September Gnome, Harvest Basket, And a Birthday SALE

August was the big birthday month in my household (my husband and both our daughters) but September is MY birthday month!

From September 1 – 14, 2021 you can get 40% off everything in my Etsy shop and Ravelry store by using code “YARNFUND” (expires 11:59 pm CST September 14, 2021). Happy birthday to me!

Now, before anyone starts thinking I’m doing 40% off because I’m 40 – I am only 34! I was going to do 30% off but it just didn’t seem like a good enough gift to you all. You are all my new friends and I have LOVED having each of you in my life (in whatever small capacity it might be) so this is my birthday gift to you!

Anyway, I have always loved the back-to-school season: the cooler weather, the excitement of seeing my friends again after summer break, getting new pencils and notebooks and squeaky sneakers. And then it’s my birthday with all this fresh excitement in the air!

Here in Canada school usually starts up in the last week of August or the first week of September. Farmers are trying to get their crops brought in from the fields before the snow comes and I think that might affect the timing of school. Historically, farm kids are workers. Family farms need everyone to pitch in and do their part. I was very old before I learned that schools start at different times in other places – like, only this year I learned that some places start school in June! Seems very strange to me.

So, I tried to draw a back-to-school gnome. It did not go well. I will not show the disaster.

This harvest gnome is much better! He has his shiny apple and his hat has a leaf instead of a fluffy pom-pom. The background is sort of like the cross hatching on a woven basket in my mind, but perhaps it doesn’t need to look like anything to be a nice background.

Mosaic Crochet by CarolinevdB

And, I am not sure if you noticed, but the monthly gnomes are moving from the left side, to the middle, to the right side, then back to the middle. It looks pretty good when you put all the gnomes together. We only have a few more months to go before I will create that all-in-one blanket pattern!

I also made a pattern with just the background design because I think it would work nicely for a lot of things. Color choice could make this simple design match a lot of things. I crocheted it twice; once in wicker-basket-colors and once with a bit of POP! I call it “Harvest Basket 40” (the “40” refers to how many windows you begin with when you use the interlocking crochet technique; it is the same size as these gnome squares).

When using the interlocking crochet method, the wrong side produces a new design! This fun box design makes this square reversible! Mosaic crochet will produce stripes on the back side.

Like always, both of these new squares (Harvest Basket and September Gnome) include written line-by-line instructions for both the interlocking crochet technique and the overlay mosaic crochet technique. Each file includes a chart as well. Simple black and white boxes for interlocking; X’s to mark the dropped double crochets for mosaic.

If you have already bought the eBook “A Year of Gnomes” on Ravelry then you will see “September Gnome” has been added and the eBook has been updated. As a surprise bonus, you can download my new “Harvest Basket” square for FREE – just add it to your cart and Ravelry will automatically detect if you’ve purchased the eBook! Offer ends December 31, 2021, valid on Ravelry only.

The eBook is a great value! Ravelry has a great system for updating patterns; Etsy requires that I email you each month with the updated pattern.

And, of course, our master list of gnomes that keeps getting updated:

Thank you for reading this far! I hope you have a wonderful September! We are nearly at the half-way mark of the Summer Direction CAL and I have a fun shawl pattern that is nearly ready for release as well as ANOTHER ocean-themed eBook of baby blankets. These blankets will be the same size as the ones in the “Baby Ocean and Others” eBook but they have less of a baby style. They are a bit more grown-up in their styling. I hope you’ll love them, they’ll be ready soon!

Summer Direction CAL & August Summary

This post is going to be a mix of personal stuff, a monthly summary, and instructions for how to continue the Summer Direction CAL. You can skip to whatever part you find most interesting.

Personal

Twelve years ago, under a hot summer sun, I said “I do”. Mitch and I got married on his parents’ acreage and most of the guests took home sunburns. We were young and crazy. Now we’re just crazy. 😉

We have had good times and bad times and three babies and many moves and we have grown and changed through it all. I am not going to give you my life’s story today. I’m too busy making crochet patterns! Here’s to many more years! *grab a cup of something and celebrate with me, eh?*

Also, my Anniversary could have been a good excuse to have a sale, but I already had a sale to celebrate my family’s August birthdays and I’m going to have another sale for my birthday in a few days anyway! 😀

August Summary

This month, August 2021, marks 16 months since I began designing. I love it and I wish I had started sooner!

Like every month this year, my first pattern of the month was a gnome. “August Gnome” was the one with all the cherries. There are only a few more months to go until we have a complete blanket! “A Year of Gnomes” has been one of my best sellers. Thank you for the love!

Crocheted by CarolinevdB, overlay mosaic technique

Then I published “Baby Fish“. This pattern was the 6th extra large square (otherwise known as a baby blanket) in my “Baby Ocean & Others” eBook. I am excited to get my next Ocean eBook started! I will have 6 more patterns of this size for you all! They aren’t *baby* designs this time, although some of them are definitely still good as baby gifts. Most of them are designed for the super cool grown-ups, like me, who enjoy ocean art that can be made into a big blanket.

Mosaic crochet version of “Baby Fish”. Made with Retro Stripes from Red Heart.

Next I came out with another big blanket pattern, “Sunflowers and Butterflies”. This is a summer design that I know you all loved – you visited my ravelry page so many times that I got listed in their top 10 list! Thank you!

Interlocking Crochet sample by Semicci. This pattern made it into Ravelry’s top 10!

You may notice in the image above that the pattern listed right above mine was “The Wave 2” by Svetlana Rogatykh. That pattern was part of the Ocean-themed Crochet-Along hosted by CAL-Crochet-Along blog. I contributed two patterns to that CAL. My “Mosaic Coral Strip” was first, and my “Mosaic Sunglasses Strip” was the final part of that blanket! They have 2 more blankets as part of their Friends Around the World 6th Anniversary CAL – check out the details here: https://calcrochetalong.com/2021-friends-around-the-world-cal/

After publishing the FREE “Mosaic Sunglasses Strip” to Ravelry on August 19, 2021 I also put a FREE file in my Facebook Group for the interlocking crochet version of my sunglasses strip!

And then the very next day we started my Summer Direction CAL!

This pattern has YouTube videos for each section for both of the techniques (interlocking and overlay mosaic crochet). And each section’s written line-by-line instructions will be FREE on my website here as well.

We are about 25% of the way through this pattern so far.

You can still get the full pattern and charts on Ravelry or Etsy for 50% off until the end of September by using code “SUMMER2021“.

My 6th published pattern this month was originally published in Crochet Now magazine in issue 68 which came out in the spring. I am very proud to be published like a “real designer”! It feels very validating and a little bit surreal. 😅

Now that I can publish my “Eiffel Tower Wall Hanging” to Ravelry and Etsy I have used my normal template (that is: US terminology, written for both overlay mosaic crochet and interlocking crochet).

You can still get 20% off your purchase of the Eiffel Tower or the Parisian Wall Hangings eBook (which includes three patterns) until 11:59pm CST August 30, 2021 by using code “PARIS20“.

Summer Direction CAL

We began this Crochet-A-Long on August 20, 2021. We created the foundation rows in whichever technique you preferred (interlocking or mosaic) and you also had to decide at that point how wide your project was going to be. You may find it easier to navigate through each section from the landing page for your chosen technique.

I made a single-width sample in both techniques and then a full blanket using the mosaic technique (I used Red Heart Super Saver Stripes, colorway “Retro Stripes” for my Contrasting Color).

We have completed two sections of Chevron A and the first Dark Arrow section so far.

The next section in the Summer Direction CAL is a repeat of Chevron A again. We are now at row 49 but the video and written instructions are going to start with row 5. You may need to put a stitch marker at row 49 to remind you that it counts as row 5.

If you’re using the interlocking technique it’s important to note that you will be starting this section with the Wrong Side (WS) facing you.

Make sure you only do Chevron A once after the Dark Arrows.

July Gnome: Beach Time

Here in Saskatchewan, Canada we are going through a heat wave. A week of temperatures over 30° Celsius (86° Fahrenheit), sometimes getting as high as 38°C! (100°F) Maybe you are in a place that is warm all the time and you just laugh at us but I feel like it is too hot to even go to the beach.

July Gnome lives on the beach. Surf, sand, and sun! Sun’s out, buns out! Flip flops and sunglasses! He is having a great time!

I want YOU to have a great time too! To start the 2nd half of 2021 off right, everything on Etsy and Ravelry will be 25% off until July 5th. No codes needed.

Rainbow-colored knitted background, text says, "Ashlee Brotzell Designs. 25% off Etsy and Ravelry. Linktr.ee/LFMandMosaic @AshleesLint

I know the background of that graphic is knitted, not crocheted. I just finished this tube blanket on my Sentro 48 and the colors are just so amazing! I do have a YouTube video with some tips if you have a circular knitting machine and want to try making a blanket too!

Anyway, back to the crochet. And specifically, back to our monthly gnome! I particularly like the nose on this one.

Sample crocheted by CarolinevdB using the overlay mosaic technique

Like all my patterns, this is written for both of my favorite techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet.

The eBook, “A Year of Gnomes” is half-finished now. I will also be adding a bonus all-in-one pattern once all the Gnomes are drawn and published. It will follow the same format as all my patterns: line-by-line instructions for interlocking crochet, a chart, and then the line-by-line instructions for overlay mosaic crochet. It will have all the gnomes in monthly order starting at the top right corner.

If I wanted to crochet all the Gnomes into a blanket, especially when using the mosaic technique, I would prefer an all-in-one pattern. Keeps those tails to a minimum when doing mosaic crochet. However, it is easier to change colors for each square by doing them one by one. And, if I was doing them one at a time I’d probably use the interlocking method because I find it easier to join the squares.

Here’s our master list of Gnomes so far:

I guess this monthly gnome series is sort of like a CAL (Crochet-A-Long). Our MusicCAL just ended and I love seeing all your projects. 🤩

There’s another CAL for you to eagerly anticipate!

The Friends Around the World 6th Anniversary CAL: Adventure in Mosaic Crochet begins on July 8th! This is a group-effort CAL. There were so many designers that they actually have 3 different blankets for you to make!

I can’t spoil the surprise of which part is mine or when my part will be released. But the first blanket begins on Thursday, July 8th and has an ocean theme!

Sample of Ocean FATW6

Some cool details:

  • FREE
  • Mosaic Crochet
  • Many designers
  • My section includes written instructions, a chart with x’s, and a YouTube tutorial walk-thru!
  • New section released every Monday and Thursday, beginning on Thursday, July 8, 2021
  • Ocean-themed blanket first
  • Geometric blanket begins August 30, 2021
  • Garden Party begins October 25th
  • This is the 6th Friends Around the World (FATW6) CAL

Make sure you join the Facebook group and event for this one! https://www.facebook.com/calcrochetalong

June Gnome: Gone Fishin’

I don’t really have a master plan on creating all these gnomes. I have a few ideas written down for each month and then when it’s time for me to sit down and draw I let the art guide me.

For June, I tried drawing a kite. I tried doing a bee theme. I had flowers written down but I used flowers last month. I tried swimming. The water led me to a fish. The fish didn’t work either. But it led me to this fishing scene.

Big thanks to CarolinevdB for crocheting this pretty sample 🤩

Do you think the Gnomes change costumes each month or is he permanently wearing a fishing hook on his hat? Is his identity “fishing” or is it just his current activity?

While we ponder these deep questions, grab your copy of the pattern!

I have been asked before, so I will tell you: I prefer you to buy on Ravelry. The fees are better for me. And the ability to update the eBook for everyone all at once is better too. But I use Etsy as well because I want everyone to have access. Use what’s best for you.

If you’ve previously bought a pattern (any of my patterns) on Etsy and would like me to add it to your Ravelry account please send me a message! You can email me, use the contact me page on my website here, and me a message on Ravelry or Facebook or through Etsy. So many options! I try to check everything regularly.

The eBook, “A Year of Gnomes” is half-finished now. I will also be adding a bonus all-in-one pattern once all the Gnomes are drawn and published. It will follow the same format as all my patterns: line-by-line instructions for interlocking crochet, a chart, and then the line-by-line instructions for overlay mosaic crochet. It will have all the gnomes in monthly order starting at the top right corner.

If I wanted to crochet all the Gnomes into a blanket, especially when using the mosaic technique, I would prefer an all-in-one pattern. Keeps those tails to a minimum when doing mosaic crochet. However, it is easier to change colors for each square by doing them one by one. And, if I was doing them one at a time I’d probably use the interlocking method because I find it easier to join the squares.

Here’s our master list of Gnomes so far:

May Gnome: the flower girl

April was a pretty crazy month! What does May have in store for us?

First, let’s recap April. I had big news and excitement pouring out! (I tried to use a water verb… April showers? From that little verse, “April showers bring May flowers”? Is that a common and well-known phrase? Or just something my mom used to say? )

April recap:

*my One-Year Designaversary and the big giveaway and sale,
*Crochet Now magazine published my Eiffel Tower Wall Hanging pattern (issue 68),
*started my 4th free CAL (Crochet-A-Long): the MusicCAL,
*and I published a few new patterns to Etsy/Ravelry (April Gnome, Excavator 40, Flamingo 20, Tropical Tree 20, Brotzell Tiger King, & MusicCAL)

And now it’s time to bring on the May flowers with a flower-filled gnome square: May Gnome.

“May Gnome” crocheted by CarolinevdB

My eBook, A Year of Gnomes, is growing each month. This month I’ve drawn up a gnome with wild flowers in her braids, on her hat, and decorating her space. I hope you like her. 💗

If you’ve previously bought the ebook on Ravelry you will see there’s an update available. I have also emailed the new pattern to all my Etsy customers.

Our Master List of Gnomes

March Gnome

Gnomes are totally in right now! I was overwhelmed with the responses to my ebook, “A Year of Gnomes”.

You can grab the ebook on Etsy or Ravelry; you also have the option of buying the individual monthly gnomes. March Gnome is the newest addition.

March Gnome: Interlocking and mosaic crochet patterns

March Gnome is another oversized afghan square (20″ or 40-window foundation when using the interlocking crochet technique). I have quite a few squares of this size that you can mix-and-match to create your own blanket!

I have already emailed this pattern to everyone who purchased the ebook on Etsy. And if you bought it on Ravelry you will see an “update available”.

I have always liked the celebrations on March 17 (in school we would celebrate St. Patrick’s day).

  • It is exactly 6 months away from my birthday.
  • Everything is green (and usually emerald green, which is my favorite).
  • Plus, you get to color pictures of magical rainbows and pots of gold.
  • Oh, and McDonald’s comes out with a shamrock shake ☘ which is minty delicious!
  • Sometimes the weather gives you a reprieve from winter with a spring-like sneak peak lol
  • And, as an adult, I also get to celebrate my son’s birthday!

This will be his 4th birthday so I am going to put all my patterns on sale in honor of him! Get 40% off anything in my Etsy shop or Ravelry store until March 4th!

Happy birthday, Remington! 🥰

By the way, our Master List of Gnomes is here:

A Year of Gnomes

A few weeks ago, you may remember, I published a pattern called, “Gnomesflake” on Ravelry and Etsy.

If you already bought that pattern on Ravelry, or if you buy it now with my new eBook (“A Year of Gnomes”) you will see an exciting discounted price in your cart until February 17, 2021 11:59 pm!

Gnomes seem to be very popular right now. And, yes, I agree, they are cute! I like it when they can’t see past their giant hats.

My earlier, “Gnomesflake” pattern

When I was drawing that pattern (Gnomesflake) I played around with a few different gnome designs. I thought it would be pretty cute to do a monthly gnome. Does it count as an impromptu, year-long CAL (Crochet-A-Long) then?

I also really like these oversized afghan squares (chart 81 x 81). I feel like it’s a manageable size (instead of a big, overwhelming blanket). And I like that it makes it easy to use lots of colors in one blanket.

I definitely prefer to use the interlocking technique when making these squares. It is quicker for me and there are no tails to worry about.

I do like the way the envelope border looks around a mosaic project. And you can easily join two bordered squares. But it seems like a lot of extra work, in my opinion.

These squares also work well as pillows, and if I was to use the overlay mosaic crochet technique for a pillow I would just tuck the tails inside. No border, no weaving in ends.

I was a little slow in getting January’s Gnome published. I’ve just published both January and February tonight. I will publish a new gnome each month this year.

The eBook on Ravelry will be updated each month. Etsy doesn’t have a system for updating listings so I will have to email you each month’s new pattern as it comes out.

I have a few promotions on Ravelry for these new squares:

*buy January Gnome, get February Gnome free (you must add both to your cart)

*buy the ebook, “A Year of Gnomes” and the earlier pattern, “Gnomesflake” and get a discounted price (past purchases count! If you already bought Gnomesflake just add the new eBook to your cart and you should see a discount!)

Both of these promotions end February 17, 2021 11:59 pm.

If you’re an Etsy-only shopper, these are 30% off until February 17, 2021 11:59 pm:

January Gnome
February Gnome
The eBook: “A Year of Gnomes”. So far, only 2 gnomes are available.

Master List of Gnomes Patterns