Live Love Laugh Paws: LFM and Mosaic Crochet, for Lefties too!

If you are familiar with my patterns you will see that when I create a pattern with words I also create written instructions for left-handed crocheters.

I think it is sad that my lefty friends have to make do with so many things created for right-handed people. Of course, it is possible to just read each line backwards and then your words will be legible. But I think that it is much nicer to have something made for you!

After all, being left-handed shouldn’t be a reason to avoid crocheting my patterns!

So, my newest pattern: Live Laugh Love Paws, includes one file for left-handed crocheters and one file for right-handed crocheters.

Digital Sample of Live Laugh Love Paws
Live Laugh Love Paws

I don’t have a lot of patterns aimed towards animal lovers. I think there are a lot of people out there who will make this “baby blanket” for their beloved pooch!

It is written up for interlocking and overlay mosaic crochet, of course. I am still working on getting my first patterns to include both sets of instructions. It is more fun to make new patterns so it is taking me awhile.

You can get it on Etsy or Ravelry. Both places include both files (right- and left-handed).

And, as usual, if you buy it in the first 72 hours after release you will get an automatic 30% discount!

I don’t mind the pattern hoarders 🤣 but I sure do love seeing my patterns come to life in yarn! Show us your progress in my Ravelry Group: Locked Filet Mesh Crochet (although, truly I should update the title of my group now that I also do mosaic) or in my Facebook Group: Ashlee’s Interlocking and Mosaic Crochet.

I have YouTube tutorials on both techniques so make sure you check them out and subscribe!

And, if you want to stay updated with my latest news, you can subscribe to this blog as well!

Gnomesflake: First Pattern of 2021

A few weeks ago I noticed there were a lot of gnomes showing up in the crochet groups I am in on Facebook. I started drawing up a pattern but the angles weren’t working and then I got distracted with all those Holiday Squares.

And then the holidays were over. It is the new year! Are gnomes still good without anymore holidays looming?

The pattern was so close to finished. I could finish it or leave it for a few months. But if I wait until next winter maybe gnomes won’t be popular anymore?

I decided to ask my Facebook group what they thought.

Right away the responses started rolling in: it was a resounding, “yes! Finish the pattern! We love gnomes!”

So, today, I present to you, my finished gnome pattern: Gnomesflake.

Gnomesflake. Chart and written interlocking and overlay mosaic crochet pattern.

You can get it on Etsy and Ravelry.

And you will get an automatic 30% off (no code needed) until Jan 7, 2021!

The file, like all my patterns, has written instructions for interlocking crochet, a one-page chart (good for zooming in on screens), and the written instructions for overlay mosaic (as well as instructions on the envelope border).

I have received quite a few happy notes already and I am so glad you like this cute pattern!

I must now return to my crochet hook 😍

Lightning Squiggle

My friend called me up and said,

Ashlee, I love that purple baby blanket! Can you make me something like that but bigger?

And I was like,

“Wow! Thank you! Can I just add to the Preemie Love Blanket I already made? It would save us time.”

And she said,

“Yes! Make something beautiful, I trust you! All your designs are great!”

So, I created the Heart Levels Banner for the top and bottom.

And added these skinny squiggly panels on each side to fill it out.

If you want to do the exact same thing, you can!

This is the squiggle pattern I made up. You can do as many repeats as you want to make it whatever size you need. My blanket is all in interlocking/Locked Filet Mesh but since my “thing” is LFM and Mosaic I have written out both options here for you.

Use whatever yarn and hook you are using for the rest of your project. This is easily customizable, I have written the size that you will need if you are adding it to the Preemie Love Blanket like I did.

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Interlocking Squiggle Pattern

Interlocking Key

RS = right side: the side of your work that will show the finished design
WS = wrong side: the back of your project
Front = the side currently facing you
Back = the side not facing you
Ch = chain
Sp = space
Sk = skip a stitch
SC = single crochet
DC = double crochet
F = DC in front, then CH 1
B = DC behind, then CH 1
ES = DC into the last window space
EF = end stitch in front: using AC, DC into the last AC window, working in front of MC
EB = end stitch in back: using AC, DC into the last AC window, working behind MC
ACF = bring the AC yarn to the side facing you
ACB = put AC yarn to the side facing away from you

Notes

  • If you chain tighter than me you may need to Ch 4 where I Ch 3
  • Don’t confuse RS / WS with Front / Back
  • Remember, each color is worked into itself only and there is a chain space between each DC

Foundation Rows (8 MC stitches / 7 AC stitches)

  1. Using MC create 7 windows. I prefer the chainless technique using triple/treble crochet but alternatively you can Ch 15 + 3 (or 4 if you chain tighter than me), then DC in 6th (or 7th) Ch from your hook. *Ch 1, Sk 1, DC* repeat until the end. Place stitch marker so your work doesn’t unravel.
  2. With your AC, Ch 15 +1 (or 2 if you chain tighter). Place MC windows on top of this chain (make sure the end with the stitch marker is at your left) and pull the tail of your AC through the window on the right end (see picture by the Key). DC through the back of the next window into the 6th (or 7th) Ch from your hook.
  3. *Ch 1, Sk 1, DC through back* repeat to end. Place stitch marker so your work doesn’t unravel. Both stitch markers should be on the same end.

WS – ACB (wrong side facing you, AC to back)

4 MC – Ch3, 1B, 1F, 1B, 1F, 2B, ES

5 AC – Ch3 in back, 1F, 1B, 1F, 1B, 1F, EB

RS – ACF (right side facing you, AC to front)

6 MC – Ch3, 1F, 1B, 1F, 1B, 2F, ES

7 AC – Ch3 in front, 1F, 1B, 1F, 1B, 1F, EF

Repeat rows 4 through 7 until your desired length (for my preemie blanket addition I did 28 repeats). Then continue with the final finishing rows:

RS – ACB*

118 MC – Ch3, 1F, 1B, 1F, 1B, 2F, ES

119 AC – Ch3 in back, 5B, EB

Cut and tie off AC

WS

120 MC – Ch3, 6F, ES

Cut and tie off, OR continue with border.

SC Border

Ch1, put 2 SC in each gap on all four sides. Add an extra ch2 space in each corner (corner gap will have 2sc, 2ch, 2sc).

FINISHED!

Take a picture and share it! @Ashleeslint #lockedfiletmeshcrochet


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Opposite LFM Squiggles

I did a mirror-image squiggle piece for the other side. So each row is read backwards and looks like this (foundation rows are the same):

WS – ACB (wrong side facing you, AC to back)

4 MC – Ch3, 2B, 1F, 1B, 1F, 1B, ES

5 AC – Ch3 in back, 1F, 1B, 1F, 1B, 1F, EB

RS – ACF (right side facing you, AC to front)

6 MC – Ch3, 2F, 1B, 1F, 1B, 1F, ES

7 AC – Ch3 in front, 1F, 1B, 1F, 1B, 1F, EF

Repeat rows 4 through 7 until your desired length (for my preemie blanket addition I did 28 repeats). Then continue with the final finishing rows:

RS – ACB*

118 MC – Ch3, 2F, 1B, 1F, 1B, 1F, ES

119 AC – Ch3 in back, 5B, EB

Cut and tie off AC

WS

120 MC – Ch3, 6F, ES

Cut and tie off, OR continue with border.

SC Border

Ch1, put 2 SC in each gap on all four sides. Add an extra ch2 space in each corner (corner gap will have 2sc, 2ch, 2sc).

FINISHED!

Take a picture and share it! @Ashleeslint #lockedfiletmeshcrochet


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Mosaic Squiggle Pattern

Mosaic Key

MC = Main Color: black in chart
CC = Contrasting Color: white in chart
Sp = space
Sk = skip a stitch
CH = chain
SC = single crochet: insert hook, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through both loops
sc = SC into Back Loop only
DC = double crochet: yarn over, insert hook, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through two loops
dc = DC into Front Loop of stitch, 2 rows below
JS = Joining Stitch / Standing SC: create slip knot, insert hook under both loops, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through both loops
ES = End Stitch: SC under both loops, CH 1, cut yarn and pull through tightly

Mosaic Notes

  • Remember to skip the same number of stitch(es) behind your dc(s) before doing your next sc
  • The front of your work is always facing you (this is the right side, the side showing the design)
  • You are always working from the right to the left
  • You tie on a new yarn at the beginning of each row and cut it at the end
    • Tails don’t need to be longer than an inch and a half
  • Yarn colors can be anything you like
    • They need to contrast well (try a black and white photo to see if they are too similar)
    • They need to be the same weight (size/thickness)
    • My charts use black as the Main Color and white as the Coordinating Color
  • I prefer using a chainless SC to create my foundation row because then I have tails on both sides of my work just like all the other rows will have
  • Even-numbered rows use MC; odd-numbered rows use CC

Foundation Row: use Main Color (MC)

Use a chainless SC technique to create 15+2 SC. Or, chain 15+3, SC in 2nd from hook and all the way back across. Cut and tie off.

Switch to Contrasting Color (CC) {Even- rows use MC; odd-numbered rows use CC}

1 – JS, sc15, ES

2 – JS, dc1, sc13, dc1, ES

3 – JS, sc15, ES

4 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, (dc1, sc3) x2, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

5 – JS, sc1, (dc1, sc3) x3, dc1, sc1, ES

6 – JS, dc1, sc1, (dc1, sc3) x2, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, ES

7 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc1, (dc1, sc3) x2, (dc1, sc1) x2, ES

Repeat Rows 4 through 7 until desired length (28 repeats are required for the Preemie Love addition).

Then finish with these rows:

116 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, (dc1, sc3) x2, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

117 – JS, sc1, (dc1, sc3) x3, dc1, sc1, ES

118 – JS, dc1, sc1, dc2, sc2, dc1, sc3, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, ES

119 – JS, sc15, ES

120 – JS, dc1, sc13, dc1, ES

Tie your ends together.

Trim the fringe.

Add a border if you want.

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Mirror-image squiggle

You can do this pattern in mirror-image for the other side if you like, just read each row backwards, it would look like this (I’ve taken the repeats out as well):

1 – JS, sc15, ES

2 – JS, dc1, sc13, dc1, ES

3 – JS, sc15, ES

4 – JS, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

5 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc1, ES

6 – JS, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

7 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES 

Repeat Rows 4 through 7 until desired length (28 repeats are required for the Preemie Love addition).

Then finish with these rows:

116 – JS, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

117 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc1, ES

118 – JS, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc2, dc2, sc1, dc1, ES

119 – JS, sc15, ES

120 – JS, dc1, sc13, dc1, ES

Tie your ends together.

Trim the fringe.

Buzz Lightyear Sweater, part 1

My toddler is in LOVE with Buzz Lightyear. You may have already seen the blanket I made him?

I started it one month before having my 3rd child, so it took me nearly a year to finish! But of course, during that year I didn’t get to work on it that often. There was at least a full 3 months where I didn’t even touch it.

It is all single crochet and at one point I think I had 50 bobbins! I used a 4.5 mm hook and worsted weight yarn. It is quite heavy and sort of stiff. I was trying to keep it from being too large but if I did another graphgan I would use a 5 mm hook so the drape is a bit looser.

My cute little boy was really excited to get it, but he won’t sleep with it. 🤷‍♀️ Kids.

I am now attempting to make him a Buzz Lightyear sweater. Maybe he will use this more. His older sister likes her unicorn sweater and and I will have to come up with some fancy sweater for my 3rd child as well.

On a completely unrelated note: I am happy to report the front porch has been renovated and looks much better now

I am writing out my pattern as I make it up. It won’t be a true pattern because I don’t plan on making size options. This is just the one size I am using that will fit my one child right now. I also created a Ravelry project page.

I am using worsted weight yarn. Red Heart Super Saver melon green. Some leftover black from my stash. Red Heart Super Saver medium purple. Not sure what brand this leftover white is.

My main stitch is going to be the hdc (half double crochet) because it gives enough bulk when using a large hook and makes the project quick.

My hook is a 7 mm. It looks like I have about 11 hdc by 8 rows in 4″ as a gauge.

I am starting with green at the bottom, and working my way up.

Foundation hdc 67. Ch 1, turn and hdc in the same spot (counts as the first stitch). I had more problems than usual with keeping my stitch count proper, stitch markers are your friend!

After the foundation row, do another row of hdc with the green, then switch to black for 2 rows.

I am adding these single crochet white rows to represent the bendy part of Buzz’s waist. I am doing the SC in the back loop only and then switching back to black and doing hdc in the front loop only.

I want those unused loops to both be on the “right side” of my work. This is an amigurumi trick to get straight lines and I am not sure it will work the same with my loose gauge but I figured it is worth a try.

I also do the first and last stitch under both loops because I want my project to feel sturdy. In mosaic crochet when you join new yarn you use both loops, so I joined yarn with the same technique.

I then did 2 rows of black, another row of white, 2 rows of black, a row of white, and 2 rows of black. For the color changing rows I always used the loop on the wrong side (sometimes that is the front loop and sometimes it is the back loop).

Turns out I messed up my own made up pattern 🤣 white was supposed to be sc, but the middle row is hdc

I also chose to just drag my yarn up the side instead of cutting it each time. I plan on putting a border on after that will cover the messy edges anyway so I would rather not have ends to weave in.

Ugly edges for now

Now that the waist is done I have cut the black and I am using white again. When you look at Buzz you will notice he has two purple stripes across his front… but the angle makes it complicated. I decided my sweater was going to be a bit more abstract and not an actual image of his costume. Maybe I am being too lazy. I hope it’s good enough.

I have done 3 rows of hdc in white, then one row in dark purple, then 3 more in white. Why did I do just one row of purple? Well I am using the leftover yarn from that Toy Story blanket and this piece of yarn was the perfect length to just do one row.

He knows it is for him

I then switched to green for 3 more rows until I decided the length was sufficient. Now the tricky math part.

I started with 67 hdc, but I will be adding a border along the front opening, so I folded it into an approximate sweater shape and counted the front panel stitches. I did a few rows and measured it on my not-so-cooperative toddler.

With all that very official measuring I decided each front panel will have 15 stitches. And I want them to be at least 7″ tall from the armpit hole to the shoulder based on his other clothes.

Therefore, I did an extra 13 rows of 15 stitches for each front panel and 13 rows of 39 stitches for the back panel. The stitch that had my stitch markers got used for both the front and back panels.

And I like to make the stitches match on the front, so with the first front panel, since my yarn was attached, I started at the outside edge, but with the second front panel I joined my yarn where the stitch marker was because a hdc doesn’t look quite the same on each side and I wanted the front to line up with the front. I also joined my back panel to the stitch marker near the 1st front panel because that makes all the hdc face the same way.

So far, this does not look like what I first envisioned. But it feels nice. Soft and stretchy. And it has worked up pretty quickly.

Technically, it has been 2 days since I started it, but I also managed to get 2 patterns updated to include right- and left-handed instructions for both interlocking and mosaic crochet (Preemie Love and Wild and Free) and I published a new pattern: Speedy Train!

I am going to publish this in two parts because it is quite long with my notes and ramblings and it may take me a few days to get back to this project.

Rocking Horse

I try to be mindful of not posting too often. I definitely don’t want to overwhelm your inboxes! I have the Dr Who patterns set to auto-post and I should have paid attention and quickly rescheduled so that I could post about this rocking horse instead.

A new pattern deserves a new post! This one is, of course, available for both interlocking and mosaic crochet.

I actually really love this design – it turned out well, in my opinion. And I always wish I could crochet all my new designs but this one might actually be on the REAL list to do! lol

I especially like how the stars in the corner are quite whimsical. And you will notice they do not mirror each other – I tend to like things asymmetrical.

You can get it on Ravelry or Etsy. You will get an automatic discount when you put it in your cart at Ravelry (that’s the “buy now” link below) and you can see the sale price on the Etsy listing. Sales end in 48 hours!

I think it has a sort of Christmas gift feel. But also can be good for a new baby or anyone who loves cute horse things!

Preemie Love Blanket

I’m new to designing, new to having a blog, new to this world of turning my hobby into a business. It seems like a good idea to team up with others who are more established.

This pattern was created in response to a challenge from Sunflower Cottage Crochet to create a pattern suitable for a donation to a NICU or other preemie charity. They will be featuring one pattern a day from different designers for the month of August, 2020. And we will all be using the hashtag #preemiecrochetchallenge2020 so you can find the projects easily! Don’t forget to tag your works too!

The challenge is that each free download (see below for the link) will be considered a pledge to make that pattern and donate it by the end of November (which is Preemie Awareness Month). I don’t have a nearby NICU centre (since I live in the middle of nowhere, Saskatchewan), but I do have a new baby niece!

I will likely have to make this blanket again because I have 3 children and 2 blankets – not a good ratio!

This pattern holds a special place in my heart because my first baby was preemie. She was born at 36 weeks – which is considered a late premature. Some babies are fine at this point, others can still have a lot of problems. After a 30-hour labour, my little 5 lb 13 oz girl was born. We stayed in the hospital for 5 days because baby Alice needed to stay in the warming isolette for a day or two (the details are a bit fuzzy to be honest).

The first few months at home were stressful. She hard a hard time eating. She always wanted to sleep. She dropped down to 5 lbs 3 oz and was in the 6th percentile for weight and the doctor considered diagnosing her “failure to thrive”.

Somehow we made it through. And I have a proud-mama-picture of her at 3 months old, FINALLY over 8 lbs! However, shortly after that, we discovered that the heart murmur she had since birth was not benign. She would need surgery.

A 7 months old, my baby girl underwent a balloon valvuloplasty to correct the pulmonary stenosis. One sentence doesn’t describe the stress.

But everything went smoothly. Every few years they check on her heart and so far, so good. She’s growing like a weed (do they say that about kids everywhere, or only here in Saskatchewan?) and she’s a sweet, kind, caring 5 year old now (well, she’ll be 6 in three weeks).

But, back to the crochet!

I could tell you a completely different story about the baby in this picture, but I’ll save that for another time. She’s my 3rd and she’s just as sweet as her sister and brother.

I crocheted this blanket using both the techniques I make my patterns for. The orange and blue one (with the thick blue envelope border) is mosaic. The colors seem more accurate in the picture with my baby versus the picture with the older kids holding the blankets but either way, you get the point, you can see the hearts and the word “love” and it’s soft and a good size.

The purple-on-purple blanket is interlocking crochet. It’s slightly smaller because there’s no extra border. This technique also uses *slightly* less yarn.

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I’m also MUCH faster at crocheting using the interlocking technique. It is sort of difficult for me to constantly be using the front loop or back loop of a stitch. Based on what they show in the magazines, mosaic seems to be the more popular choice. But I will definitely be sticking with the interlocking technique!

Another thing to note is that I used a medium (4) weight yarn but you could easily use a different yarn! When I use a baby or sport weight yarn I usually get about 6 stitches per inch which would make the finished blanket around 20″ (about 51 cm).

Many centers have restrictions on the size of blanket you can donate (example, it must be less than 30”). Make sure you do a gauge swatch if your finished piece needs to be a certain size.

You can buy this pattern on Etsy or Ravelry (it is on sale on Ravelry for the month of August – add it to your cart to see the automatic discount).

PROMOTION ENDED! For 3 DAYS ONLY (August 25 & 26 & 27, 2020) you will be able to download this pattern for free on Ravelry! The code “Preemie2020” is being used for every pattern in this promotion.

I will send a tally back to Sunflower Cottage Crochet and they will announce the numbers (downloads/pledges) on their pattern round-up post.

Go to Sunflower Cottage Crochet

I can’t wait to see everything you all create!

Personal update: 977 of you took advantage of the free promotion code! That is a lot of blankets! Wow! I did not expect so many! Great job everyone!