Year of Gnomes Title Banner, Free Pattern in Facebook Group

Today I have managed to send a finished custom pattern to a customer, read and reply to some emails (regarding testing two new patterns), and I almost got lost in scrolling through Instagram and Facebook but I managed to pull myself out.

It is such a strange dichotomy – the need to be on social media for business, but the distraction of social media that interrupts working.

On Instagram I asked for some feedback on my most recent Crochet-A-Long (Winter 2021). If you have anything you’d like me to know about the way I do CALs please contact me. Or comment on my Instagram post.

In my Facebook group I posted an interlocking version and a mosaic version (both with charts and written instructions for right- and left-handed crocheters) of a title banner for the Year of Gnomes set. Someone asked if I could make a banner and I decided it would be an acceptable use of my time. It is not going to be part of the Ravelry or Etsy eBook because there are already so many files there and I don’t want to confuse people.

You can grab the files here on my website if you don’t use Facebook. Please remember to share the link to my website if your friend would like a copy of the pattern instead of sending them the PDF yourself.

Both files have the written instructions for right-handed crocheters, then left-handed written instructions. The chart can be found after the written lines.

If you don’t want to add it to your gnomes you can use it as a scarf! Or a table runner. Although I think your guests might have a lot of questions if you draped this across your dining table.

I’m off to bake some muffins with the kids now!

Braided Chain Mosaic Scarf: 12 Days of Christmas Crochet Patterns Blog Hop

I created a brand new scarf pattern for the “12 Days of Christmas Crochet Patterns” blog hop #sponsored by WeCrochet. It’s my first time joining a sponsored blog hop and it makes me feel like a real designer! There are about 30 designers involved in this event and it is only 12 days long (from October 27 – November 7, 2021) so you must act quickly.

There are two paths to getting the Christmas Crochet Patterns in this event: daily free downloads or buy the entire bundle (for about $0.30 a pattern!). You can also get only my scarf pattern if you prefer – click or scroll down for details.

The blog hopping option allows you to download a few free patterns each day by checking daily for a new code. Click the image above to go to the main post by Fosbas (our host designer). She has a daily list of all the patterns and codes. Scroll down to the current day and copy the code and then use that code on the patterns she has listed for that day. All of the patterns involved in the blog hop are included in the bundle that is available for purchase – so if you’ve missed a day or two you may want to just grab the bundle!

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If you buy the bundle you will get all 47 patterns included in the blog hop and also receive two bonus patterns from Fosbas Designs. Plus, if you use my affiliate link I will send you an email after the return period has closed with a code to add Braided Chain Mosaic Scarf to your Ravelry library so you can receive any updates that may become available down the road. And, I’ll throw in a FREE blanket pattern of your choice: Oh Tannenbaum or Warm Wishes (Gingerbread).

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Braided Chain Mosaic Scarf

This luxurious unisex scarf uses the overlay mosaic crochet technique to create a stunning visual effect! The pattern includes written line-by-line instructions and a chart marked with X’s so you can use whichever is most comfortable for you. If you’re new to the technique check out my tutorials first.

If you’re joining me on my special day (November 2nd) as part of the blog hop you can use the code you got from Fosbas to download this pattern FREE on Ravelry. If you don’t want to buy the big bundle and you aren’t here on my special day (Nov 2), you can take 20% off your purchase of my new scarf by using code “20CHAIN” until November 8, 2021. You can also purchase this scarf pattern on Etsy and use the same code.

Download my pattern FREE as part of the “12 Days of Christmas” blog hop event on November 2, 2021

And, I will always remember this project as the one I finished when we took the kids to the Royal Tyrell Museum of Paleontology (the dinosaur museum in Alberta, Canada). Great modeling skills, hubby! Happy times!

I wanted to make an elegant scarf that you could wear to a party or use for everyday warmth. I live in Canada, so I need something thick and warm as well as stylish. Who wears it better? My husband or me?

I’ve used Twill yarn. It is a worsted weight yarn (4-medium), 100% Superwash Merino Wool. These hanks are 100 grams each, with 149 yards. I chose to use the color Graphite Heather as my Main Color (MC) and Gold Rush as my Contrasting Color (CC). I needed two hanks of the gold and three hanks of the dark grey. You will have some leftover. You will need to carefully unwind these hanks before using them; a yarn swift and yarn winder come in very handy!

You can substitute any medium worsted weight yarn. Gauge isn’t critical with a scarf, if you’re off by a few inches it will still keep you warm and beautiful!

The nature of mosaic crochet is that fringe is created on the ends where you join and cut your yarn. I really like the finished, tidy look of chaining 15 to begin with and then chaining 15 before cutting it off. Be careful with your tension or you will create curly twists – they do block straight but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

This chaining technique allows the project to be finished when you’re done the final row instead of requiring you to go back and do something extra with the loose tails.

Typically, my patterns are designed for two techniques, but this pattern only works for the overlay mosaic technique; there is no interlocking version of my Braided Chain Mosaic Scarf!


Mosaic Technique

If you’re new to this technique, please start with my tutorials:
I have written instructions, a photo tutorial, and YouTube tutorials!

Chained Fringe

The nature of the overlay mosaic crochet technique automatically creates tails on both ends. By working our scarf along the long edge we keep the fringe on the short ends (which is pretty normal for a scarf). I’ve added a special detail to the fringe of this pattern. It is optional, of course, but if you like it you can use this technique for any of your overlay mosaic patterns!

Usually I join my yarn to my project with the shortest tail possible. It is a waste of yarn to make a long tail if you’re just going to cover it with an envelope border (which I usually use on blankets). For this scarf I decided to chain 15 before joining to the project. I also chained 15 at the end of the row before cutting the yarn. These chains become a sturdy fringe that won’t tangle and felt and frizz like loose yarn would. They can get curly if you’re not careful with your tension though.

Blocking, optional

I do not block very many of my projects. The type of material you use will affect how well the blocking process works. Since I used Merino Wool, it was relatively easy to pin it, wet it, and let it dry. The curly tails all straightened right out!

I did not block the body of the scarf.

Thank you for all the ways you support me (blog visits, pattern purchases, newsletter sign ups, etc)! I am really enjoying this and I will continue to design new patterns for you all!

Crochet Pattern Bundle: Fall Ribbons Scarf and Pumpkin Trio Blanket

I don’t sit outside much lately because there are maple bugs EVERYWHERE! 😬😵 I am not a bug person 😅 I do like Autumn though; the leaves are falling, the ground is crunchy when you step on the piles of dried leaves, and the weather can’t make up its mind whether it wants to feel like summer or fall (a classic fall move).

I originally wanted to create a table runner for this fresh new season but the yarn I had on hand was too thick. So I have created an oversized scarf instead.

I have crocheted this sample using the overlay mosaic crochet technique but the pattern (as usual) is written up for two techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet.

Click here or scroll down for more Fall Ribbons Scarf information.

I also drew up these cute fall pumpkins at the same time. Click here or scroll down for more Pumpkin Trio Throw information.

This Pumpkin Trio Throw blanket pattern and Fall Ribbons Scarf both come with right- and left-handed instructions because they both include the written word “Fall”.

See more patterns that include left-handed instructions here:

I’ve published these two fall patterns individually on Ravelry and Etsy.

On Etsy, get an automatic 30% off these two new patterns until October 8, 2021.

On Ravelry, if you purchase both the scarf and the throw you will get an automatic 50% bundle discount until October 8, 2021.

These two patterns are bundled because they are both new Fall-themed seasonal patterns, but there is something more; there’s something different about these two patterns compared to my previous patterns. You might have noticed when you look at my scarf in the photo above it doesn’t have the tell-tale dots that we have come to know as a feature of interlocking crochet.

Patterns Adjusted

Normally, I use the same chart for the two techniques (interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet). The nature of interlocking crochet is that it creates a dotted grid over the image which means when you use the mosaic technique you never have more than one dropped double crochet in a row. I have adjusted the mosaic chart for these two fall patterns and removed the unnecessary dots.

The long sections of one color will create ridges on the backside. If you don’t like them, you can use a lock-down technique, but that is an optional step that I haven’t done in my sample.

This image shows the normal stitches and the flaps that creates compared to a different pattern where I have locked down each stitch and you can see the back is completely smooth.

I’ve also had to adjust the gauge for the mosaic version of these fall patterns. The stitches were too crowded with so many dropped double crochets in a row so I went up a hook size (I used a 5 mm hook instead of my usual 4.5 mm). Scarves and blankets are quite forgiving if you don’t match my gauge but if you use the information to buy yarn then you’ll want to look at these patterns with fresh eyes and not assume the information is the same as my other patterns.

Fall Ribbons Scarf

When you approach a pattern from a designer you are familiar with it is only natural to skim through the details. You already know what to expect. But I’ve made some changes to this scarf that might trip you up. The paragraphs above describe how I adjusted the mosaic charts.

Normally, the chart starts with the dark color and that is considered your Main Color (MC) for the written pattern. If you look at the charts that come with this scarf pattern you will notice that this is still true for the interlocking method but it is the opposite for the mosaic method; the mosaic chart starts with the light-colored squares and these are the MC in the written. Don’t panic and confuse yourself. Just choose your technique and read the instructions given. Reach out if you need help.

If you would like an orange scarf with the word “Fall” written in black, then you should use orange as your Main Color (MC) when you do the mosaic technique but for the interlocking crochet technique you will need to begin with black as your MC because of the extra rows that lock the layers together.

Another thing that I want you to know: the chart for the scarf pattern is two different sizes depending on which technique you use. The length is the same as all my other scarves which is good for having the option of using these as panels in a blanket (like my Father’s Day CAL). The mosaic chart is 241 x 41 (the same as my other scarves) but the interlocking crochet chart is 241 x 45. I added the border lines to lock the layers together without cutting into the design which means it is just a bit different than the others. See more scarves here:

When you use the mosaic crochet technique you will also create fringe on each end of the scarf. This is a natural by-product of the overlay mosaic crochet technique. I really like the finished, tidy look of chaining 15 to begin with and
then chaining 15 before cutting it off. It also makes it easy to get them the same length on each end, and it prevents the fringe from getting knotted and tangled or felting in the wash. If you want fringe on your scarf after using the interlocking technique you’ll have to add it after you’ve finished the scarf.

Pumpkin Trio Throw

This is one of my smaller throw blankets, without being so small as to be considered a baby blanket. The chart is 191 x 175 which means if you meet the gauge as I’ve written in the mosaic version your blanket will be 51” x 44”. If you are using the interlocking technique you should get a blanket 49″ x 44″. There’s only a slight difference between the sizes because of the additional double crochets in the mosaic version.

If you read the paragraphs above you’ll know that I have adjusted the mosaic chart on this pattern (and the scarf) so that the interlocking dots are not showing on the mosaic pattern.

This blanket, just like the scarf, has written instructions for right- and left-handed crocheters because of the written word “Fall” in the top right corner. You can see more patterns that have left-handed instructions here:

If you’re an Etsy-only shopper than you can grab the Pumpkin Trio Throw and Fall Ribbons Scarf as a Bundle together. If you’d rather just purchase one of the patterns then you can do that on Ravelry. If you buy both on Ravelry you will get an automatic bundle discount! No expiry. Check it out!