Blog Hop Feature: Rose in Bloom

I am happy to be part of a flower-themed blog-hop this month! Jo’s Crafty Hook has been sharing a FREE crochet pattern everyday and today one of my patterns is in the lineup!

This square can be used as a panel in a blanket, the front of a pillow form, a wall hanging, or just a baby blanket by itself! Normally it is a paid pattern, but today, for the flower blog hop, you can download it for FREE!

The pink graphic above links you directly to your ravelry cart where the free pattern is ready for you (using code: “CraftyHook“, valid until June 7, 2021).

I originally published this square, Rose in Bloom, in August 2020. But, back then I didn’t create a blog post for every new pattern. I have it listed in my Doctor Who Series because it repesents Rose, the character, for me. 💕

All of my patterns include written line-by-line instructions for the interlocking technique and the overlay mosaic technique, as well as a chart (81 x 81 for Rose in Bloom).

I crocheted my sample in the photo using the overlay mosaic technique. I have a pdf tutorial and a YouTube tutorial on this technique.

I used a 5 mm hook instead of my usual 4.5 mm hook because I was hoping it would be large enough to be a baby blanket all by itself. With a 4.5 mm hook my square is 20″ but with the 5 mm hook it came out 22″. I used an envelope border to cover the tails that are created with the mosaic technique and my final piece was 26″.

Usually I join my squares of this size to other squares of this size and create a blanket that way.

I prefer to use the interlocking crochet method when I plan on joining squares.

Find more of my large afghan squares here: ashleeslint.com/patterns#large

Quick and Easy Christmas Tree Applique: Free Crochet Pattern

Introduction

I am happy to offer this quick and easy pattern to you here for free! But, if you’d prefer, you can add this to your Ravelry account in an ad-free, printable PDF file for a small fee! If you don’t use Ravelry, you can also buy it directly from me on here (this requires me to manually email you in response, so please give me a few hours to respond).

Ashlee Brotzell’s Christmas Tree Applique

Thank you for your support! I will send you a nice PDF of this Christmas Tree pattern. You can then print it and make as many little trees as you want.

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You can do whatever you want with these cute trees. You can string them up like garland, double them up and glue them onto a stick, or sew them onto a blanket.

In the picture above, the white tree is actually 2 trees that I joined together using a single crochet border. I put 2 single crochets in the stitches at the tips of the branches and did a decrease stitch in the tiny corners under the branches. I left a hole in the bottom because I had planned on putting a wooden dowel inside. The dowel I had on hand wasn’t big enough so I scrapped that idea for the pictures.

These are great for stash busting because each tree only uses about 10 grams of yarn!

If you share your works on Instagram, tag me: @AshleesLint

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Important Details

  • US crochet terminology
  • Finished measurements: approximately 7″ tall x 5” wide (18 cm x 12.5 cm)
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (about 20 yards / 10 g per tree)

Key

ch = chain

dc = double crochet (treble crochet in UK terminology): yarn over, insert hook, pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through 2 loops

Pattern Notes

Stitch count (#) is at the end of each row. Slip stitches are not included in the stitch counts. The “Ch 3” does count as a stitch. The “Ch 4” in the first row counts as 1 stitch.

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Instructions

R1: Create a magic loop, put 11 dc in it

or Ch 4 and put 10 dc in the 4th chain from the hook (11)

R2: Ch 3, turn, dc in very first space, then dc x4, 5 dc in next stitch, then dc x5 (16)

R3: Ch 3, turn, dc in very first space, then dc x6, 5 dc in next stitch, dc x8 (21)

R4: Ch 3, turn, dc in very first space, dc x9, 5 dc in next stitch, dc x10, add a second dc in last stitch (27)

R5: Ch 1, turn, slip stitch x8, ch 3, dc into same spot as last slip stitch, then dc x5, 5 dc in next stitch, dc x6, then add a second dc in last stitch used (19)

R6: Ch 3, turn, put 2 dc in first space, then dc x8, 5 dc in next stitch, dc x9, add 2 more dc in last stitch (27)

R7: Ch 1, turn, slip stitch x9, ch 3, 2 dc in same spot as last slip stitch, then dc x4, 5 dc in next, dc x5, then add 2 more dc in last stitch used (19)

R8: Ch 3, turn, 2 dc in first space, then dc x8, 5 dc in next stitch, dc x9, and add 2 more dc in last stitch (25)

Cut and tie off. Weave in the ends.

I would love to see what you’re doing with these! Happy holidays!

Envelope Border for Mosaic Crochet

My mosaic patterns are written up for the single-row technique. Some also call this the overlay technique or cut-and-tie version.

You CAN use any of my charts for the two-row technique (inset version) but it will stretch the designs up.

The cut-and-tie technique creates a lot of tails. Some projects look good with some fringe but for those that don’t want fringe, give the envelope border a try!

You may also find this type of border called a “dual border” or “pocket border”.

The following information is included in each of my patterns but the technique can be applied to more than just my own projects so I wanted to make it available publicly as well. Freely available does not mean copyright is waived – the technique was not created by me but my photos and my words are my own, you may not copy and paste them into your own publications.