Alice’s Debut Pattern: Feline the Deer

If you’ve read any of my bio here or on Facebook you will know that I am a stay-at-home mom to three beautiful children!

Alice drawing on the chalkboard

My eldest, Alice, is 6 years old. She loves to color and draw and play with little figurines. She overheard me telling Dad that someone asked for me to draw a deer for my big 2020 Holiday Squares eBook.

Being the sweet child she is, she drew a deer for me to use! Although, you may notice, I also drew a deer for the eBook. She used the chalk board, and luckily I snapped a picture before the 3 year old wiped the slate clean!

Alice’s chalk drawing of a deer.

Many people in my facebook group encouraged me to create an actual pattern from her drawing, so I asked Alice if she would like that and of course, she did!

You would think there aren’t that many details in the chalk drawing, but you would be wrong.

I tried to create a 40-window square (which is a chart 81 x 81 like all the squares in my eBook) but Alice was not pleased at my inattention to detail.

I made the chart larger and we tried again. She made sure I got the ears on and corrected my “wiggly tail” to be “much straighter”. She also declared that her name was Feline and it should be written, “right here”. I suggested that we needed to add more decoration to make the image work as a crochet pattern.

She said, “ok, icicles”. And that is what you see at the top of the image now. I also added a few snowflakes to complete the picture and we were done! She wanted her to be pink, so, pink it is.

This chart is 121 x 121, which should come out to about 30″ square if you use worsted weight yarn (that’s a 4 – medium weight yarn on the Craft Council’s chart) and a 4.5 mm hook. This is a good size for a baby blanket or you can add a few more panels and create a larger blanket.

I have published this pattern on Ravelry and Etsy.

100% of the gross sales of this pattern will go to Alice. She currently wants to save up to buy a princess sled, a princess dress, and a princess bed.

I was also going to remind you all to sign up for my regular emails, now that the Abstract Queen CAL is done, but mailchimp is having issues so I have no link to give you.

I hope you all are doing lots of crocheting! Talk to you later!

An image of the first four patterns published in my 2020 Holiday eBook

Ashlee’s 2020 Holiday Squares eBook – Interlocking and Mosaic Crochet Patterns

The Abstract Queen CAL is *almost* over, so I must move on to the next exciting thing!

For the month of December 2020 I will be publishing some holiday-themed patterns. You can buy the eBook here on Ravelry and it will be updated with each new pattern as they are released. Or you can buy the patterns individually.

An image of the first four patterns published in my 2020 Holiday eBook
An image of the first four patterns published in my 2020 Holiday eBook

I will be adding the patterns to Etsy in bundles of 5. The set up for Etsy vs Ravelry is quite different and I hope that those who are “Etsy-only” will be ok with the needed patience.

Part 1 is on Etsy: 2020 Block, Decorated Tree, Jingle Bells, Snowflake, Stocking

Part 2 is now on Etsy: Glowing Lanterns, Nativity, Hanukkah, Dove, Snowflake of Hearts

Part 3 on Etsy: Sleigh, Chimney, Snowflake Sparkle, Lace Snowflake, Prancing Deer

You may already know I have a sale on a few select patterns (Ravelry only). Use code “Holiday20” until Dec. 31, 2020 to get 20% off these patterns (this list will get longer):

The new patterns are being added to the eBook and although there are only a few squares included right now, by the end of the month there will be at least 9, but likely 12 or 15. It will be a minimum of 30% savings if you buy the eBook instead of grabbing the new squares individually (but the more I add to the eBook, the higher the savings is!)

I published the Jingle Bells, Stocking, and Decorated Tree patterns before coming out with the eBook, so I also set it up on Ravelry to give a discount to those who had purchased these patterns before having the eBook option. It is an automatic discount and only applies to those three squares.

I can only assume that not everyone will love EVERY new pattern I put in the eBook. And, that’s ok. I know there will still be enough options for everyone to create some fabulous blankets, pillows, bags, table runners, scarves, and more!

Please show off your work! It is a great compliment to my ego and it really helps get my name out there when you share your photos in all the various crochet groups on facebook, etc.

Come join us in my Ravelry group, or my Facebook group! If you share on Instagram, tag me: @AshleesLint

Is there a special holiday design you’d like to see? What will you create? Will you use classic colors? I’m eager to hear from you!

Quick and Easy Christmas Tree Applique: Free Crochet Pattern

Introduction

I am happy to offer this quick and easy pattern to you here for free! But, if you’d prefer, you can add this to your Ravelry account in an ad-free, printable PDF file for a small fee! If you don’t use Ravelry, you can also buy it directly from me on here (this requires me to manually email you in response, so please give me a few hours to respond).

Ashlee Brotzell’s Christmas Tree Applique

Thank you for your support! I will send you a nice PDF of this Christmas Tree pattern. You can then print it and make as many little trees as you want.

CA$1.00

You can do whatever you want with these cute trees. You can string them up like garland, double them up and glue them onto a stick, or sew them onto a blanket.

In the picture above, the white tree is actually 2 trees that I joined together using a single crochet border. I put 2 single crochets in the stitches at the tips of the branches and did a decrease stitch in the tiny corners under the branches. I left a hole in the bottom because I had planned on putting a wooden dowel inside. The dowel I had on hand wasn’t big enough so I scrapped that idea for the pictures.

These are great for stash busting because each tree only uses about 10 grams of yarn!

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

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Important Details

  • US crochet terminology
  • Finished measurements: approximately 7″ tall x 5” wide (18 cm x 12.5 cm)
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (about 20 yards / 10 g per tree)

Key

ch = chain

dc = double crochet (treble crochet in UK terminology): yarn over, insert hook, pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through 2 loops

Pattern Notes

Stitch count (#) is at the end of each row. Slip stitches are not included in the stitch counts. The “Ch 3” does count as a stitch. The “Ch 4” in the first row counts as 1 stitch.

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Instructions

R1: Create a magic loop, put 11 dc in it

or Ch 4 and put 10 dc in the 4th chain from the hook (11)

R2: Ch 3, turn, dc in very first space, then dc x4, 5 dc in next stitch, then dc x5 (16)

R3: Ch 3, turn, dc in very first space, then dc x6, 5 dc in next stitch, dc x8 (21)

R4: Ch 3, turn, dc in very first space, dc x9, 5 dc in next stitch, dc x10, add a second dc in last stitch (27)

R5: Ch 1, turn, slip stitch x8, ch 3, dc into same spot as last slip stitch, then dc x5, 5 dc in next stitch, dc x6, then add a second dc in last stitch used (19)

R6: Ch 3, turn, put 2 dc in first space, then dc x8, 5 dc in next stitch, dc x9, add 2 more dc in last stitch (27)

R7: Ch 1, turn, slip stitch x9, ch 3, 2 dc in same spot as last slip stitch, then dc x4, 5 dc in next, dc x5, then add 2 more dc in last stitch used (19)

R8: Ch 3, turn, 2 dc in first space, then dc x8, 5 dc in next stitch, dc x9, and add 2 more dc in last stitch (25)

Cut and tie off. Weave in the ends.

I would love to see what you’re doing with these! Happy holidays!