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

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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.

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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!

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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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