2022 December Cat & All-In-One Blankets

This year has just flown by! It is not December yet though – don’t worry! I am publishing December Cat a few days early as requested by a few people in my Facebook Group: Ashlee Brotzell Designs.

The holiday season is upon us and people are getting busy but they want to make sure the blanket is finished in time, so our final square (December Cat) is live now instead of waiting for December 1.

Interlocking crochet sample, black as Main Color (MC)

You’ll also be happy to know I’ve decided on next year’s theme and have all 12 squares drawn up! I’ve got to turn them into a proper pattern still and then I’ll get my team of testers working on it.

Overlay mosaic crochet version of “December Cat”

Our Year of Cats has been a fun series and I am so thankful for all the interest and support this year!

Melody came to snuggle with me

Quick recap:

  • The Year of Cats series contains 12 squares (one for each month)
    • PLUS a couple bonus squares
  • Each square has a chart and a full written pattern for TWO techniques: interlocking crochet or overlay mosaic crochet
    • Mosaic crochet option has had the interlocking mesh dots & extra border lines removed
    • Mosaic crochet charts have X’s showing the dropped double crochets
  • The eBook contains the 12 original individual squares (one file for interlocking and one file for mosaic)
  • PLUS, there’s a bonus eBook (one file for each technique) which contains “Bonus Scratch Cat”, “November Cat Face”, and an all-in-one Love mini-series blanket (using March, June, September, and December Cats), and an all-in-one blanket pattern (using the 12 original squares) so you don’t have to join squares!
    • In the bonus eBook, mosaic version only, there’s also a file that has the written pattern for using November Cat and November Cat Face as a bag.
Interlocking crochet squares: March Cat, June Cat, September Cat, and December Cat. Joined to show the Love Mini-series.

December Cat not only finishes our full blanket of 12 squares, it finishes the mini-series that spells “Love”. This is the “e”, and because we need to make sure it faces the right way to be legible this square comes with the written pattern for right- and left-handed crocheters!

The mini-series uses March, June, September, and December Cats. The bonus eBook also includes an all-in-one pattern for the Love blanket (right- and left-handed options). This allows you to crochet the set as a single blanket without needing to join squares.

The bonus eBook ALSO includes an all-in-one pattern for the full blanket (using the 12 original squares).

All-in-one patterns allow you to crochet without joining squares at the end. They still include charts and full written patterns for both techniques. They are ONLY available in the eBook listings on Etsy and Ravelry (in the Bonus eBook files) – they are not listed separately.

Thank you to my testing team: cyncitycrochets, CarolinevdB, & Maja Serec!

I created a quick tutorial on how to join squares. This can be applied to more than just our cat squares, but I had the cats in mind when I did it. It is short enough to watch in full and then use the excessive amount of time stamps to find exactly what you want to re-watch.

Get the Pattern

2022: A Year of Cats (ongoing updates)
eBook (Ravelry) (Etsy) (Direct Purchase)
All-in-one Love Miniseries blanket (in eBook only)
All-in-one Blanket (in eBook only)
January (Ravelry) (Etsy)
February (Ravelry) (Etsy)
March (Ravelry) (Etsy)
April (Ravelry) (Etsy)
May (Ravelry) (Etsy)
June (Ravelry) (Etsy)
July (Ravelry) (Etsy)
August (Ravelry) (Etsy)
September (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Bonus Scratch Cat FREE online (Ravelry) (Etsy)
October (Ravelry) (Etsy)
November (Ravelry) (Etsy)
Bonus November Face (Ravelry) (Etsy)
December (Ravelry) (Etsy)

Interlocking Crochet Details

  • Crochet hook: 4.5 mm (US7)
  • Stitch marker
  • Gauge: 16 stitches x 8 rows in one color = 4” square
  • Finished size: 20″ x 20″ / 51cm x 51cm
  • Worsted Weight Yarn (460 – 485 yards)
  • Main Color (MC) – 230 yards plus 25 yards for optional SC border
  • Accent Color (AC) – 230 yards

    Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

    • Crochet hook: 5 mm (H-8)
    • Scissors
    • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4″ square
    • Finished size: 20” x 22” / 52cm x 56cm
    • Worsted Weight Yarn (625 – 875 yards)
    • Main Color (MC) – 325 yards
    • Coordinating Color (CC) – 300 yards
    • Optional Envelope Border – 250 yards

      Year of Gnomes, Adjusted Mosaic Crochet Update

      In 2021, I published a new gnome square each month (the series was called A Year of Gnomes). This year has been a new cat square each month (see 2022: A Year of Cats). So why am I talking about gnomes again?

      The original squares were designed first as interlocking crochet patterns. The overlay mosaic crochet versions of each square used the interlocking chart but were written for the mosaic crochet technique.

      The pictures above show above how the interlocking crochet method creates mesh dots naturally, and the effect can be reproduced using the overlay mosaic crochet technique.

      Each gnome has now been updated to include a 3rd option: the adjusted overlay mosaic crochet pattern.

      The interlocking mesh dots have been removed and the extra border lines have also been removed.

      “January Gnome” crocheted using the adjusted mosaic chart, by Wolsalon

      Each monthly gnome is available separately on Ravelry or Etsy. You can also buy an eBook (called “A Year of Gnomes”) on either platform that includes all 12 monthly gnomes and an all-in-one blanket pattern (so you don’t have to join squares). The all-in-one blanket pattern is not available separately.

      If you purchased the eBook or any of the individual squares on Ravelry you will have an update available to you.
      If you used Etsy you’ll need to email me with your order number and I will send you the updated files.

      What else has changed?

      The original mosaic crochet version of each of these squares used a chart that started as row 1. I haven’t changed the charts but I have changed the numbers of the rows. They now start at row 0 so that they match the written pattern completely.

      But wait, there’s more!

      Months after the “Year of Gnomes” was finished, a request came in for a title banner. I created the banner and added the free interlocking and overlay mosaic crochet patterns to the files in my Facebook group, Ashlee Brotzell Designs.

      The adjusted mosaic crochet version of the free title banner can be viewed here or you can download the PDF in my Facebook group files.

      Anytime there are words on my patterns I create a written pattern for left-handed crocheters as well. You can see my entire selection of patterns that have a left-handed version here on Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/bundles/left-handed-instructions-included

      Patterns tested by Angela Kermack, CarolinevdB, Just_Duckie_Crochet, Just_Stitched_ByJS, Linda Bakker, and Wolsalon.

      A Year of Gnomes Title Banner

      An Overlay Mosaic Crochet Pattern

      In 2021 I released a new gnome square each month. Months later, a request came in for a title banner.

      The original squares were designed first as interlocking crochet patterns and the mosaic crochet versions of each square used the same chart. This updated pattern uses an adjusted chart: the interlocking mesh dots have been removed and the extra border lines have also been removed. This pattern includes right-handed and left-handed instructions so that the words remain legible for everyone.

      There is no chart here in the free online version of this pattern, but there is an X-marked chart included in the PDF file found in my Facebook Group Files.

      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.

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

      Click to jump to:

      Important Details
      Pattern Key
      Mosaic Instructions
      Right-Handed Pattern
      Left-Handed Pattern
      Copyright Statement

      Watch my YouTube tutorials!

      I also have a free photo tutorial in PDF form on this technique available in my Facebook group (Ashlee Brotzell Designs) and on Ravelry

      All my social media links are here:

      https://linktr.ee/LFMandMosaic

      Important Details

      • US crochet terminology
      • Chart is 239 x 37
      • Finished measurements approximately 60” x 9” / 152cm x 23cm
      • 5 mm hook (H-8)
      • Worsted weight yarn (875 – 1375 yards)
        • Main color (blue on chart) – 375 yards
        • Contrasting color (white on chart) – 500 yards
        • Optional Envelope Border – 500 yards
      • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4”

      Overlay Mosaic Crochet Key

      MC = Main Color: blue in chart

      CC = Contrasting Color: white in chart

      ch = chain

      SC = single crochet: insert hook, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through both loops on hook

      sc = SC into Back Loop only

      FSC = foundation single crochet: chain 2, insert hook in first chain, yarn over and pull a loop through, yarn over and pull through one loop (chain made), yarn over and pull through remaining 2 loops (SC made); to make the next stitch insert your hook into the chain made previously

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

      dc = dropped double crochet: skip next single crochet, and instead double crochet into Front Loop of stitch in the row below

      JS = Joining Stitch: create slip knot, insert hook under both loops, complete a normal single crochet

      ES = End Stitch: single crochet under both loops, chain 1, cut yarn and pull through tightly

      dc = the dropped DC goes into the same-colored stitch, 2 rows below, Front Loop Only
      *the single crochet behind the dropped double crochet does not get used

      sc = a single crochet in the body of the pattern is going into the Back Loop Only

      Mosaic Crochet Stitch 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) (black on the chart)

      Use the foundation SC technique to create 241 FSC. Or chain 242, SC in 2nd chain from hook and SC all the way back across. Cut and tie off.

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

      1 – JS, sc239, ES

      2 – JS, dc1, sc237, dc1, ES

      3 – JS, sc1, dc55, sc11, dc31, sc11, dc47, sc3, dc3, sc7, dc69, sc1, ES

      4 – JS, dc1, sc55, dc11, sc31, dc11, sc47, dc3, sc3, dc3, sc1, dc3, sc69, dc1, ES

      5 – JS, sc1, dc5, sc15, dc7, sc11, dc5, sc7, dc5, sc11, dc1, sc5, dc11, sc11, dc3, sc11, dc1, sc5, dc11, sc15, dc15, sc3, (dc1, sc5) x2, dc67, sc1, ES

      6 – JS, dc1, sc5, dc7, sc5, dc3, sc7, dc11, sc5, dc7, sc7, dc7, sc3, dc5, sc11, dc11, sc5, dc7, sc3, dc5, sc11, dc15, sc15, dc3, sc1, dc3, sc5, dc3, sc67, dc1, ES

      7 – JS, sc1, dc3, sc9, dc1, sc9, dc3, sc15, dc3, sc11, dc3, sc7, dc3, sc11, dc3, sc15, dc3, sc7, dc3, sc11, dc3, sc19, dc13, sc3, dc1, sc3, dc5, sc3, dc67, sc1, ES

      8 – JS, dc1, sc3, dc5, sc5, dc9, sc3, dc5, sc3, dc7, sc5, dc9, sc3, dc7, sc5, dc9, sc3, dc15, sc3, dc7, sc5, dc9, sc3, dc7, sc3, dc9, sc13, dc3, sc1, dc3, sc5, dc3, sc67, dc1, ES

      9 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc7, dc3, sc11, dc1, sc7, (dc3, sc9) x2, dc1, sc9, dc5, sc9, dc1, sc19, dc1, sc7, dc5, sc9, dc3, sc7, dc3, sc9, dc13, sc3, (dc1, sc5) x2, dc67, sc1, ES

      10 – JS, dc1, sc1, dc7, sc3, dc11, sc1, dc5, sc7, (dc7, sc3) x2, dc9, sc5, dc7, sc3, dc9, sc3, dc7, sc1, (dc7, sc5) x2, dc7, sc3, dc9, sc13, dc3, sc3, dc3, sc1, dc3, sc69, dc1, ES

      11 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc11, dc1, sc7, dc5, (sc7, dc3) x2, sc9, dc5, sc7, dc3, sc9, dc3, sc7, dc1, (sc7, dc5) x2, sc7, dc3, sc11, dc11, sc3, dc3, sc7, dc69, sc1, ES

      12 – JS, dc1, sc1, dc9, sc13, dc7, sc7, dc5, sc3, dc7, sc3, dc9, sc5, dc7, sc3, dc5, sc11, dc3, sc1, (dc7, sc5) x2, dc7, sc5, dc9, sc11, dc3, sc79, dc1, ES

      13 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc19, dc3, sc7, dc7, sc5, dc3, sc7, (dc3, sc9) x2, dc3, sc5, dc9, sc5, dc1, sc7, dc3, sc9, dc5, sc7, dc5, sc9, dc9, sc7, dc15, (sc3, dc1) x2, (sc7, dc5) x2, sc7, dc23, sc1, ES

      14 – JS, dc1, sc3, dc17, sc17, dc5, sc3, dc7, (sc3, dc9) x2, sc3, dc3, sc11, dc5, sc1, dc7, sc3, dc9, sc5, dc7, sc5, dc9, sc11, dc3, sc17, (dc3, sc1) x3, dc3, (sc5, dc7) x2, sc23, dc1, ES

      15 – JS, sc1, dc3, sc19, dc1, sc19, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc23, dc3, sc7, dc3, sc9, dc1, sc19, dc3, sc13, dc1, sc9, dc7, sc3, dc1, sc3, dc17, sc3, dc1, sc7, dc1, sc3, dc3, sc11, dc3, sc7, dc23, sc1, ES

      16 – JS, dc1, sc13, dc9, sc1, dc19, sc1, dc7, sc3, dc15, sc1, (dc7, sc3) x2, dc9, sc1, dc11, sc1, dc7, sc3, dc13, sc3, dc7, sc7, dc3, sc1, dc3, sc17, (dc3, sc3) x3, (dc3, sc5) x2, dc3, sc25, dc1, ES

      17 – JS, sc1, dc3, (sc9, dc1) x2, sc19, dc1, sc25, dc1, sc7, dc3, sc19, dc1, sc11, dc1, sc7, dc3, sc13, dc3, sc7, dc7, sc7, dc17, sc3, dc3, sc9, dc3, (sc3, dc5) x2, sc3, dc25, sc1, ES

      18 – JS, dc1, sc3, dc9, sc3, dc7, sc1, dc5, sc9, dc5, sc1, dc25, sc1, dc5, sc5, dc17, sc3, dc11, sc1, dc5, sc21, dc7, sc9, dc3, sc19, dc3, sc3, dc5, sc15, dc3, sc5, dc3, sc25, dc1, ES

      19 – JS, sc1, dc3, sc9, dc3, sc7, dc1, sc7, dc5, sc7, dc1, sc25, dc1, sc5, dc5, sc17, dc3, sc11, dc1, sc5, dc5, (sc7, dc9) x2, sc3, dc19, sc3, dc3, sc5, dc1, sc3, dc3, sc11, dc5, sc3, dc25, sc1, ES

      20 – JS, dc1, sc3, dc7, (sc5, dc5) x3, sc5, dc7, sc5, dc9, sc3, dc5, sc7, dc13, sc5, dc9, sc3, dc5, sc5, dc7, sc9, dc7, sc31, (dc3, sc3) x3, (dc3, sc5) x2, dc3, sc25, dc1, ES

      21 – JS, sc1, dc3, sc7, dc1, sc9, dc5, sc15, dc5, sc7, dc5, sc9, dc3, sc7, dc5, sc13, dc5, sc9, dc3, sc7, dc1, sc13, dc5, sc7, dc27, sc9, dc1, sc9, dc3, sc11, dc3, sc7, dc23, sc1, ES

      22 – JS, dc1, sc5, dc5, sc1, dc5, sc11, dc11, sc21, dc3, sc7, dc7, sc25, dc3, sc7, dc7, sc1, dc13, sc5, dc5, sc29, dc5, sc1, dc3, sc1, dc7, sc7, dc7, sc5, dc3, sc1, dc3, sc23, dc1, ES

      23 – JS, sc1, dc5, sc11, dc11, sc11, dc21, sc3, dc7, sc7, dc25, sc3, dc7, sc7, dc1, sc13, dc3, sc7, dc29, sc5, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc7, dc7, sc7, dc3, sc5, dc1, sc5, dc7, sc5, dc3, sc5, dc1, sc1, ES

      24 – JS, dc1, sc119, dc11, sc5, dc7, sc63, dc3, sc5, dc3, sc7, dc5, sc3, dc5, sc1, dc1, ES

      25 – JS, sc1, dc119, sc11, dc5, sc7, dc61, sc7, dc1, sc7, dc5, sc5, dc3, sc5, dc1, sc1, ES

      26 – JS, dc1, sc121, dc5, sc9, dc5, sc63, dc7, sc1, dc7, (sc7, dc1) x2, sc3, dc1, ES

      27 – JS, sc1, dc121, sc7, dc3, sc9, dc63, sc7, dc1, sc7, dc7, sc9, dc3, sc1, ES

      28 – JS, dc1, sc123, dc5, sc3, dc7, sc87, dc9, sc3, dc1, ES

      29 – JS, sc1, dc123, sc15, dc87, sc9, dc3, sc1, ES

      30 – JS, dc1, sc225, (dc3, sc3) x2, dc1, ES

      31 – JS, sc1, dc225, (sc3, dc3) x2, sc1, ES

      32 – JS, dc1, sc227, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc5, dc1, ES

      33 – JS, sc1, dc227, sc5, dc5, sc1, ES

      34 – JS, dc1, sc227, dc5, sc5, dc1, ES

      35 – JS, sc1, dc227, sc5, dc5, sc1, ES

      36 – JS, dc1, sc237, dc1, ES

      Trim the fringe, if needed.

      Add optional envelope border (YouTube tutorial: https://youtu.be/P-uXHjwTFeE).


      LEFT-HANDED INSTRUCTIONS BEGIN HERE

      Foundation Row (Row 0): use Main Color (MC) (black on the chart)

      Use the foundation SC technique to create 241 FSC. Or chain 242, SC in 2nd chain from hook and SC all the way back across. Cut and tie off.

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

      1 – JS, sc239, ES

      2 – JS, dc1, sc237, dc1, ES

      3 – JS, sc1, dc69, sc7, dc3, sc3, dc47, sc11, dc31, sc11, dc55, sc1, ES

      4 – JS, dc1, sc69, dc3, sc1, dc3, sc3, dc3, sc47, dc11, sc31, dc11, sc55, dc1, ES

      5 – JS, sc1, dc67, (sc5, dc1) x2, sc3, dc15, sc15, dc11, sc5, dc1, sc11, dc3, sc11, dc11, sc5, dc1, sc11, dc5, sc7, dc5, sc11, dc7, sc15, dc5, sc1, ES

      6 – JS, dc1, sc67, dc3, sc5, dc3, sc1, dc3, sc15, dc15, sc11, dc5, sc3, dc7, sc5, dc11, sc11, dc5, sc3, dc7, sc7, dc7, sc5, dc11, sc7, dc3, sc5, dc7, sc5, dc1, ES

      7 – JS, sc1, dc67, sc3, dc5, sc3, dc1, sc3, dc13, sc19, dc3, sc11, dc3, sc7, dc3, sc15, dc3, sc11, dc3, sc7, dc3, sc11, dc3, sc15, dc3, sc9, dc1, sc9, dc3, sc1, ES

      8 – JS, dc1, sc67, dc3, sc5, dc3, sc1, dc3, sc13, dc9, sc3, dc7, sc3, dc9, sc5, dc7, sc3, dc15, sc3, dc9, sc5, dc7, sc3, dc9, sc5, dc7, sc3, dc5, sc3, dc9, sc5, dc5, sc3, dc1, ES

      9 – JS, sc1, dc67, (sc5, dc1) x2, sc3, dc13, sc9, dc3, sc7, dc3, sc9, dc5, sc7, dc1, sc19, dc1, sc9, dc5, sc9, dc1, (sc9, dc3) x2, sc7, dc1, sc11, dc3, sc7, dc1, sc1, ES

      10 – JS, dc1, sc69, dc3, sc1, dc3, sc3, dc3, sc13, dc9, sc3, (dc7, sc5) x2, dc7, sc1, dc7, sc3, dc9, sc3, dc7, sc5, dc9, (sc3, dc7) x2, sc7, dc5, sc1, dc11, sc3, dc7, sc1, dc1, ES

      11 – JS, sc1, dc69, sc7, dc3, sc3, dc11, sc11, dc3, (sc7, dc5) x2, sc7, dc1, sc7, dc3, sc9, dc3, sc7, dc5, sc9, (dc3, sc7) x2, dc5, sc7, dc1, sc11, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc1, ES

      12 – JS, dc1, sc79, dc3, sc11, dc9, (sc5, dc7) x3, sc1, dc3, sc11, dc5, sc3, dc7, sc5, dc9, sc3, dc7, sc3, dc5, sc7, dc7, sc13, dc9, sc1, dc1, ES

      13 – JS, sc1, dc23, (sc7, dc5) x2, sc7, (dc1, sc3) x2, dc15, sc7, dc9, sc9, dc5, sc7, dc5, sc9, dc3, sc7, dc1, sc5, dc9, sc5, (dc3, sc9) x2, dc3, sc7, dc3, sc5, dc7, sc7, dc3, sc19, dc1, sc1, ES

      14 – JS, dc1, sc23, (dc7, sc5) x2, (dc3, sc1) x3, dc3, sc17, dc3, sc11, dc9, sc5, dc7, sc5, dc9, sc3, dc7, sc1, dc5, sc11, dc3, (sc3, dc9) x2, sc3, dc7, sc3, dc5, sc17, dc17, sc3, dc1, ES

      15 – JS, sc1, dc23, sc7, dc3, sc11, dc3, sc3, dc1, sc7, dc1, sc3, dc17, sc3, dc1, sc3, dc7, sc9, dc1, sc13, dc3, sc19, dc1, sc9, dc3, sc7, dc3, sc23, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc19, dc1, sc19, dc3, sc1, ES

      16 – JS, dc1, sc25, (dc3, sc5) x2, (dc3, sc3) x3, dc3, sc17, dc3, sc1, dc3, sc7, dc7, sc3, dc13, sc3, dc7, sc1, dc11, sc1, dc9, (sc3, dc7) x2, sc1, dc15, sc3, dc7, sc1, dc19, sc1, dc9, sc13, dc1, ES

      17 – JS, sc1, dc25, (sc3, dc5) x2, sc3, dc3, sc9, dc3, sc3, dc17, sc7, dc7, sc7, dc3, sc13, dc3, sc7, dc1, sc11, dc1, sc19, dc3, sc7, dc1, sc25, dc1, sc19, (dc1, sc9) x2, dc3, sc1, ES

      18 – JS, dc1, sc25, dc3, sc5, dc3, sc15, dc5, sc3, dc3, sc19, dc3, sc9, dc7, sc21, dc5, sc1, dc11, sc3, dc17, sc5, dc5, sc1, dc25, sc1, dc5, sc9, dc5, sc1, dc7, sc3, dc9, sc3, dc1, ES

      19 – JS, sc1, dc25, sc3, dc5, sc11, dc3, sc3, dc1, sc5, dc3, sc3, dc19, sc3, (dc9, sc7) x2, dc5, sc5, dc1, sc11, dc3, sc17, dc5, sc5, dc1, sc25, dc1, sc7, dc5, sc7, dc1, sc7, dc3, sc9, dc3, sc1, ES

      20 – JS, dc1, sc25, (dc3, sc5) x2, (dc3, sc3) x3, dc3, sc31, dc7, sc9, dc7, sc5, dc5, sc3, dc9, sc5, dc13, sc7, dc5, sc3, dc9, sc5, dc7, (sc5, dc5) x3, sc5, dc7, sc3, dc1, ES

      21 – JS, sc1, dc23, sc7, dc3, sc11, dc3, sc9, dc1, sc9, dc27, sc7, dc5, sc13, dc1, sc7, dc3, sc9, dc5, sc13, dc5, sc7, dc3, sc9, dc5, sc7, dc5, sc15, dc5, sc9, dc1, sc7, dc3, sc1, ES

      22 – JS, dc1, sc23, dc3, sc1, dc3, sc5, dc7, sc7, dc7, sc1, dc3, sc1, dc5, sc29, dc5, sc5, dc13, sc1, dc7, sc7, dc3, sc25, dc7, sc7, dc3, sc21, dc11, sc11, dc5, sc1, dc5, sc5, dc1, ES

      23 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc5, dc3, sc5, dc7, sc5, dc1, sc5, dc3, sc7, dc7, sc7, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc5, dc29, sc7, dc3, sc13, dc1, sc7, dc7, sc3, dc25, sc7, dc7, sc3, dc21, sc11, dc11, sc11, dc5, sc1, ES

      24 – JS, dc1, sc1, dc5, sc3, dc5, sc7, dc3, sc5, dc3, sc63, dc7, sc5, dc11, sc119, dc1, ES

      25 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc5, dc3, sc5, dc5, sc7, dc1, sc7, dc61, sc7, dc5, sc11, dc119, sc1, ES

      26 – JS, dc1, sc3, (dc1, sc7) x2, dc7, sc1, dc7, sc63, dc5, sc9, dc5, sc121, dc1, ES

      27 – JS, sc1, dc3, sc9, dc7, sc7, dc1, sc7, dc63, sc9, dc3, sc7, dc121, sc1, ES

      28 – JS, dc1, sc3, dc9, sc87, dc7, sc3, dc5, sc123, dc1, ES

      29 – JS, sc1, dc3, sc9, dc87, sc15, dc123, sc1, ES

      30 – JS, dc1, (sc3, dc3) x2, sc225, dc1, ES

      31 – JS, sc1, (dc3, sc3) x2, dc225, sc1, ES

      32 – JS, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc227, dc1, ES

      33 – JS, sc1, dc5, sc5, dc227, sc1, ES

      34 – JS, dc1, sc5, dc5, sc227, dc1, ES

      35 – JS, sc1, dc5, sc5, dc227, sc1, ES

      36 – JS, dc1, sc237, dc1, ES

      Trim the fringe, if needed.

      Add optional envelope border (YouTube tutorial: https://youtu.be/P-uXHjwTFeE).


      Copyright Statement

      ©️ 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

      Come A-Llama Throw Blanket

      My newest pattern features a big, llama-butt. It makes me giggle to myself each time I see it.

      There are actually two shaggy llamas looking back at you. They are saying, “Come along!” but since they are llamas I made them say, “Come a-llama” … get it? It’s punny, right?

      My husband helped me come up with the title and so I am going to blame him if this blanket pattern is a complete flop. I know not everyone can be as funny and cool as my beloved hubby.

      I debated internally on whether to put the words on the top corner or not. Having words on the design means I have to create written instructions for the left-handed crocheters. I don’t want to leave them out.

      I just liked the way it looked better, so I decided to put the words on it. I make a lot of decisions based on a whim like that. So far, it’s working out okay for me!

      Interlocking Crochet Sample by Skye Acker. Dark brown used as the Main Color (MC).

      To summarize, you’ll get this super-awesome, funny little llama throw blanket crochet pattern written up for two techniques (interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet) and each technique has right- and left-handed instructions. There is a one-page chart for the interlocking crochet technique (it is best used on a screen, good for zooming in). And the multi-page chart for the mosaic technique has X’s on it so you know where to drop those double crochets.

      The mosaic version of this pattern has had the interlocking mesh dots and the extra border lines removed and the gauge gets slightly larger because of that.

      Usually I say you can use whatever colors you want. For this pattern it is important that you definitely use the darker color as the Main Color (MC), that is the first color used. It will allow the llama drawing to show properly.

      Wrong side of interlocking crochet sample by Skye Acker. If you use the mosaic technique your “wrong side” will just be stripes.

      Interlocking Crochet Details

      • US crochet terminology
      • Chart is 185 x 185
      • Finished measurements approximately 46” x 46” / 117cm x 117cm
      • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
      • Worsted weight yarn (2500-2575 yards total)
        • Main color (MC) black – 1250 yards plus 75 for optional border
        • Accent color (AC) yellow – 1250 yards
      • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”

      Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

      • US crochet terminology
      • Chart is 181 x 181
      • Finished measurements approximately 48” x 52” / 123cm x 131cm
      • 5 mm hook (H-8)
      • Worsted weight yarn (3050-3650 yards)
        • Main color (black) – 1200 yards
        • Contrasting color (yellow) – 1850 yards
        • Optional envelope border – 600 yards
      • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4”

      Get the Pattern

      On Etsy, take 20% off this pattern until March 25, 2022 by using code “20MARCH“.

      I put a special secret promotion on Ravelry for this pattern: make sure you’re signed in to Ravelry and then add “Come A-Llama” to your cart to see! 😉 This secret offer ends 11:59 pm CST March 25, 2022.

      2022 March Cat or L for Love

      I know that typically “March-themed” things are green for St. Patrick’s Day but this series of cat squares is not going to follow a monthly theme.

      This square is just another cat. You can make it green if you want. Or you can pick any other color.

      I also really like the design that shows up on the wrong side of the interlocking version where the hearts meet (in an almost 4-clover type image).

      The wrong side looks cool too!

      But, this square does give a bit of a spoiler for the upcoming squares… there are right- and left-handed instructions for this pattern. 😯

      What!? Why would it matter which direction a cat is facing?

      Did you already hear about this in my YouTube live from February 12, 2022?

      This is actually an “L” and there will be 3 other squares that go in a mini-series to spell “Love”. They will not be released one after another though. And the “o” and the “v” don’t have left-handed instructions (because those letters are legible regardless of which direction they face).

      My interlocking crochet sample. Can you see the “L”?

      And, because of these letter-cat squares I will also be including left-handed instructions for the all-in-one blanket pattern which will be released in December when all the squares are out.

      That blanket pattern will be added to your eBooks but not available separately on its own, by the way.

      Please note, I have removed the interlocking mesh dots and extra border lines from the mosaic versions of these cat squares. All 12 mosaic cat squares will be the same size (77 x 77) and all 12 interlocking squares will be the same size (81 x 81; 40- window square). This deviates from most of my other squares of this size where the chart is 81 x 81 for both techniques.

      Thanks again to my wonderful testers (and cat)!

      My cats were very cooperative as I took pictures! I had to remake January because the yarn I originally used was just not what I wanted. All of my squares will be done using Premier Yarns Home Cotton. I will keep black as the main color and then use an assortment of striped yarns and solid yarns.

      My photoshoot of my remade January Cat square

      Get the Pattern

      Interlocking Crochet Details

      • Chart is 81 x 81
      • Finished measurements approximately 20” x 20” / 51cm x 51cm
      • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
      • Worsted weight yarn (460 – 485 yards total)
        • Main color (MC) – 230 yards plus 25 for optional border
        • Accent color (AC) – 230 yards
      • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”

      Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

      • Chart is 77 x 77
      • Finished measurements approximately 20” x 22” / 52cm x 56cm
      • 5 mm hook (H-8)
      • Worsted weight yarn (600-850 yards)
        • Main color (blue on chart) – 300 yards
        • Contrasting color (white on chart) – 300 yards
        • Optional Envelope Border – 250 yards
      • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4”

      2022: A Year of Cats (ongoing updates)
      eBook (Ravelry) (Etsy) (Direct Purchase)
      All-in-one Love Miniseries blanket (in eBook only)
      All-in-one Blanket (in eBook only)
      January (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      February (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      March (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      April (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      May (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      June (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      July (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      August (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      September (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      Bonus Scratch Cat FREE online (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      October (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      November (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      Bonus November Face (Ravelry) (Etsy)
      December (Ravelry) (Etsy)

      Flippers, our orange cat, supervising the “March Cat” square