Sunflower Garden eBook

I’ve been showing teasers of these sunflowers for a few weeks and they are finally ready for you!

Thank you to everyone who helped give me ideas for a title – I ultimately chose to use the one Lucille ‘Hauser’ Schubert suggested because it gives me flexibility in the future if I decide to create more flower eBooks. I don’t have any designed currently, so don’t get too excited 😉

My new eBook, Sunflower Garden, contains three large squares: Sunflower, Sunflower AND Leaves, and Sunflower Leaves. The two squares that have leaves have also been written up with left-pointing versions so you can mix and match more easily. I know that might be a bit confusing… I did make a quick video showing them off:

All the patterns in the eBook have written line-by-line instructions and charts for BOTH interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet (adjusted to have the interlocking mesh dots removed). Sunflower Leaves and Sunflower AND Leaves also have left-handed written instructions for both techniques (so you can decide which way you want the leaves to point).

This set has been updated to include more charts! More details: Sunflower Garden Updated.

The Sunflower square was originally from my 2020 Mother’s Day CAL eBook. The mosaic version had the mesh dots – that pattern will remain available in the Mother’s Day eBook as it is. I have updated the stand alone pattern to have all three versions of this pattern (interlocking, mosaic based on interlocking chart, and adjusted mosaic version). For more info on that Crochet-A-Long; https://ashleeslint.com/2020-mothers-day-cal/

I have created an instant promotion on Ravelry – if you have the Mother’s Day eBook or the Bonus Mother’s Day eBook you can “buy” the Sunflower square for FREE. This gives you access to the updated mosaic version of the pattern without putting too much confusion in the old eBooks.

Adjusted Mosaic Sunflower

There are three large squares in this bundle. For the interlocking method the chart size is 81 x 81 which means you create 40 windows to start with. The mosaic versions have been adjusted to remove the unnecessary interlocking mesh dots and extra border lines so the charts are 79 x 79.

Join some squares together or use the squares as pillows or join the squares to other squares for a blanket of your own.

“Sunflower AND Leaves” and “Sunflower Leaves” crocheted by Nina Mayer using the interlocking crochet technique.

Also, take note that the yardage for the interlocking squares is the same for each design (two layers of mesh) but the yardage for each mosaic square changes because sometimes more of one color is used than the other color.

Interlocking Crochet Details per Square

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

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

  • Chart is 77 x 77
  • Finished measurements approximately 20” x 22” / 52cm x 56cm
  • 5 mm hook (H-8)
  • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4”
  • Worsted weight yarn
  • Sunflower (575-825 yards)
    • Main color (blue on chart) – 275 yards
    • Contrasting color (white on chart) – 300 yards
    • Optional Envelope Border – 250 yards
  • Sunflower AND Leaves (600-850 yards)
    • Main color (blue on chart) – 300 yards
    • Contrasting color (white on chart) – 300 yards
    • Optional Envelope Border – 250 yards
  • Sunflower Leaves (600-850 yards)
    • Main color (blue on chart) – 250 yards
    • Contrasting color (white on chart) – 300 yards
    • Optional Envelope Border – 250 yards

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Take 30% off your purchase of the eBook or individual squares until January 25, 2022. No code needed, just add to cart to see the discount.

Evelyn’s Repeat

In January 2021 I published Evelyn’s Bundle on Ravelry and Etsy. This eBook included an oversized afghan square, Evelyn’s Motif 40, and two blankets: Evelyn’s Favorite Guitar, and Evelyn’s Expression. The blankets are both on the smaller side: 44″ x 52″ (chart size 177 x 207) and the square is the same size as all my 40-window squares (chart size 81 x 81). The three patterns are available individually or discounted together in an eBook.

So, why am I posting about this today? It’s old news!

Well, here’s the thing: Evelyn’s Expression looks like a repeating pattern – only I didn’t section out the repeats when I published it. I’ve had a request asking about the repeated section so that it can be made larger and I said, “sure, it will be easy to grab the repeat from there for you!”

This simple task of pulling the repeatable section from the blanket turned out to be more complicated than I anticipated.

If you look very, very closely at the original blanket you will see that there are actually a few details that make it NOT a repeatable design.

I pulled a section from the middle of Evelyn’s Expression that you can repeat as many times as you need to get get whatever size you want. I am calling it Evelyn’s Repeat. This image below is a few repeats wide and tall, to give you an idea of what it will look like.

First, I didn’t remember that when I drew the original blanket pattern it is actually mirrored left-to-right and not just a repeat of dark diamonds and light diamonds. The lighter motifs in the corners are slightly different than the other light motifs. And the light motifs on the sides are again different compared to the one in the middle. If you expanded this design you would see that the spacing between the motifs starts to crowd in on itself. It’s fine for the blanket as written, but to pull out the repeat is actually impossible.

So, I made some small changes. This new pattern, Evelyn’s Repeat, definitely belongs in the eBook Evelyn’s Bundle but I also considered not creating a new listing for it and just adding it to the current listing for Evelyn’s Expression. Ultimately, I decided that since the size of this chart is different and that means the yardage required is different and the layout is actually different as well then it really deserves its own listing.

The mosaic pattern was easier to create than the interlocking. This is because when you use the interlocking method you turn your work and that means you can’t just start back the the beginning of the written instructions because now you’re looking at the other side and each line is not only being read from right-to-left but each stitch is also the opposite direction (front instead of back, etc.). Plus, the border lines that lock the layers together are a little harder to find in the written instructions.

Therefore, the charts for the interlocking version and the mosaic version are almost identical but the written instructions for the interlocking method are double the length of the mosaic instructions. Your finished pieces will look the same though – so either pick your favorite technique or learn a new one!

If you already purchased the eBook, Evelyn’s Bundle, on Ravelry then you now have the new repeatable pattern as well. If you purchased the eBook on Etsy you can email me and let me know if you want the new file emailed to you or I can gift it to you on Ravelry.

To celebrate this new addition I have setup a sale! All patterns in the Evelyn series are 25% off until 11:59 pm, CST October 11, 2021. Valid on Ravelry and Etsy. No code needed.

I hope you will find my effort worth it! I think this will make some beautiful crocheted artwork (whether that be a blanket or a wall hanging or a pillow or something else!). Thanks for all the love and support!

Sunflowers and Butterflies

To me, a sunflower represents hope. I looked online at a few flower shops and tattoo parlors and they seem to all attribute different meanings to the sunflower such as long life, happiness, faith or good luck.

“I want to be like a sunflower so that even on the darkest days I will stand tall and find the sunlight.” -Unknown

~*~*~*~

I can’t look at a sunflower without thinking of Van Gogh’s famous paintings, which of course leads me to thinking about Doctor Who and Amelia Pond and that wonderful episode of television which combines sci-fi and art – my two favorite things!

The great thing about blanket patterns like mine is that you can easily use any weight yarn and any yarn fibre. Some people prefer the affordability of acrylic and others love the softness found in things like merino wool! Generally, use the hook size recommended on the label of your yarn. Sometimes I prefer to go down a hook size (I think I must crochet loosely). The yardage used and the finished size of your blanket will be different if you don’t match my gauge, but that’s usually okay!

Crocheted by Semicci using the interlocking crochet technique.

If you do match my gauge this blanket should end up being a nice even 60″ square. The wavy lines and butterflies that look like a border around the collage of sunflowers is included in the actual pattern so you don’t need to add any extra border pieces to the design.

You can also use any colors you want, but for this pattern I highly suggest using Dark Brown for the Main Color and a deep golden yellow for the Accent Color / Contrasting Color.

The wrong side, when done using interlocking crochet, is an inverse pattern – not quite a mirror image of the front, but each stitch is opposite. I think it still looks good enough to be considered a reversible pattern!

It is, of course, written up for both of my favorite techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet. And each pattern includes a chart as well. The mosaic charts now include X’s to show where the dropped double crochets go. I am still in the process of updating my older patterns to include the x-marked charts. Slow and steady wins the race, right!?

Grab your copy of “Sunflowers and Butterflies” on Etsy or Ravelry. It is included in my current birthday sale (get 30% off with a minimum purchase of 2 patterns, no code needed, offer ends Aug 13, 2021)!

**A couple hours ago I put a quick contest on in my facebook group – guess the title of my next pattern and win a copy! Congratulations to Lucie!

Also, remember that the FATW6 CAL is ongoing – the ocean-themed blanket is nearing its end but they have 2 more blankets after that! I’ve been updating my blog post to include links to the official host page for each release.

And, I am working on my final video for my upcoming Summer Direction CAL! We will get this party started SOON! The format for this one will be a bit different than other crochet-a-longs: you’ll be able to purchase the FULL pattern on Etsy or Ravelry, including charts and written instructions for both techniques, or you can follow my blog and YouTube channel (for FREE!) as each section is released!

Update: you guys put this pattern in Ravelry’s top ten list for a bit! Thank you!

Plus Flower: a large crochet square pattern

Sometimes I doodle.

This doodle was about me exploring what the wrong side looks like when done in interlocking crochet. Of course, the front looks good whether done in interlocking or overlay mosaic crochet!

Nessa Miller used the interlocking crochet technique for this sample.

The stitches are opposite but that doesn’t mean the wrong side shows an opposite image. It isn’t an inverse of colors. It is sometimes not even pretty on the wrong side even though technically you can create dual-sided, reversible fabric with this technique.

This is the wrong side when using the interlocking crochet technique (crocheted by Nessa Miller). The mosaic version will just be striped on the back.

When crocheted using the interlocking crochet method, the plus-signs all turn into boxes in this design.

I think it is a fun flower regardless of what the back looks like.

The chart is 81 x 81 which means it is the same size as all my other large squares. See a list here: ashleeslint.com/patterns#large

You can mix-and-match to create a blanket or use 2 squares for a pillow. I’ve thought about using them for a purse or bag as well. In that case I would use a thinner-weight yarn and smaller hook.

The suggested yarn is a worsted weight, medium – 4 but as long as you use an appropriate hook for your yarn you can really use any yarn you’d like. Keep in mind, your yardage used may not match my pattern if you don’t match the gauge swatch.

Altona Newcombe used the overlay mosaic technique for this square

And, as always, I’ve included written line-by-line instructions for the interlocking crochet technique and the overlay mosaic crochet technique. Each technique comes with a chart; the mosaic chart has x’s for my experienced fans who are familiar with that setup. I hope to have a tutorial on reading that kind of chart soon.

Grab your pattern on Ravelry before 11:59 pm CST, July 17, 2021 and get an automatic 20% off your entire cart!

If you don’t use Ravelry, you can buy the pattern directly from me here. Keep in mind this requires me to personally respond to the email notification so there may be a delay of a few hours to get your pattern to you.

Plus Flower 40 – Interlocking and Mosaic Crochet Patterns and Charts

You will receive one file containing the written, line-by-line instructions for the interlocking technique, and a one-page chart (81 x81). And another file containing the written, line-by-line instructions for the overlay mosaic technique (including instructions for an envelope border), and a multi-page chart with X’s marked (81 x81)

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Blooming Owl Wall Hanging

My musical husband has a guitar strap on his classical wooden guitar with these floral motifs. Everytime I see it I think of an owl.

Obviously I couldn’t just draw it as it is, but I think I captured the idea of a flowery owl in my newest wall hanging: Blooming Owl.

My husband loves it!

I used fingering weight yarn. This is also called 4-ply or 8/4 depending on where you live. Craft Council lists it as a weight 1 – super fine and states it can also be called sock yarn.

The black yarn is “110 Jet Black” Scheepjes Catona. It is 100% mercerized cotton. The small balls are only 50 grams and have 125 metres of yarn. Scheepjes suggests a 2.5 – 3.5 mm needle (I believe that specifically refers to knitting needles). I used a 2.5 mm crochet hook.

I used a full 2 balls. There was barely anything left over (see photo below). So, make sure you match my gauge or grab an extra skein. If you’re going to grab an extra one you might as well grab two! 😉

The gold yarn is actually called “Copper” (oops, it is called “Ginger”). It is from SweetGeorgia Yarns’ Tough Love Sock Yarn line. We looked online at YarnCanada.ca and I gave Mitch a few options. He said this color was “it” and he didn’t care that it was also the most expensive.

It comes in a twisted hank of 115 grams which gives you 425 yards of soft, silky wool. I only used half the skein.

It cost me $3.65 CAD per ball of Catona, so $7.30 total (but I did buy a 3rd ball just in case). The Tough Love Sock yarn was $33.95 but I only used half, so it cost me about $17 for this project. It felt really expensive to buy the fancy color Mitch wanted but it was so worth it because this is just beautiful to look at.

It was my first time using my fancy yarn swift! It is fun having toys! This is one of the more expensive things I own (related to yarn crafts). I don’t usually buy yarn that comes twisted because it just gets all tangled up. This was easy to set up and I turned the hank into a cake in a few short minutes!

The “Tough Love Sock Yarn” is 80% merino wool with 20% polyamide. Because it is a hand-dyed yarn it gives my finished piece a sort of mottled look where the dying process created slightly different shades in the yarn.

Like all of my patterns, this pattern is written for my two favorite techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet. You can choose to use your favorite method or you can try something new!

I used the mosaic method because I wanted the fringe on the bottom and I wanted to use the strings at the top to attach the wooden dowel. I created a short YouTube tutorial with some tricks for attaching the dowel.

YouTube tutorial: Adding a Dowel

If you use interlocking crochet for your project you can add fringe to the bottom and whipstitch the dowel to the top. Instructions are included in the PDF pattern.

Both techniques work the design starting at the top-right corner going down to the bottom-right corner. I designed it to sideways because of the mosaic fringe.

The PDF includes written line-by-line instructions for both techniques and two charts; one is marked with x’s for overlay mosaic crochet. I haven’t created a YouTube video on how to use the x-marked charts yet. I have only just started updating my patterns to include a marked chart.

The other chart can be used for both techniques and I have tutorials on YouTube for that!

Grab your copy of my “Blooming Owl Wall Hanging” on Etsy or Ravelry and get 15% off your entire cart*!

*no code needed, offer ends 11:59 pm, CST, July 13, 2021.

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Fleur De Lis Wall Hanging

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

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

Wall Hanging

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

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

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

Fringe

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

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

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

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

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

Drop the ends inside the loop and pull tight.

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

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

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

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

Important Details

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

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

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

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

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