Wraps Per Inch (WPI) Tutorial

Have you ever seen “wpi” and wondered what it meant? It might have other definitions, but in the yarn world it means “Wraps Per Inch”. It might also be handy to know that an inch is 2.54cm.

This is an excellent way to measure your yarn weight. This means how thick your yarn is, not how heavy it is (how confusing, right!?).

Here in Canada our yarn labels have a lot of handy information.

The number on the tiny yarn skein tells you the yarn weight. Craft Yarn Councils has a standardized chart:

https://www.craftyarncouncil.com/standards/yarn-weight-system

The next 2 symbols on the photo above are for gauge swatches. Yarn labels will usually give a gauge swatch for knitting and crochet. The most common size for a gauge swatch is 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4 inches. Using the hook size listed, created a square of single crochets and measure how many stitches wide by how many rows tall and that will tell you if you crochet tighter or looser than the label expects you to do. This label above says they get 13 single crochets wide by 14 rows high in their 4″ gauge swatch.

You might have another ball with a “Medium – 4” label but the gauge swatch is slightly different. This is because there can be quite a wide range of thicknesses in each category.

Wraps Per Inch

But what about yarn where you’ve lost the label? Or it never had one to begin with (hello, mill ends)? We can do a Wraps Per Inch (WPI) test to figure out our yarn weight.

I created a quick video:

You can now use this handy information to help you choose what hook size to use for your yarn!

The craft yarn council’s wraps per inch chart:
https://www.craftyarncouncil.com/standards/how-measure-wraps-inch-wpi

And, after you have your WPI number (and it’s associated yarn weight from the first chart), go to the next chart and look for the recommended hook size for that category of yarn:
https://www.craftyarncouncil.com/standards/yarn-weight-system

You can think of this as a starting place because you may still need to adjust your hook size.

If your swatch is too stiff, go up a hook size (meaning, go up 0.5 mm).
If it is too loose, go down a hook size.

If you’re trying to match a designer’s gauge swatch and they say you should have 16 stitches in a 4 inch area, but you keep getting too many stitches then you should try going up a hook size. If you aren’t getting enough stitches (for example, you only get 14 stitches but they say you should get 16) then try going down a hook size.

If it’s the height of your stitch that’s causing you problems then it’s a tension issue.

Ultimately, matching gauge is usually not critical in my patterns. Blankets are very forgiving that way. A sweater is less forgiving.

And besides changing the finished size of your project, you could be using more or less yarn than expected (which could cause problems).

I hope this helps!

Oh, and I do have a really old video on creating a gauge swatch for the interlocking crochet projects:

Weekend Sale

This is just a quick announcement to let you know I’ve put almost everything on sale for the weekend!

I am horrible at remembering holidays and big shopping weekends but I noticed there’s a lot of sales going on so I figured I might as well join in. It’s been a few weeks since my last storewide sale so it’s about time anyway.

You will get 30% off everything (excluding eBooks) until 11:59 pm CST November 27, 2022! No code needed, valid on Ravelry and Etsy.

.-.

Crocheted by Linda Bakker, Sharon Hockensmith, Marjolijn, and me.

2022 December Cat & All-In-One Blankets

This year has just flown by! It is not December yet though – don’t worry! I am publishing December Cat a few days early as requested by a few people in my Facebook Group: Ashlee Brotzell Designs.

The holiday season is upon us and people are getting busy but they want to make sure the blanket is finished in time, so our final square (December Cat) is live now instead of waiting for December 1.

Interlocking crochet sample, black as Main Color (MC)

You’ll also be happy to know I’ve decided on next year’s theme and have all 12 squares drawn up! I’ve got to turn them into a proper pattern still and then I’ll get my team of testers working on it.

Overlay mosaic crochet version of “December Cat”

Our Year of Cats has been a fun series and I am so thankful for all the interest and support this year!

Melody came to snuggle with me

Quick recap:

  • The Year of Cats series contains 12 squares (one for each month)
    • PLUS a couple bonus squares
  • Each square has a chart and a full written pattern for TWO techniques: interlocking crochet or overlay mosaic crochet
    • Mosaic crochet option has had the interlocking mesh dots & extra border lines removed
    • Mosaic crochet charts have X’s showing the dropped double crochets
  • The eBook contains the 12 original individual squares (one file for interlocking and one file for mosaic)
  • PLUS, there’s a bonus eBook (one file for each technique) which contains “Bonus Scratch Cat”, “November Cat Face”, and an all-in-one Love mini-series blanket (using March, June, September, and December Cats), and an all-in-one blanket pattern (using the 12 original squares) so you don’t have to join squares!
    • In the bonus eBook, mosaic version only, there’s also a file that has the written pattern for using November Cat and November Cat Face as a bag.
Interlocking crochet squares: March Cat, June Cat, September Cat, and December Cat. Joined to show the Love Mini-series.

December Cat not only finishes our full blanket of 12 squares, it finishes the mini-series that spells “Love”. This is the “e”, and because we need to make sure it faces the right way to be legible this square comes with the written pattern for right- and left-handed crocheters!

The mini-series uses March, June, September, and December Cats. The bonus eBook also includes an all-in-one pattern for the Love blanket (right- and left-handed options). This allows you to crochet the set as a single blanket without needing to join squares.

The bonus eBook ALSO includes an all-in-one pattern for the full blanket (using the 12 original squares).

All-in-one patterns allow you to crochet without joining squares at the end. They still include charts and full written patterns for both techniques. They are ONLY available in the eBook listings on Etsy and Ravelry (in the Bonus eBook files) – they are not listed separately.

Thank you to my testing team: cyncitycrochets, CarolinevdB, & Maja Serec!

I created a quick tutorial on how to join squares. This can be applied to more than just our cat squares, but I had the cats in mind when I did it. It is short enough to watch in full and then use the excessive amount of time stamps to find exactly what you want to re-watch.

Get the Pattern

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)
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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 (625 – 875 yards)
    • Main Color (MC) – 325 yards
    • Coordinating Color (CC) – 300 yards
    • Optional Envelope Border – 250 yards

      Mosaic Christmas CAL: Part 7, Sparkle by Maud Akkermans

      Part 7 in the multi-designer Mosaic Christmas CAL hosted by the Facebook Group MOSAIC CROCHET (previously, Mosaic Crochet MALS, CALS & more) is now live!

      Maud Akkermans in the designer of this section called “Sparkle”. It is, of course, free on Ravelry and YouTube (each section in this CAL is available on YouTube and as a free download on Ravelry).

      You can find more of Maud’s patterns on Ravelry. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/maud-akkermans-ravelry-store/patterns

      You can find the other parts of this CAL by searching “Mosaic Christmas CAL” on Ravelry or check out my post from last week about Part 5: Sleigh where I list the designers.

      My “Sleigh” section is free to view on my website, free to download on Ravelry, and free to view on YouTube.

      You might be wondering, why is Ashlee telling us about another designer’s pattern? Well, Maud needed someone to make the video portion and that someone was me!

      I feel so honored that she trusted me with this. And it is much nicer when we can all work together (I’ve seen way too much drama in the crochet community!).

      I will earn a few dollars from having this video on my YouTube channel. I’m not at the point where the time and effort from the videos pays off instantly (at least 10 hours went into this video and I anticipate earning a similar amount as my Sleigh section). Maybe someday I’ll be famous enough to live off of my YouTube channel but for now I am happy to continue offering content as I am able.

      This is a screenshot I just took from my YouTube statistics:

      I think it’s amusing that my top-earning video this past month was for the knitting machine.

      Get the Pattern

      Free to view on YouTube and free to download on Ravelry!

      Solid Overlay Mosaic Crochet Update to 2020 Holiday Squares eBook

      I have just finished updating all 15 squares in “Ashlee’s 2020 Holidays Squares” eBook!

      Previous posts about this eBook: Ashlee’s 2020 Holiday Squares eBook – Interlocking and Mosaic Crochet Patterns and Updated Holiday eBook and How to Choose Colors

      Thank you all for your patience as I grow and learn!

      When I first published these squares I created written instructions for both interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet, but I used the same chart for both techniques.

      All 15 squares, crocheted by Ethel Louise Bradford using the interlocking crochet technique.

      The people have spoken, and the majority prefer an adjusted chart for the mosaic version. The interlocking mesh dots can be removed to make the solid sections more solid. And the locking border lines are unnecessary when using the mosaic technique, so those are removed as well.

      Each of the 15 squares in this eBook now has 3 files (one for the interlocking crochet version, one for the ORIGINAL overlay mosaic crochet version using the interlocking chart, and an ADJUSTED overlay mosaic crochet version using a chart that has had the border lines and mesh dots removed).

      The exception to this is the “Hanukkah” pattern. It was originally draw in an 81 x 81 chart to fit with the other squares but this required that I cut off the bottom of the star. So this pattern has a bonus option of a rectangle that shows the whole star (but won’t match with the other squares well). Each option (the square and the rectangle) come with all 3 versions of the pattern now.

      Oh, and “Ashlee’s Snowflake” can be done from the center-out (adjusted mosaic version only)! That’s a fun bonus that means you don’t have to worry about cutting the yarn and dealing with the cut ends afterwards.

      Get the Pattern

      A few days ago I put the eBook on promotion to go with the new squares, “Ashlee’s 2021 Block” & “Ashlee’s 2022 Block”.

      The new blocks are not included in this eBook. And the new blocks are written up only two ways: interlocking crochet and the adjusted solid overlay mosaic crochet.

      You’ll get an automatic 25% discount on this eBook (Ravelry & Etsy) until 11:59 pm CST November 17, 2022.

      Etsy users who already purchased this eBook must contact me for the updated files.

      The individual squares are not currently available on Etsy (only in the eBook) but can be made available if someone needs me to do that.

      On Ravelry, you can get the eBook at nearly a 50% discount versus buying each square individually (plus the current sale on top of that!) or you can grab the squares individually:

      Ashlee’s Yearly Blocks

      A long, long, long, long time ago, way back in 2020 (ha!) I published an eBook of Holiday Squares and included a square that simply said “2020”.

      It is a 40-window pattern (using the interlocking crochet technique) and the overlay mosaic version uses the same chart.

      It has left- and right- handed instructions (see more left-handed options here: https://www.ravelry.com/bundles/left-handed-instructions-included).

      Interlocking Crochet sample of “Ashlee’s 2020 Block”

      When 2021 rolled around I considered updating the eBook with a new square saying “2021” but then I figured I plan on being in this business for a long time and that would make the eBook get pretty messy if I had to keep adding squares.

      Old Square, Too Small

      In January of 2021, I did create a small square (chart size 41 x 41 instead of 81 x 81 like the Holiday Squares) that said 2021, but it is much easier to join squares of the same size… so, this one doesn’t fill the need.

      2021 Lucky Key on Ravelry

      In August, I received a request for an updated square with the current year. I anticipated that it would not take me long to get that done… but somehow it is November already. *cringe*

      However, I finally accomplished my goal and I now have a large square for 2021 and 2022 – and next month I will add 2023 to the mix as well. Woohoo!

      I am not adding these new yearly squares to the Holiday Squares eBook, but I have created a half price promotion on Ravelry for those who already own the eBookAshlee’s 2020 Holiday Squares: add both the 2021 and 2022 squares to your cart to see the discount applied. Expires Nov 17, 2022.

      This square can be made using interlocking crochet or overlay mosaic crochet (like all of my patterns). The mosaic version is solid – it uses an adjusted chart.And it has right- and left-handed instructions because you need the numbers to face the right way to be legible.

      The original 2020 square used the same chart for both techniques. I will be updating the whole eBook soon. These new squares for 2021 and 2022 have had the extra border lines and interlocking mesh dots removed for the mosaic technique; the chart is 77 x 77.

      If you see some samples where the “2022” is up too high in the square that’s because I made a mistake when drawing. I fixed it, but only after a few of my testers had already finished crocheting. Centered is better, don’t blame the testers!

      Each pattern is designed to use 2 colors (good contrasting colors), but, as you can see in @Beautifulla24’s sample below, the opportunity to add some more colors can really spice things up!

      Mosaic Crochet sample by @Beautifulla24

      She used the overlay mosaic crochet version. She started with green as the Main Color (MC / 1st color) and alternated light and dark blue for the Contrasting Color (CC / 2nd color). The pink is a little bit of tapestry crochet on the MC rows. In the middle she substituted dark brown instead of green for the MC.

      Big thanks to my testing team: @Beautifulla24, Divya Tellakula, Heather Passmore, Linda Bakker, Nessa Miller, Nyasha Jones, & @ScorpiosHook!

      Another thing to note: I am in the process of updating the eBook, “Ashlee’s 2020 Holiday Squares“. The mosaic patterns use the original interlocking crochet chart (with the mesh dots all over). I will be adding an adjusted solid mosaic version of each square as soon as I get them ready!

      EBook has been updated now! For more details: CLICK HERE.

      Pattern Links

      Get the new squares, “Ashlee’s 2021 Block” and “Ashlee’s 2022 Blockat half price if you have already purchased “Ashlee’s eBook of Holiday Squares” on Ravelry.

      On Etsy, the two new squares are listed together and you will get an automatic 25% discount on that listing until November 17, 2022.

      You can get the eBook at a 25% discount until November 17, 2022 – no code needed, add to cart to see discount apply; valid on Etsy and Ravelry.

      The discounts on Ravelry can only be applied one at a time, so you’ll want to grab the eBook first and then get the two new squares.


      Ashlee’s 2023 Block will be published next month!

      I am hoping the Solid, Adjusted Mosaic Crochet versions of these holiday squares will be updated by then!

      2022 Mosaic Christmas CAL, Part 5: Sleigh

      This pattern has been designed specifically for the 2022 Mosaic Christmas CAL (Crochet-A-Long) hosted by Mosaic Crochet MALs, CALs & more group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/mosaiccrochet

      Each pattern in this CAL is free and includes a written pattern, a chart, and a YouTube walk-thru. Use the hashtag #MosaicChristmasCAL

      Part 5, by Ashlee Brotzell Designs: Sleigh

      You can view the full pattern here on my website (chart is viewable as a jpg here), or grab a nice FREE PDF of the written pattern and chart on Ravelry. I’ve made a full walk-thru available on YouTube as well.

      The list of designers and schedule of release:

      October 29. Part 1 and Separation section. Designer BebaBlanket https://www.ravelry.com/stores/bebablanket-designs

      November 2. Part 2. Designer Carol Scott https://www.ravelry.com/designers/carol-a-scott

      November 5. Part 3. Designer Svetlana Rogathyk https://www.ravelry.com/designers/svetlana-rogatykh

      November 9. Part 4. Designer Iti Hamberg Brons https://www.ravelry.com/designers/iti-hamberg-brons

      November 12. Part 5. Designer Ashlee Brotzell https://www.ravelry.com/designers/ashlee-brotzell

      November 16. Part 6. Designer Robyn B Kaleta https://www.ravelry.com/designers/robyn-b-kaleta

      November 19. Part 7. Designer Maud Akkermans https://www.ravelry.com/designers/maud-akkermans

      November 23. Part 8. Designer Carol Scott https://www.ravelry.com/designers/carol-a-scott

      November 26. Part 9. Designer Svetlana Rogathyk https://www.ravelry.com/designers/svetlana-rogatykh

      November 30. Part 10. Designer BebaBlanket https://www.ravelry.com/stores/bebablanket-designs

      December 3. Part 11/ Border. Designer Maud Akkermans https://www.ravelry.com/designers/maud-akkermans

      The Sleigh

      Most of my patterns come with written instructions and charts for two techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet. This pattern was designed specifically for this group Crochet-A-Long and it is MOSAIC ONLY.

      Follow along with a full YouTube walk-thru of this pattern:

      Your yarn weight and hook size can easily be adjusted; just make sure your hook is an appropriate size for your yarn.

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

      Important Details

      • US crochet terminology
      • Chart is 48 x 30
      • Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
      • 5 mm hook (H-8)
      • Worsted weight yarn (100 yards per repeat)
        • Color A (the sleigh) – 50 yards
        • Color B (the background) – 50 yards

      Key (US terminology)

      Color A: the design color, the sleigh; blue in chart

      Color B: the background color; white in chart

      ch = chain

      SC = single crochet: insert hook, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through both loops on hook

      sc = SC into Back Loop only

      A Single Crochet in the body of the pattern goes in Back Loop Only

      FSC = foundation single crochet: chain 2, insert hook in first chain, *yarn over and pull a loop through, yarn over and pull through one loop (chain made), yarn over and pull through remaining 2 loops (SC made); to make the next stitch insert your hook into the chain made previously and repeat from *

      DC = double crochet: yarn over, insert hook, pull up a loop, *yarn over, pull through two loops* twice

      dc = dropped double crochet: skip next single crochet, and instead double crochet into Front Loop of stitch in the row below

      The dropped double crochet uses the front loop, 2 rows below. Skip the single crochet behind this stitch.

      JS = Joining Stitch: create slip knot, insert hook under both loops, complete a normal single crochet

      ES = End Stitch: single crochet under both loops, chain 1, cut yarn and pull through tightly

      Mosaic Technique

      Please see the YouTube video for more details. I use a single-row mosaic technique. Each square on the chart corresponds to one stitch. There is an additional stitch (not visible on the chart) on each side of the chart for joining and ending, as well as a balancing stitch. You start at the bottom-right corner of the chart.

      • The front of your work is always facing you (this is the right side, the side showing the design)
      • You are always working from the right to the left (opposite for left-handed crocheters)
      • You tie on a new yarn at the beginning of each row and cut it at the end
        • Tails don’t need to be longer than an inch and a half (unless you want to fringe, like on scarf)
      • Yarn colors can be anything you like
        • They need to contrast well (try a black and white photo to see if they are too similar)
        • They need to be the same weight (size/thickness)
      • I prefer using a foundation SC to create my foundation row because then I have tails on both sides of my work just like all the other rows will have
      • Even-numbered rows use Color B; odd-numbered rows use Color A

      This pattern is designed in conjunction with other 2022 Christmas CAL sections,

      so it is very likely that you will be joining to another project.

      If this is a new project, you will need to crochet the foundation row (row 0). This row is shown on the chart in grey (but you would use the same color as the rows shown in white).

      If you are joining to a previous section in this CAL, you will skip row 0 and start at row 1.

      Optional Foundation Row (Row 0): use Color B (shown as grey on the chart)

      Use a foundation SC technique to create repeats of 48 + 3 SC. Or chain repeats of 48 + 4, SC in 2nd from hook and SC all the way back across. Cut and tie off.

      For 2 repeats wide you’ll need 99 fsc (or chain 100, turn and do 99 sc back).

      For 3 repeats you’ll need 147 fsc. For 4 repeats you’ll need 195 fsc. For 5 repeats you’ll need 243 fsc. And so on.

      Switch to Color A and continue to row 1.

      If you’re adding onto a previously worked project, start at row 1.

      {Even-numbered rows use Color B; odd-numbered rows use Color A}

      Color A = the sleigh, Color B = the background

      JS, ES, and balancing stitch after the asterisk (*) is not shown on the chart.

      Repeat between the asterisks.

      1 – JS, *sc48*, sc1, ES

      2 – JS, *dc48*, dc1, ES

      3 – JS, *sc48*, sc1, ES

      4 – JS, *dc5, sc40, dc3*, dc1, ES

      5 – JS, *sc5, dc1, sc8, dc1, sc22, dc1, sc10*, sc1, ES

      6 – JS, *dc4, sc2, dc8, sc1, dc22, sc1, dc10*, dc1, ES

      7 – JS, *sc4, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc22, dc1, sc10*, sc1, ES

      8 – JS, *dc4, sc1, dc1, sc1, dc2, sc34, dc5*, dc1, ES

      9 – JS, *sc4, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc2, dc1, sc1, dc8, sc1, dc7, sc1, dc5, sc1, dc6, sc1, dc1, sc6*, sc1, ES

      10 – JS, *dc4, sc3, dc1, sc19, dc1, sc14, dc6*, dc1, ES

      11 – JS, *sc8, dc7, sc1, dc5, sc1, dc3, sc5, dc2, sc1, dc3, sc1, dc5, sc6*, sc1, ES

      12 – JS, *dc7, sc20, dc1, sc4, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc5, dc6*, dc1, ES

      13 – JS, *sc7, dc3, sc1, dc2, (sc1, dc4) x2, sc1, dc3, sc1, dc2, sc3, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc3, sc6*, sc1, ES

      14 – JS, *dc6, sc4, dc1, sc23, dc1, sc7, dc6*, dc1, ES

      15 – JS, *sc6, dc2, sc5, dc3, sc2, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc1, dc3, sc1, dc2, sc5, dc5, sc6*, sc1, ES

      16 – JS, *dc6, sc4, dc1, sc5, dc2, sc1, dc5, sc1, dc1, sc8, dc1, sc7, dc6*, dc1, ES

      17 – JS, *sc6, dc4, sc1, dc4, sc3, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc2, dc3, sc3, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc3, sc6*, sc1, ES

      18 – JS, *dc6, sc9, dc3, sc1, dc5, sc1, dc2, sc5, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc5, dc6*, dc1, ES

      19 – JS, *sc7, dc6, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc3, dc4, sc1, dc3, (sc1, dc2) x2, sc6*, sc1, ES

      20 – JS, *dc3, sc3, dc1, sc6, dc1, sc1, dc3, sc7, dc3, sc14, dc6*, dc1, ES

      21 – JS, *sc3, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc2, dc1, sc1, dc2, sc2, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc7, dc1, sc1, dc12, sc6*, sc1, ES

      22 – JS, *dc3, sc1, dc1, sc1, dc2, sc4, dc2, sc7, dc7, sc1, dc1, sc12, dc6*, dc1, ES

      23 – JS, *sc3, dc1, sc4, dc3, sc4, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc8, dc1, sc2, (dc3, sc1) x2, dc3, sc6*, sc1, ES

      24 – JS, *dc3, sc3, dc1, sc4, dc4, sc1, dc3, sc1, dc8, sc1, dc2, sc7, dc1, sc3, dc6*, dc1, ES

      25 – JS, *sc4, dc2, sc1, dc3, sc5, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc8, dc1, sc3, dc4, sc5, dc1, sc6*, sc1, ES

      26 – JS, *dc4, sc6, dc5, sc1, dc3, sc10, dc3, sc6, dc1, sc3, dc6*, dc1, ES

      27 – JS, *sc5, dc4, sc6, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc11, dc5, sc1, dc2, sc7*, sc1, ES

      28 – JS, *dc5, sc4, dc6, sc7, dc11, sc8, dc7*, dc1, ES

      29 – JS, *sc34, dc2, sc1, dc3, sc8*, sc1, ES

      30 – JS, *dc34, sc6, dc8*, dc1, ES

      Trim the fringe, if needed.

      Continue with the next section in this CAL.

      #MosaicChristmasCAL


      X-Marked Chart Instructions

      How to Use the Chart

      • Start at the bottom right corner & read each row from right to left (opposite if you’re left-handed)
      • Join new yarn at the beginning of each row and cut your yarn at the end of every row
      • Each square represents one stitch, the chart is 48 stitches wide and should be repeated to get your desired width
        • NOT shown on the chart: Joining Stitch (JS), balancing stitch, and End Stitch (ES). The balancing stitch should be done before doing your ES, just repeat column 1.
      • All even-numbered rows – starting with the foundation row 0 – use Color B (background color)
        • This is white on the chart
        • The first row (row 0) is grey because it is optional; if you are joining this to something already made you skip row 0 and begin at row 1
        • The first row (row 0) can be made using foundation single crochet or by chaining one more than required (for turning space) and single crochet back
      • Odd-numbered rows use Color A (the design)
        • This is blue on the chart
      • Regardless of the square’s color, you work a single crochet in the Back Loop Only unless you see an “X”; an “X” tells you to create a dropped double crochet

      Every pattern in this CAL is FREE! You can view “Sleigh” here on my website or you can download the full PDF on Ravelry.

      There is no Etsy option because Etsy doesn’t do free listings.

      You can also watch the full walk-thru tutorial on YouTube.

      Important Details

      • US crochet terminology
      • Chart is 48 x 30
      • Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
      • 5 mm hook (H-8)
      • Worsted weight yarn (100 yards per repeat)
        • Color A (the sleigh) – 50 yards
        • Color B (the background) – 50 yards

        ©️ 2022 Ashlee Brotzell.

        All rights reserved. This publication is protected under federal copyright laws. Reproduction or distribution, in whole or in part, in any medium, is strictly prohibited.

        What does this mean?
        This is an original pattern by Ashlee Brotzell. You may not copy, reproduce, sell, or share any part of it whether for profit or not. This includes, but is not limited to, the written pattern, the chart, and the photos. No translations or video tutorials are allowed.

        Sales of your finished items are, of course, unrestricted (and I wish you all the best!). I appreciate credit given to the designer when possible but it is not a requirement. You may tag me @AshleesLint or direct people to my website http://www.ashleeslint.com

        FREE Winter Trees Hooded Cowl CAL; Part 3

        You’re nearly done! Just a few more hours of crocheting left. This week we will add the cowl neck to the hood. Technically, you could crochet this false-ribbed cowl section without the hood. It’s quite basic.

        If you’re just hearing about this project, you’ll want to return to the Introduction page, or maybe Part 1. The schedule and links to each section are just below.


        Follow this pattern for FREE here on my website!

        I will have both the interlocking crochet pattern AND the overlay mosaic crochet pattern for this square here online. Charts are not included, only the written portion. Charts are available in the purchased pattern.

        For the duration of the CAL, you’ll get an automatic 40% discount. on the purchase of “Winter Trees Hooded Cowl“. Regular price applies on November 10, 2022.

        Or, you can forever view both the interlocking pattern and the mosaic pattern here on my website!


        Interlocking Crochet Pattern

        To refresh yourself on the KEY, click here.

        For yardage and other important details, click here.

        In part 1 we did the foundation rows up to row 29. Part 2 was rows 30 – 58. Now that we have a hood we will create the cowl neck.

        The Cowl

        I chose to use my dark color for the cowl neck, but you can use the lighter color or a completely different color!

        First, turn your hat upside down. We will join our yarn at any point around the neck of the hood EXCEPT where the sides meet at your chin.

        Attaching to Hood

        Create one round of double crochet stitches, join with a slip stitch.

        You need to have an even number of DC stitches in this first round. If you need to adjust, make the cowl one stitch smaller than the hood.

        Lengthening the Cowl

        For the rest of the rounds, do *2 FPDC, 2 BPDC* all the way around. Join with a slip stitch at the end of each round. Front post stitches will have front post stitches attached to them. You are creating long ridges.

        I did 14 rounds, but you can make the cowl any length.

        Weave in any ends and you’re done! 

        I prefer to wear mine with the cowl part up inside the hood, covering my chin and mouth, but you can also keep it down around your neck if that’s where you need the warmth.

        #interlockingcrochet #WinterTreesHoodedCowl @AshleesLint

        Congratulations! You’re done! Be sure to show off your project in my Facebook group: Ashlee Brotzell Designs, or tag me on Instagram!

        Click here to jump to list of CAL sections


        Overlay Mosaic Crochet Pattern

        The x-marked chart can be found in the paid PDF only. Charts are not included in the free version online.

        To refresh yourself on the KEY, click here.

        View important details like yardage and finished size by clicking here.

        In part 1 we did the foundation rows up to row 29. In part 2 we finished the hood with rows 30 – 52. Now we will add the cowl neck.

        The Cowl

        I chose to use my dark color for the cowl, but you can use the lighter color or a completely different color!

        First, turn your hat upside down. We will join our yarn at any point around the neck of the hood EXCEPT where the envelope border meets at your chin.

        I have created a video for this step:

        Attaching to Hood

        Create one round of double crochet stitches, join with a slip stitch. You may find it difficult to determine which stitches to join to when you reach the envelope border brim that goes around your face.  If you did single crochet stitches for the envelope you will do one DC per round. If you did a double crochet envelope border, do two DCs per round.

        I had 7 rounds of SC on my envelope border, so I did 7 DC across the envelope for the beginning of my cowl. I joined the two sides of the envelope border with one DC and then did 7 more DC on the envelope border at the other side of the face opening.

        You need to have an even number of DC stitches in this first round. If you need to adjust, make the cowl one stitch smaller than the hood.

        Lengthening the Cowl

        For the rest of the rounds, do *2 FPDC, 2 BPDC* all the way around. Join with a slip stitch at the end of each round. Front post stitches will have front post stitches attached to them. You are creating long ridges.

        I did 15 rounds, but you can make the cowl any length.

        Weave in any ends and you’re done! 

        I prefer to wear mine with the cowl part up inside the hood, covering my chin and mouth, but you can also keep it down around your neck if that’s where you need the warmth.

        #mosaiccrochet #WinterTreesHoodedCowl @AshleesLint

        Congratulations! You’re done! Be sure to show off your project in my Facebook group: Ashlee Brotzell Designs, or tag me on Instagram!

        Click here to jump to list of CAL sections

        Get the Pattern

        For the duration of the CAL, you’ll get an automatic 40% discount on the purchase of “Winter Trees Hooded Cowl”. Regular price applies on Nov 10, 2022.


        For Interlocking Crochet

        • Chart is 57 x 59 (repeat it twice)
        • Folded hood is about 17” / 44cm tall by 14” / 36cm deep, plus a 5” / 13cm cowl
        • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”
        • 5 mm hook (H-8)
        • Worsted weight yarn (700-740 yards total)
          • Hood Main color (MC) (black on chart, white in sample above, the trees) – 250 yards plus 40 for optional border
          • Hood Accent color (AC) (teal in sample, the sky) – 250 yards
          • Cowl (teal in sample) – 200 yards

          For Mosaic Crochet

          • Chart for hood is 50 x 53 (repeat it twice)
          • Folded hood, including envelope border brim is about 12” / 30cm square, plus a 5” / 13cm cowl
          • Gauge: 16 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
          • 5 mm hook (H-8)
          • Worsted weight yarn (655 yards total)
            • Hood Main Color (White) – 250 yards
            • Hood Contrasting Color (Green) – 180 yards
            • Hood Envelope Border (white) – 75 yards
            • Cowl (Green) – 150 yards

          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”).

          Get the Pattern

          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.

          Get the Pattern

          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)