November Cat Face: Another Bonus Square

This cute little kitty cat is more my style (compared to the square I just published a few days ago: November Cat).

You can use this square to replace one of the original cat squares in the 2022: A Year of Cats series. Or you can use it with “November Cat” to create a pillow or a bag that shows off both sides of the cat.

Photo above shows one side of my bag and a single square. The bag was done using the overlay mosaic crochet technique and I worked both sides at the same time in a tube format so there are no cut ends to worry about.

See my tutorial on crocheting a tube using the overlay mosaic technique:

I used 100% cotton fingering weight yarn and a 3 mm hook to create my bag. It is a good size, not too stretchy, and not too heavy.

I crocheted my interlocking sample of “November Cat Face” using bulky weight yarn and a 6.5 mm hook. I created a little video on Instagram showing the size differences:

I debated on whether or not to add this pattern to the eBook. I don’t want people to feel overwhelmed or confused with these extra squares. You were expecting only 12 cat squares.

But I also don’t want people to feel like I’m trying to squeeze every last dollar out of you. And this cat belongs with my other cat squares even if he isn’t part of my official blanket design.

In December the eBook will have one file with all 12 official cat squares plus an all-in-one blanket pattern for each technique (interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet). And I will have one file for each crochet technique containing the bonus patterns (that is “Bonus Scratch Cat”, “November Cat Face”, and an all-in-one blanket pattern for the “Love mini-series”).

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Interlocking Crochet Details

  • Crochet hook: 4.5 mm (US7)
  • Stitch marker
  • Gauge: 16 stitches x 8 rows in one color = 4” square
  • Finished size: 20″ x 20″ / 51cm x 51cm
  • Worsted Weight Yarn (460 – 485 yards)
  • Main Color (MC) – 230 yards plus 25 yards for optional SC border
  • Accent Color (AC) – 230 yards

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

  • Crochet hook: 5 mm (H-8)
  • Scissors
  • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4″ square
  • Finished size: 20” x 22” / 52cm x 56cm
  • Worsted Weight Yarn (650 – 850 yards)
  • Main Color (MC) – 250 yards
  • Coordinating Color (CC) – 350 yards
  • Optional Envelope Border – 250 yards

2022: A Year of Cats (ongoing updates)
eBook (Ravelry) (Etsy) (Direct Purchase)
All-in-one Love Miniseries blanket (in eBook only)
All-in-one Blanket (in eBook only)
January (Ravelry) (Etsy)
February (Ravelry) (Etsy)
March (Ravelry) (Etsy)
April (Ravelry) (Etsy)
May (Ravelry) (Etsy)
June (Ravelry) (Etsy)
July (Ravelry) (Etsy)
August (Ravelry) (Etsy)
September (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Bonus Scratch Cat FREE online (Ravelry) (Etsy)
October (Ravelry) (Etsy)
November (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Bonus November Face (Ravelry) (Etsy)
December (Ravelry) (Etsy)

2022 November Cat

Can I be honest with you? I don’t like this square. I am more of a romantic. I like pinks and roses and gentle swirling ethereal fluff. I despise it when my cat sticks his butt in my face.

But this square is real life with a cat. And I think most of you will appreciate the humor behind it (Hah! “behind”).

If you’re looking for his face: https://ashleeslint.com/2022/11/04/november-cat-face-another-bonus-square/

We have had one cat square for each month, plus a bonus square released for my birthday in September. In December I will also be adding the all-in-one blanket pattern (does not use the bonus square) and an all-in-one Love mini-series blanket pattern (uses March, June, September, and December squares) to the eBook.

The all-in-one blankets allow you to crochet the blanket without worrying about joining squares afterwards. This is most handy for the mosaic technique so you don’t have to cut your yarn until you’re finished the whole row (which is 3 squares wide). Plus, the envelope border to cover the tails can be annoying to add to all 12 squares and makes the final project much larger. Doing the blanket all at once eliminates that step.

These all-in-one blanket patterns will only be available in the eBook. They won’t be posted for individual sale.

I do have another surprise for you but you’ll need to wait a few days. Any guesses as to what it is?

It is not an announcement of next year’s theme because I still haven’t decided. Yikes, eh?!

I have too many options. It’s the same problem with going yarn shopping. I just want it all!

But, back to the subject at hand: this cat’s butt.

Like the other squares in this set, the charts are 81 x 81 for the interlocking technique and 77 x 77 for the mosaic technique. The mosaic version does not have the interlocking dots all over it and it does not need the locked-in border lines.

Once again I am thankful for my testing team who helps make me look good: CarolinevdB, cyncitycrochet, Maja Serec, & Marjolijn Cuypers.

I made a small error when crocheting my square. I only noticed it after I edited a bunch of photos and created my poster and video, GROAN! I fixed it and took a few more photos but the cat wasn’t around so I kept the photos with my cute kitty even though there’s a mistake. Hope you’ll forgive me!

There’s no sound in the video, and truly it is just a slide show of still shots.

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Interlocking Crochet Details

  • Crochet hook: 4.5 mm (US7)
  • Stitch marker
  • Gauge: 16 stitches x 8 rows in one color = 4” square
  • Finished size: 20″ x 20″ / 51cm x 51cm
  • Worsted Weight Yarn (460 – 485 yards)
  • Main Color (MC) – 230 yards plus 25 yards for optional SC border
  • Accent Color (AC) – 230 yards

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

  • Crochet hook: 5 mm (H-8)
  • Scissors
  • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4″ square
  • Finished size: 20” x 22” / 52cm x 56cm
  • Worsted Weight Yarn (650 – 850 yards)
  • Main Color (MC) – 250 yards
  • Coordinating Color (CC) – 350 yards
  • Optional Envelope Border – 250 yards

2022: A Year of Cats (ongoing updates)
eBook (Ravelry) (Etsy) (Direct Purchase)
All-in-one Love Miniseries blanket (in eBook only)
All-in-one Blanket (in eBook only)
January (Ravelry) (Etsy)
February (Ravelry) (Etsy)
March (Ravelry) (Etsy)
April (Ravelry) (Etsy)
May (Ravelry) (Etsy)
June (Ravelry) (Etsy)
July (Ravelry) (Etsy)
August (Ravelry) (Etsy)
September (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Bonus Scratch Cat FREE online (Ravelry) (Etsy)
October (Ravelry) (Etsy)
November (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Bonus November Face (Ravelry) (Etsy)
December (Ravelry) (Etsy)

Comfort Cat, a blanket of love

I am so excited to share my newest pattern with you all!

This cat was drawn by request for a custom pattern. She specifically wanted a pattern with a cat on it so that it could be auctioned off as a fundraiser for stray cats!

I know there’s a lot of crocheters that specifically make for the purpose of donating and you guys are all so generous and I know there are a lot of people and animals that appreciate it!

Marjolijn used the overlay mosaic crochet technique. The pattern also comes with instructions and charts for the interlocking crochet technique (also called Locked Filet Mesh / LFM). The interlocking mesh dots have been removed for the mosaic version of this pattern.

This is one of my largest patterns! If you use the mosaic technique the chart is 279 x 311. If you use the interlocking crochet technique you’ll have 2 extra stitches on each side where the layers get locked together (making the chart 283 x 315).

One of the fun things about using a charted design is that you can really used any yarn weight and an appropriately sized hook and your image will be visible. The final product may be larger or smaller but the image will still be there.

My pattern suggests a worsted weight yarn officially. And you’d get a large blanket. About 70″ x 80″ depending on which technique you use and whether you match gauge (check out the full detail list for interlocking crochet and mosaic crochet).

I suggest a 4.5 mm hook for interlocking crochet and a 5 mm hook for overlay mosaic crochet. I like smaller holes in the interlocking fabric so I use a smaller hook, but usually worsted weight yarn suggests a 5 or 5.5 mm hook.

Overlay Mosaic Sample by Marjolijn (using a 2 mm hook).

Marjolijn used a 2 mm hook for the 87,110 stitches! *Gasp, big eyes, keep breathing!* She used 100% cotton from Hobbii which they label as 8/4 (which means fingering weight). It took 3100 meters of the black yarn and 4540 meters of the beige yarn.

If I was really organized I’d have figured out how to get an affiliate link or something. But, that’s just a random mention of the yarn company and I don’t earn anything from linking to them. Maybe someday I will have a yarn contract and I will try to convince you to use a certain type of yarn, but for now I like exploring with lots of yarn companies.


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Crocheted by Marjolijn

Interlocking Crochet Details

  • Chart is 283 x 315
  • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”
  • Finished measurements approximately 71” x 79” / 180cm x 200cm
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (6300 – 6500 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) (black on chart) – 3150 yards plus 200 for optional border
    • Accent color (AC) – 3150 yards

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

  • Chart is 279 x 311
  • Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
  • 74” x 89” / 189cm x 226cm
  • 5 mm hook (H-8)
  • Worsted weight yarn (8400 – 9300 yards)
    • Main color (black) – 3400 yards
    • Contrasting color (purple) – 5000 yards
    • Plus, optional envelope border – 900 yards

2022 June Cat

June is such a lovely month, don’t you agree? Here in Saskatchewan, Canada 🇨🇦 we are finally getting warm weather (it literally snowed multiple times last month) and summer is on the horizon.

When I picked the colors for my cat square this month I was trying to use something that might appeal to others… because these colors don’t really appeal to me… at all. 😬

I have been using Premier Yarns Home Cotton in various shades for all of my squares and this month I chose to use Citrus. It has yellow and orange and lime green in it. I thought it would feel tropical and warm but it just looks like mud to me. What do you think?

I try to use a variety of colors because I know that what catches my eye might not be the same thing that catches your eye. My husband likes these colors but my favorites are pinks and purples and maybe a little peacock blue or teal if I am feeling adventurous.

You probably remember that there will be a total of 12 cat squares by the end of the year (one for each month) and you may remember that the squares for March, June, September, and December create a mini series.

Now that we have reached June I can show you March and June together. They are the “L” and “o” for “love”! (yup, I crocheted this square again in prettier colors)

March was the “L”, June is the “o”. We will have to wait until September and December for the rest.

You can purchase each square separately, but your best deal is grabbing the eBook. It gets updated each month with the new cat square (you just pay once) and it will also include a bonus all-in-one blanket pattern at the end of the yarn. The blanket pattern will have all 12 squares arranged in a 3 x 4 grid with January Cat at the top left and each month in order. You won’t need to join squares.

This is most handy for the overlay mosaic crochet technique because you don’t have to worry about dealing with the ends /tails/fringe between each cat square.

Overlay Mosaic Crochet sample by CarolinevdB

My cats have decided they don’t want to model for me anymore, but Maja Serec convinced her kitties to take a nap with her square.

And it’s always interesting to see what the wrong side looks like when you use the interlocking crochet technique. That’s actually one of my favorite things about this technique! (My other favorite thing is not having cut tails to deal with).

Cyncitycrochets used white as the MC, so you can see the cat is in white on the right side of the square and when you flip it over the colors get inversed. The details change a bit (like the straight border lines) because each stitch is opposite, but it does look almost as good as the front!

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Interlocking Crochet Details

  • Chart is 81 x 81
  • Finished measurements approximately 20” x 20” / 51cm x 51cm
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (460 – 485 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) – 230 yards plus 25 for optional border
    • Accent color (AC) – 230 yards
  • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

  • Chart is 77 x 77
  • Finished measurements approximately 20” x 22” / 52cm x 56cm
  • 5 mm hook (H-8)
  • Worsted weight yarn (600-850 yards)
    • Main color (blue on chart) – 300 yards
    • Contrasting color (white on chart) – 300 yards
    • Optional Envelope Border – 250 yards
  • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4”

2022: A Year of Cats (ongoing updates)
eBook (Ravelry) (Etsy) (Direct Purchase)
All-in-one Love Miniseries blanket (in eBook only)
All-in-one Blanket (in eBook only)
January (Ravelry) (Etsy)
February (Ravelry) (Etsy)
March (Ravelry) (Etsy)
April (Ravelry) (Etsy)
May (Ravelry) (Etsy)
June (Ravelry) (Etsy)
July (Ravelry) (Etsy)
August (Ravelry) (Etsy)
September (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Bonus Scratch Cat FREE online (Ravelry) (Etsy)
October (Ravelry) (Etsy)
November (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Bonus November Face (Ravelry) (Etsy)
December (Ravelry) (Etsy)

Pattern Summary for May

I find it really strange that I have only published 3 patterns this month! In my first year of designing I averaged a new pattern every 2.5 days! It was an unsustainable pace, especially now that I have added the mosaic crochet option to all of my patterns.

However, it was not a slow month for me. I put a lot of focus on my YouTube channel (and have finally reached the level of being able to earn ad revenue on my channel)! I have been adding 130 different language subtitles to each video and have done about 30 of my 70 videos.


The first pattern I published this month was May Cat. If you had the eBook you got an update and didn’t have to purchase anything extra. The next cat square will be published on June 1.

Mosaic crochet version of “May Cat” crocheted by CarolinevdB

The next pattern I published was “Dream A Dream”. It is a center-out square and I created a full video walk-thru for both techniques. I started using my squares for a cardigan but haven’t finished yet.


In May I finished publishing a 4-part video series for the interlocking crochet version of “Sonic Screwdriver”. I haven’t decided which of my Doctor Who patterns to do next on YouTube.


I also put up a short tutorial showing how to add the sc border to an interlocking crochet project. And I created a support video for the interlocking crochet version of my newly updated repeatable “GoldieLux” pattern.

I turned my bulky-weight samples into a cardigan! It may be hot here today but it could snow again in 3 months so a cardigan is always a good project for me.


My third new pattern for this month was “Namaste Mandala”. It is such a peaceful design; I knew it would be well received. And, spoiler alert, the floral design in the corners will be it’s own pattern soon!

Beautiful sample crocheted by Just Duckie Crochet

I also did a live video tutorial using my newly updated Interlocking Crochet “Tutorial 10” pattern. This was the photo PDF I created 2 years ago, only I had some pretty embarrassing mistakes in it. It has now been updated and you can get your free PDF directly from my website and you can watch the first half of the square being crocheted on YouTube.


In summary, I was busy even though I only published 3 patterns this month. “Namaste Mandala” was my bestseller this month (no surprise there) and “Dream A Dream” did well too. Tied for third place, “Bubbles the Sea Turtle” and “Double Wedding Rings” were the surprising ones for me!

However, as I type this blog entry I have received a few more emails notifying me of purchases and they are all for “Double Wedding Rings”! Someone must have shared their work-in-progress on this WIP Wednesday, thank you for that!

I am nearly ready to get that pattern updated with the center-out instructions for each technique.


We also managed to plant a huge garden. So between watering the garden, normal household duties, and all my crochet projects, I didn’t notice how quickly May was speeding along! Thank you for everyone’s patience and I promise I will have more patterns soon!

2022 March Cat or L for Love

I know that typically “March-themed” things are green for St. Patrick’s Day but this series of cat squares is not going to follow a monthly theme.

This square is just another cat. You can make it green if you want. Or you can pick any other color.

I also really like the design that shows up on the wrong side of the interlocking version where the hearts meet (in an almost 4-clover type image).

The wrong side looks cool too!

But, this square does give a bit of a spoiler for the upcoming squares… there are right- and left-handed instructions for this pattern. 😯

What!? Why would it matter which direction a cat is facing?

Did you already hear about this in my YouTube live from February 12, 2022?

This is actually an “L” and there will be 3 other squares that go in a mini-series to spell “Love”. They will not be released one after another though. And the “o” and the “v” don’t have left-handed instructions (because those letters are legible regardless of which direction they face).

My interlocking crochet sample. Can you see the “L”?

And, because of these letter-cat squares I will also be including left-handed instructions for the all-in-one blanket pattern which will be released in December when all the squares are out.

That blanket pattern will be added to your eBooks but not available separately on its own, by the way.

Please note, I have removed the interlocking mesh dots and extra border lines from the mosaic versions of these cat squares. All 12 mosaic cat squares will be the same size (77 x 77) and all 12 interlocking squares will be the same size (81 x 81; 40- window square). This deviates from most of my other squares of this size where the chart is 81 x 81 for both techniques.

Thanks again to my wonderful testers (and cat)!

My cats were very cooperative as I took pictures! I had to remake January because the yarn I originally used was just not what I wanted. All of my squares will be done using Premier Yarns Home Cotton. I will keep black as the main color and then use an assortment of striped yarns and solid yarns.

My photoshoot of my remade January Cat square

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Interlocking Crochet Details

  • Chart is 81 x 81
  • Finished measurements approximately 20” x 20” / 51cm x 51cm
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (460 – 485 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) – 230 yards plus 25 for optional border
    • Accent color (AC) – 230 yards
  • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

  • Chart is 77 x 77
  • Finished measurements approximately 20” x 22” / 52cm x 56cm
  • 5 mm hook (H-8)
  • Worsted weight yarn (600-850 yards)
    • Main color (blue on chart) – 300 yards
    • Contrasting color (white on chart) – 300 yards
    • Optional Envelope Border – 250 yards
  • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4”

2022: A Year of Cats (ongoing updates)
eBook (Ravelry) (Etsy) (Direct Purchase)
All-in-one Love Miniseries blanket (in eBook only)
All-in-one Blanket (in eBook only)
January (Ravelry) (Etsy)
February (Ravelry) (Etsy)
March (Ravelry) (Etsy)
April (Ravelry) (Etsy)
May (Ravelry) (Etsy)
June (Ravelry) (Etsy)
July (Ravelry) (Etsy)
August (Ravelry) (Etsy)
September (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Bonus Scratch Cat FREE online (Ravelry) (Etsy)
October (Ravelry) (Etsy)
November (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Bonus November Face (Ravelry) (Etsy)
December (Ravelry) (Etsy)

Flippers, our orange cat, supervising the “March Cat” square

October Mystery Pattern Reveal

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t done the mystery pattern yet, it is no longer a mystery!

You can download the pattern directly from me here!

I hope you all enjoyed this little project! A few people said they had no idea what it was until they were done!

Mine is gold and black because I had these colors laying around. I hope you are pleased with the colors you chose. It is small, so you could always try again with different colors now that you know what it is. This yarn is worsted weight and my sample if 6.5″ x 5″.

I was thinking of making my foundation row as long as a scarf and then repeating the cat a few times for a cute little scarf. I would do ten repeats wide. But I haven’t had time to do that yet. A potholder or coaster is a good idea if you don’t want to join it to anything. You can always add an envelope border later (that’s my plan – later! lol).

I will make a draw from the facebook thread in about 14 hours and the winner will get a pattern of their choice!

The consolation prize for everyone else (besides this cute little cat pattern) is this coupon code: “OCTOBER2021“. Use this code to get $5 off your purchase of $10 or more (valid on Etsy and Ravelry) until October 31, 2021.

October Gnome

What makes a gnome, a gnome?

When I first drew up this square my husband critiqued it gently saying the witchy hat made it just look like a witchy square. He didn’t see anything that really said “gnome”. I pointed out that the eyes were covered by the hat and the big nose was the only facial feature. There’s some wild hair that could be more beard-like but is a beard what defines a gnome? Maybe there’s too many “extras” in the image?

I got back to the drawing board and changed some things. Then I got my husband to look again. He said it was better… but still not quite “gnomey”. And he walked away. Because he can do that. It’s not HIS eBook that needs another square. It’s not HIS customers that are eagerly awaiting the next design. No pressure! Hahaha!

After editing it a bit more I asked for his helpful advice once again. He repeated his first piece of advice: the witch hat doesn’t look like a gnome hat.

So, I changed the hat and BAM we have a gnome! In case you were wondering, that’s how I define a gnome: hat, no eyes, only a nose, hair/beard.

Mosaic Crochet, by CarolinevdB

I sure hope all of these squares in this series are looking gnome-like to you all. There’s only a few more left – and I’m trying to come up with a December square that isn’t just Santa. Any suggestions?

I posted this teaser work-in-progress image on Instagram and in my Facebook group and asked people to guess the title of what I was making. It is, of course, this witchy October Gnome square. Two people have won a free pattern of their choice!

In case you’re new to this “A Year of Gnomes” series: there’s a new gnome each month on a chart size of 81 x 81. That means you start with 40 windows when you use the interlocking crochet technique (or, chain 83 foundation single crochet when you use the mosaic method). They finish to 20″ square when you meet my gauge but gauge isn’t critical as long as you make them all the same so that you can join them together. I also have other squares of this same size if you’d prefer to mix and match: ashleeslint.com/patterns#large

At the end of the year (which is getting really close!) 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.

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:

Oh, and I know some people really like seeing the backs of these designs. When you use the overlay mosaic technique it just creates stripes but interlocking crochet creates something new. It isn’t exactly an inverse of the front design.

Thank you for all your support!