November Cat Face: Another Bonus Square

This cute little kitty cat is more my style (compared to the square I just published a few days ago: November Cat).

You can use this square to replace one of the original cat squares in the 2022: A Year of Cats series. Or you can use it with “November Cat” to create a pillow or a bag that shows off both sides of the cat.

Photo above shows one side of my bag and a single square. The bag was done using the overlay mosaic crochet technique and I worked both sides at the same time in a tube format so there are no cut ends to worry about.

See my tutorial on crocheting a tube using the overlay mosaic technique:

I used 100% cotton fingering weight yarn and a 3 mm hook to create my bag. It is a good size, not too stretchy, and not too heavy.

I crocheted my interlocking sample of “November Cat Face” using bulky weight yarn and a 6.5 mm hook. I created a little video on Instagram showing the size differences:

I debated on whether or not to add this pattern to the eBook. I don’t want people to feel overwhelmed or confused with these extra squares. You were expecting only 12 cat squares.

But I also don’t want people to feel like I’m trying to squeeze every last dollar out of you. And this cat belongs with my other cat squares even if he isn’t part of my official blanket design.

In December the eBook will have one file with all 12 official cat squares plus an all-in-one blanket pattern for each technique (interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet). And I will have one file for each crochet technique containing the bonus patterns (that is “Bonus Scratch Cat”, “November Cat Face”, and an all-in-one blanket pattern for the “Love mini-series”).

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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 (650 – 850 yards)
  • Main Color (MC) – 250 yards
  • Coordinating Color (CC) – 350 yards
  • Optional Envelope Border – 250 yards

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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2022 November Cat

Can I be honest with you? I don’t like this square. I am more of a romantic. I like pinks and roses and gentle swirling ethereal fluff. I despise it when my cat sticks his butt in my face.

But this square is real life with a cat. And I think most of you will appreciate the humor behind it (Hah! “behind”).

If you’re looking for his face: https://ashleeslint.com/2022/11/04/november-cat-face-another-bonus-square/

We have had one cat square for each month, plus a bonus square released for my birthday in September. In December I will also be adding the all-in-one blanket pattern (does not use the bonus square) and an all-in-one Love mini-series blanket pattern (uses March, June, September, and December squares) to the eBook.

The all-in-one blankets allow you to crochet the blanket without worrying about joining squares afterwards. This is most handy for the mosaic technique so you don’t have to cut your yarn until you’re finished the whole row (which is 3 squares wide). Plus, the envelope border to cover the tails can be annoying to add to all 12 squares and makes the final project much larger. Doing the blanket all at once eliminates that step.

These all-in-one blanket patterns will only be available in the eBook. They won’t be posted for individual sale.

I do have another surprise for you but you’ll need to wait a few days. Any guesses as to what it is?

It is not an announcement of next year’s theme because I still haven’t decided. Yikes, eh?!

I have too many options. It’s the same problem with going yarn shopping. I just want it all!

But, back to the subject at hand: this cat’s butt.

Like the other squares in this set, the charts are 81 x 81 for the interlocking technique and 77 x 77 for the mosaic technique. The mosaic version does not have the interlocking dots all over it and it does not need the locked-in border lines.

Once again I am thankful for my testing team who helps make me look good: CarolinevdB, cyncitycrochet, Maja Serec, & Marjolijn Cuypers.

I made a small error when crocheting my square. I only noticed it after I edited a bunch of photos and created my poster and video, GROAN! I fixed it and took a few more photos but the cat wasn’t around so I kept the photos with my cute kitty even though there’s a mistake. Hope you’ll forgive me!

There’s no sound in the video, and truly it is just a slide show of still shots.

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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 (650 – 850 yards)
  • Main Color (MC) – 250 yards
  • Coordinating Color (CC) – 350 yards
  • Optional Envelope Border – 250 yards

2022: A Year of Cats (ongoing updates)
eBook (Ravelry) (Etsy) (Direct Purchase)
All-in-one Love Miniseries blanket (in eBook only)
All-in-one Blanket (in eBook only)
January (Ravelry) (Etsy)
February (Ravelry) (Etsy)
March (Ravelry) (Etsy)
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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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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

      Come A-Llama Throw Blanket

      My newest pattern features a big, llama-butt. It makes me giggle to myself each time I see it.

      There are actually two shaggy llamas looking back at you. They are saying, “Come along!” but since they are llamas I made them say, “Come a-llama” … get it? It’s punny, right?

      My husband helped me come up with the title and so I am going to blame him if this blanket pattern is a complete flop. I know not everyone can be as funny and cool as my beloved hubby.

      I debated internally on whether to put the words on the top corner or not. Having words on the design means I have to create written instructions for the left-handed crocheters. I don’t want to leave them out.

      I just liked the way it looked better, so I decided to put the words on it. I make a lot of decisions based on a whim like that. So far, it’s working out okay for me!

      Interlocking Crochet Sample by Skye Acker. Dark brown used as the Main Color (MC).

      To summarize, you’ll get this super-awesome, funny little llama throw blanket crochet pattern written up for two techniques (interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet) and each technique has right- and left-handed instructions. There is a one-page chart for the interlocking crochet technique (it is best used on a screen, good for zooming in). And the multi-page chart for the mosaic technique has X’s on it so you know where to drop those double crochets.

      The mosaic version of this pattern has had the interlocking mesh dots and the extra border lines removed and the gauge gets slightly larger because of that.

      Usually I say you can use whatever colors you want. For this pattern it is important that you definitely use the darker color as the Main Color (MC), that is the first color used. It will allow the llama drawing to show properly.

      Wrong side of interlocking crochet sample by Skye Acker. If you use the mosaic technique your “wrong side” will just be stripes.

      Interlocking Crochet Details

      • US crochet terminology
      • Chart is 185 x 185
      • Finished measurements approximately 46” x 46” / 117cm x 117cm
      • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
      • Worsted weight yarn (2500-2575 yards total)
        • Main color (MC) black – 1250 yards plus 75 for optional border
        • Accent color (AC) yellow – 1250 yards
      • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”

      Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

      • US crochet terminology
      • Chart is 181 x 181
      • Finished measurements approximately 48” x 52” / 123cm x 131cm
      • 5 mm hook (H-8)
      • Worsted weight yarn (3050-3650 yards)
        • Main color (black) – 1200 yards
        • Contrasting color (yellow) – 1850 yards
        • Optional envelope border – 600 yards
      • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4”

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      I put a special secret promotion on Ravelry for this pattern: make sure you’re signed in to Ravelry and then add “Come A-Llama” to your cart to see! 😉 This secret offer ends 11:59 pm CST March 25, 2022.

      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”

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

      Baby Sea Turtle: the 4th pattern but there will be more!

      My four-year-old son LOVES sea turtles. He really like all ocean-things but there’s something special about a baby sea turtle.

      For months, every time we took the (chicken) egg carton out of the fridge he would want to come play with the baby sea turtles (tv shows always show baby sea turtles hatching from their eggs). It was a bit hard to bake with him during that phase. Usually we like to make cookies and cake but it was hard for me to keep the eggs safe from his quick, but not-so-nimble hands.

      This little blanket will be for him. I used my preferred technique, interlocking crochet (also called Locked Filet Mesh or LFM) because I can crochet it much quicker than when I do mosaic crochet. This blanket took me a week – I am sure some of you will be much quicker and many of you will take much longer for a blanket of this size. That’s ok!

      I used a discontinued yarn for my sample. It was on clearance and I love a good bargain. The fluffy yarn I used (Premiere Pixie Dust) is considered a worsted weight yarn but the labels suggests you use a 5.5 mm hook. I really like the stitches to be quite small with interlocking crochet because it keeps those chain-gap-squares small and then the other color doesn’t show through too much, so I used a 5 mm hook.

      Because it is so fluffy it does make the details of the design a bit less defined. And even though I used a 5 mm hook instead of my favorite 4.5 mm hook, I still used less than 500 yards per color. My finished square, including the simple single crochet border, is 33″ square.

      You can use any weight yarn for my blankets, just make sure you use an appropriately-sized hook.

      I titled this pattern “Baby Sea Turtle”, singular, but then I drew it with 3 little turtles swimming in the sea. 😬🤷‍♀️ I did the same with the dolphin pattern. The title is singular but the image shows more than one animal. One of my weird quirks, I guess.

      My interlocking crochet version of “Baby Sea Turtle”

      And, as always, the pattern is written up for interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet. The two files each include written instructions and an appropriate chart.

      The chart that is attached to the mosaic instructions has X’s where you need to do your dropped double crochets. I hope to make my own tutorial video for using the chart with X’s soon. But for now it is mostly useful for people who are already familiar with that style.

      Natalie Caruso has been amazingly helpful in creating these charts with X’s for you guys. Thank you, Natalie!

      If you’ve seen the previous patterns in this series, then you already know I created an eBook on Ravelry called “Baby Ocean & Others“. All of the patterns in this eBook have a chart size of 121 x 121 and have an ocean theme.

      These blankets – when matching the gauge stated in the pattern – will be about 30″ square. My sample with the fluffy yarn and large hook came out to about 33″ square.

      All of the patterns in my Baby Blankets section on Etsy and Ravelry are the same size.

      You can get “Baby Sea Turtle” on Etsy or Ravelry. Use code, “BABY21” to get 20% off* all my baby blanket patterns!

      *20% discount is valid in my Etsy Shop on Preemie Love Blanket, Feline the Deer, Many Hugs, Baby Ocean, Baby Dolphin, Baby Crab, Baby Sea Turtle, Baby Whale, Baby Fish, and Baby Ocean & Others eBook; use code “BABY21MORE”.

      And in my Ravely store on Preemie Love Blanket, Feline the Deer, Many Hugs, Baby Ocean, Baby Dolphin, Baby Crab, Baby Sea Turtle, Baby Whale, Baby Fish, and Baby Ocean & Others eBook. Code “BABY21” must be used at the time of purchase, and is not retroactive. Offer ends 11:59 pm CST July 31, 2021. OFFER EXTENDED TO AUGUST 10, 2021.

      And, sorry for the delay in adding Baby Crab to the list of sale patterns – I forgot it doesn’t happen automatically!

      The wrong side, using interlocking crochet. If you use the mosaic technique it will be striped on the back instead.

      Zoo Animal Blog Hop: Common Unicorn

      Today is my special day in the Zoo Animal Blog Hop by My Fingers Fly.

      You can get my Common Unicorn pattern on Ravelry for FREE today! (expired now)

      If you head back to My Fingers Fly you can find out more on the other unicorn patterns available today!

      My blanket can be made using the interlocking crochet technique or the overlay mosaic technique. I have tutorials for both techniques available on YouTube!

      The techniques are both easier than they look! Give them a try, learn something new, and then decide which technique you’re going to use.

      Use code “MYFINGERSFLY” to get the PDF free on Ravelry now! (expired)

      Anneke used a rainbow self-striping yarn for the MC!

      You can read about the original release of this pattern here: https://ashleeslint.com/common-unicorn/

      National Zoo & Aquarium Blog Hop

      You can ignore this post if you’re not interested in free crochet patterns. 😉

      One thing I have enjoyed about being a crochet designer this year is “meeting” (online) other designers. A year ago I probably could have named one or two designers, and I honestly barely considered the fact that a real human-person was creating the patterns found online.

      I mostly made up my own stuff as needed or, on the rare occasion that I wanted to make something specific I would search the web for a free pattern.

      Today, I want to introduce you to a whole bunch of designers! My Fingers Fly has just started a blog-hop of FREE animal patterns!

      This is the first day of a MONTH of free patterns! Each day she will be showcasing up to 8 patterns (over 80 patterns for the month)! Some of the patterns are always free, some are only free for a limited time on their special day.

      The designers involved in this blog-hop are:

      You can watch a quick video explaining it here:

      https://youtu.be/gEhfBrIQQm4

      Each day’s theme 🤩
      Fish crochet patterns
      owl crochet patterns
      bat crochet patterns
      cat crochet patterns
      bear crochet patterns
      butterfly crochet
      axolotl crochet
      marine life crochet
      penguin crochet patterns
      alligator crochet patterns
      rabbit crochet patterns
      deer crochet pattern
      seahorse crochet pattern
      beaver crochet patterns
      monkey crochet pattern