Glacial Warmth, Colorful Wintry Crochet Blanket

This blanket will keep you warm through the glacial winter! There are a few slight differences between the interlocking version and the overlay mosaic version of this pattern because I added the interlocking mesh after drawing the mosaic design.

Image comparing mosaic version to interlocking version

The gold sections were inspired by a gold belt buckle and the “trees” were originally supposed to represent holiday balls. There are two different sections of the teal and purple that look very, very similar: don’t panic and think you’ve made a mistake when the 5th blue/purple section looks different than your first 4 sections!

I have used Loops & Thread Impeccable yarn; you can substitute any worsted weight (4 – medium) yarn. This design uses four (4) colors: Gold (G), Purple (P), Teal (T), and White (W).

Like all of my patterns, this one has the option of being made using overlay mosaic crochet or interlocking crochet. Both options come with charts (the mosaic charts have X’s) and line-by-line instructions (including color information for each row).

It is easy to get multiple colors in a mosaic piece. When changing colors using interlocking crochet I suggest you cut and tie off only just before you attach the next color. It is important to keep the working yarn on the Right Side of your work and it is easy to get confused if you cut your yarn before you are ready to use the next color. Carrying your yarn is not recommended; cut and tie off at each color change.

The color changes create tails – not my favorite part.

Also, it is wise to decide what you will do with the tails before you start. Will you be crocheting a border over them? Will you be weaving them in like I did? Make sure to leave them long enough to do that.

To minimize seeing the colors below the color change in the wrong line (see picture below: the white stitch is behind the purple but some of it shows where it goes into the teal stitches), when using a new color I have used the WRONG SIDE loop only. Sometimes this is the Front Loop Only and other times this is the Back Loop Only. If you have a hard time distinguishing between the RIGHT SIDE and WRONG SIDE, you may wish to tie a bow on the right side of your work to help you remember. This step is optional.

See how the white shows where it has gone into the teal?

Normally I use Main Color (MC) and Accent Color (AC) to distinguish between two contrasting colors in my interlocking patterns. You can think of this as the outer layer and inner layer, or larger layer and smaller layer of mesh instead. Every time you turn your work, I have a note that says: Put non-working yarn to FRONT or BACK. This would normally be referring to your Accent Color yarn but it is still the smaller, inner mesh of whichever color you happen to be working with. The colors change but the technique does not; if you’re new to this technique I suggest you start with something simpler.

If you use mosaic crochet you will have fringe on the sides (the nature of joining and cutting your yarn for each row). I added an envelope border to the two side edges only (not around all four edges of the blanket) to cover up the tails.

There are a lot of options for dealing with those tails (including leaving them, twisting/braiding them, sewing them in afterwards, crocheting over them as you go, adding an envelope border, or you can even not cut at the end of each row and flip your work instead but then you’d also have to read some of the lines from end to start and make sure your dropped double crochets are always on the right side of your work).

The wrong side on the mosaic crochet version will be stripes. A faint image of the front can be seen on the back because of the flaps that are created when there are long stretches of dropped double crochets.

If you use the interlocking crochet technique you will have a reversed image on the wrong side. My sample is not as wide as a blanket but I think you can still see enough to get an idea.

Wrong sides when using overlay mosaic crochet and interlocking crochet.

The width of this pattern is easily adjustable, but it is designed as a blanket; that is six repeats of the pattern. Yardage listed is for a full blanket (six repeats). Repeat between the asterisks (*) to get your required width. 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.

Speaking of yarn usage, did you notice there is a difference in how many skeins are needed based on which technique you use? I find it quite interesting actually! My yardage amounts are quite exact so you may wish to buy an extra skein of purple if you are doing the interlocking technique.

Mosaic blanket draped on my front step.

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I use a different gauge and hook size for each technique because of how crowded the stitches get. Yardage requirements are different as well.

Overlay Mosaic Crochet

  • Mosaic Blanket: 55” x 62” / 140cm x 158cm
  • Mosaic Gauge: 16 stitches x 14 rows = 4”
  • 5 mm hook (H)
  • Loops & Threads, Impeccable Solids: 285 yards/261 m; 127.5 g/4.48 oz per skein or substitute any worsted weight yarn
    • Gold – 320 yards / 141 g / 2 skeins needed
    • Purple – 1030 yards / 460 g / 4 skeins needed
    • Teal – 1090 yards / 484 g / 4 skeins needed
    • White – 1055 yards / 471 g / 4 skeins needed

Numbers above are for a full blanket (6 repeats wide) and INCLUDE the optional envelope border on two ends (515 yards): Purple – 460 yards, Teal – 55 yards

Interlocking (LFM) Crochet

  • Finished LFM blanket: 53″ x 60″ / 135cm x 152cm
  • LFM Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Loops & Threads, Impeccable Solids: 285 yards/261 m; 127.5 g/4.48 oz per skein or substitute any worsted weight yarn
    • Gold – 150 yards / 66 g / 1 skein needed
    • Purple – 1140 yards / 507 g / 4 skeins needed
    • Teal – 1482 yards / 663 g / 6 skeins needed
    • White – 1080 yards / 483 g / 4 skeins needed

Yardage listed is for the full blanket (6 repeats wide).

Long Hauler: Interlocking and Mosaic Crochet Blanket Pattern

I originally created this pattern as a custom design for a friend. She made it for her husband who is a trucker (also called a Long Hauler). If you’re unfamiliar with that term, it means his job is to drive these great big trucks all across the country and deliver goods. We call it a semi truck, but I think it’s also called an 18-wheeler, a big rig, or a tractor trailer (there are probably a few more titles that all mean the same thing).

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When I shared her picture to my Facebook Group, Ashlee Brotzell Designs, there were a lot of people interested in the pattern!

Custom piece crocheted by “Anonymous Squirrel”

My dad was a trucker for a few years, and my brother-in-law has done it for a few years as well. Based on the responses I received, it seems like everyone knows someone who has been a long-hauler or is still doing it even now!

If you’d like a customized piece, with a name or date like this image above, please email me: ashleebrotzelldesigns@gmail.com and we can go over some details. I will not be refunding your purchase of the non-customized pattern if you choose to add customization.

The non-customized blanket is slightly shorter than this image above crocheted by Anonymous Squirrel because I removed the extra rows above the truck. There is no name and no date in this version.

I have removed the interlocking mesh dots from the mosaic version of the pattern.

Interlocking mesh dots removed from the mosaic version. Also note the blank space above the truck.

Your purchase includes the written instructions and chart for the interlocking crochet technique and the written instructions and X-marked chart for the overlay mosaic technique.

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  • Worsted weight yarn (4 – medium)
  • Chart size: 205 x 207
  • Interlocking Crochet:
    • Finished size 51″ x 52″
    • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Overlay Mosaic Crochet
    • Finished size 55″ x 60″
    • 5 mm hook (H-8)

I’ve removed the mesh dots from the mosaic version and because of all the dropped double crochets next to each other I use a larger hook for the mosaic.

Fa La La Wall Hanging

It is the beginning of November, prime time for Christmas decorations, right? Of course, right! (That’s must be said in the matchmaker’s voice from the movie, “Fiddler on the Roof” hahaha)

The season must start early when you are making your decorations by hand! And don’t forget about the gift you’re making for your brother and your aunt and your coworker and your neighbor and your dog and and your 3rd cousin twice removed.

Maybe it’s time to make something for yourself! This wall hanging can be used year after year. Every time I see it I start singing, “‘tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la la la la la“!

Interlocking and mosaic samples crocheted by Heather Passmore and Altona Newcombe.

It is designed to use a thin, lightweight yarn (some countries call this fingering weight, 1- super fine, 8/4, 4-ply) so that you can hang it on your wall. If you meet gauge your finished piece will be 13″ x 40″ / 33cm x 101cm.

If you’d rather use worsted weight (4 – medium) yarn then you can create a shawl like Heather Passmore did. Her finished measurements were 65″ x 21.5″. She used a 5.5 mm hook. Her yarn was Caron One Pound; she used about 725 yard of off-white and 800 yards of claret. Following my gauge calculator, if I had designed this piece for worsted weight and a 4.5 mm hook I would have estimated 785 yards of each color for a piece that would finish to 66″ x 21.5″.

If a shawl isn’t your thing, you can easily make this a throw blanket: I’ve marked the border lines so you can repeat the inner design three times for a blanket width.

You can use the chart or written instructions for either technique (interlocking crochet or overlay mosaic crochet). The mosaic chart has X’s and both charts are color-coded to remind you not to do the straight lines on the sides in the middle of your repeats.

This pattern has words in the middle (does “Fa La La” count as words?) and thus, it makes things difficult if you’re left-handed. I have included written instructions for left-handed crocheters for both techniques.

You can see more of my left-handed patterns on Ravelry.

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  • Fingering Weight Yarn (1 – Super Fine)
  • Finished measurements without fringe 13” x 40” / 33cm x 101cm
  • 2.5 mm hook (C/2)
  • Wooden Dowel: 1/2” diameter, 16” length
  • Chart size: 85 x 263

Repeat section does not include the straight border lines on the sides (as in, those lines won’t interrupt the inner design).

Yarn and Crochet Projects

One thing I’ve learned over the past year or so of designing is that designers have names. I seriously hadn’t really thought about the person behind the pattern before. I was not the type to buy a pattern because there’s so many free patterns out there, why bother?

I also didn’t buy yarn.

I have bought so much yarn in the past year and a half! It’s a almost embarrassing 😅 but I have learned a lot about yarn weight and material and yardage. And I have decided I do have yarn preferences!

Last night I made my first order from Lion Brand Yarn online. They gave me a bunch of points and a code to share. I don’t know how many loyalty programs I am part of now. This code is supposed to get you $5 off, and I think it gives me a coupon as well. If I had known there were codes I might have asked for someone to give me their code before I ordered.

When my grandma taught me to crochet around age 8, we went to Walmart and she let me pick out a pretty skein of yarn and the appropriate hook. In the next 20+ years I would buy approximately 4 skeins of yarn. That’s it.

I was given scrap yarn from my grandma and her friends. My mom told people she knew that I liked to craft with yarn so they would give me their scraps too. I had quite a stash by the time I met my husband.

A bag I made in high school. No pattern. Pockets on outside and inside. Button closure. All double crochet.

He also knows how to crochet (learned at a young age) so he also had a few bags of yarn when we met. Our yarn stashes mixed together but since we were both in university we didn’t really find time to use the stash. There was no point in buying new yarn.

People still kept giving us yarn – scrap balls, tightly rolled or random skeins of “new” yarn that had been out of production for many years. At one of the houses we rented, the previous tenants bailed on a few months rent and left all their stuff; 2 or 3 giant bags of yarn was added to our growing collection.

I made a pair of mittens one year. My husband crocheted me a bookmark when we were dating. The craft was always there in the background but never really a focus for us.

Then, after a few babies, I picked up my crochet hook again. I needed something to help me focus on more than motherhood. Maybe you don’t understand that concept. That’s ok. I love my children; I was drowning in motherhood.

I challenged myself to learn some new stitches. I learned how to read written patterns. I learned how to use those charts made up of weird symbols. I learned how to properly weave in my ends. I learned how to change colors. I made my first sweater. And then freehanded another. I learned from YouTube and a few magazines. It was a lot of self-determination that I could meet a challenge and succeed and grow.

I learned c2c (corner to corner) and made this blanket for my daughter. I used a random picture/chart I found online. I mostly planned on using up some of the yarn I already had but I did not have any colors suitable for daddy pig. I think this project opened the floodgates for me to start buying yarn.

Mug for size reference

After I finished a blanket for my firsborn I needed to make one for my son. I liked the c2c but wanted to learn another technique, so this one is a single crochet graphgan. When I began this project I was pregnant with my 3rd and I really thought I could get it done before she came. I was wrong.

This patient boy had to wait nearly a year for this blanket to be his! He was pretty excited to see it finished but, just like the Peppa Pig blanket, neither child actually wants to use the blanket I made them.

Also, copyright laws didn’t even occur to me. I have learned a lot about that topic but I still feel unsure and confused about the details and nuances. “Personal use” might apply, I am not sure.

I have not created a blanket specifically for my 3rd child yet. She is 2 already and I have crocheted more in the last year and a half than the last 10 years combined!

Seriously, these photos below are things I have personally made in the last 18 months. They are not in chronological order. Some are things I made with my cool new knitting machine. And although most of my projecs have been of my own patterns there are a few pieces I made from someone else’s pattern. I am kind of astounded seeing it all together like this. No wonder I’ve started buying yarn!

If I hadn’t started designing patterns I think I still would have crocheted a few things but probably not THIS many things! And I can even think of a few things that didn’t make it into these pictures (like Remi’s Buzz Lightyear Sweater and a scarf that will be released soon but I can’t show you quite yet.

You can find a list of my patterns here on my website or you can purchase from Ravelry or Etsy. I appreciate every single purchase and I am in awe that I have repeat customers!

Anyway, what’s the point of all this? Basically I wanted to compile a photo collage for myself and then decided it might be something you are all interested in seeing too. Apparently it is good marketing to show you all that I am a real person. 🤷‍♀️🤣 I promise, I am real.

And that code from Lion Brand made me debate on whether I should share it or not. I decided I needed a long blog entry if I was going to share a code that might get me a discount on yarn. So here it is, my long entry to prove I love yarn and always need more! Hahaha and also I give you permission to buy more too! 😉

Seahorse Dance

I used to think seahorses were mythical creatures like unicorns. They amaze me! They are so tiny and delicate looking. These seahorses are dancing a love-dance. Maybe the father will carry some babies soon (see, another reason they sound like mythical creatures!).

I often wished I could make my husband do the pregnant part of having our children. I love my babies but I hated pregnancy. I started feeling sick before I knew I was pregnant and it only ended when the baby came out.

My first baby come a month early. I couldn’t sleep one night and suddenly my water broke. It’s common in movies because it’s exciting and dramatic but in real life less than 10% of births begin with the Premature Rupture of Membranes (PROM). Preterm PROM (when your waters break before 37 weeks) is even rarer and most statistics say it occurs in 1-2% of births. I was definitely not ready for my baby at 36 weeks but that’s life.

I wrote a bit more about Alice in a post last year:

When I was nearing the end of my 2nd pregnancy I truly had no idea when I would go into labor since I had been so blindsided the first time. I was thankful when I made it past the mark of having an early baby and he came at exactly 39 weeks. Remington was a nice, healthy baby boy: 9 lbs, 3 oz / 4167.38 g.

My third child delayed her entrance. Eleven days after her due date I was induced with Melody. She was inside me for almost 6 weeks longer Alice had been and she had the weight to prove it! Alice was born 6 lbs 13 oz / 3090 g and Melody was 9 lbs 11 oz / 4394.18 g when she was born.

Here’s a way-too-personal photo of my giant pregnant self. I was ready, but Melody wasn’t born for another full month after this photo!

My 3rd pregnancy – Melody stayed in there for another month after this picture!

Anyway, back to the crochet…

I originally drew this pattern to be included in my eBook, “More in the Ocean” but when I was finished I realized I had started with the wrong chart size! All the patterns in that eBook have a chart size of 121 x 121 and this pattern is 161 x 161.

I still wanted six patterns in that eBook so I was forced to try again on the merman pattern. I had pretty much given up on getting him right and was going to put seahorses in the eBook instead. This mistake redeemed itself and now we have “Trident” in the eBook AND this larger baby blanket pattern with seahorses!

Some people have different ideas on what size a baby blanket is anyway. So they may be more pleased with this larger size. Other people are joining the squares together to create an adult-sized blanket and may find it difficult to add this pattern into the mix.

I can’t wait to see your beautiful creations with yarn. My tester, cyncitycrochets, used some pretty neat ombre yarn in this sample. White is used as the Main Color (you can tell because those outside border lines are white). The Wrong Side (WS) looks pretty awesome when you use the interlocking technique – if you use the overlay mosaic technique the WS will be striped.

This pattern, like all of my patterns, comes complete with written instructions and a chart for two techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet. Choose your favorite technique or challenge yourself and learn a new one! I have a few tutorials on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/c/AshleeBrotzellDesigns

The chart that comes with the mosaic method has X’s to show where the dropped double crochets go.

I hope you enjoyed my little stories and I hope you really love this new pattern! The links to Etsy and Ravelry are both here; if you don’t have a preference I think Ravelry is better (less fees for me, easier to update patterns when needed, nice library to keep things organized, photos of everyone’s projects) but I offer both platforms so you can make your own choice!

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Chart size 161 x 161

When you meet gauge, this finishes to 40″ x 40″.

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Electric Shock

You may recognize this as the image I used for the background of the eBook cover page. It was probably the easiest pattern to draw in this set. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t still awesome!

I created this design as the background for my Trident square. And then I liked how it looked on its own as well. Happy accidents, right!?

Whether you use the mosaic technique or the interlocking technique, the Right Side looks the same.

Angela Kermack used white as the Main Color in her overlay mosaic sample.

I used white as the second color (accent color, contrasting color) in my interlocking crochet sample. I love how the Wrong Side is a different image when you use the interlocking technique.

This pattern works up quickly because the repeating section is easy to memorize. I use my phone to read the patterns when I am crocheting and my screen always dims before I get to the end of the row. With this pattern that didn’t interrupt my crocheting, I was able to just keep going because I knew that it just kept repeating.

However, the “easy” level of this pattern actually caused me to feel bored many times. I prefer something that requires more focus and attention otherwise my mind wanders.

Do you like the repetitive patterns?

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The eBook contains 6 patterns and saves you more than 30% compared to buying them individually.

  • One Octopus
  • To Sail Away
  • Trident
  • Four Lobsters
  • All the Waves
  • Electric Shock

These baby blankets are all 30″ square when you meet gauge. Each pattern has a chart size of 121 x 121 and you begin with 60 windows when you do the interlocking crochet technique.

All the Waves

This pattern, like all the patterns in this eBook, has a chart size of 121 x 121. This works up to 30″ square when you meet gauge so I call it a baby blanket but you can also think of it as an extra-large panel in a blanket. If you join 4 or 6 of these together you will get a full-size blanket.

If you like these waves you can also get a different size! I use a very small section of wave in my tutorial on YouTube: Wave 10, Locked Filet Mesh Crochet-A-Long Tutorial. You can crochet the small 5″ square with me using the interlocking crochet method (also called Locked Filet Mesh or LFM).

You can also download the PDF of the tiny wave square for FREE on Ravelry! Wave 10 on Ravelry

Interlocking Wave 10 crocheted for YouTube tutorial

The same pattern is used in my video tutorial on how to Read Mosaic Crochet Chart Without X’s. This is a very handy skill to have but if you are used to having X’s on the chart, have no fear: my patterns are all being updated to include a chart with X’s now. It is taking me awhile because I have so many patterns, but I am nearly finished getting them all updated!

I also used these waves in a scarf which was part of my 2020 Father’s Day CAL: Waves Scarf on Ravelry

Waves Scarf crocheted by Claudia

And I made this design available as a shawl as well; you can begin with the long edge or short end to get a different effect with your self-striping yarn! Waves Shawl on Ravelry

Waves Shawl crocheted by Dawn Haynes

My “Into The Ocean” blanket pattern uses these waves as a border around some swirling waves.

Crocheted by Christine Schneider

So, I guess it’s fair to say I like water-themed patterns!

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The eBook contains 6 patterns and saves you more than 30% compared to buying them individually.

  • One Octopus
  • To Sail Away
  • Trident
  • Four Lobsters
  • All the Waves
  • Electric Shock

These baby blankets are all 30″ square when you meet gauge. Each pattern has a chart size of 121 x 121 and you begin with 60 windows when you do the interlocking crochet technique.

Mosaic Crochet, by Angela Kermack

Four Lobsters

My mom grew up in Nova Scotia, Canada. The east coast of Canada does a lot of fishing and trapping of lobsters and crabs.

She had a tiny wooden (pretend) lobster trap that my sister and I liked to play with. We grew up in Saskatchewan which is all prairie, so there were no local lobster traps.

I always thought the nets looked cool and the traps were very clever – the lobsters can get in but they can’t get out.

https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Old-fashioned_lobster_trap,_Fishermen’s_Museum_at_Pemaquid,_Bristol,_Maine_-_20130917.JPG

Surprisingly, I was quite old before I finally learned that lobsters are generally black in the ocean and not bright red like cartoons would have me believe.

My son’s t-shirt; a smiling, red lobster, with the quote “feelin’ snappy”

This pattern, “Four Lobsters”, was originally going to be part of my Baby Ocean & Others eBook. But I knew some of you wouldn’t like the design as a “baby” blanket because it isn’t that “cute”. But I also know that some of you are not a fan of the “cutesy, cartoon” designs so I created a new eBook instead!

My tester has been waiting a few months for me to finally publish this! Nessa Miller used red as the Main Color and white as the Accent Color.

If you use the interlocking crochet technique then the Wrong Side is an inverted opposite type image (but not exactly opposite). If you use the overlay mosaic technique it will just be striped.

Get the Pattern

The eBook contains 6 patterns and saves you more than 30% compared to buying them individually.

  • One Octopus
  • To Sail Away
  • Trident
  • Four Lobsters
  • All the Waves
  • Electric Shock

These baby blankets are all 30″ square when you meet gauge. Each pattern has a chart size of 121 x 121 and you begin with 60 windows when you do the interlocking crochet technique.

Trident

I almost didn’t publish this pattern. My first few drafts were just dreadful. And then when I thought I managed to get it right I’d show someone and they would point out this or that and no matter how kind they were it was starting to really wear me down.

I have other drafts of patterns that have discouraged me and will never see the light of day. I am glad I decided to free this guy. My husband said the merman’s face reminds him of a Lego figurine.

I don’t know a lot about mythology but this guy was definitely based on King Triton from Disney’s The Little Mermaid. This king has a big shaggy beard, sexy biceps, and a lightning stick (a trident).

My tester, cyncitycrochets picked the perfect colors, in my opinion! If you use the interlocking crochet technique then the Wrong Side is an inverted opposite type image (but not exactly opposite). If you use the overlay mosaic technique it will just be striped.

Get the Pattern

The eBook contains 6 patterns and saves you more than 30% compared to buying them individually.

  • One Octopus
  • To Sail Away
  • Trident
  • Four Lobsters
  • All the Waves
  • Electric Shock

These baby blankets are all 30″ square when you meet gauge. Each pattern has a chart size of 121 x 121 and you begin with 60 windows when you do the interlocking crochet technique.

To Sail Away

I don’t do a lot of boating here in Saskatchewan. We mostly have wheat fields. There are a few bodies of water that people use for recreation but it has never been a top interest of mine.

I don’t think this sailboat is going very fast because the water looks quite calm.

This black and blue interlocking crochet sample by cyncitycrochets shows the Wrong Side in the image above (the Right Side can be seen at the top of this post or scroll down to see her instagram post). I like how she equated it to the night sky in her instagram post. If you use the mosaic technique like Angela Kermack did then the back will just be striped.

Get the Pattern

The eBook contains 6 patterns and saves you more than 30% compared to buying them individually.

  • One Octopus
  • To Sail Away
  • Trident
  • Four Lobsters
  • All the Waves
  • Electric Shock

These baby blankets are all 30″ square when you meet gauge. Each pattern has a chart size of 121 x 121 and you begin with 60 windows when you do the interlocking crochet technique.