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You may have noticed, the website is having issues.

I sent out a newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/0c8bd6de25a4/manyhugs-5168642

I don’t know if those who have subscribed to my blog here will get this notification or not.

But, just in case, let me tell you about my “website-drama” sale!

This sale is good on my Etsy shop and Ravelry store. Use code “GLAMPING” until 11:59 pm, CST, June 15, 2021 to get 40% off.

I am busy packing for our weekend holiday… or, I guess, right now I am just procrastinating from packing 🀣

Gotta get back to it!

Fleur De Lis Wall Hanging

I consider this a companion to my Eiffel Tower Wall Hanging. A friend requested the Fleur De Lis to go with the Eiffel Tower and I was happy to oblige. I’ve had a few asking about when and how they can get the Eiffel Tower pattern; at the end of August the rights will revert to me and I will publish on Etsy and Ravelry. Until then, it is only available in Issue 68 of Crochet Now! magazine.

You can get your copy on Etsy or Ravelry. It is 20% off for the first few days! *no code needed, offer expires 11:59 pm CST, June 10, 2021.

Wall Hanging

I have included instructions for turning this rectangle into a wall hanging as such: cut a piece of MC yarn about 4x the length of your dowel. Whip stitch around the dowel into each stitch across the top. Tie another piece of yarn to each end of the dowel to use when hanging on the wall.

But, of course, you are free to do whatever you like with your piece! My tester, @raki_crochet did these beautiful single crochet (sc – US terminology) tabs. Each tab is 7 stitches wide and 17 rows tall. There are 11 stitches between each tab.

I am sure you can find a few options on YouTube – I don’t have a video on adding the dowel for a wall hanging yet, but maybe someday I will add my voice!

Fringe

Created naturally with the overlay mosaic technique. An optional addition when done in interlocking crochet.

The fringe on the sides is a by-product of cutting your yarn for each row when using the mosaic crochet technique. You can add an envelope border to hide them but I think they look good as a design attribute.

If you work this pattern using the interlocking technique there is no fringe. But, because it looks so good, I would add fringe to the bottom or to the two sides like the mosaic version.

These instructions are included in the interlocking part of the pattern: cut 1 piece each of both the MC and AC yarn for each window you will add fringe to. Length can be whatever you choose, I suggest 8-10” each which gives you about a 4” tassel.

Holding one strand of each color, fold in half and pull the loop from the front to the back (go through each window along the bottom edge).

Drop the ends inside the loop and pull tight.

You can see that my photos are using a different pattern (the MusicCAL, to be specific), but you can add tassels to anything!

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. A gauge swatch can help with that.

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

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

Important Details

  • US crochet terminology
  • Chart is 77 x 87
  • Finished measurements approximately 13” x 14.5”
  • 3 mm hook (C/2)
  • Wooden Dowel: 1/2” diameter, 16” length
  • Finishing needle
  • Scheepjes Organicon (Or any fingering weight yarn to meet gauge) (260 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) – 120 yards (plus 20 for optional sc border when done with interlocking)
    • Accent color (AC) – 120 yards
    • Yarn estimates do not include fringe! If you make long fringe you will need more yarn.
  • Interlocking Gauge: 13 dc x 26 rows = 4”
  • Mosaic Gauge: 26 sc x 26 rows = 4”

You may have noticed that this pattern is SO CLOSE to being the same size as my 40-windows squares (chart 81 x 81). I originally tried drawing it up to be the same but the dimensions just weren’t working. I do like it when one pattern can be used for more than one thing, but in this case I just had to make it it’s own wall hanging without being easily added to the large afghan squares.

I know that yarn weight can also be a confusing thing. We have so many different terms for the same thing. Yarnsub.com can give you some options, or you can check out what the Yarn Council has to say about yarn weights.

A final note: most of my patterns are written up with only two colors (main color and accent/contrast color). A few have included extra colors and I want to make sure everyone knows that I am not the type of designer to get bent out of shape when people take my patterns and create their own beautiful works of art. So, add some color, mix and match with other patterns, make your project your own. Just don’t sell my pattern as your own.

https://ravel.me/fleur-de-lis-wall-hanging

Monstera Leaf Throw Blanket

Have you noticed these giant leaves are very popular right now? I love how they give a space a happy, carefree, tropical vibe.

To become the iconic leaf, the plants must fenestrate (this is when the leaves split and get holes). Knowing how poorly I manage to take care of houseplants, if I had one of these in my house it would probably never get to that stage. 😬🀣

I drew this chart smaller than some of my previous blanket patterns. I like having lots of different sizes for you to choose from. Sometimes we want intricate patterns that are huge and sometimes we want a smaller project.

I personally like to have multiple WIPs (works in progress) of varying sizes and difficulties so that I can work on whatever I want in the moment. Something big, something small, something easy, something hard, etc.

If you match my gauge, your finished “Monstera Leaf” blanket will be 46″ x 60″ / 117cm x 152cm. I think black or dark green would be the best choice for the Main Color and either a light green or possibly an off-white as the Accent Color / Contrasting Color. But, of course, you are free to choose any color you want!

Monstera Leaf, crocheted by Altona Newcombe using the Mosaic technique

Promotion Code!

On Ravelry, get 30% off this new pattern and any others you add to your cart at the same time until 11:59 pm, May 24, 2021 CST. No code needed.

Etsy sets things up differently, but you can still get 30% off as long as you add a minimum of 2 patterns to your cart and use code “MonsteraSale” until 11:59 pm, May 24, 2021 CST (no code needed).

A final note, just in case you weren’t already aware, I have tutorials on both techniques (all my patterns are written for interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet) on YouTube. Both techniques are easier than they look, so give it a try!

GoldieLux Square

What’s in a name? This one was named after my imagined piece and not the actual sample I crocheted. I imagined a deep, rich gold tone with a deep, rich purple or maybe emerald green (something jewel-toned at least). And I pictured it in either blanket- or pillow-form lying on a luxurious plush couch.

Then, I dug in my stash and found white and green. So close. πŸ™ˆπŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

Mosaic swatch

Just like my other patterns, this pattern is written up for two techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet. But, unlike my other patterns this square comes with two charts instead of one shared chart between the two techniques.

To help create the luxurious feel, when you look at the mosiac chart you will see I have filled in the gaps created by the interlocking mesh.

Interlocking and mosaic, side by side comparison

The chart is 81 x 81, which means this is a 40-window square when done using the interlocking crochet technique. You can find other squares of this size here and join them together for a custom blanket!

Because this mosaic pattern doesn’t have the alternating stitches like my other patterns it does create small flaps on the wrong side. They are only a few stitches wide so you may not be bothered, but if you dislike them you can try this:

Optional β€œLocked Double Crochet”

To prevent the small flaps on the back of your work, consider locking-in your stitch.

Begin like a dropped double crochet: skip the next stitch, and work into the Front Loop of the stitch in the row below; yarn over, insert hook into front loop below (see first image below), pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through two loops, insert hook into back loop of skipped stitch (see second image below), yarn over and pull through all three loops on your hook.

~After completing first half of the double crochet (US), insert hook into back loop of stitch usually skipped, yarn over and pull through all 3 loops.~

This extra step is optional but I like how the back stays smooth. If you are creating a pillow this step is entirely unnecessary because the flaps won’t be seen at all.

Grab this pattern at a 30% discount for the next three days! No code needed, expires 11:59 pm, CST, May 21, 2021.

I haven’t listed it on Etsy. If you don’t use Ravelry and need this pattern please contact me and we will figure something out!

Magic Decanter

Something is brewing! A star? A galaxy? Just the most amazing cup of coffee? 🀣

I think the right yarn choices will really make this pattern pop!

Computer mockup of “Magic Decanter”

It is smaller than some of my other blankets, but not so small that it needs more squares added to it. The chart is 181 x 181 which makes the finished size about 45″ square.

For the next 3 days, get 30% off your entire cart when you purchase this pattern! Use code, “magic21″ (expires 11:59 pm CST, May 15, 2021) on Ravelry.

Etsy doesn’t have the same sale abilities, but for the next 3 days you can still get an automatic 30% discount on this pattern and two of my other magical patterns: Moon Fairy and Make a Wish. No code required, expires 11:59 pm, May 15, 2021.

Moon Fairy available on Etsy only
Make a Wish, pattern on Etsy and Ravelry (links to Etsy here)

Goodnight, Unicorn: time to sleep in the clouds

Just what everyone has been waiting for: another unicorn pattern! πŸ¦„ I got a lot of positive feedback on my “Common Unicorn” so I hope you will all like this one as well!

This cute baby unicorn is chilling on a cloud amongst the stars. And, like most babies, this unicorn isn’t sleepy tonight. 🀣

This Unicorn doesn’t want to say, “goodnight”

Please, little unicorn, just lay down and close your eyes. I will sing you a song. I will rub your back. Just try to rest.

This full-sized throw blanket will be 60″ square (when gauge is met). The chart is 241 x 241. It is written up for the interlocking crochet technique and for the overlay mosaic crochet technique.

You can get your copy of the pattern on Ravelry or Etsy. You will get an automatic 30% off for the first 3 days! No code needed, expires 11:59 pm, May 10, 2021.

Bonus!

The “Common Unicorn” pattern will be part of the sale too! 30% off until May 10! Grab it on Etsy or Ravelry (it’s also available in my Facebook group)

What fun colors will you try?

Chained Ponds Blanket and Pillow Set

A few weeks ago I published a blanket pattern called “Chained Ponds“. I also created a challenge: finish the blanket in 6 weeks and receive the pillow pattern for free! Three members of my Facebook group were able to complete the blanket in time and win their bonus pattern! Congratulations!

“Chained Ponds” blanket crocheted by danabouch

I planned on the pillow pattern retiring after the promotion. But, I am nothing if not flexible. Due to some suggestions and questions and feedback I have decided to list the pillow pattern after all.

On Ravelry: if you previously purchased the blanket pattern you will receive an automatic $1.50 CAD discount on this pillow pattern. Or, you can add them both to your cart now to receive the $1.50 discount. This discount doesn’t expire (ok, Ravelry requires that I put an expiry date, so I chose Dec 31, 2030, but when the time comes I will just extend that).

For my Etsy users, the pillow pattern will be added to the same listing as the blanket. The price will go up slightly.

Sew together two panels for a big pillow!

The pillow is really a 40-window square and can easily be added to other squares to create a blanket instead. See my list of other squares this size: www.ashleeslint.com/patterns#large

Finished my Abstract Princess Blanket

Please congratulate me on this momentous occasion! 🀣

After 9 months and 2 moves, I have finally finished my Abstract Princess blanket! I worked on MANY different projects in that timeframe as well, but this one has lingered in the “WIP” (work in progress) pile for too long.

I often hear that people like to do scrap yarn projects because it is like a walk through memory lane. Oh, remember that sweater I made with this yellow yarn? I bought that pink yarn on vacation. Oh, this blue yarn was part of that blanket.

I used mostly scrap yarn balls that were given to me so I didn’t have the same emotional response. I just like the pretty rainbow of colors. My Main Color is Bernat Cozy Styles – dark purple – and I think having that color through the whole thing really helps tie the project together.

I used the overlay mosaic crochet technique for this project and that is one reason it took so long. I am much quicker at interlocking crochet.

If you recall, I drew up this pattern after I created my Abstract Queen. That blanket fits a queen size bed and it is just too large for me and some others so I created this smaller version that ended up being not that small actually.

The back is all striped and pretty in its own right. I had a few tails to weave in from where one scrap ball of yarn ended and I had to join a new one.

The tails on the sides are all tied, so I imagine the blanket will get used as it is right now and perhaps never get an envelope border, but I may change my mind later.

I am going to celebrate my “finished” project by starting a new one! You can celebrate with me by adding more projects to your to-do list!

Use code, “HookIt4ever” on Ravelry to get 20% off until 11:59 pm May 6, 2021.

I don’t have fancy sections on Etsy, but you can also get 20% off anything there by using code, “HookIt4ever” until 11:59 pm, May 6, 2021.

Brotzell Tiger King: Twin-Sized Bedspread

β€œThe tiger will see you one hundred times before you see it once.” -Anonymous

Finished blanket by Eileen 🀩

This pattern is not for the faint of heart – this furry beast should fit a twin-sized bed (60″ x 77″ / 154cm x 195cm) when you match gauge.

I asked my Facebook group to help me name him. Like I posted there, I wanted him fuzzy but I had a really hard time letting the fur edges be “messy” πŸ˜¬πŸ™ˆ I would work on this chart, sleep on it, try again, sleep on it, tweak it, sleep, stare, sleep, fix it, sleep, etc 🀣 I have decided he is good enough now.

I am listing this pattern on both Ravelry and Etsy (unlike my previous two published patterns; they were just little squares and not worth the fees to list on Etsy, although I may add a bundle to Etsy later).

Ravelry

My Designaversary Sale is still on but I am creating a new sale for this Tiger as well. You can use any of the Designaversary codes or this new code: “TigerEyes” to get 30% off the Brotzell Tiger King and any other patterns you buy at the same time. You can use the Designaversary codes more than once but this new code is a single-use code that expires April 18, 2021. (Sale expired)

Etsy

The way Etsy does sales (and everything else) is different than Ravelry, so for my Etsy-only customers you will be able to use only the Designaversary Code found on Instagram (applicable to all my patterns) or grab Brotzell Tiger King with an automatic 30% discount until April 18, 2021. (Sale Expired)

Mockup of Brotzell Tiger King

You will receive one file containing:

  • the interlocking pattern
  • a one-page chart (243 x 307)
  • the mosaic pattern (including instructions for an envelope border)

Now includes a bonus chart spread across multiple pages! (Single-page is good for screens, multi-page is better when printing) and, don’t forget my tutorial on reading the chart – even though it’s not really needed since I include the written instructions with every pattern: https://youtu.be/cVG9cPN0meI

The Locked Filet Mesh (LFM) interlocking crochet method uses only chain spaces and double crochets to create a mesh; two colors are worked alternately which creates the pattern.

Overlay mosaic crochet is single and double crochet stitches. The double crochet stitches cover some of the other color’s single crochet stitches to create the design. My patterns instruct you to cut your yarn at the end of each row. The back is striped but often gives a faint impression of the pattern on the front (sort of like illusion knitting). See an example here.


I have YouTube tutorials available for both crochet methods! Follow this link to get to my YouTube channel and find my other social links.


For Interlocking Crochet, You Will Need

  • Worsted Weight Yarn (5350 yards)
  • Main Color (MC) – 2625 yards plus 100 yards for optional SC border
  • Accent Color (AC) – 2625 yards
  • Crochet hook: 4.5 mm (US7)
  • Stitch marker
  • Gauge: 16 stitches x 8 rows in one color = 4” square

For Mosaic Crochet, You Will Need

  • Worsted Weight Yarn (6600 yards)
  • Main Color (MC) – 3000 yards plus 600 yards for optional envelope border
  • Coordinating Color (CC) – 3000 yards
  • Crochet hook: 4.5 mm (US7)
  • Scissors
  • Gauge: 16 sc stitches x 16 rows = 4″ square

©️ 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

Designaversary Celebration Sale

I spent too many hours debating on the coolest way to do a sale and the best way to make it exciting and engaging and meaningful and blah, blah, blah… πŸ˜…

I want to be seen as creative, but not confusing. I also want to put effort into fun things like a celebration sale, but not so much effort that it feels like a drag and I regret doing it. I want to stay professional but I have no marketing training and often just try to think about what I would prefer as a customer (which, I am sure, is not always what the marketing gurus would suggest).

I was going to have 12 days of sales, where each day represents a month that I have been designing. And all the patterns I published that month would be on sale for one day (like, the first day would feature all the patterns from my first month; the second day of the sale would only be applicable to designs I published in my 2nd month of designing, etc).

But that would require a lot of work from me and would encourage multiple small purchases from you which results in more fees for me.

David Orth @davidqorth did a sale game where he doesn’t tell you how much of a discount you will get and the percentage changes every few hours so you have to decide when to make the purchase. That sounds fun, but again, a lot of hands-on work from me.

So, here’s my plan: I will send out a coupon code in the newsletter and put a code on instagram and put another code on the board of my ravelry group, and post one in my Facebook group, too – and they will be different coupons and you can choose which one to use!

So, Sunday, April 4 is the day to look for the coupon codes and they will all expire April 19, 2021! I hope you have some fun 😊

P.s. I was having issues with linking on my text but I am happy I found this colored button option! Oh, the things you learn at midnight πŸ˜…