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:

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 eBook “Ashlee’s 2020 Holiday Squares: add both the 2021 and 2022 squares to your cart to see the discount applied.

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!

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!

What A Bear, the Grizzly in the River Blanket

A few months ago, a friend asked if I could draw this. It stretched my skills but I am pleased to say I met the challenge!

I wanted to keep it a manageable size but also include a lot of details. The chart is 197 x 271 (add 2 stitches to each side for the interlocking method) which means it finishes to about 50″ x 80″ when you use worsted weight yarn. I’ve seen a lot of amazing patterns by other designers that have a chart size of over 300 and I’m just not ready to go that big yet.

When drawing, I started with the general shape of the bear and then had to decide how much fur to give him. It was hard to find a balance between a pencil drawing and a chart that works for interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet.

At first I didn’t include any details around the bear (the water and the mountains). But my helpful critics suggested it needed something.

When I was creating the background for the bear I drew up some mountains and then decided I liked them so much I would make them without a bear!

Maybe you’ve already seen my Rocky Mountain Range Wall Hanging?

I adjusted the mountain design only slightly for use on its own versus behind the bear.

If you were watching this bear go fishing in the river you might laugh at his failed attempt. “Oh, what a silly bear!?” But don’t laugh too loud or he won’t be going hungry anymore! “Oh! What a scary bear!” (He will eat you, in case you missed that).

A few weeks ago I encouraged members of my mailing list to hit reply and enter my draw to win a copy of this pattern. I had 53 entries and I chose 2 winners. The winners have been notified and everyone in my email list has been given a code to take 50% off this pattern. I also gave away one free copy of this pattern in my Facebook Group: Ashlee Brotzell Designs.

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Get the Pattern

Whether you prefer Ravelry or Etsy, you will receive 2 files: one for the interlocking crochet technique and one for the overlay mosaic crochet technique.

Don’t you love his little nose? Mosaic sample crocheted by AriCrochetCorner

Both files include a written pattern, a single-page chart, and a multi-page chart. The single-page chart is best for viewing on a screen whereas the multi-page is better for printing. The mosaic version has X’s to show where the dropped double crochets go.

On Ravelry and Etsy, you will get an automatic 30% discount on this pattern until 11:59 pm CST August 23, 2022.

Important Details

For Interlocking Crochet
• Chart is 201 x 275
• Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”
• Finished measurements approximately 50” x 79” / 128cm x 175cm
• 4.5 mm hook (US7)
• Worsted weight yarn (3950 – 4150 yards total)
o Main color (MC) (black on chart) – 1975 yards plus 200 for optional border
o Accent color (AC) – 1975 yards

For Mosaic Crochet
• Chart is 197 x 271
• Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
• 52” x 83” / 133cm x 211cm
• 5 mm hook (H-8)
• Worsted weight yarn (4600 – 5300 yards)
o Main color (black) – 2250 yards
o Contrasting color (blue) – 2350 yards
o Plus, optional envelope border – 700 yards

      April 3-9, 2022: Crochet-A-Long (CAL) Bundle 60% OFF

      If you read yesterday’s post, you’ll know that April 2022 marks my 2nd year designing anniversary and I want to celebrate! I will have sales and prizes all month long! Check out my original post about the designaversary sales.

      We are starting my celebration month with a focus on the Crochet-A-Longs (CALs) I’ve done over the last two years. I don’t have my next CAL ready yet – but I have at least two different projects that are going to be CALs at some point.

      There is something a bit magical about joining a CAL. People from all over the world are working on the same project at the same time and the accountability means that people are more likely to finish their project.

      I usually offer a free version and a paid version of the pattern. The formats have been slightly different from my first CAL to my latest CAL because I have been learning and growing and changing. I am always blown away by the support from everyone, I have the best customers and fans and friends!

      I have a page here on my website that lists my Crochet-A-Longs:

      For this first week of my anniversary celebration you can buy a bundle on Ravelry (sorry, Etsy doesn’t have the same promotions available) of ALL my CAL patterns with a steep 60% discount!

      Mother’s Day CAL crocheted by Erie Krol / zus, Father’s Day CAL crocheted by Claudia, Abstract Queen CAL crocheted by Emily Harmon, MusicCAL and Summer Direction CAL by myself, Winter 2021 CAL crocheted by NotSoBorenCrochet.

      Or, if you don’t want all of these patterns, you can take an automatic 35% (expired) your purchase of any of the patterns that were originally published as Crochet-A-Longs (CALs), no code needed. This is valid on Ravelry only. Etsy is silly about percentages I am allowed to offer you, so the automatic discount on the CAL patterns there is only 30%. (Expired)

      These links below go to these patterns on Etsy (Ravelry let me section them off for you, but Etsy is different):

      Next week I will have a different set of patterns on sale for you! I will get a YouTube video up soon where I babble about the sales this month and tell you how to enter into the first contest!