November Gnome

I am publishing this month’s gnome a few days early – I hope you don’t mind!

We just took possession of our new home (this will be our 3rd move in 14 months) and I am also involved in the “12 Days of Christmas Crochet Patterns” event so I wanted to make sure I am not late in releasing this gnome pattern. Early is better, in my opinion.

I don’t often have specific dates attached to my patterns. If life gets busy I can easily just delay publishing. No one ever knows how often that happens! But these Gnome squares have been coming out on the 1st of the month all year long and I wouldn’t want to disappoint anyone who has invested in the eBook!

First, I sent out the email to everyone who purchased the eBook on Etsy. Then I published the single pattern on Ravelry and uploaded the two files there (two files: one for the interlocking crochet technique and one for the overlay mosaic crochet method). After that I had to update the eBook listing on Ravelry.

Did you know that is two separate things on Ravelry? When I first started publishing patterns that caught me off guard. I thought you could create an eBook listing and tell Ravelry which patterns would be included and it would automatically join them but you actually have to upload everything you want in that eBook in the eBook listing itself.

When I went to add November Gnome to the Year of Gnomes eBook on Etsy I realized I hadn’t updated that listing since September! Oops! Good thing no one purchased it in the last few months anyway.

Then I realized I hadn’t published the single square on Etsy yet so I quickly did that.

Mosaic Crochet, by CarolinevdB

In case you’re new to this “A Year of Gnomes” series: there’s a new gnome each month. This month is a leafy design. You might see feathers if you’re thinking of Thanksgiving turkeys. This gnome has also put on his well-worn hat that’s been patched a few times. Why does a patch mean autumn weather to me? Is that in some nursery rhymes or something?

This pattern, like all the gnomes, has a chart size of 81 x 81 (so it is 20″ square if you match my gauge). I also have other squares of this same size if you’d prefer to mix and match:

On December 1st I will also be adding an all-in-one blanket pattern of all 12 gnomes to the eBooks on Ravelry and Etsy. The all-in-one pattern will save you from joining squares together but doesn’t allow as much creative freedom on yarn color. It won’t have a separate listing – it will only be available in the eBooks.

Speaking of the eBook – it is a great value; it is more than a 50% discount compared to buying each square individually (plus it’s the only way you’ll get that all-in-one blanket)! Ravelry has a great system for updating patterns; Etsy requires that I email you each month with the updated pattern. I offer both options for most of my patterns.

And, of course, our master list of gnomes that keeps getting updated:

Thank you for supporting me!

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!