Zoo Animals Blog Hop Again!

Last year I took part in a blog hop from the 1st-16th of June where you could get at least one free animal pattern each day. My entry was my Common Unicorn pattern.

This year, My Fingers Fly has decided to run the blog hop again!

Each day you need to go to the main webpage and find out what the daily patterns are and then you can visit the designer’s website on their special day to get your free patterns!

Braided Chain Mosaic Scarf: 12 Days of Christmas Crochet Patterns Blog Hop

I created a brand new scarf pattern for the “12 Days of Christmas Crochet Patterns” blog hop #sponsored by WeCrochet. It’s my first time joining a sponsored blog hop and it makes me feel like a real designer! There are about 30 designers involved in this event and it is only 12 days long (from October 27 – November 7, 2021) so you must act quickly.

There are two paths to getting the Christmas Crochet Patterns in this event: daily free downloads or buy the entire bundle (for about $0.30 a pattern!). You can also get only my scarf pattern if you prefer – click or scroll down for details.

The blog hopping option allows you to download a few free patterns each day by checking daily for a new code. Click the image above to go to the main post by Fosbas (our host designer). She has a daily list of all the patterns and codes. Scroll down to the current day and copy the code and then use that code on the patterns she has listed for that day. All of the patterns involved in the blog hop are included in the bundle that is available for purchase – so if you’ve missed a day or two you may want to just grab the bundle!

Use my affiliate link to purchase the bundle

If you buy the bundle you will get all 47 patterns included in the blog hop and also receive two bonus patterns from Fosbas Designs. Plus, if you use my affiliate link I will send you an email after the return period has closed with a code to add Braided Chain Mosaic Scarf to your Ravelry library so you can receive any updates that may become available down the road. And, I’ll throw in a FREE blanket pattern of your choice: Oh Tannenbaum or Warm Wishes (Gingerbread).

I would love to stay in contact with you even after this event is done! Join my mailing list or subscribe to my blog (there should be a link in the sidebar) so you never miss a new pattern release!

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Braided Chain Mosaic Scarf

This luxurious unisex scarf uses the overlay mosaic crochet technique to create a stunning visual effect! The pattern includes written line-by-line instructions and a chart marked with X’s so you can use whichever is most comfortable for you. If you’re new to the technique check out my tutorials first.

If you’re joining me on my special day (November 2nd) as part of the blog hop you can use the code you got from Fosbas to download this pattern FREE on Ravelry. If you don’t want to buy the big bundle and you aren’t here on my special day (Nov 2), you can take 20% off your purchase of my new scarf by using code “20CHAIN” until November 8, 2021. You can also purchase this scarf pattern on Etsy and use the same code.

Download my pattern FREE as part of the “12 Days of Christmas” blog hop event on November 2, 2021

And, I will always remember this project as the one I finished when we took the kids to the Royal Tyrell Museum of Paleontology (the dinosaur museum in Alberta, Canada). Great modeling skills, hubby! Happy times!

I wanted to make an elegant scarf that you could wear to a party or use for everyday warmth. I live in Canada, so I need something thick and warm as well as stylish. Who wears it better? My husband or me?

I’ve used Twill yarn. It is a worsted weight yarn (4-medium), 100% Superwash Merino Wool. These hanks are 100 grams each, with 149 yards. I chose to use the color Graphite Heather as my Main Color (MC) and Gold Rush as my Contrasting Color (CC). I needed two hanks of the gold and three hanks of the dark grey. You will have some leftover. You will need to carefully unwind these hanks before using them; a yarn swift and yarn winder come in very handy!

You can substitute any medium worsted weight yarn. Gauge isn’t critical with a scarf, if you’re off by a few inches it will still keep you warm and beautiful!

The nature of mosaic crochet is that fringe is created on the ends where you join and cut your yarn. I really like the finished, tidy look of chaining 15 to begin with and then chaining 15 before cutting it off. Be careful with your tension or you will create curly twists – they do block straight but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

This chaining technique allows the project to be finished when you’re done the final row instead of requiring you to go back and do something extra with the loose tails.

Typically, my patterns are designed for two techniques, but this pattern only works for the overlay mosaic technique; there is no interlocking version of my Braided Chain Mosaic Scarf!


Mosaic Technique

If you’re new to this technique, please start with my tutorials: http://ashleeslint.com/2020/07/23/mosaic-technique/
I have written instructions, a photo tutorial, and YouTube tutorials!

Chained Fringe

The nature of the overlay mosaic crochet technique automatically creates tails on both ends. By working our scarf along the long edge we keep the fringe on the short ends (which is pretty normal for a scarf). I’ve added a special detail to the fringe of this pattern. It is optional, of course, but if you like it you can use this technique for any of your overlay mosaic patterns!

Usually I join my yarn to my project with the shortest tail possible. It is a waste of yarn to make a long tail if you’re just going to cover it with an envelope border (which I usually use on blankets). For this scarf I decided to chain 15 before joining to the project. I also chained 15 at the end of the row before cutting the yarn. These chains become a sturdy fringe that won’t tangle and felt and frizz like loose yarn would. They can get curly if you’re not careful with your tension though.

Blocking, optional

I do not block very many of my projects. The type of material you use will affect how well the blocking process works. Since I used Merino Wool, it was relatively easy to pin it, wet it, and let it dry. The curly tails all straightened right out!

I did not block the body of the scarf.

Thank you for all the ways you support me (blog visits, pattern purchases, newsletter sign ups, etc)! I am really enjoying this and I will continue to design new patterns for you all!

12 Days of Christmas Crochet Patterns Blog Hop

I am so excited to tell you all that I am participating in a “12 Days of Christmas Crochet Patterns” blog hop, sponsored by WeCrochet. The most simple explanation is this: lots of designers, lots of patterns, hop from blog to blog daily to download each pattern free, OR purchase the bundle of patterns (and get a few bonuses!).

Blog Hop?

Each day, for the next 12 days (that is October 27 through to November 7, 2021), you will have the opportunity to download some free Christmas-themed crochet patterns. There are quite a few designers participating and if you collect every pattern you will have 47 new patterns at the end of these 12 Days! You will need to “hop” from blog to blog to collect everything. Each pattern is only free for 24 hours.

Here’s a sneak peak of just a few of the designs:

My contribution to this bundle is my brand new Braided Chain Mosaic Scarf pattern. This pattern hasn’t been published yet. And it will not be available for purchase until November 1st (but you can get it a few days early by buying the bundle). Most of my patterns have written instructions and charts for two techniques (interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet) but this pattern is only for overlay mosaic crochet. WeCrochet sponsored this event so they sent me this gorgeous yarn: KnitPicks Twill, in Graphite Heather and Gold Rush. It is 100% soft merino wool and I loved working with it!

Explain this event again?

Each day of the event you will need to go to the main round up post to find that day’s code and see which patterns are available (each day will have have a minimum of 2 patterns, some days have up to 6!). To get a reminder email from me you can subscribe to my blog (see the side bar) or subscribe to my newsletter by entering your email below.

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If you’re like me and know that you’d inevitably forget to download your favorite patterns on their specified days you might want to just grab the full PDF Pattern bundle now. Fosbas (our host, and an amazing designer) has thrown in 2 bonus PDF patterns for everyone who purchases the “12 Days Of Christmas Crochet Patterns” bundle – which means you’ll be receiving nearly 50 patterns at an amazing discount! You will also have the opportunity to grab her “winter bundle” at the same time; that’s the optional switch you’ll see.

How much better can it get? Well, when you purchase the bundle using my affiliate link I will send you an email after the return period has passed with a code to add Braided Chain Mosaic Scarf to your Ravelry library. This allows you to receive any updates that may become available down the road. And, I’ll throw in a code that allows you to download a FREE blanket pattern: your choice of Oh Tannenbaum or Warm Wishes (Gingerbread).

The “12 Days Of Christmas Crochet Patterns” bundle is only available for purchase during the event – when the event is over, the bundle deal goes away too. Also, note the purchase price is USD (not CAD like my patterns).

Click the image above to buy the bundle or click the image below to check out the round up post. You’ll need to refresh the round up post every day to see the new code for the day and the list of participating patterns.

The tag for this event is: #FallBlogHopWeC (this is the tag I was told to use, don’t ask me why it says “fall”). I’ll be posting nearly daily on my Instagram feed as well – to help remind you to grab those free downloads each day!