overlay Mosaic Crochet

      • Chart is 245 x 245
      • Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
      • 65” x 70” / 166cm x 178cm
      • 5 mm hook (H-8)
      • Worsted weight yarn (4800 – 5500 yards)
        • Main color (black) – 3000 yards
        • Contrasting color – 2900 yards
        • Plus, optional envelope border – 700 yards

      For Overlay Mosaic Crochet from the Center-Out

      • Chart is 245 x 245
      • Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 14 rows = 4”
      • 65” / 166cm
      • 5 mm hook (H-8)
      • Worsted weight yarn (5700 yards)
        • Main color (black) – 2900 yards
        • Contrasting color – 2800 yards
          or
      • Gauge: 28 sc blo stitches x 28 rows = 4”
      • 40” / 101cm
      • 3 mm hook
      • Fingering weight yarn (2750 yards)
        • Main color (Scheepjes Whirlette, Bilberry) – 1400 yards
        • Contrasting color (Scheepjes Whirl, Sherbet Rainbow) – 1350 yards

      Prairie Meadow Fox; a blanket pattern for interlocking crochet or overlay mosaic crochet

      There’s a delightful tale from a nearby town (hamlet, actually, as they have a population of about 50) of a friendly, neighborhood fox. She hangs out in the same grassy park every day and the locals were pleased to see that she even brought her pups to town this spring!

      I don’t believe they actually get close enough to the fox to domesticate her, but it’s still sweet to see a familiar animal in an unusual place looking comfortable.

      I love the photographs of a sleeping fox in a wooded meadow. There are always wildflowers and grass along with beautiful shadows and lighting. Here in the Saskatchewan prairies we have a lot of wildflowers and I must confess I love them all!

      selective focus photo of blue and white flowers field
      Photo by Freddie Ramm on Pexels.com

      The fox on this blanket is sleeping peacefully and will hopefully help keep your little one sleeping peacefully too.

      If you meet gauge your finished piece will be 46″ x 50″ / 116cm x 128cm (interlocking crochet) or 48″ x 56″ / 121cm x 143cm (mosaic crochet).

      Traditionally, “they” claim a baby blanket is about 40″ square (who is “they” and when did they decide this?). So this blanket is more like a throw blanket but I had babies in mind when designing it so I think of it as a baby blanket.

      As with all of my patterns, you have the option of using the interlocking crochet technique or the overlay mosaic crochet technique.

      Each technique has its own file. And each file has written line-by-line instructions and a chart. The mosaic chart has X’s showing where to do your dropped double crochets.

      If you need a refresher, here’s my tutorial on how to use the charts with X’s:

      I also have tutorials on the stitch techniques and other tips and tricks (and a few free patterns) so it’s worth it to subscribe to my YouTube channel! 😉

      As always, I am so grateful for my testers. My team for this pattern included Angela Kermack, “E”, Helene Kvenseth, Lara Skelly, Marijke Laenen, and Nessa Miller.

      ~*~*~*~*~

      Interlocking crochet sample by Nessa Miller
      Overlay mosaic sample by Marijke Laenen. Red/orange used as main color and envelope border.
      Overlay mosaic sample crocheted by Angela Kermack. Orange used as main color, white envelope border added.
      Yellow and white are used as the Contrasting Color yarn in this overlay mosaic sample where the striping red is used as the Main Color.

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      Interlocking Crochet Details

      • Chart is 183 x 201
      • Gauge: 8 (dc, ch) x 8 rows = 4”
      • 46” x 50” / 116cm x 128cm
      • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
      • Worsted weight yarn (2600 – 2800 yards total)
        • Main color (MC) (orange) – 1300 yards plus 200 for optional border
        • Accent color (AC) (white) – 1300 yards

      Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

      • Chart is 179 x 197
      • Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
      • 48” x 56” / 121cm x 143cm
      • 5 mm hook (H-8)
      • Worsted weight yarn (2925 – 3525 yards)
        • Main color (orange) – 1700 yards
        • Contrasting color (white) – 1225 yards
        • Plus, optional envelope border – 600 yards

      Comfort Cat, a blanket of love

      I am so excited to share my newest pattern with you all!

      This cat was drawn by request for a custom pattern. She specifically wanted a pattern with a cat on it so that it could be auctioned off as a fundraiser for stray cats!

      I know there’s a lot of crocheters that specifically make for the purpose of donating and you guys are all so generous and I know there are a lot of people and animals that appreciate it!

      Marjolijn used the overlay mosaic crochet technique. The pattern also comes with instructions and charts for the interlocking crochet technique (also called Locked Filet Mesh / LFM). The interlocking mesh dots have been removed for the mosaic version of this pattern.

      This is one of my largest patterns! If you use the mosaic technique the chart is 279 x 311. If you use the interlocking crochet technique you’ll have 2 extra stitches on each side where the layers get locked together (making the chart 283 x 315).

      One of the fun things about using a charted design is that you can really used any yarn weight and an appropriately sized hook and your image will be visible. The final product may be larger or smaller but the image will still be there.

      My pattern suggests a worsted weight yarn officially. And you’d get a large blanket. About 70″ x 80″ depending on which technique you use and whether you match gauge (check out the full detail list for interlocking crochet and mosaic crochet).

      I suggest a 4.5 mm hook for interlocking crochet and a 5 mm hook for overlay mosaic crochet. I like smaller holes in the interlocking fabric so I use a smaller hook, but usually worsted weight yarn suggests a 5 or 5.5 mm hook.

      Overlay Mosaic Sample by Marjolijn (using a 2 mm hook).

      Marjolijn used a 2 mm hook for the 87,110 stitches! *Gasp, big eyes, keep breathing!* She used 100% cotton from Hobbii which they label as 8/4 (which means fingering weight). It took 3100 meters of the black yarn and 4540 meters of the beige yarn.

      If I was really organized I’d have figured out how to get an affiliate link or something. But, that’s just a random mention of the yarn company and I don’t earn anything from linking to them. Maybe someday I will have a yarn contract and I will try to convince you to use a certain type of yarn, but for now I like exploring with lots of yarn companies.


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      Crocheted by Marjolijn

      Interlocking Crochet Details

      • Chart is 283 x 315
      • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”
      • Finished measurements approximately 71” x 79” / 180cm x 200cm
      • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
      • Worsted weight yarn (6300 – 6500 yards total)
        • Main color (MC) (black on chart) – 3150 yards plus 200 for optional border
        • Accent color (AC) – 3150 yards

      Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

      • Chart is 279 x 311
      • Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
      • 74” x 89” / 189cm x 226cm
      • 5 mm hook (H-8)
      • Worsted weight yarn (8400 – 9300 yards)
        • Main color (black) – 3400 yards
        • Contrasting color (purple) – 5000 yards
        • Plus, optional envelope border – 900 yards

      What A Bear, the Grizzly in the River Blanket

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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      Important Details

      For Interlocking Crochet
      • 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)
      o Main color (MC) (black on chart) – 1975 yards plus 200 for optional border
      o Accent color (AC) – 1975 yards

      For Mosaic Crochet
      • 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)
      o Main color (black) – 2250 yards
      o Contrasting color (blue) – 2350 yards
      o 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.