Winter 2021 CAL: LFM Part 2

We made it through the first half of the holiday season! I asked in my Facebook group for people to tell us which technique they are using (or plan on using). Team Mosaic seems to have a larger following than Team Interlocking. Let us know what technique you’re using in my Facebook Group: Ashlee Brotzell Designs.

I’ve just published a new pattern: Cupcake 20 and also updated an older pattern: Pins and Needles. I’m also getting ready to publish my newest “square a month” eBook (like “A Year of Gnomes” last year) and I hope you’ll all really like this year’s designs too!

If you’re new to my patterns, please note that this is the INTERLOCKING CROCHET VERSION. Go back to the main landing page to find the links to the other sections or for the overlay mosaic version.


The pattern KEY and other details can be found in Section 1. Remember, the width of this pattern is adjustable so you need to repeat between the asterisks (*) to get your required width; the blanket is designed to be six repeats wide.

If you’re looking for a chart you’ll need to purchase the pattern on Etsy or Ravelry. This free version online contains the written instructions only.

Use code “MILD20” to take 20% off your purchase of the printable PDF patterns and charts for the duration of the CAL
(offer ends January 31, 2022).


Repeat between asterisks (*) six times for a full blanket.

WS – ACB

28 MC – Ch3, 1B, *1B, 4F, (1B, 2F) x2, 1B, 4F, 1B*, 1B, ES

29 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *1F, 6B, 2F, 6B, 1F, 1B*, EB

RS – ACF

30 MC – Ch3, 1F, *17B*, 1F, ES

31 AC – Ch3 in front, *3B, 1F, 2B, 1F, 4B, (1F, 2B) x2*, 1B, EF

WS – ACB

32 MC – Ch3, 1B, *2F, (1B, 3F) x3, 1B, 2F*, 1B, ES

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

RS – ACF

34 MC – Ch3, 1F, *17B*, 1F, ES

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

WS – ACB

36 MC – Ch3, 1B, *17F*, 1B, ES

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

RS – ACF

38 MC – Ch3, 1F, *17B*, 1F, ES

39 AC – Ch3 in front, *3F, (5B, 2F) x2*, 1F, EF

WS – ACB

40 MC – Ch3, 1B, *17F*, 1B, ES

41 AC – Ch3 in back, 1F, *(2F, 5B) x2, 3F*, EB

RS – ACF

42 MC – Ch3, 1F, *17B*, 1F, ES

43 AC – Ch3 in front, *3F, (5B, 2F) x2*, 1F, EF

WS – ACB

44 MC – Ch3, 1B, *17F*, 1B, ES

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

RS – ACF

46 MC – Ch3, 1F, *17B*, 1F, ES

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

WS – ACB

48 MC – Ch3, 1B, *17F*, 1B, ES

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

RS – ACF

50 MC – Ch3, 1F, *2B, (1F, 3B) x3, 1F, 2B*, 1F, ES

51 AC – Ch3 in front, *3B, 1F, 2B, 1F, 4B, (1F, 2B) x2*, 1B, EF

WS – ACB

52 MC – Ch3, 1B, *17F*, 1B, ES

53 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *1F, 6B, 2F, 6B, 1F, 1B*, EB

RS – ACF

54 MC – Ch3, 1F, *1F, 4B, (1F, 2B) x2, 1F, 4B, 1F*, 1F, ES

55 AC – Ch3 in front, *1B, (4F, 2B) x2, 4F*, 1B, EF

WS – ACB

56 MC – Ch3, 1B, *(5F, 1B) x2, 5F*, 1B, ES

57 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *(4B, 2F) x2, 5B*, EB

RS – ACF

58 MC – Ch3, 1F, *(2B, 1F) x2, 5B, (1F, 2B) x2*, 1F, ES

59 AC – Ch3 in front, *2F, 2B, 10F, 2B, 1F*, 1F, EF

WS – ACB

60 MC – Ch3, 1B, *2F, (1B, 5F) x2, 1B, 2F*, 1B, ES

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

RS – ACF

62 MC – Ch3, 1F, *2B, (1F, 5B) x2, 1F, 2B*, 1F, ES

63 AC – Ch3 in front, *6B, 1F, 4B, 1F, 5B*, 1B, EF

WS – ACB

64 MC – Ch3, 1B, *2F, (1B, 5F) x2, 1B, 2F*, 1B, ES

65 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *4F, 1B, 6F, 1B, 4F, 1B*, EB

RS – ACF

66 MC – Ch3, 1F, *2B, (1F, 5B) x2, 1F, 2B*, 1F, ES

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

WS – ACB

68 MC – Ch3, 1B, *2F, (1B, 5F) x2, 1B, 2F*, 1B, ES

69 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *5B, 6F, 6B*, EB

RS – ACF

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

71 AC – Ch3 in front, *(1F, 2B) x2, 1F, 4B, (1F, 2B) x2*, 1F, EF

WS – ACB

72 MC – Ch3, 1B, *1F, 1B, 2F, 1B, 7F, 1B, 2F, 1B, 1F*, 1B, ES

73 AC – Ch3 in back, 1F, *(2B, 1F) x2, 1B, 2F, 1B, (1F, 2B) x2, 1F*, EB

RS – ACF

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

75 AC – Ch3 in front, *(1F, 2B) x2, 1F, 1B, 2F, 1B, (1F, 2B) x2*, 1F, EF

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Winter 2021 CAL: LFM Part 1

Let’s get this party started! Thank you so much for joining me in creating this warm winter blanket! You may notice that I use “interlocking” sometimes and “LFM” or “Locked Filet Mesh” at other times. They all mean the same thing (but it is much quicker to type “LFM”).

If you’re new to my patterns, please note that this is the INTERLOCKING CROCHET VERSION. Go back to the main landing page to find the links to the other sections or for the overlay mosaic version.

If you’re looking for a chart you’ll need to purchase the pattern on Etsy or Ravelry. This free version online contains the written instructions only.

Use code “MILD20” to take 20% off your purchase of the pattern for the duration of the CAL
(offer ends January 31, 2022).


The width of this pattern is adjustable. It is designed as a blanket (six repeats of the pattern), but you can make it larger or smaller. Repeat between the asterisks (*) to get your required width.

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.

Interlocking Crochet Details

  • US crochet terminology
  • Finished measurements approximately 53” x 56”
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (3350 – 3425 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) – 1675 yards plus 75 for optional border
    • Accent color (AC) – 1675 yards
  • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”
I’ve used a thinner yarn and smaller hook for this sample; it is only 6″ wide instead of the expected 8.5″.

Interlocking Crochet KEY

AC = accent color (second color used, blue in image above)
MC = main color (first color used, grey in image above)
RS = right side: the side of your work that will show the finished design
WS = wrong side: the back of your project
Front = the side currently facing you
Back = the side not facing you
Ch = chain
Sp = space
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
F = DC in front, then chain 1
B = DC behind, then 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
ACF = bring the AC yarn to the side facing you
ACB = put AC yarn to the side facing away from you

Interlocking Crochet Technique

See my YouTube tutorials or PDF tutorial if you’re new to this technique.

Chart for Foundation Rows

This pattern has been designed as a blanket but it is very easy to to adjust the width. If you are doing the full blanket you will repeat the instructions between the asterisks (*) six times (the final column in the chart below shows you how many chains and windows to begin with).

If you’re not able to match gauge then your finished measurements will be different, but this chart still should help you determine how many chains or windows to start with.

Single width (no repeats)Width added per repeat (height stays the same)Repeat six times (blanket)
Chart size41 x 225+ 34211 x 225
Finished measurements10” x 55.5”+ 8.5”53” x 55.5”
Main Color yardage330 + 50 for border+ 270 + 5 for border1675 + 75
Accent Color yardage330+ 2701675
MC Windows to start20+ 17105
MC Chains to start44+ 34214
AC Chains to start42+ 34212
Use this chart to adjust the width of your project

Foundation Rows

  1. Using MC create 105 windows (for a full blanket, or use chart above to adjust):
    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 211 + 3 (or 4 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 211 +1 (or 2 if you chain tighter). Place MC windows on top of 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 below). 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.
Step 2 of foundation trellis.
Foundation windows (MC, black above) showing step 2 where AC (the gold) is put through the window. If you’re left-handed this will be mirrored.

Repeat between asterisks (*) six times for a full blanket.

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

4 MC – Ch3, 1B, *1F, 1B, 2F, 1B, 7F, 1B, 2F, 1B, 1F*, 1B, ES

5 AC – Ch3 in back, 1F, *(2B, 1F) x2, 1B, 2F, 1B, (1F, 2B) x2, 1F*, EB

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

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

7 AC – Ch3 in front, *(1F, 2B) x2, 1F, 1B, 2F, 1B, (1F, 2B) x2*, 1F, EF

WS – ACB

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

9 AC – Ch3 in back, 1F, *(2B, 1F) x2, 1B, 2F, 1B, (1F, 2B) x2, 1F*, EB

RS – ACF

10 MC – Ch3, 1F, *1B, 1F, 2B, 1F, 7B, 1F, 2B, 1F, 1B*, 1F, ES

11 AC – Ch3 in front, *(1F, 2B) x2, 1F, 4B, (1F, 2B) x2*, 1F, EF

WS – ACB

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

13 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *5B, 6F, 6B*, EB

RS – ACF

14 MC – Ch3, 1F, *2B, (1F, 5B) x2, 1F, 2B*, 1F, ES

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

WS – ACB

16 MC – Ch3, 1B, *2F, (1B, 5F) x2, 1B, 2F*, 1B, ES

17 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *4F, 1B, 6F, 1B, 4F, 1B*, EB

RS – ACF

18 MC – Ch3, 1F, *2B, (1F, 5B) x2, 1F, 2B*, 1F, ES

19 AC – Ch3 in front, *6B, 1F, 4B, 1F, 5B*, 1B, EF

WS – ACB

20 MC – Ch3, 1B, *2F, (1B, 5F) x2, 1B, 2F*, 1B, ES

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

RS – ACF

22 MC – Ch3, 1F, *2B, (1F, 5B) x2, 1F, 2B*, 1F, ES

23 AC – Ch3 in front, *2F, 2B, 10F, 2B, 1F*, 1F, EF

WS – ACB

24 MC – Ch3, 1B, *(2F, 1B) x2, 5F, (1B, 2F) x2*, 1B, ES

25 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *(4B, 2F) x2, 5B*, EB

RS – ACF

26 MC – Ch3, 1F, *(5B, 1F) x2, 5B*, 1F, ES

27 AC – Ch3 in front, *1B, (4F, 2B) x2, 4F*, 1B, EF

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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

Winter 2021 CAL: Mosaic Part 1

Let’s get this party started! Thank you so much for joining me in creating this warm winter blanket!

If you’re new to my patterns, please note that this is the OVERLAY MOSAIC VERSION. Go back to the main landing page to find the links to the other sections or for the interlocking version.

If you’re looking for a chart (with X’s showing the dropped double crochets) you’ll need to purchase the pattern on Etsy or Ravelry. This free version online contains the written instructions only.

Use code “MILD20” to take 20% off your purchase of the pattern for the duration of the CAL
(offer ends January 31, 2022).


The width of this pattern is adjustable. It is designed as a blanket (six repeats of the pattern), but you can make it larger or smaller. Repeat between the asterisks (*) to get your required width.

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.

Overlay Mosaic Details

  • Finished measurements approximately 53” x 56”
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (3200 – 3800 yards)
  • Main color – 1475 yards
  • Contrasting color – 1725 yards
  • Plus, optional envelope border – 600 yards
  • Gauge: 16 stitches x 16 rows = 4”
Crocheted by Cristina

Overlay Mosaic Crochet KEY

MC = Main Color: dark blue in image above
CC = Contrasting Color: light blue in image above
Sp = space
Sk = skip a stitch
CH = chain
SC = single crochet
sc = SC into Back Loop only
DC = double crochet
dc = DC into Front Loop of stitch, 2 rows below
JS = Joining Stitch: insert hook under both loops, pull up a loop, slip stitch, SC in same space
ES = End Stitch: SC under both loops, CH 1, cut yarn and pull through tightly

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Technique

Please see the YouTube tutorial for more details. I use a single-row mosaic technique where you join and cut every row.

  • The front of your work is always facing you (this is the right side, the side showing the design)
  • You are always working from the right to the left
  • You tie on a new yarn at the beginning of each row and cut it at the end
  • Yarn colors can be anything you like
    • They need to contrast well (try a black and white photo to see if they are too similar)
    • They need to be the same weight (size/thickness)
    • My charts use black as the Main Color and white as the Coordinating Color
  • I prefer using a Foundation Single Crochet to create my foundation row because then I have tails on both sides of my work just like all the other rows will have
  • Even-numbered rows use MC; odd-numbered rows use CC

Foundation Row (Row 0): use Main Color (MC)

An error! My apologies! The foundation row math has been updated! It should say 207 stitches needed for the full blanket.

Use a chainless SC technique to create repeats of 34 +3 SC. Or chain 34 +4, SC in 2nd from hook and all the way back across. Cut and tie off.

FOR A BLANKET, AS DESIGNED: (34 x 6) = 204 +3 = 207 foundation single crochet stitches needed.

Switch to Contrasting Color (CC) {Even- rows use MC; odd-numbered rows use CC}

Repeat between the *s six (6) times for a blanket.

1 – JS, *sc34*, sc1, ES

2 – JS, *sc34*, sc1, ES

3 – JS, *sc34*, sc1, ES

4 – JS, *sc3, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc15, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc2*, sc1, ES

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

6 – JS, *sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc1, {dc1, sc3, (dc1, sc1) x2} x2, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1*, sc1, ES

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

8 – JS, *sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc1, {dc1, sc3, (dc1, sc1) x2} x2, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1*, sc1, ES

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

10 – JS, *sc3, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc15, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc2*, sc1, ES

11 – JS, *(dc1, sc5) x2, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc5*, dc1, ES

12 – JS, *sc3, dc1, sc5, (dc1, sc7) x2, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc2*, sc1, ES

13 – JS, *(dc1, sc1) x5, dc1, sc13, (dc1, sc1) x4, dc1, sc1*, dc1, ES

14 – JS, *sc5, (dc1, sc11) x2, dc1, sc4*, sc1, ES

15 – JS, *dc1, sc1, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc13, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc1*, dc1, ES

16 – JS, *sc5, (dc1, sc11) x2, dc1, sc4*, sc1, ES

17 – JS, *dc1, sc9, dc1, sc13, dc1, sc9*, dc1, ES

18 – JS, *sc5, (dc1, sc11) x2, dc1, sc4*, sc1, ES

19 – JS, *sc12, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc11*, sc1, ES

20 – JS, *sc5, (dc1, sc11) x2, dc1, sc4*, sc1, ES

21 – JS, *dc1, sc9, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc5, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc9*, dc1, ES

22 – JS, *sc5, (dc1, sc11) x2, dc1, sc4*, sc1, ES

23 – JS, *dc1, sc1, dc1, sc5, (dc1, sc1) x9, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc1*, dc1, ES

24 – JS, *sc5, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc11, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc4*, sc1, ES

25 – JS, *(dc1, sc1) x4, dc1, sc5, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc5, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc1*, dc1, ES

26 – JS, *sc11, dc1, sc11, dc1, sc10*, sc1, ES

27 – JS, *sc2, {(dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc5} x2, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc1*, sc1, ES

28 – JS, *sc1, dc1, sc9, (dc1, sc5) x2, dc1, sc9, dc1*, sc1, ES

29 – JS, *dc1, sc3, (dc1, sc1) x5, dc1, sc5, (dc1, sc1) x5, dc1, sc3*, dc1, ES

30 – JS, *sc34*, sc1, ES

31 – JS, *sc6, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc5*, sc1, ES

32 – JS, *sc5, (dc1, sc7) x3, dc1, sc4*, sc1, ES

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Hanukkah 40: Updated for a Full Star

Last year I came out with a series of 15 holiday squares. I have just updated one of the squares: Hanukkah 40.

They were all on a chart size of 81 x 81 which means they begin with 40 windows when you use the interlocking technique. Whether you use the interlocking crochet technique or the overlay mosaic crochet technique these squares will be about 20″ square when you meet my gauge.

The problem I had when creating the Hanukkah design was that it was just a smidge too big for the chart. I decided to cut off the bottom tip of the star because it was more important that all the squares were the same size (for joining into a blanket).

It turns out that people like turning this square into a wall hanging and on its own it doesn’t make sense for the bottom point to be cropped off.

So I have updated this square to be a rectangle!

The chart is now 81 x 87. It adds about 2″ to the height. The written instructions are made for the interlocking crochet technique or the overlay mosaic crochet technique. The mosaic chart has X’s showing the dropped double crochets.

I have added this updated file to the ravelry listing for the individual square and the eBook. If you purchased the eBook on Etsy and you’d like this updated rectangle please send me a message!

Get the Pattern

If you haven’t got yourself a copy of this eBook yet now is the time! Take 30% off the eBook or the individually listed Hanukkah square until 11:59 pm CST December 17, 2021 by using code “MAZELTOV“.

Discount code is applicable to the eBook on Ravelry or Etsy and to “Hanukkah 40” on Ravelry.

Winter 2021 Crochet-A-Long (CAL)

Here in Saskatchewan, Canada we have had some abnormally kind weather lately. We were really thankful for the mild weather while we moved (our new place is 110 kms from our old place). At the end of November last year we had a ton of snow. I’ve linked a local news article below for fun.

We are nowhere near done unpacking but we have slept in our new house for a few nights now and I’m missing my crochet addiction. I know a lot of you will be working on Christmas gifts so because of that and because of my move I’ve planned for my next Crochet-A-Long (CAL) to begin on the first day of winter; that is December 21, 2021. Some of you might be frantically finishing gifts, and that’s okay, you can still join us as soon as you’re ready!

Our mild winter hasn’t given us much snow yet. This is our backyard, there’s another empty lot to the left that is ours and the trees between us and the neighbour mark our property line there.

My very creative title (sarcasm) for this CAL is “Winter 2021”. You might see me refer to it as “2021 Winter” at times because that’s how I have it saved on my computer; I’m trying to stay organized now that I have more than a year’s worth of pattern designs!

Similar to my previous CALs, you can purchase this pattern (the full written pattern, with charts, for both techniques) on Ravelry or Etsy or you can follow along on my blog for free! Sign up to my mailing list to be notified of the pattern release and each free section.

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Here’s the schedule:

From now until December 20, 2021: PRE-RELEASE SALE on Ravelry only (Etsy doesn’t work as a pre-release platform); take 50% off the purchase of this pattern by using code “MILD50“.

December 21, 2021: FULL pattern and charts go live on Ravelry and Etsy,take 20% off by using code “MILD20“; valid on Ravelry and Etsy, offer ends January 31, 2022.

December 21, 2021: Section 1 gets posted online, FREE permanently!

December 28, 2021: Section 2 gets posted online, FREE permanently!

January 4, 2022: Section 3 gets posted online, FREE permanently!

January 11, 2022: Section 4 gets posted online, FREE permanently!

January 18, 2022: Section 5 gets posted online, FREE permanently!

January 25, 2022: Section 6 gets posted online, FREE permanently!

The main landing page for this CAL will be AshleesLint.com/winter2021cal

It’s time to pick out some yarn!

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PRE-RELEASE SALE:

Take 50% off this pattern until December 20, 2021 by using code “MILD50“, valid on Ravelry only.

After the CAL has begun you can still get 20% off by using code “MILD20“; valid on Ravelry and Etsy, offer ends January 31, 2022.

Interlocking Crochet Specifications

  • Finished measurements approximately 53” x 56”
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (3350 – 3425 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) – 1675 yards plus 75 for optional border
    • Accent color (AC) – 1675 yards
  • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Specifications

  • Finished measurements approximately 53” x 56”
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (3200 – 3800 yards)
    • Main color – 1475 yards
    • Contrasting color – 1725 yards
    • Plus, optional envelope border – 600 yards
  • Gauge: 16 stitches x 16 rows = 4”
  • Chart has X’s marking dropped double crochets

Fa La La Wall Hanging

It is the beginning of November, prime time for Christmas decorations, right? Of course, right! (That’s must be said in the matchmaker’s voice from the movie, “Fiddler on the Roof” hahaha)

The season must start early when you are making your decorations by hand! And don’t forget about the gift you’re making for your brother and your aunt and your coworker and your neighbor and your dog and and your 3rd cousin twice removed.

Maybe it’s time to make something for yourself! This wall hanging can be used year after year. Every time I see it I start singing, “‘tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la la la la la“!

Interlocking and mosaic samples crocheted by Heather Passmore and Altona Newcombe.

It is designed to use a thin, lightweight yarn (some countries call this fingering weight, 1- super fine, 8/4, 4-ply) so that you can hang it on your wall. If you meet gauge your finished piece will be 13″ x 40″ / 33cm x 101cm.

If you’d rather use worsted weight (4 – medium) yarn then you can create a shawl like Heather Passmore did. Her finished measurements were 65″ x 21.5″. She used a 5.5 mm hook. Her yarn was Caron One Pound; she used about 725 yard of off-white and 800 yards of claret. Following my gauge calculator, if I had designed this piece for worsted weight and a 4.5 mm hook I would have estimated 785 yards of each color for a piece that would finish to 66″ x 21.5″.

If a shawl isn’t your thing, you can easily make this a throw blanket: I’ve marked the border lines so you can repeat the inner design three times for a blanket width.

You can use the chart or written instructions for either technique (interlocking crochet or overlay mosaic crochet). The mosaic chart has X’s and both charts are color-coded to remind you not to do the straight lines on the sides in the middle of your repeats.

This pattern has words in the middle (does “Fa La La” count as words?) and thus, it makes things difficult if you’re left-handed. I have included written instructions for left-handed crocheters for both techniques.

You can see more of my left-handed patterns on Ravelry.

Get the Pattern

Take 30% off this pattern and any others you add to your Ravelry cart at the same time by using code “FALALA“; offer ends November 10, 2021.

  • Fingering Weight Yarn (1 – Super Fine)
  • Finished measurements without fringe 13” x 40” / 33cm x 101cm
  • 2.5 mm hook (C/2)
  • Wooden Dowel: 1/2” diameter, 16” length
  • Chart size: 85 x 263

Repeat section does not include the straight border lines on the sides (as in, those lines won’t interrupt the inner design).

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!