2022 June Cat

June is such a lovely month, don’t you agree? Here in Saskatchewan, Canada 🇨🇦 we are finally getting warm weather (it literally snowed multiple times last month) and summer is on the horizon.

When I picked the colors for my cat square this month I was trying to use something that might appeal to others… because these colors don’t really appeal to me… at all. 😬

I have been using Premier Yarns Home Cotton in various shades for all of my squares and this month I chose to use Citrus. It has yellow and orange and lime green in it. I thought it would feel tropical and warm but it just looks like mud to me. What do you think?

I try to use a variety of colors because I know that what catches my eye might not be the same thing that catches your eye. My husband likes these colors but my favorites are pinks and purples and maybe a little peacock blue or teal if I am feeling adventurous.

You probably remember that there will be a total of 12 cat squares by the end of the year (one for each month) and you may remember that the squares for March, June, September, and December create a mini series.

Now that we have reached June I can show you March and June together. They are the “L” and “o” for “love”! (yup, I crocheted this square again in prettier colors)

March was the “L”, June is the “o”. We will have to wait until September and December for the rest.

You can purchase each square separately, but your best deal is grabbing the eBook. It gets updated each month with the new cat square (you just pay once) and it will also include a bonus all-in-one blanket pattern at the end of the yarn. The blanket pattern will have all 12 squares arranged in a 3 x 4 grid with January Cat at the top left and each month in order. You won’t need to join squares.

This is most handy for the overlay mosaic crochet technique because you don’t have to worry about dealing with the ends /tails/fringe between each cat square.

Overlay Mosaic Crochet sample by CarolinevdB

My cats have decided they don’t want to model for me anymore, but Maja Serec convinced her kitties to take a nap with her square.

And it’s always interesting to see what the wrong side looks like when you use the interlocking crochet technique. That’s actually one of my favorite things about this technique! (My other favorite thing is not having cut tails to deal with).

Cyncitycrochets used white as the MC, so you can see the cat is in white on the right side of the square and when you flip it over the colors get inversed. The details change a bit (like the straight border lines) because each stitch is opposite, but it does look almost as good as the front!

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)

Pattern Summary for May

I find it really strange that I have only published 3 patterns this month! In my first year of designing I averaged a new pattern every 2.5 days! It was an unsustainable pace, especially now that I have added the mosaic crochet option to all of my patterns.

However, it was not a slow month for me. I put a lot of focus on my YouTube channel (and have finally reached the level of being able to earn ad revenue on my channel)! I have been adding 130 different language subtitles to each video and have done about 30 of my 70 videos.


The first pattern I published this month was May Cat. If you had the eBook you got an update and didn’t have to purchase anything extra. The next cat square will be published on June 1.

Mosaic crochet version of “May Cat” crocheted by CarolinevdB

The next pattern I published was “Dream A Dream”. It is a center-out square and I created a full video walk-thru for both techniques. I started using my squares for a cardigan but haven’t finished yet.


In May I finished publishing a 4-part video series for the interlocking crochet version of “Sonic Screwdriver”. I haven’t decided which of my Doctor Who patterns to do next on YouTube.


I also put up a short tutorial showing how to add the sc border to an interlocking crochet project. And I created a support video for the interlocking crochet version of my newly updated repeatable “GoldieLux” pattern.

I turned my bulky-weight samples into a cardigan! It may be hot here today but it could snow again in 3 months so a cardigan is always a good project for me.


My third new pattern for this month was “Namaste Mandala”. It is such a peaceful design; I knew it would be well received. And, spoiler alert, the floral design in the corners will be it’s own pattern soon!

Beautiful sample crocheted by Just Duckie Crochet

I also did a live video tutorial using my newly updated Interlocking Crochet “Tutorial 10” pattern. This was the photo PDF I created 2 years ago, only I had some pretty embarrassing mistakes in it. It has now been updated and you can get your free PDF directly from my website and you can watch the first half of the square being crocheted on YouTube.


In summary, I was busy even though I only published 3 patterns this month. “Namaste Mandala” was my bestseller this month (no surprise there) and “Dream A Dream” did well too. Tied for third place, “Bubbles the Sea Turtle” and “Double Wedding Rings” were the surprising ones for me!

However, as I type this blog entry I have received a few more emails notifying me of purchases and they are all for “Double Wedding Rings”! Someone must have shared their work-in-progress on this WIP Wednesday, thank you for that!

I am nearly ready to get that pattern updated with the center-out instructions for each technique.


We also managed to plant a huge garden. So between watering the garden, normal household duties, and all my crochet projects, I didn’t notice how quickly May was speeding along! Thank you for everyone’s patience and I promise I will have more patterns soon!

2022 May Cat

Thank you for such a wonderful April! It was so much fun celebrating my 2nd Year Designaversary and remembering all the progress I’ve made. I was also able to give away a bunch of patterns and I will be doing a live giveaway for my Grand Prize on YouTube tomorrow (it’s almost midnight on the 30th of April for me as I post this)! (Expired)


Welcome to May!

There are four cats on this month’s square! No matter which way you turn it, someone is staring at you.

This square was based on a quilt block. I have a few quilting-inspired designs now: Bonnet Girl Blanket, Double Wedding Rings, and now this May Cat!

If you’ve purchased the eBook (2022: A Year of Cats) on Ravelry, Etsy, or by direct purchase from my website, then you should have received your update. Please check all your email folders and make sure you’re looking in the email account associated with the purchase. Let me know if you still can’t find it.

Wrong side of the interlocking square

Thank you to my bundle of testers! You all did a great job and it helps me more than you know to have the peace of mind that I have such a trustworthy team! I am using black yarn for the Main Color in all my squares but I love to give my testers free range on color choice and you can see in these photos below that both Maja Serec and cyncitycrochets have used grey/black as their second color instead. Which colors would you use?

I have been trying to get my kittens to pose with each square monthly. Sometimes they don’t really want to pose for my photos. I managed to get a little video with Flippers the orange cat walking across my square. His meow is the weirdest sound. We thought he’d grow out of it, but he’s about 6 months old now and still sounds weird. Maybe it’s normal and I just haven’t been around enough cats.

Thank you, Flippers, for making my cat square authentic

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) – 275 yards
    • Contrasting color (white on chart) – 325 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)

2022 January Cat; Interlocking and Overlay Mosaic Crochet Pattern

Happy New Year!

We made it to 2022. We don’t know what the future holds but many people are really focused on making this year better than last year. I have never done well with “new year’s resolutions”. If I want to do something, I do it now. If I don’t want to do it then there’s no point in writing it on a fancy paper to declare that in the new year I’ll do it.

My pretend new year’s resolution is to stay a bit more balanced than the last few year’s have been. Less extremes, less craziness. More “slow and steady” instead of “race, race, race!”.

My advice to myself and to all of you: everything works out in the end. If things haven’t worked out, then it’s not the end. Things are always changing, let it flow.

Now, back to the crochet, which is the real reason you’re here!

Last year I did a fun gnome square each month. This year I am going to do a cat square each month! We just got two new kitties when we moved at the end of November and they are good inspiration.

The orange one is “Flippers” (named by my ocean-obsessed four-year-old son) and the black on is “Tiger” (named by my six-year-old daughter; it was supposed to be orange as well but when we went to pick up the cats it turned out the other orange kitten had met its demise so we substituted for this black one).

I have created an eBook (even though it currently has ONLY January Cat) and if you know you’re going to want all 12 cats then this is the best deal for you. Each month I will add the new cat square and you will receive an email letting you know the eBook has been updated.

You can also purchase each square individually as they come out.

Please note, unlike the Gnomes there are differences in the charts for the interlocking version and the overlay mosaic version. This time I have decided to removed the interlocking mesh dots and extra border lines from the mosaic version of the square. 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).

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My current Year End Sale takes an automatic 30% off (valid on Etsy and Ravelry); sale ends 11:59 pm CST January 1, 2022.

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 (550-800 yards)
    • Main color (blue on chart) – 300 yards
    • Contrasting color (white on chart) – 250 yards
    • Optional Envelope Border – 250 yards
  • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4”
Mosaic sample crocheted by CarolinevdB

Update, March 2022: I redid my square to use the same yarn as my other squares (Premier Home Cotton). I picked black and orange because we have two cats: one black and one orange.

2022: A Year of Cats; new eBook of oversized crochet squares

Meow! We got two kittens a few months ago and they are pretty fun to have around. Everyone has been scratched at least once. My youngest, Melody, seems to be their favorite, but I don’t understand why they like it when she carries them all over the place.

In honor of our kitties I have decided that this year’s monthly square will be all about cats!

Last year I did A Year of Gnomes. Each month a new square was published and at the end of the year I also added an all-in-one blanket pattern of the all the squares (so you don’t have to join squares together).

This year will be very similar: a monthly square will be published individually and added to the eBook, and at the end of the year I will add the all-in-one blanket pattern to the eBook as well.

But there will also be some differences from last year’s gnomes!

I’ve decided to remove the unnecessary interlocking mesh dots from the overlay mosaic version of each square. I’ve also removed the extra border lines (they are needed to lock the interlocking mesh layers together but they don’t serve a purpose for the mosaic technique).

Interlocking crochet sample

This change makes the mosaic version a bit crowded with stitches, so I recommend a larger hook size and this of course makes the finished square slightly larger as well.

Mosaic Crochet sample, crocheted by CarolinevdB

If you use one technique it won’t matter that the other technique is different.

If you are using the mosaic crochet technique and want to join the squares together at the end then you’ll need to weave your tails in or make an envelope border. Or you can wait until December when I’ll add the all-in-one blanket pattern. Then you’d still need to deal with the tails on the outer edges of the blanket but it wouldn’t interfere with joining anything.

If you use the interlocking technique make sure you’re consistent with either doing or not doing the optional single crochet border. I happen to be quite fond of the “adjusted border” (see below) which helps lock the layers together while also making the edges look more finished.

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.

Revised SC border

By the end of the year, the eBook will contain one square for each month, plus 2 bonus squares, plus an all-in-one blanket pattern using the original 12 cat squares, plus an all-in-one blanket pattern for the Love Mini-Series (using March, June, September, and December).

The all-in-one patterns are written up so that you don’t have to join squares together.

Get the Pattern

My Year-End sale takes an automatic 30% off everything until 11:59 pm CST January 1, 2022.

Please note, the price will go up as the year progresses; will you take a chance on patterns you haven’t seen?

The eBooks will continually be updated throughout the year. All done updating! The PDFs are complete!

Ravelry makes updating easy: I simply upload the pattern and click the “update” button and it sends an email to everyone. You can access your files immediately or wait until months later and they will all be there.

Etsy doesn’t actually work well for this process. I have to manually email each buyer and last year we did have some problems with my messages going to spam. But I want to try making my patterns accessible to everyone so I’m making the option available again.

I’ve added a third option this year as well. If you purchase the eBook directly from me I will send you the monthly updates just like I do for the Etsy customers.

Each square will be published individually on Etsy and Ravelry as well. This list below will be updated throughout the year.

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)

December Gnome and All-in-One Blanket

I have absolutely loved creating a new gnome each month this year! December Gnome is our final gnome in the series. And I’ve created an all-in-one blanket pattern that includes all 12 gnomes as well.

This December Gnome square shows a classically bearded gnome with a Santa hat next to a giant string of lights. I use these lights in my pattern Tinsel Tangle as well.

Crocheted by CarolinevdB

The all-in-one blanket pattern is handy if you don’t want to be joining squares together but the squares are easier to use if you want to include a lot of colors. I’ve also removed the extra border lines from between each square in the blanket pattern. The all-in-one blanket is not available on its own. You can find it in the eBook (on Etsy or Ravelry) of all 12 gnome squares. The squares are in the eBook and listed individually.

All-in-one Blanket: A Year of Gnomes

The blanket and each of the 12 squares comes with written instructions and charts for both techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet. The mosaic charts have X’s.

All my gnomes have a chart size of 81 x 81 (which makes it 20″ square if you match my gauge). I also have other squares of this same size if you’d prefer to mix and match: ashleeslint.com/patterns#large

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

Thank you for supporting me all year! There will be another monthly series coming next year, keep your eyes peeled!

November Gnome

I am publishing this month’s gnome a few days early – I hope you don’t mind!

We just took possession of our new home (this will be our 3rd move in 14 months) and I am also involved in the “12 Days of Christmas Crochet Patterns” event so I wanted to make sure I am not late in releasing this gnome pattern. Early is better, in my opinion.

I don’t often have specific dates attached to my patterns. If life gets busy I can easily just delay publishing. No one ever knows how often that happens! But these Gnome squares have been coming out on the 1st of the month all year long and I wouldn’t want to disappoint anyone who has invested in the eBook!

First, I sent out the email to everyone who purchased the eBook on Etsy. Then I published the single pattern on Ravelry and uploaded the two files there (two files: one for the interlocking crochet technique and one for the overlay mosaic crochet method). After that I had to update the eBook listing on Ravelry.

Did you know that is two separate things on Ravelry? When I first started publishing patterns that caught me off guard. I thought you could create an eBook listing and tell Ravelry which patterns would be included and it would automatically join them but you actually have to upload everything you want in that eBook in the eBook listing itself.

When I went to add November Gnome to the Year of Gnomes eBook on Etsy I realized I hadn’t updated that listing since September! Oops! Good thing no one purchased it in the last few months anyway.

Then I realized I hadn’t published the single square on Etsy yet so I quickly did that.

Mosaic Crochet, by CarolinevdB

In case you’re new to this “A Year of Gnomes” series: there’s a new gnome each month. This month is a leafy design. You might see feathers if you’re thinking of Thanksgiving turkeys. This gnome has also put on his well-worn hat that’s been patched a few times. Why does a patch mean autumn weather to me? Is that in some nursery rhymes or something?

This pattern, like all the gnomes, has a chart size of 81 x 81 (so it is 20″ square if you match my gauge). I also have other squares of this same size if you’d prefer to mix and match: ashleeslint.com/patterns#large

On December 1st I will also be adding an all-in-one blanket pattern of all 12 gnomes to the eBooks on Ravelry and Etsy. The all-in-one pattern will save you from joining squares together but doesn’t allow as much creative freedom on yarn color. It won’t have a separate listing – it will only be available in the eBooks.

Speaking of the eBook – it is a great value; it is more than a 50% discount compared to buying each square individually (plus it’s the only way you’ll get that all-in-one blanket)! Ravelry has a great system for updating patterns; Etsy requires that I email you each month with the updated pattern. I offer both options for most of my patterns.

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

Thank you for supporting me!

October Gnome

What makes a gnome, a gnome?

When I first drew up this square my husband critiqued it gently saying the witchy hat made it just look like a witchy square. He didn’t see anything that really said “gnome”. I pointed out that the eyes were covered by the hat and the big nose was the only facial feature. There’s some wild hair that could be more beard-like but is a beard what defines a gnome? Maybe there’s too many “extras” in the image?

I got back to the drawing board and changed some things. Then I got my husband to look again. He said it was better… but still not quite “gnomey”. And he walked away. Because he can do that. It’s not HIS eBook that needs another square. It’s not HIS customers that are eagerly awaiting the next design. No pressure! Hahaha!

After editing it a bit more I asked for his helpful advice once again. He repeated his first piece of advice: the witch hat doesn’t look like a gnome hat.

So, I changed the hat and BAM we have a gnome! In case you were wondering, that’s how I define a gnome: hat, no eyes, only a nose, hair/beard.

Mosaic Crochet, by CarolinevdB

I sure hope all of these squares in this series are looking gnome-like to you all. There’s only a few more left – and I’m trying to come up with a December square that isn’t just Santa. Any suggestions?

I posted this teaser work-in-progress image on Instagram and in my Facebook group and asked people to guess the title of what I was making. It is, of course, this witchy October Gnome square. Two people have won a free pattern of their choice!

In case you’re new to this “A Year of Gnomes” series: there’s a new gnome each month on a chart size of 81 x 81. That means you start with 40 windows when you use the interlocking crochet technique (or, chain 83 foundation single crochet when you use the mosaic method). They finish to 20″ square when you meet my gauge but gauge isn’t critical as long as you make them all the same so that you can join them together. I also have other squares of this same size if you’d prefer to mix and match: ashleeslint.com/patterns#large

At the end of the year (which is getting really close!) I will also be adding an all-in-one blanket pattern of all 12 gnomes to the eBooks on Ravelry and Etsy. The all-in-one pattern will save you from joining squares together but doesn’t allow as much creative freedom.

Speaking of the eBook – it is a great value; it is more than a 50% discount compared to buying each square individually (plus it’s the only way you’ll get that all-in-one blanket)! Ravelry has a great system for updating patterns; Etsy requires that I email you each month with the updated pattern. I offer both options for most of my patterns.

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

Oh, and I know some people really like seeing the backs of these designs. When you use the overlay mosaic technique it just creates stripes but interlocking crochet creates something new. It isn’t exactly an inverse of the front design.

Thank you for all your support!

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.