How to Use an X-Marked Chart for Overlay Mosaic Crochet

My patterns include written line-by-line instructions, so you don’t actually need to know how to use the charts. I write everything up for two techniques: interlocking crochet / Locked Filet Mesh, and overlay mosaic crochet.

I have tutorials on how to use the charts for interlocking crochet (PDF / YouTube). The charts are black and white squares, there are no X’s on a chart used for interlocking crochet.

You CAN use an interlocking crochet chart for overlay mosaic crochet. My original tutorial for reading a chart without X’s can be found on YouTube. But, I have now updated my patterns to include charts with X’s marking the dropped double crochets.

To understand how to use these charts please first familiarize yourself with the overlay mosaic crochet technique. You can follow along with the free tutorial square. Use this chart:

Start at the bottom right corner. Forgive me for those funny lines above columns 2/3 and 12.

Reading the Chart:

  • You start at the bottom right corner and each row is read from right to left (or the 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
  • Joining stitch (JS) is not shown on chart
    • create slip knot, insert hook under both loops, complete a normal single crochet
  • End stitch (ES) is not shown on the chart
    • single crochet under both loops, chain 1, cut yarn and pull through tightly
  • All odd numbered rows use the Main Color (MC)
  • Even numbered rows use the Contrasting Color (CC)
  • Each square represents one stitch
    • Don’t forget you need to add a stitch for both the JS and ES
  • The first row can be made using foundation single crochet or by chaining one more than required (for turning space) and single crochet back
  • 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

I prefer to use the written instructions and I will sometimes glance at the chart if I am unsure of what part of the project I am working on but for the most part I ignore the charts completely. I understand that a lot of you are more familiar with charts or have difficulty reading the written instructions so I am happy to provide both options.

Summer Direction CAL: Final Section and Border

The first day of autumn in the northern hemisphere is September 22, 2021. I’ve always believed I had a fall birthday and I was an adult before I learned that technically my birthday occurs in the summer. My sister is a winter baby that technically has a birthday in the fall. Many years we already have snow at this time of year so it makes sense to me that most people consider it autumn and completely disregard the actual equinox.

I consider my Summer Direction Crochet-A-Long a success because we managed to get everything posted in the summer and I have seen at least a couple people working on it. I also really appreciate the sales of the PDF (whether you plan on doing this project after you finish something or if you’ve put it in that list that will never get finished). Thank you!

If you’d rather not deal with the free releases across multiple webpages (or you’re desperate for the charts), you can grab a FULL copy of the pattern and charts on Etsy or Ravelry. Get 50% off your purchase of “Summer Direction CAL” on Etsy and Ravelry until September 30, 2021 by using code “SUMMER2021”!

This final section is very short: only a couple rows to finish off the lines that match the beginning foundation rows. Instructions for an optional border are included and that will take up more time than any of the sections ever did.

If you’ve found this page but haven’t been following the pattern you should go back to the landing page and start at the beginning. This pattern, like (almost) all of my patterns is written up for interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet. I have tutorials on both techniques and people prefer one technique over the other for many different reasons. If you’ve never tried these techniques I’d say the mosaic is easier to learn but the interlocking is my favorite because you don’t need to worry about cutting your yarn or dealing with the tails and it can sometimes create an amazing image on the backside of your project too! Overlay mosaic requires you to cut your yarn at the end of each row and join again at the beginning of the row. The back is just stripes of your alternating colors, so it’s also pretty to look at. There are a few variations out there where people adjust the technique to get an image on the back or to not deal with the tails but I prefer to stick with the basic method at this point.


Final Border Lines: Overlay Mosaic Technique

The video shows the final three lines but the length of this video is mostly due to that envelope border. I have a tutorial called “Ashlee’s Lazy Envelope Border” which uses double crochets but I’m showing the single crochet version here in this video. Scroll down for the written instructions on the final lines in this pattern and the optional border.

Mosaic Crochet: Top Border Lines

161 – JS, sc4, *sc18*, sc3, ES

162 – JS, dc1, sc3, *sc18*, sc2, dc1, ES

Trim the fringe, if needed.

Add optional envelope border. (Video above shows the single crochet option, link below shows the double crochet option)

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Interlocking Crochet: Final Border

These final lines just match the foundation rows we did. They are quick and easy to finish. The optional border does add some time and yarn to your project but I think it is worth it. I have also recently changed the border instructions I include with my patterns because I think everything lays better when the border locks into both layers.

Here’s the final video or scroll down for the written portion.

LFM Final Lines and Border:

161 AC – Ch3 in front, *9F*, 1F, EF

Cut and tie off AC

RS

162 MC – Ch3, 1B, *9B*, 1B, ES

SC Border (optional)

Chain 1, put 2 sc in each gap on all four sides. Add an extra chain 2 space in each corner (corner gap will have 2sc, 2ch, 2sc).

Revised SC border (shown in video)

Chain 1, put 1 sc in the MC gap, and then the second sc should pick up one loop of the AC as well as going through the MC gap. Do this in each gap on all four sides. Add an extra chain 2 on the corners.

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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

Summer Direction CAL: Sections 11 and 12

Today is my birthday! My kids got me three giant balls of soft jumbo blanket yarn. It was not a surprise, hahaha, because dad didn’t hide it well! I have a ball of neon green, and two balls of neon pink. Now, what to make with it?

Of course, since I am a mom, I made the cake myself (Remi helped me with the sprinkles), I didn’t get photos of any of the festivities, and I am left with the clean up. 🙃

I remember in high school some kids would take the day off when it was their birthday. Their birthday was the most important event of the year for them. No way were they working their part time job after school on that day. “Me-time” to the max!

For me it has usually just been another day. I feel uncomfortable when everyone stares at me and expects me to blow out the candles. I get nervous that I won’t have the appropriate surprise-and-thank-you reaction. I like the kids’ birthdays better. That’s fun for me.

This year I tried to enjoy the moments but I need to sneak in a little bit of “work” now. My crochet stuff is sort of work, sort of hobby, sort of my favorite thing but also has random deadlines and can sometimes be stressful. So, it is “work” now.

The next two sections in my Summer Direction CAL don’t require much from me (I did all the real work earlier) so I am posting this even though it is my birthday and then I will go crochet some more! We need to replicate the opposite of the chevrons that were at the beginning of the project, so we are doing Chevron B twice. If you’re doing overlay mosaic crochet then you simply repeat the section. If you are using the interlocking crochet technique (what I call Locked Filet Mesh / LFM) then you need to first do Chevron B starting with the Wrong Side (WS) and then do Chevron B starting with the Right Side (RS).

After this we only have the final border lines and the finishing touch: an envelope border on the mosaic piece or a simple single crochet border on the interlocking. That section will be published in only a couple days – I am determined to finish this Summer Direction Crochet-A-Long before Summer ends (the fall equinox is on September 21 I think).

If you’d rather not wait for all the free releases (or you’re desperate for the charts), you can grab a FULL copy of the pattern and charts on Etsy or Ravelry. Get 50% off your purchase of “Summer Direction CAL” on Etsy and Ravelry until September 30, 2021 by using code “SUMMER2021”!

In case you were skimming through all of that, scroll back up and do Chevron B for mosaic for section 11 and 12. And do Chevron B (WS) for section 11 of the LFM and Chevron B (RS) for section 12!

By the way, I have been enjoying all the birthday love in my Facebook group, thanks everyone!

Summer Direction CAL: Dark Arrows Reversed

When you’re done this Crochet-A-Long, if you fold it in half, top to bottom, the chevrons and these dark arrows will match each other. The light arrows in the middle don’t fold in half on themselves but the rest of the design is mirrored from top to bottom. The arrows sections have one arrow facing one way and the arrow on top is facing the other way. The first dark arrows section is the opposite of this dark arrows section.

This is the 75% mark. We are 3/4 of the way through this project. It may be easier at this point to navigate to each section from the landing page. You can also return to the list of all my Crochet-A-Longs by clicking here.

If you’d rather not wait for all the free releases (or you’re desperate for the charts), you can grab a FULL copy of the pattern and charts on Etsy or Ravelry. Get 50% off your purchase of “Summer Direction CAL” on Etsy and Ravelry until September 30, 2021 by using code “SUMMER2021”! I have a birthday promotion on right now as well, you can get 40% off your entire cart by using codeYARNFUND” until September 14 (valid on Ravelry and Etsy). You may want to purchase the Summer Direction CAL separately so that you can get the better deal.


Dark Arrows Reversed: Overlay Mosaic Technique

This is a new section that we haven’t done before, so there is a new video! The arrow sections are larger than the chevron sections so this video is also a bit longer.

Here’s the YouTube video that shows you a complete walk-thru of this section or scroll down for the written instructions.

Mosaic Crochet: Dark Arrows Reversed

117 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc2, *sc18*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

118 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc18*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

119 – JS, (sc1, dc1) x2, *sc15, dc1, sc1, dc1*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

120 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc16, dc1, sc1*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

121 – JS, (sc1, dc1) x2, *sc13, dc1, sc3, dc1*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

122 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc14, (dc1, sc1) x2*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

123 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc2, *sc7, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc6*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

124 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *(dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc5, (dc1, sc1) x3*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

125 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc2, *sc7, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc8*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

126 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *(dc1, sc1) x4, dc1, sc3, (dc1, sc1) x3*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

127 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc2, *sc7, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc6*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

128 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc8, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3, (dc1, sc1) x2*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

129 – JS, (sc1, dc1) x2, *sc13, dc1, sc3, dc1*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

130 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *(dc1, sc1) x6, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc1*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

131 – JS, (sc1, dc1) x2, *sc15, dc1, sc1, dc1*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

132 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *(dc1, sc1) x6, dc1, sc5*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

133 – JS, (sc1, dc1) x2, *sc13, dc1, sc3, dc1*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

134 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc8, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc7*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

135 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc2, *sc7, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc6*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

136 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc8, dc1, sc9*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

137 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc2, *sc7, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc8*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

138 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc18*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

139 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc2, *sc18*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

140 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc18*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

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Interlocking Crochet: Dark Arrows Reversed

If you are mixing and matching designs you’ll need to pay attention to the fact that this portion starts with us looking at the Wrong Side (WS). It is a new section – so there’s a new video – and we won’t be repeating it later.

Here’s the video for “Dark Arrows Reversed” or scroll down for the written portion.

LFM Dark Arrows Reversed written portion:

117 AC – Ch3 in back, 1F, *9F*, EB

RS – ACF

118 MC – Ch3, 1F, *9B*, 1F, ES

119 AC – Ch3 in front, *1F, 7B, 1F*, 1F, EF

WS – ACB

120 MC – Ch3, 1B, *1B, 8F*, 1B, ES

121 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *1F, 1B, 6F, 1B*, EB

RS – ACF

122 MC – Ch3, 1F, *7B, 2F*, 1F, ES

123 AC – Ch3 in front, *4B, 1F, 1B, 1F, 2B*, 1B, EF

WS – ACB

124 MC – Ch3, 1B, *3B, 2F, 4B*, 1B, ES

125 AC – Ch3 in back, 1F, *3F, 2B, 4F*, EB

RS – ACF

126 MC – Ch3, 1F, *5F, 1B, 3F*, 1F, ES

127 AC – Ch3 in front, *4B, 1F, 1B, 1F, 2B*, 1B, EF

WS – ACB

128 MC – Ch3, 1B, *2B, 1F, 2B, 4F*, 1B, ES

129 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *1F, 1B, 6F, 1B*, EB

RS – ACF

130 MC – Ch3, 1F, *7F, 1B, 1F*, 1F, ES

131 AC – Ch3 in front, *1F, 7B, 1F*, 1F, EF

WS – ACB

132 MC – Ch3, 1B, *2F, 7B*, 1B, ES

133 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *1F, 1B, 6F, 1B*, EB

RS – ACF

134 MC – Ch3, 1F, *4B, 2F, 3B*, 1F, ES

135 AC – Ch3 in front, *4B, 1F, 1B, 1F, 2B*, 1B, EF

WS – ACB

136 MC – Ch3, 1B, *4F, 1B, 4F*, 1B, ES

137 AC – Ch3 in back, 1F, *3F, 2B, 4F*, EB

RS – ACF

138 MC – Ch3, 1F, *9B*, 1F, ES

139 AC – Ch3 in front, *9B*, 1B, EF

WS – ACB

140 MC – Ch3, 1B, *9F*, 1B, ES

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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

Summer Direction CAL: Section 9

It’s definitely starting to feel like Autumn here. I’m trying to hold onto the last bits of summer – are you doing this Summer Direction CAL (Crochet-A-Long) in summer colors? This pattern will be FREE forever here on the blog and each section has a FREE YouTube walk-thru as well! You can see a list of all my CALs here: www.AshleesLint.com/CALs

Section 9 is another chevron. For the mosaic technique it is simply a repeat of the last section. But, because you have to turn your work when you do Locked Filet Mesh (another term for interlocking crochet) this section begins with the Wrong Side (WS) facing you.

If you’d rather not wait for all the free releases (or you’re desperate for the charts), you can grab a FULL copy of the pattern and charts on Etsy or Ravelry. Get 50% off your purchase of “Summer Direction CAL” on Etsy and Ravelry until September 30, 2021 by using code “SUMMER2021”! I have a birthday promotion on right now as well, you can get 40% off your entire cart by using codeYARNFUND” until September 14 (valid on Ravelry and Etsy). You may want to purchase the Summer Direction CAL separately so that you can get the better deal.

All of my patterns are written up for two techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet. You may wish to navigate to each section of this pattern from the main landing page instead (it has each section all in one list, and also has important information like the key and a refresher on how to crochet each technique).

The difference between Chevron A and B is a matter of direction

Interlocking Crochet: Chevron B (WS)

This section creates the same chevron as the previous section but we are looking at the Wrong Side (WS) first so the instructions are opposite and reversed.

Here’s the video for Chevron B (WS), or keep scrolling down for the written portion.

LFM Chevron B (WS) written portion:

105 AC – Ch3 in back, 1F, *9F*, EB

RS – ACF

106 MC – Ch3, 1F, *9B*, 1F, ES

107 AC – Ch3 in front, *2B, 1F, 5B, 1F*, 1B, EF

WS – ACB

108 MC – Ch3, 1B, *1B, 6F, 1B, 1F*, 1B, ES

109 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *1F, 1B, 3F, 1B, 1F, 2B*, EB

RS – ACF

110 MC – Ch3, 1F, *2B, 1F, 4B, 1F, 1B*, 1F, ES

111 AC – Ch3 in front, *2B, (1F, 1B) x3, 1F*, 1B, EF

WS – ACB

112 MC – Ch3, 1B, *(2F, 1B) x2, 3F*, 1B, ES

113 AC – Ch3 in back, 1F, *(1F, 1B) x3, 3F*, EB

RS – ACF

114 MC – Ch3, 1F, *4B, 2F, 3B*, 1F, ES

115 AC – Ch3 in front, *4B, 1F, 1B, 1F, 2B*, 1B, EF

WS – ACB

116 MC – Ch3, 1B, *9F*, 1B, ES

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© 2021 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

Summer Direction CAL: Light Arrows

This section is the halfway point of our Summer Direction CAL (Crochet-A-Long). This pattern will be FREE forever here on the blog and each section has a FREE YouTube walk-thru as well! You can see a list of all my CALs here: www.AshleesLint.com/CALs

If you’d rather not wait for all the free releases (or you’re desperate for the charts), you can grab a FULL copy of the pattern and charts on Etsy or Ravelry. Get 50% off your purchase of “Summer Direction CAL” on Etsy and Ravelry until September 30, 2021 by using code “SUMMER2021”! I have a birthday promotion on right now as well, you can get 40% off your entire cart by using codeYARNFUND” until September 14 (valid on Ravelry and Etsy). You may want to purchase the Summer Direction CAL separately so that you can get the better deal.

All of my patterns are written up for two techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet. You may wish to navigate to each section of this pattern from the main landing page instead (it has each section all in one list, and also has important information like the key and a refresher on how to crochet each technique).

This section is very similar to the Dark Arrows section we have already done. The light and dark description comes from whether the arrow is filled in or not. Fun fact: the mosaic version of this pattern seems to be about 75% more popular than the interlocking / locked filet mesh / LFM version.

The “Light Arrows” are outlined in our main color and filled in with the accent / contrasting color.

Light Arrows: Overlay Mosaic Technique

Do you prefer the light or dark arrows? We had a section of dark arrows earlier and now we have light arrows.

Here’s the YouTube video that shows you a complete walk-thru of this section or scroll down for the written instructions.

Mosaic Crochet: Light Arrows

71 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc2, *sc18*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

72 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc18*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

73 – JS, (sc1, dc1) x2, *sc15, dc1, sc1, dc1*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

74 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc16, dc1, sc1*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

75 – JS, (sc1, dc1) x2, *sc13, dc1, sc3, dc1*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

76 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc14, (dc1, sc1) x2*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

77 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc2, *sc7, (dc1, sc3) x2, dc1, sc2*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

78 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc6, (dc1, sc5) x2*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

79 – JS, (sc1, dc1) x2, *sc1, (dc1, sc1) x4, dc1, sc3, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

80 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc6, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc5*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

81 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc2, *sc7, (dc1, sc3) x2, dc1, sc2*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

82 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc8, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3, (dc1, sc1) x2*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

83 – JS, (sc1, dc1) x2, *sc9, (dc1, sc3) x2, dc1*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

84 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *dc1, sc11, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc1*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

85 – JS, (sc1, dc1) x2, *sc1, (dc1, sc1) x5, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc1, dc1*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

86 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *dc1, sc11, dc1, sc5*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

87 – JS, (sc1, dc1) x2, *sc9, (dc1, sc3) x2, dc1*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

88 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc8, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc7*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

89 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc2, *sc7, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc6*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

90 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc8, dc1, sc9*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

91 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc2, *sc7, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc8*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

92 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc18*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

93 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc2, *sc18*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

94 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc18*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

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Interlocking Crochet: Light Arrows

This section begins with us looking at the right side (RS). This section doesn’t get used again so there is no opposite pattern where you begin with the wrong side (WS). If you are mixing and matching designs you’ll need to pay attention to that. If you’re following the pattern as written then you shouldn’t have any problems!

Here’s the video for “Light Arrows”, or keep scrolling down for the written portion.

LFM Light Arrows written portion:

71 AC – Ch3 in front, *9B*, 1B, EF

WS – ACB

72 MC – Ch3, 1B, *9F*, 1B, ES

73 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *1B, 7F, 1B*, EB

RS – ACF

74 MC – Ch3, 1F, *8B, 1F*, 1F, ES

75 AC – Ch3 in front, *1F, 6B, 1F, 1B*, 1F, EF

WS – ACB

76 MC – Ch3, 1B, *2B, 7F*, 1B, ES

77 AC – Ch3 in back, 1F, *(1B, 1F) x2, 1B, 4F*, EB

RS – ACF

78 MC – Ch3, 1F, *3B, (1F, 2B) x2*, 1F, ES

79 AC – Ch3 in front, *6F, 1B, 2F*, 1F, EF

WS – ACB

80 MC – Ch3, 1B, *2F, 1B, 1F, 2B, 3F*, 1B, ES

81 AC – Ch3 in back, 1F, *(1B, 1F) x2, 1B, 4F*, EB

RS – ACF

82 MC – Ch3, 1F, *4B, 2F, 1B, 2F*, 1F, ES

83 AC – Ch3 in front, *1F, 4B, (1F, 1B) x2*, 1F, EF

WS – ACB

84 MC – Ch3, 1B, *1B, 1F, 1B, 5F, 1B*, 1B, ES

85 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *1B, 1F, 7B*, EB

RS – ACF

86 MC – Ch3, 1F, *1F, 5B, 1F, 2B*, 1F, ES

87 AC – Ch3 in front, *1F, 4B, (1F, 1B) x2*, 1F, EF

WS – ACB

88 MC – Ch3, 1B, *3F, 2B, 4F*, 1B, ES

89 AC – Ch3 in back, 1F, *2F, 1B, 1F, 1B, 4F*, EB

RS – ACF

90 MC – Ch3, 1F, *4B, 1F, 4B*, 1F, ES

91 AC – Ch3 in front, *4B, 2F, 3B*, 1B, EF

WS – ACB

92 MC – Ch3, 1B, *9F*, 1B, ES

93 AC – Ch3 in back, 1F, *9F*, EB

RS – ACF

94 MC – Ch3, 1F, *9B*, 1F, ES

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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

Summer Direction CAL: Chevron B

I hope you’ve been enjoying my Summer Direction CAL (Crochet-A-Long). This pattern will be FREE forever here on the blog and each section has a FREE YouTube walk-thru as well! You can see a list of all my CALs here: www.AshleesLint.com/CALs

If you’d rather not wait for all the free releases (or you’re desperate for the charts), you can grab a FULL copy of the pattern and charts on Etsy or Ravelry. Get 50% off your purchase of “Summer Direction CAL” on Etsy and Ravelry until September 30, 2021 by using code “SUMMER2021”! I have a birthday promotion on right now as well, you can get 40% off your entire cart by using codeYARNFUND” until September 14 (valid on Ravelry and Etsy). You may want to purchase the Summer Direction CAL separately so that you can get the better deal.

All of my patterns are written up for two techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet. You may wish to navigate to each section of this pattern from the main landing page instead (it has each section all in one list, and also has important information like the key and a refresher on how to crochet each technique).

This post has the written instructions for Chevron B for the mosaic technique and then Chevron B for the interlocking section. Because you have to turn your work when you do Locked Filet Mesh (another term for interlocking crochet) you will have two sections for Chevron B, just like Chevron A: Right Side and Wrong Side. If this is your first time to this section you will be doing the RS. We won’t be using the WS part until after another section of arrows.

The difference between Chevron A and B is a matter of direction

Chevron B: Overlay Mosaic Technique

Chevron B is the same thing as Chevron A except it has been flipped upside down.

I have created a YouTube video that shows you a complete walk-thru of this section! Or, scroll down for the written instructions.

Mosaic Crochet: Chevron B

59 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc2, *sc18*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

60 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc18*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

61 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc2, *sc3, dc1, sc11, dc1, sc2*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

62 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc2, dc1, sc13, dc1, sc1*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

63 – JS, (sc1, dc1) x2, *sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc7, dc1, sc3, dc1*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

64 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc4, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc3*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

65 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc2, *(sc3, dc1) x4, sc2*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

66 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc6, (dc1, sc5) x2*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

67 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc2, *sc5, (dc1, sc3) x2, dc1, sc4*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

68 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc8, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc7*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

69 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc2, *sc7, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc6*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

70 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc18*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

Please show off your work in my Facebook group!


Interlocking Crochet: Chevron B

Just like with Chevron A, this section has two videos and two different written sections to achieve one image. The Chevron will be visible on the right side of our work but our instructions will either start with us looking at the right side (RS) or the wrong side (WS). If this is the first time you’re seeing Chevron B you will be using the RS pattern.

You can tell which side you are looking at because those bottom foundation rows will be straight horizontal lines. If you’re looking at a bunch of vertical dashes then you’re looking at the wrong side.

Chevron B (RS)

Here’s the video for the first time we meet Chevron B, or keep scrolling down for the written portion.

LFM Chevron B (RS) written portion:

59 AC – Ch3 in front, *9B*, 1B, EF

WS – ACB

60 MC – Ch3, 1B, *9F*, 1B, ES

61 AC – Ch3 in back, 1F, *1B, 5F, 1B, 2F*, EB

RS – ACF

62 MC – Ch3, 1F, *1B, 1F, 6B, 1F*, 1F, ES

63 AC – Ch3 in front, *2F, 1B, 1F, 3B, 1F, 1B*, 1F, EF

WS – ACB

64 MC – Ch3, 1B, *1F, 1B, 4F, 1B, 2F*, 1B, ES

65 AC – Ch3 in back, 1F, *(1B, 1F) x3, 1B, 2F*, EB

RS – ACF

66 MC – Ch3, 1F, *3B, (1F, 2B) x2*, 1F, ES

67 AC – Ch3 in front, *3B, (1F, 1B) x3*, 1B, EF

WS – ACB

68 MC – Ch3, 1B, *3F, 2B, 4F*, 1B, ES

69 AC – Ch3 in back, 1F, *2F, 1B, 1F, 1B, 4F*, EB

RS – ACF

70 MC – Ch3, 1F, *9B*, 1F, ES

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© 2021 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

Summer Direction CAL: Dark Arrows

So far we have done the foundation rows and then Chevron A twice. If you are using the interlocking / Locked Filet Mesh / LFM crochet technique you had to follow two different sets of instructions to get the Chevron A to show up on the right side of your work. This “Dark Arrows” section doesn’t get repeated (but there will be some very similar arrows coming later).

Since this Crochet-A-Long (as well as all my other patterns) is written up for two techniques, you may find it easier to navigate to the section you want from the main landing page. This post is for the “Dark Arrows” section; first the overlay mosaic line-by-line instructions and then the interlocking version. The YouTube walk-thru’s are linked here as well.

I call these “dark” arrows because they show more of the Main Color/MC (which is usually the darker color). Later we will also do “light” arrows which show more of the Contrasting Color/CC or Accent Color/AC. If you’ve used a lighter color for your MC it will be ok. Your project will still turn out amazing, I’m sure!

If you’d rather not wait for all the free releases (or you’re desperate for the charts), you can grab a FULL copy of the pattern and charts on Etsy or Ravelry. Get 50% off your purchase of “Summer Direction CAL” on Etsy and Ravelry until September 30, 2021 by using code “SUMMER2021”!


Dark Arrows: Overlay Mosaic Technique

After the foundation rows we did “Chevron A” two times. Now we will do this “Dark Arrows” section once.

Remember, even-numbered rows use Main Color (MC); odd-numbered rows use Contrasting Color (CC). You can read the pattern KEY if you need a refresher.

Here’s the YouTube walk-thru, or scroll down for the written instructions.

Mosaic Crochet: Dark Arrows

25 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc2, *sc18*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

26 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc18*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

27 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc2, *sc7, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc8*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

28 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc8, dc1, sc9*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

29 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc2, *sc7, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc6*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

30 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc8, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc7*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

31 – JS, (sc1, dc1) x2, *sc13, dc1, sc3, dc1*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

32 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *(dc1, sc1) x6, dc1, sc5*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

33 – JS, (sc1, dc1) x2, *sc15, dc1, sc1, dc1*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

34 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *(dc1, sc1) x6, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc1*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

35 – JS, (sc1, dc1) x2, *sc13, dc1, sc3, dc1*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

36 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc8, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3, (dc1, sc1) x2*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

37 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc2, *sc7, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc6*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

38 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *(dc1, sc1) x4, dc1, sc3, (dc1, sc1) x3*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

39 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc2, *sc7, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc8*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

40 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *(dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc5, (dc1, sc1) x3*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

41 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc2, *sc7, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc6*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

42 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc14, (dc1, sc1) x2*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

43 – JS, (sc1, dc1) x2, *sc13, dc1, sc3, dc1*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

44 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc16, dc1, sc1*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

45 – JS, (sc1, dc1) x2, *sc15, dc1, sc1, dc1*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

46 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc18*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

47 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc2, *sc18*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

48 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc18*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

Please show off your work in my Facebook group!


Interlocking Crochet/LFM: Dark Arrows

When you created two Chevron A’s you had to use two different patterns because one began with the Right Side (RS) and the other began with the Wrong Side (WS). This section begins with the WS but there is no RS version. If you follow my pattern as written there won’t be a problem but if you’re mixing and matching you will want to take note of that detail.

Go back to the landing page for a review of important information and the KEY.

Here’s the walk-thru for the first section of our Summer Direction CAL, or scroll down for the written portion.

Interlocking / LFM Dark Arrows written portion:

25 AC – Ch3 in back, 1F, *9F*, EB

RS – ACF

26 MC – Ch3, 1F, *9B*, 1F, ES

27 AC – Ch3 in front, *4B, 2F, 3B*, 1B, EF

WS – ACB

28 MC – Ch3, 1B, *4F, 1B, 4F*, 1B, ES

29 AC – Ch3 in back, 1F, *2F, 1B, 1F, 1B, 4F*, EB

RS – ACF

30 MC – Ch3, 1F, *4B, 2F, 3B*, 1F, ES

31 AC – Ch3 in front, *1F, 6B, 1F, 1B*, 1F, EF

WS – ACB

32 MC – Ch3, 1B, *2F, 7B*, 1B, ES

33 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *1B, 7F, 1B*, EB

RS – ACF

34 MC – Ch3, 1F, *7F, 1B, 1F*, 1F, ES

35 AC – Ch3 in front, *1F, 6B, 1F, 1B*, 1F, EF

WS – ACB

36 MC – Ch3, 1B, *2B, 1F, 2B, 4F*, 1B, ES

37 AC – Ch3 in back, 1F, *2F, 1B, 1F, 1B, 4F*, EB

RS – ACF

38 MC – Ch3, 1F, *5F, 1B, 3F*, 1F, ES

39 AC – Ch3 in front, *4B, 2F, 3B*, 1B, EF

WS – ACB

40 MC – Ch3, 1B, *3B, 2F, 4B*, 1B, ES

41 AC – Ch3 in back, 1F, *2F, 1B, 1F, 1B, 4F*, EB

RS – ACF

42 MC – Ch3, 1F, *7B, 2F*, 1F, ES

43 AC – Ch3 in front, *1F, 6B, 1F, 1B*, 1F, EF

WS – ACB

44 MC – Ch3, 1B, *1B, 8F*, 1B, ES

45 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *1B, 7F, 1B*, EB

RS – ACF

46 MC – Ch3, 1F, *9B*, 1F, ES

47 AC – Ch3 in front, *9B*, 1B, EF

WS – ACB

48 MC – Ch3, 1B, *9F*, 1B, ES

Don’t forget to share your progress in my Facebook group!

© 2021 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

Summer Direction CAL: Chevron A

A few days ago we started my Summer Direction Crochet-A-Long (CAL). You can see a list of all my CALs here: www.AshleesLint.com/CALs

If you’d rather not wait for all the free releases (or you’re desperate for the charts), you can grab a FULL copy of the pattern and charts on Etsy or Ravelry. Get 50% off your purchase of “Summer Direction CAL” on Etsy and Ravelry until September 30, 2021 by using code “SUMMER2021”!

All of my patterns are written up for two techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet. I also call interlocking crochet “Locked Filet Mesh” or “LFM” for short. When I first started designing I was concerned about the term “interlocking crochet” being trademarked or copyrighted so I came up with a different term to describe the two layers of mesh that get locked together. But there is no copyright to worry about anymore so I prefer to use “interlocking crochet” now.

So far all we have done in this CAL is the foundation rows. You had to decide how wide to make your project and which technique to use. Now we are going to do the first section, Chevron A. If you’ve seen my pretty blanket you’ll notice there are two rows of wavy chevron at the bottom. For the mosaic technique you will simply repeat this section twice. For interlocking crochet you will have to follow Chevron A (WS) and then Chevron A (RS).

If you need a reminder of the key and other important information please see the landing page for the technique you’re using!


Chevron A: Overlay Mosaic Technique

To recap, this is a continuation from the foundation rows. Remember, even-numbered rows use Main Color (MC); odd-numbered rows use Contrasting Color (CC). You can read the pattern KEY if you need a refresher on how to do the overlay mosaic technique. Or you can watch one of my tutorials on the technique.

After the foundation rows we do “Chevron A” two times.

I have created a YouTube video that shows you a complete walk-thru of this section! Or, scroll down for the written instructions.

Mosaic Crochet: Chevron A

5 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc2, *sc7, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc6*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

6 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc8, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc7*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

7 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc2, *sc5, (dc1, sc3) x2, dc1, sc4*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

8 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc6, (dc1, sc5) x2*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

9 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc2, *(sc3, dc1) x4, sc2*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

10 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc4, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc3*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

11 – JS, (sc1, dc1) x2, *sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc7, dc1, sc3, dc1*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

12 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc2, dc1, sc13, dc1, sc1*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

13 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc2, *sc3, dc1, sc11, dc1, sc2*, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES

14 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, *sc18*, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

Please show off your work in my Facebook group!


Interlocking Crochet: Chevron A

As mentioned above, we will be creating this chevron section twice. When we use the interlocking technique we turn our work at the end of each row and that means sometimes we are looking at the Wrong Side (WS) and sometimes we are looking at the (RS). After the foundation rows you will need to follow the Chevron A (WS) pattern. Then, to repeat the image, you’ll need to use the Chevron A (RS) pattern.

Go back to the landing page for a review of important information and the KEY or check out my tutorials on the interlocking / Locked Filet Mesh / LFM technique if the pattern below is too unfamiliar.

You can tell which side you are looking at because those bottom foundation rows will be straight horizontal lines. If you’re looking at a bunch of vertical dashes then you’re looking at the wrong side.

Chevron A (WS)

Here’s the walk-thru for the first section of our Summer Direction CAL, or scroll down for the written portion.

LFM Chevron A (WS) written portion:

5 AC – Ch3 in back, 1F, *2F, 1B, 1F, 1B, 4F*, EB

RS – ACF (right side facing you, AC to front)

6 MC – Ch3, 1F, *4B, 2F, 3B*, 1F, ES

7 AC – Ch3 in front, *3B, (1F, 1B) x3*, 1B, EF

WS – ACB

8 MC – Ch3, 1B, *(2F, 1B) x2, 3F*, 1B, ES

9 AC – Ch3 in back, 1F, *(1B, 1F) x3, 1B, 2F*, EB

RS – ACF

10 MC – Ch3, 1F, *2B, 1F, 4B, 1F, 1B*, 1F, ES

11 AC – Ch3 in front, *2F, 1B, 1F, 3B, 1F, 1B*, 1F, EF

WS – ACB

12 MC – Ch3, 1B, *1B, 6F, 1B, 1F*, 1B, ES

13 AC – Ch3 in back, 1F, *1B, 5F, 1B, 2F*, EB

RS – ACF

14 MC – Ch3, 1F, *9B*, 1F, ES


Chevron A (RS)

When you’re ready to begin the next section you will notice that although we are creating the same image on the blanket we are actually doing the stitches in a different order to get that result. We are starting at the Right Side (RS) this time. Remember, you can tell which side you are looking at by looking at the foundation rows: straight horizontal lines is the front (the right side) and dashed vertical lines is the back of your blanket/scarf/etc.

Here’s the video first again, and the written portion is below.

LFM Chevron A (RS) written portion:

15 AC – Ch3 in front, *4B, 1F, 1B, 1F, 2B*, 1B, EF

WS – ACB

16 MC – Ch3, 1B, *3F, 2B, 4F*, 1B, ES

17 AC – Ch3 in back, 1F, *(1F, 1B) x3, 3F*, EB

RS – ACF

18 MC – Ch3, 1F, *3B, (1F, 2B) x2*, 1F, ES

19 AC – Ch3 in front, *2B, (1F, 1B) x3, 1F*, 1B, EF

WS – ACB

20 MC – Ch3, 1B, *1F, 1B, 4F, 1B, 2F*, 1B, ES

21 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *1F, 1B, 3F, 1B, 1F, 2B*, EB

RS – ACF

22 MC – Ch3, 1F, *1B, 1F, 6B, 1F*, 1F, ES

23 AC – Ch3 in front, *2B, 1F, 5B, 1F*, 1B, EF

WS – ACB

24 MC – Ch3, 1B, *9F*, 1B, ES

Please show off your work in my Facebook group!


© 2021 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

Summer Direction CAL for Interlocking Crochet

This is my 5th Crochet-A-Long (CAL) since I started designing about a year ago. My first CAL was some large flower squares for Mother’s Day 2020. Then I did a Father’s Day CAL of scarves that joined together to create a blanket. My third CAL was the Abstract Queen; it was the first one to be available with written instructions for both interlocking and overlay mosaic crochet (before that, the other CALs were just interlocking crochet, but they have been updated since then to include both techniques). A few months ago we did the MusicCAL (which had an easier and smaller repeat section compared to the Abstract Queen CAL). I also contributed to the Friends Around the World 6th Anniversary CAL, but since I didn’t host that one I don’t consider it one of “MY” Crochet-A-Longs.

You can find the links for all my Crochet-A-Longs (CALs) in one place here: https://ashleeslint.com/cals/

My newest CAL, the Summer Direction CAL, like all of my patterns now, is written up for two different techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet. This CAL has video walk-thrus for both techniques! That’s the big new thing about this pattern.

This is the landing page for the INTERLOCKING CROCHET method of my Summer Direction CAL. It is also available on the overlay mosaic landing page. I did pre-release the yardage charts, but you can also view them here on this post.

If you’re new to interlocking crochet, you may want to check out my tutorials first! I call this technique Locked Filet Mesh as well – they mean the same thing. You’ll find other designers call it all sorts of things (Interdimensional Crochet, Wacky Weave Crochet, etc).

I created a video walk-thru for each section in this Summer Direction CAL! It was a bigger job than I expected and it put me behind schedule so I almost didn’t get this ready before the end of summer! And, you may find that as you learn the technique you prefer to just read the written instructions and don’t even need my videos – that’s ok!

The written instructions can be found FREE here online (one section released at a time) or you can purchase a nice PDF of the entire pattern (including a plain chart for interlocking and a chart marked with X’s for mosaic as well as links to each YouTube walk-thru for every section) on Etsy or Ravelry.

Get 50% off when you use code, “SUMMER2021” (offer ends 11:59 pm, CST, September 30, 2021, valid on Etsy and Ravelry for the pattern “Summer Direction CAL” only).

My single-width samples for the YouTube videos!

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Summer Direction CAL – Interlocking Crochet

Section 1 – Foundation Rows

The first section is very short. It is aptly called, “Foundation Rows” and we will decide how wide our project is going to be and how much yarn we will need. The YouTube video does not include information on yardage so please see the written portion for that!

Section 2 – Chevron A (WS)

It is important when doing a project in interlocking crochet that you pay attention to the wrong side and right side. This section continues from where we left off, and thus we are first looking at the wrong side (WS).

Section 3 – Chevron A (RS)

Like mentioned earlier, it is important when doing a project in interlocking crochet that you pay attention to the wrong side and right side. This section begins when looking at the right side (RS).

Section 4 – Dark Arrows

This section begins when looking at the Wrong Side (WS) but since my design does not use it again I HAVE NOT created a duplicate section beginning with the Right Side (RS). There is a section later on that looks almost the same – however it is actually a reversed or mirrored image.

Section 5 – Chevron A (WS)

If you’ve been following the pattern as written, we are now at row 49. However, this section is identical to rows 5-14. Both the video and the written pattern will begin with row 5 and go through row 14. You may wish to use a stitch marker to mark row 49 so that you remember it counts as the beginning of this section.

Section 6 – Chevron B (RS)

This chevron differs from Chevron “A” because it goes up and then down instead of down and then up. This section begins with us looking at the Right Side (RS).

Section 7 – Light Arrows

These arrows are hollow, just the outline is drawn. This is our halfway point!

Section 8 – Chevron A (RS)

This section is identical to an earlier section so the written portion and the YouTube video shows rows 15-24 while we are actually crocheting rows 95-104.

Section 9 – Chevron B (WS)

This is the first time we have crocheted the “B” chevron starting with the Wrong Side (WS) facing us so there is a NEW YouTube video for you to watch!

Section 10 – Dark Arrows Reversed

These look very similar to those dark arrows at the beginning of our project but their direction is actually reversed. Or perhaps a mirror-image is a better way to think of it. Either way, there’s a NEW YouTube video to accompany this section.

Section 11 – Chevron B (WS)

You might be a pro at this interlocking crochet stuff by now! If you still need to reference the video please rewatch the section that covers rows 105-116. The written portion also says rows 105-116 but if you’ve been diligently following the pattern your project will be at row 141-150.

Section 12 – Chevron B (RS)

We’ve done this chevron before, so you know what to do: follow the YouTube video for rows 59-70 or follow with the written pattern (remember, we are at rows 151-160 even though the section you are following will say rows 59-70).

Section 13 – Top Border Lines

This is barely a “section”. We are just finishing off the pattern.

This space will be updated with each new section release (with a link to the written section online and the YouTube tutorial for that section).

We are finished! No more updates!


Interlocking Crochet Pattern

I know you’ve been eager to get started, so let’s figure out some details!

Remember, the written instructions can be found FREE here online or you can purchase a nice PDF of the entire pattern (including the chart and working links to each YouTube tutorial) on Etsy or Ravelry. Get 50% off when you use code, “SUMMER2021” (offer ends 11:59 pm, CST, September 30, 2021).

To create a full-sized blanket, do 9 repeats for the width. You repeat the stitches between the stars as many times as you want. Each repeat will add about 4.5” in width. Each line has instructions between stars, like this: Ch3 in back, 1F, *2F, 1B, 1F, 1B, 4F*, EB     

If you are doing 2 repeats you will crochet: Ch3 in back, 1F, 2F, 1B, 1F, 1B, 4F, 2F, 1B, 1F, 1B, 4F, EB

If you repeat 3 times: Ch3 in back, 1F, 2F, 1B, 1F, 1B, 4F, 2F, 1B, 1F, 1B, 4F, 2F, 1B, 1F, 1B, 4F, EB

When repeating the pattern 9 times your foundation rows will have 84 MC windows or chain 172, skip the turning chain and single crochet 171 back. Foundation row step 2, using AC: chain 170, then continue as described.

Take note that when using the interlocking crochet technique your stitches do not always create an opposite image on the reverse side. Due to starting on the right side or the wrong side you have different instructions to create the same image.

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.

To figure out how many stitches you begin with:

I’ve done an example for 3 and 9 repeats wide but you can choose any number of repeats!

LFM FoundationScarf (single width)(3 repeats)Blanket (9 repeats)
Finished Size (41” height includes all the sections of the original designs)6.5” x 41”14” x 41”42” x 41”
MC Windows to start (repeats x 9) + 3 = windows  9 + 3 = 12 windows(3 x 9) + 3 = 30 windows(9 x 9) + 3 = 84 windows
Or MC Chains to start (windows x 2) + 4 = MC Chains  (12 x 2) + 4 = 26 chains(30 x 2) + 4 = 64 chains(84 x 2) + 4 = 172 chains
AC Chains to start (repeats x 18) + 8 = AC Chains18 + 8 = 26 chains(3 x 18) + 8 = 62 chains(9 x 18) + 8 = 170 chains

Yardage Estimates (worsted weight, gauge 16 DC x 8 rows of one color = 4”)

LFM YardageScarf (single width)(3 repeats)Blanket (9 repeats)
Yardage per color = base + repeats40 + (105) = 14540 + (105 x 3) = 35540 + (105 x 9) = 985
Optional SC Border = base + repeats20 + (3) = 2320 + (3 x 3) = 2920 + (3 x 9) = 47
Total Yards = first row x 2 (for MC and AC), plus optional border145 x 2 = 290 + 23 = 313355 x 2 = 710 + 29 = 739985 x 2 = 1970 + 47 = 2017

Important Details

  • US Crochet Terminology
  • Full blanket chart 169 x 165
  • Repeat chart is 18 squares wide (plus 7 squares for border lines) x 165 tall
  • Full blanket measurements approximately 42” x 41”
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (1970 – 2020 yards total for a blanket)
    • Main color (MC) – 985 yards plus 50 for optional border
    • Accent color (AC) – 985 yards
  • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows (of one color) = 4”

KEY

AC = accent color (usually light or multicolored)

MC = main color (usually dark)

RS = right side: the side of your work that will show the finished design

WS = wrong side: the back of your project

Back = the side not facing you

Front = the side currently facing you

ch = chain

sk = skip a stitch

sc = single crochet: insert hook, yarn over, pull up loop, yarn over, pull through both loops

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

tr = treble crochet: yarn over twice, insert hook, yarn over, pull up loop, *yarn over, pull through two loops* three times

B = double crochet (dc) behind, and chain 1

F = double crochet (dc) in front, and chain 1

EB = end stitch in back: using AC, dc into the last AC window, working behind MC

EF = end stitch in front: using AC, dc into the last AC window, working in front of MC

ES = end stitch: dc into the last window space

ACB = put AC yarn to the side facing away from you

ACF = bring the AC yarn to the side facing you

Foundation Rows (see chart above for help with counting)

  1. Using MC create repeats of 9 + 3 windows:
    1. I prefer the chainless technique (chain 6, dc into first stitch, chain 1, tr into same space, *chain 1, tr into 2nd part of the previous tr* repeat as many times as needed).
    1. Alternatively, you can Ch repeats of 18 + 10 (or 11 if you chain tighter than me), then DC in 6th (or 7th) chain from your hook. *Ch 1, Sk 1, DC* repeat until the end. Place stitch marker so your work doesn’t unravel.
  2. With your AC, Ch repeats of 18 + 8 (or 9 if you chain tighter). Lay MC windows below this chain (make sure the end with the stitch marker is at your left) then pull the tail of your AC through the window on the right end (see picture above). DC through the back of the next window into the 6th (or 7th) chain from your hook.
  3. *Ch 1, Sk 1, DC through the back* repeat to end. Place stitch marker so your work doesn’t unravel. Both stitch markers should be on the same end.
The chain tail goes through the first window of the trellis.

WS – ACB (wrong side facing you, AC to back)  

4 MC – Ch3, 1B, *9F*, 1B, ES

Thus concludes our foundation rows! This is the tricky and sometimes frustrating part of all my projects. The foundation rows are boring, involve a lot of long counting, can get a bit twisted, and don’t look very exciting when you’re done. But this is a very important part of our project so it must be done!

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