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.

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“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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      Garden Mandala: a floral blanket that can be made 4 ways

      I am pleased to present my newest pattern: Garden Mandala! I have written this pattern up to be made using the overlay mosaic crochet technique from the center-out or bottom-up, and also the interlocking crochet technique from the center-out or bottom-up.

      It is a bit floral, with a few dainty notes, but mostly it is bold and uncomplicated. Most of the lines are thick with gentle curves.

      The “wow” in my photo mostly comes from the amazing color gradient in my yarn. It definitely doesn’t come from my garden unless you are stunned by the amount of weeds in there. (That is mostly round leaf mallow – technically edible, but considered an invasive weed around here; I was too busy with crochet to worry about all the weeds).

      I really wanted an excuse to use one of the big cakes of yarn from Scheepjes. Typically, I use cheap acrylic yarn because it is inexpensive and readily available.

      Most of my yarn stash has been given to me over the years as friends of my grandmother or mother-in-law have destashed. I have a lot of tightly hand-rolled balls of old acrylic yarn with no labels. Every now and then there would be full skeins with labels included in the bags.

      Now that I consider myself a proper designer I decided it was time to try some new-to-me yarns.

      I used Scheepjes Whirl and Whirlette for my Garden Mandala. It is a fingering weight yarn (1 – super fine, on the Craft Council’s chart).

      You can find more details on my project page on Ravelry if you’re interested: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/ashleeslint/center-out-mosaic-garden-mandala

      I had planned on using a worsted weight yarn ( 4 – medium) for this project when I was drawing it. It was supposed to cover a queen size bed. Nancy Foster used worsted weight and her blanket just about covers her king size bed (but no drape down the sides) as shown in the photo below.

      Her measurements came to 65″ square, as expected.

      Garden Mandala by Ashlee Brotzell, overlay mosaic crochet from the center out; crocheted by Nancy Foster using worsted weight yarn, shown on a king size bed.

      Using the thinner yarn has (as expected) resulted in a much smaller blanket. My very tall 8 year old daughter is showing the size in the photo below. You can also see a very sad tomato plant that I had to pull away from the rest of the garden because I was scared there was something attacking it – but it turns out it was blossom end rot and was because I didn’t water it enough. And there are some weeds drying on the walkway (proof that I did pull some weeds!).

      Overlay mosaic crochet from the center-out using a fingering weight yarn

      I used a 3 mm hook with this fingering weight yarn instead of the 5 mm I would have used with worsted weight yarn and my final piece is 40″ / 101cm square.

      The kids really like the size and the drape and the colors. While working on this one, at one point or another, each person in my house has tried to claim it as their own. It was nice to have that compliment from them but I felt bad that I had to tell each of them no.

      Multiple times: “No, you can’t have it, I haven’t finished it.”

      To my son, Remi, “oh, you like the blues and greens? There will be more colors later. It isn’t finished yet.”

      To my husband, “you love the weight of the cotton but I don’t think this is going to be big enough to cover all 6’3″ of you.”

      To my eldest daughter, Alice, “no, I can’t let you use it as a cape, I need to take some photos of it for the pattern listing..”

      To my youngest daughter, Melody, “no, I can’t let this one be only yours because everyone seems to love it and they all want a turn.”

      I make plenty of blankets, but this one has captured everyone’s eye! The colors, the design, the feel of the yarn – my only complaint is that it took me a really long time to finish because I kept doing small projects in between.

      You can do this pattern from the bottom-up or the center-out in both interlocking crochet or overlay mosaic crochet.

      In-progress. Interlocking Crochet sample from the center-out by CarolinevdB

      No matter which way you do it, the results are spectacular!

      And, as always, I’ve included all 4 options in one listing. I don’t want anyone to be disappointed with their purchase (by purchasing the wrong version of the pattern). Whether you use Ravelry or Etsy you will receive all four options.

      Each of the four options comes with a written pattern and an appropriate chart. There are slight differences between the charts as well.

      The interlocking crochet chart has mesh dots all over it, and the edges are locked together with solid lines. This is how all of my interlocking crochet charts look.

      The center-out method has the mesh dots (because it is a natural byproduct of the interlocking technique) but it doesn’t have the edges locked the same way. This makes the chart a few squares smaller but doesn’t have a big impact on anything else.

      The overlay mosaic version of “Garden Mandala” does not have the mesh dots, it is solid mosaic crochet. Yardage estimates for the center-out version do not include an envelope border because there are no cut ends to hide with that technique.

      I did post a few teasers on Instagram showing this blanket at various points. Here are a few:

      A very adorable helper.

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      For Interlocking Crochet

      • Chart is 249 x 249
      • Gauge: 8 (dc, ch) x 8 rows = 4”
      • 62” / 158cm square
      • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
      • Worsted weight yarn (4400 – 4700 yards total)
        • Main color (MC) (black on chart) – 2200 yards plus 300 for optional border
        • Accent color (AC) – 2200 yards

      For Interlocking Crochet from the Center-Out

      • Chart is 245 x 245
      • Gauge: 8 (dc, ch) x 8 rows = 4”
      • 61” / 156cm square
      • 5 mm hook (H-8)
      • Worsted weight yarn (4400 yards total)
        • Main color (MC) (black on chart) – 2200 yards
        • Accent color (AC) – 2200 yards

      For Overlay Mosaic Crochet

      • Chart is 245 x 245
      • Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
      • 65” x 70” / 166cm x 178cm
      • 5 mm hook (H-8)
      • Worsted weight yarn (4800 – 5500 yards)
        • Main color (black) – 3000 yards
        • Contrasting color – 2900 yards
        • Plus, optional envelope border – 700 yards

      For Overlay Mosaic Crochet from the Center-Out

      • Chart is 245 x 245
      • Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 14 rows = 4”
      • 65” / 166cm
      • 5 mm hook (H-8)
      • Worsted weight yarn (5700 yards)
        • Main color (black) – 2900 yards
        • Contrasting color – 2800 yards
          or
      • Gauge: 28 sc blo stitches x 28 rows = 4”
      • 40” / 101cm
      • 3 mm hook
      • Fingering weight yarn (2750 yards)
        • Main color (Scheepjes Whirlette, Bilberry) – 1400 yards
        • Contrasting color (Scheepjes Whirl, Sherbet Rainbow) – 1350 yards

      Rocky Mountain Range Wall Hanging

      I have lived on the prairies my whole life. We took a trip to Banff, AB in high school and it was such a beautiful sight!

      Driving through the mountains makes me feel really claustrophobic. I like being able to see for miles in all directions. It feels better.

      I prefer to look at the beauty of the mountains from a distance.

      And now I can look at them on my wall every day!

      “Rocky Mountain Range” Overlay Mosaic Crochet Wall Hanging

      The Rocky Mountains are the largest mountain system in North America. You can access them from Canada or the USA. There is no one iconic peak for this system because it is so large, but usually my favorite photos include a blue-green lake or river at the bottom of the mountain with lush greenery and white snow on the rocky mountains.


      In my last email newsletter, I had a little giveaway! To enter, all you had to do was reply to my email and say you wanted a chance to win my next pattern (which is this Mountainous Wall Hanging!). The winner has already received their pattern.

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      I designed this piece as a wall hanging. I suggest a fingering weight yarn because it keeps the piece from being too large or heavy for the wall. I have seen people hang up full-size blankets made from worsted weight cotton though, so this suggestion is not really required. It just depends on what you want to do with the finished piece.

      One of my testers suggested it might look good as a bed runner (but you’d have to use at least a worsted weight yarn to get the size for a bed).

      When I went to the store to buy my wooden dowel they were sold out of the shorter length, so I bought a super long dowel and my husband cut it in half when we got home. I am very thankful for his handy skills! He also made it black for me.

      I love the way the dowels stick out way past the project. It makes them part of the statement. In the pattern I’ve listed a dowel that would only give you an inch of extra space on each side of the crocheted rectangle, but of course you are free to use any size you’d like!

      Since this is quite a wide piece make sure your dowel is thick enough to have the strength needed to hold your piece up.

      I don’t think I am abnormal in dreading the finishing touches – I whined on Instagram that my pocket for the dowels was taking too long and much too difficult. But, I really love the finished look and in the end I think it was worth it.

      Thank you to my testers: Cindy Daling, CynCityCrochet, Deb Albers, & Kami!

      Since this piece is designed to be hung on the wall, the wrong side is not overly important, but I know you like seeing it. It’s good to know what to expect!

      When you use the interlocking crochet technique (shown above) you will get an image on the wrong side that is almost an inverse of the right side. The straight vertical lines on the sides turn into short horizontal dashes, and you’ll notice the smooth mountain gets prickly where the white meets the black.

      When you use the overlay mosaic technique (shown below) you will have stripes on the back. You also get a sort of hazy view of what the front will look like. I have not locked in my stitches (but you can see my tutorial on that here) and I haven’t done anything other than the basic mosaic crochet stitches (single crochets in the back loop only, and double crochets in the front loop only dropped two rows below).

      Wrong side of my overlay mosaic sample. My attempt at blocking without pinning it to a board.

      If you’re new to these techniques please check out my tutorials! I have PDFs with photos and also videos on YouTube!

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      Interlocking Crochet Details

      • Chart is 201 x 97
      • Finished measurements approximately 31” x 15” / 79cm x 38cm
      • 3.5 mm hook (E/4)
      • Wooden Dowel: 1/2” diameter, 33” length
      • Finishing needle
      • Fingering weight yarn (1500+ yards total)
        • Main color (MC) – 750 yards
        • Accent color (AC) – 750 yards
        • Optional Single Crochet Border – 100 yards
        • Fringe – optional
      • Gauge: 13 (dc, ch) x 26 rows in one color = 4” square

      Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

      • Chart is 197 x 93
      • Finished measurements approximately 36” x 15” / 91cm x 48cm”
      • (E/4)
      • Wooden Dowel: 1/2” diameter, 38” length
      • Finishing needle
      • Fingering weight yarn (1725 – 2225 yards total)
        • Main color (MC) (black) – 850 yards
        • Accent color (AC) (blue) – 875 yards
        • Optional Envelope Border – 500 yards
      • Gauge: 25 sc x 22 rows = 4”
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      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.

      Winter 2021 Crochet-A-Long Foundation Rows

      The countdown is definitely on to get this Crochet-A-Long (CAL) STARTED! 🥳

      UPDATE: CAL is now over but you can always create this project and share your progress with us at any time! #Winter2021CAL

      Updated to add my finished sample

      I know there are also CALs from other designers going on at the same time. It is simply impossible to schedule things one at a time. I do hope to see at least a few progress photos from you guys the next few weeks even though I know some of you will be working on other projects.

      If you’re eager to get started, like me, then why not get those foundation rows figured out? The actual pattern will go live on Ravelry and Etsy tomorrow night and then the FREE version will begin online here as well (part 1 will contain introductory info and the first few rows).

      First decide which technique you’re using (interlocking or overlay mosaic crochet). Then grab your yarn and a hook (and likely a stitch marker or scissors as well).

      I am going to use this thin cone yarn from my stash.

      I am going to use grey as my Main Color because I want the “snowflake” parts to be grey with the background this bright blue color.

      Both techniques are written up to be repeated six times to get the blanket width. I am going to make a table runner during the CAL so I am not repeating it.

      If you are using the interlocking crochet technique this is the chart that will help you decide how many windows to put in your foundation row:

      Chart for determining the width of your Interlocking Crochet project

      My finished project won’t be 10″ wide because I am not using worsted weight yarn. You can always make a gauge swatch if you’re concerned about size and yardage.

      If you prefer the overlay mosaic technique then your foundation rows are a bit simpler than the interlocking method. The finished sizes should be the same (that is, if you match gauge the smallest width is 10″ and each additional repeat adds 8.5″ to your project).

      This is how I have written the foundation instructions for the overlay mosaic version:

      Foundation instructions for the mosaic technique

      My apologies – an error was found in the foundation row math! It *should* say: repeats of 34 +3 (or chain 34 +4) which means a total of 207 stitches is needed for a full blanket.

      Updated December 21, 2021

      I hope this helps you get a head start! Give us a shout in the Facebook group if you need help or want to show off your progress!

      August Birthday Sale!

      You can probably count on this (a sale in August) being an annual thing – August is a big month of celebration here!

      We already celebrated my husband’s birthday. This week will be Melody’s 2nd birthday. And next week will be Alice’s 7th. Plus, the end of the month will be our 12th anniversary!

      Hand painted Merino Wool!

      I was also celebrating reaching 5000 members in my Facebook group! I gave away a couple patterns and I bought two beautiful skeins of yarn for this too! I mailed the soft merino wool away yesterday – and then bought myself new Retro Stripes yarn today! Am I a yarn addict?

      We made Mitch a musical piano cake. His favorite flavour: Butter pecan; from a box mix. I use melted butter instead of oil and milk instead of water. They always come out fabulous and it is quick and easy to do with little kids around.

      Alice carefully put sprinkles spelling “Mitch” on top of our piano cake.

      Then I made plain buttercream icing. I even forgot to add vanilla flavor! I was so distracted trying to find my black food coloring gel. We have moved twice in the last year so I guess at some point I must have decided it was too old or maybe I actually used it up and just can’t remember. Either way, it isn’t here.

      My black piano ended up being a weird blue. Almost purple-black. I can blame it on young kids 🤣 but really it was me being too tired to go out and buy black. I had already gone out for more icing sugar (and then found the bag I was looking for once I returned home).

      Melody and Remi took turns decorating this cake made up from the leftover cut out pieces.

      I have had a headache for a few days and it really sucks when I can’t make it go away even when something important – like a birthday – comes around. It doesn’t seem smoky outside but the weather station keeps leaving an exclamation mark on my phone warning everyone that the drifting some from the B.C. forest fires can affect people with asthma and other respiratory issues. It might be triggering my headaches too.

      Anyway, the plan was to use kit kat bars as the piano keys but when we went to the store they didn’t have the flavor with the white chocolate. So I grabbed something else that was on sale. And I wasn’t sure how much I would need, so I now have 4 leftover chocolate bars in my freezer. That might have been almost-on-purpose. 😬🙈🤣

      We didn’t put up any decorations or balloons but we definitely will when the next birthdays come. The kids LOVE having balloons. It really marks the day as special when they wake up and see balloons and streamers.

      Daddy’s lap is always going to be big enough for all three kids, right?

      Mitch’s favorite gift might have been the fancy coffee beans from his mom. He is a coffee-aholic. He has even convinced me that coffee doesn’t always taste bad (I don’t really do hot drinks at all).

      I tried to get a picture of us together but it was blurry and horrible and this picture of my husband looks GOOD 😍

      Today I realized that I hadn’t put my patterns on sale for awhile and I decided three birthdays in a month is a good enough reason to celebrate with not only my family here but also my new friends all over the world!

      Thank you for encouraging me to keep making patterns. Thank you for making them look beautiful! Thank you for being my new giant circle of worldwide friends!

      You can get 30% off everything in my Ravelry store from now until 11:59 pm CST, August 13, 2021 by adding at least TWO PATTERNS TO YOUR CART! No code needed, but you have to pick more than one pattern. I thought about making it three patterns minimum because of the three birthdays but I haven’t done a sale like this before so I figured I would try just two for now.

      Everything is included, even the eBooks (which are already heavily discounted)!

      And, if you’re an Etsy-only user, you can get the same deal there too! 30% off when you purchase at least TWO PATTERNS, no code needed! Expires August 13, 2022.

      Now I am going to get back to crocheting and drawing and hugging my family.

      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.

      Baby Dolphin: 2nd in the series

      Just a few days ago we saw the beginning of a short series: ocean-themed baby blankets! The first blanket has some waves and shells and a starfish and a sand dollar.

      The first baby blanket in this series, “Baby Ocean”. Sample crocheted by Penny Groves McPherson.

      This blanket has two dolphins swimming in a circle with some seaweed and bubbles. The swirl in the middle was supposed to be a bit of a whirlpool. Dolphins use bubbles and water to catch fish! They swim around and around to create a wall that traps the fish – good teamwork on their part!

      Crocheted by Altona Newcombe. Black as MC, extra white border added after.

      I created an eBook on Ravelry called “Baby Ocean & Others” and it is going to be a great deal for you! I originally said I will have at least 4 blankets in this series (so you can create a big blanket if you want) but I have already got 5 ready and it could be 6 or more baby blanket patterns by the time I’m done!

      These blankets, when matching my gauge using 4 – medium, worsted weight yarn, will be about 30″ square. The chart is 121 x 121 and includes X’s for overlay mosaic crochet! Of course, using a lighter or thicker yarn works perfectly well too – just adjust your hook appropriately and expect that the yardage and finished size may change.

      The chart attached to the interlocking pattern does not have X’s because that would be distracting for that technique. This pattern, along with the others in my Baby Blankets section on Etsy and Ravelry all begin with 60 windows when you use the Locked Filet Mesh technique.

      You can get “Baby Dolphin” 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.

      Interlocking crochet sample done by CynCityCrochet.

      Baby Ocean: small blanket or part of a large blanket

      This summer needs more ocean!

      I live in the Canadian Prairies; there are a few lakes nearby, but no oceans.

      The finished size of this blanket, when using medium, 4 – worsted weight yarn, is about 30″ square. This is the perfect size for a baby blanket! It is not so large that it becomes unmanageable in the summer heat but it is not so small that it feels like it will be outgrown too quickly.

      Mosaic crochet sample done by Penny Groves McPherson, dark blue used as Main Color

      The chart is 121 x 121. This is larger than my selection of Large Squares (these have a chart size of 81 x 81 and finish to about 20″ square). I often put the number “-40” in the title of those squares because they begin with 40 windows when you’re using the interlocking crochet method.

      This “Baby Ocean” pattern, along with my other patterns of this size (“Preemie Love Blanket“, “Feline the Deer“, and “Many Hugs“) begin with 60 windows when you use the interlocking crochet technique. You can see a list of baby blankets of this size on Etsy or Ravelry.

      “Preemie Love Blanket” was the first pattern I designed of this size. With an envelope border and a larger hook size, the blue and orange blanket in the image above came out to 35″ square.

      When you use the overlay mosaic crochet method you begin with with 62 single crochet stitches (60 for the pattern and one on each side for the joining and ending stitches).

      And, for all of you Mosaic Crochet fans, you will be happy to know that this pattern includes a chart marked with X’s! I have been updating my old patterns as fast as fellow designer, Natalie Caruso, can create these charts! Thank you, Natalie!

      One thing I love about blanket patterns is that gauge is not super critical. I use a 4.5 mm hook with my worsted weight yarn because I like my stitches to be quite tight. Sometimes, with mosaic crochet, I will use a 5 mm hook instead. It uses a little bit more yarn and the finished piece is a tiny bit larger but if I am not joining it to something else than it doesn’t matter to me.

      I have used very thin yarn for some pieces and bulky yarn for others. As long as the hook size gets adjusted to match you can really use any kind of yarn!

      As much as I believe this “Baby Ocean” blanket is perfect on its own, I also have some more ocean-themed blankets in the queue! You could join 4 of these baby blankets together to create one large blanket. So, keep your eyes peeled for the next pattern in this baby ocean series! If you know you’re going to be getting the whole series anyway then grab the eBook on Ravelry – it will be cheaper for you in the long run! I’ve called it “Baby Ocean & Others” because they will all be ocean-themed baby blankets.

      You can get the single pattern, “Baby Ocean” 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.

      Interlocking crochet sample done by CynCityCrochet, white used as Main Color

      Fleur De Lis Wall Hanging

      I consider this a companion to my Eiffel Tower Wall Hanging. A friend requested the Fleur De Lis to go with the Eiffel Tower and I was happy to oblige. I’ve had a few asking about when and how they can get the Eiffel Tower pattern; at the end of August the rights will revert to me and I will publish on Etsy and Ravelry. Until then, it is only available in Issue 68 of Crochet Now! magazine.

      You can get your copy on Etsy or Ravelry. It is 20% off for the first few days! *no code needed, offer expires 11:59 pm CST, June 10, 2021.

      Wall Hanging

      I have included instructions for turning this rectangle into a wall hanging as such: cut a piece of MC yarn about 4x the length of your dowel. Whip stitch around the dowel into each stitch across the top. Tie another piece of yarn to each end of the dowel to use when hanging on the wall.

      But, of course, you are free to do whatever you like with your piece! My tester, @raki_crochet did these beautiful single crochet (sc – US terminology) tabs. Each tab is 7 stitches wide and 17 rows tall. There are 11 stitches between each tab.

      I am sure you can find a few options on YouTube – I don’t have a video on adding the dowel for a wall hanging yet, but maybe someday I will add my voice!

      Fringe

      Created naturally with the overlay mosaic technique. An optional addition when done in interlocking crochet.

      The fringe on the sides is a by-product of cutting your yarn for each row when using the mosaic crochet technique. You can add an envelope border to hide them but I think they look good as a design attribute.

      If you work this pattern using the interlocking technique there is no fringe. But, because it looks so good, I would add fringe to the bottom or to the two sides like the mosaic version.

      These instructions are included in the interlocking part of the pattern: cut 1 piece each of both the MC and AC yarn for each window you will add fringe to. Length can be whatever you choose, I suggest 8-10” each which gives you about a 4” tassel.

      Holding one strand of each color, fold in half and pull the loop from the front to the back (go through each window along the bottom edge).

      Drop the ends inside the loop and pull tight.

      You can see that my photos are using a different pattern (the MusicCAL, to be specific), but you can add tassels to anything!

      Yarn weight and hook size can easily be adjusted, just keep in mind your finished project will use a different amount of yarn and be a different finished size. A gauge swatch can help with that.

      Watch my YouTube tutorials! I also have a free photo tutorial in PDF form on this technique available in my Facebook group (Ashlee Brotzell Designs) and on Ravelry. All my social media links are here: https://linktr.ee/LFMandMosaic

      If you share your works on Instagram, tag me: @AshleesLint

      Important Details

      • US crochet terminology
      • Chart is 77 x 87
      • Finished measurements approximately 13” x 14.5”
      • 3 mm hook (C/2)
      • Wooden Dowel: 1/2” diameter, 16” length
      • Finishing needle
      • Scheepjes Organicon (Or any fingering weight yarn to meet gauge) (260 yards total)
        • Main color (MC) – 120 yards (plus 20 for optional sc border when done with interlocking)
        • Accent color (AC) – 120 yards
        • Yarn estimates do not include fringe! If you make long fringe you will need more yarn.
      • Interlocking Gauge: 13 dc x 26 rows = 4”
      • Mosaic Gauge: 26 sc x 26 rows = 4”

      You may have noticed that this pattern is SO CLOSE to being the same size as my 40-windows squares (chart 81 x 81). I originally tried drawing it up to be the same but the dimensions just weren’t working. I do like it when one pattern can be used for more than one thing, but in this case I just had to make it it’s own wall hanging without being easily added to the large afghan squares.

      I know that yarn weight can also be a confusing thing. We have so many different terms for the same thing. Yarnsub.com can give you some options, or you can check out what the Yarn Council has to say about yarn weights.

      A final note: most of my patterns are written up with only two colors (main color and accent/contrast color). A few have included extra colors and I want to make sure everyone knows that I am not the type of designer to get bent out of shape when people take my patterns and create their own beautiful works of art. So, add some color, mix and match with other patterns, make your project your own. Just don’t sell my pattern as your own.

      https://ravel.me/fleur-de-lis-wall-hanging