FATW6 CAL: Adventures in Mosaic Crochet – Ocean Theme

Good morning, Monday!

It has been so great seeing all the new projects getting started since Thursday when my Mosaic Coral Strip was released as the first section in the Friends Around the World 6th Anniversary CAL (FATW6)!

Mondays and Thursdays will be the release days of a new section – and today is Monday! Remember, all the pieces in this Crochet-A-Long have been designed by different people. The common theme is mosaic crochet and then 3 blankets were compiled from the submissions!

Each section is FREE. Some designers, like me, have included videos. I believe all the sections include a chart and written instructions, but I guess we will have to wait and see if that’s true.

This blog post of mine is going to be where I keep a list of all the sections as they are released. You can bookmark it if you like! You can also sign up for updates from the host: CAL Crochet A Long Facebook group

Also, please feel free to share your progress on this CAL in my Ashlee Brotzell Designs Facebook group. Normally, I don’t allow work by other designers but since this is a group collaboration I am making an exception – I want to see your progress! 🙂

I will link to the official CAL blog entry and you will have to scroll through their post to find the link to that section’s pattern (some are Ravelry downloads, some are on websites; different designers have different ways of doing things).

Friends Around The World: Adventures in Mosaic Crochet – Ocean theme

July 8, 2021: Mosaic Coral Strip by Ashlee Brotzell

Since this is my section I will also link to my blog entry about it and the ravelry download. Plus, my handy-dandy video walk-thru: Coral Strip on YouTube

July 12: Sally Starfish by Lynette Kosar of Lavender Cup Cottage

Look for the link to the ravelry download near the end of the article I linked to above.

July 15: Mosaic Crab by Suzanne Lively Boren

This one also has a link to ravelry near the end of the article.

July 19: Dancing Octopus by Suzanne Lively Boren

Find the ravelry link at the end of the blog article!

July 22: Mosaic Squid by Suzanne Lively Boren of Not So Boren Crochet

Suzanne was busy! This is another section she did!

July 26: The Goldfish 1 by Svetlana Rogatykh

This goldfish section also includes a tiny border design you can use at any point in your design! And the goldfish is pretty awesome! The link the to ravelry download is at the end of the article I have linked to above.

July 29: The Goldfish 2 by Svetlana Rogatykh

Svetlana’s second pattern in this Crochet-A-Long is swimming the other direction! Her Ravelry link is going at the end of the post linked to above.

August 2: Wave 1 by Svetlana Rogatykh

Another beautiful section from Svetlana!

August 5: Dolphin by Suzanne Boren of Not so Boren Crochet

You must be familiar with this designer by now! The official blog post from CAL has a direct link to her download, no Ravelry this time.

August 8: Wave 2 by Svetlana Rogatykh

Svetlana contributed so many designs to this CAL that you could actually create a full blanket with just her designs! You can get all of them in one file now.

August 12: My Anchors by Lana Ignjatovic of Loving Stitches Designs

In this CAL so far we have seen some repeated designers, but here’s a new one! This designer isn’t new to designing though; if you participated in the FATW5 CAL you may recognize her name. You can grab this anchor strip right from the official CAL blog linked above.

August 16: Dragorad’s Regatta designed by Lana Ignjatovic of Loving Stitches Designs

Another design from Lana here! It is hosted on the CAL blog so all you need to do is scroll to the end of their blog post and find the link to her pattern!

August 18, 2021: Sunglasses by Ashlee Brotzell

I have the privilege of being the final piece in this ocean-themed blanket! You can view the pattern on my blog or grab the free Ravelry download. And there’s a full walk-thru on YouTube!

After you finish crocheting these cool sunglasses, head back to the host blog and find instructions on finishing!

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/

Blog Hop Feature: Rose in Bloom

I am happy to be part of a flower-themed blog-hop this month! Jo’s Crafty Hook has been sharing a FREE crochet pattern everyday and today one of my patterns is in the lineup!

This square can be used as a panel in a blanket, the front of a pillow form, a wall hanging, or just a baby blanket by itself! Normally it is a paid pattern, but today, for the flower blog hop, you can download it for FREE!

The pink graphic above links you directly to your ravelry cart where the free pattern is ready for you (using code: “CraftyHook“, valid until June 7, 2021).

I originally published this square, Rose in Bloom, in August 2020. But, back then I didn’t create a blog post for every new pattern. I have it listed in my Doctor Who Series because it repesents Rose, the character, for me. 💕

All of my patterns include written line-by-line instructions for the interlocking technique and the overlay mosaic technique, as well as a chart (81 x 81 for Rose in Bloom).

I crocheted my sample in the photo using the overlay mosaic technique. I have a pdf tutorial and a YouTube tutorial on this technique.

I used a 5 mm hook instead of my usual 4.5 mm hook because I was hoping it would be large enough to be a baby blanket all by itself. With a 4.5 mm hook my square is 20″ but with the 5 mm hook it came out 22″. I used an envelope border to cover the tails that are created with the mosaic technique and my final piece was 26″.

Usually I join my squares of this size to other squares of this size and create a blanket that way.

I prefer to use the interlocking crochet method when I plan on joining squares.

Find more of my large afghan squares here: ashleeslint.com/patterns#large

Flower Round-Up

Did you know June and June are the same month 😅🙈 I signed up for two blog-hops this month! I hope you don’t feel like you’re getting too many messages from me, but I MUST tell you about this!

Jo’s Crafty Hook is having a flower-themed blog-hop for the first half of June. Each pattern is either free always or has a special code to make it free on their special day.

Click the image to visit daily!

You will have to wait a few days for my special day, but until then keep checking back to Jo’s Crafty Hook for the daily flower-themed pattern!

Sneak peak video
June 1: Flower Bunting – Jo’s Crafty Hook
June 2: Reusable Flower Face Scrubbies – Made by Gootie
June 3, 2021: Flowerful Headband – Natali’s Crochet
June 4, 2021: Reusable Makeup Remover Flower – Regina P Designs
June 5, 2021: Rose in Bloom – Ashlee Brotzell Designs
June 6, 2021: Victorian Jabot – Crafty Patti Crochet
June 7, 2021: Van Gogh’s Sunflowers – My Fingers Fly
June 8, 2021: Ribbon Ear Warmers – Jo’s Crafty Hook
June 9, 2021: Rounds of Flowers Coasters – Raffamusa Designs
June 10, 2021: Dear Peony Granny Blanket – Yarnandy
June 11, 2021: Spring Gentian Brooch – Crochet Cloudberry
June 12, 2021: Patriotic Wall Hanging – Pine Tree Crochet
June 13, 2021: Lacy Daisy Granny Square – Raffamusa Designs
June 14, 2021: Bloom Necklace and Earrings – Natali’s Crochet Designs
June 15, 2021: Posy Coasters – Regina P Designs

The round up is over now! Thanks for supporting all the designers!

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:


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