Rocky Mountain Range Wall Hanging

I have lived on the prairies my whole life. We took a trip to Banff, AB in high school and it was such a beautiful sight!

Driving through the mountains makes me feel really claustrophobic. I like being able to see for miles in all directions. It feels better.

I prefer to look at the beauty of the mountains from a distance.

And now I can look at them on my wall every day!

“Rocky Mountain Range” Overlay Mosaic Crochet Wall Hanging

The Rocky Mountains are the largest mountain system in North America. You can access them from Canada or the USA. There is no one iconic peak for this system because it is so large, but usually my favorite photos include a blue-green lake or river at the bottom of the mountain with lush greenery and white snow on the rocky mountains.

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I designed this piece as a wall hanging. I suggest a fingering weight yarn because it keeps the piece from being too large or heavy for the wall. I have seen people hang up full-size blankets made from worsted weight cotton though, so this suggestion is not really required. It just depends on what you want to do with the finished piece.

One of my testers suggested it might look good as a bed runner (but you’d have to use at least a worsted weight yarn to get the size for a bed).

When I went to the store to buy my wooden dowel they were sold out of the shorter length, so I bought a super long dowel and my husband cut it in half when we got home. I am very thankful for his handy skills! He also made it black for me.

I love the way the dowels stick out way past the project. It makes them part of the statement. In the pattern I’ve listed a dowel that would only give you an inch of extra space on each side of the crocheted rectangle, but of course you are free to use any size you’d like!

Since this is quite a wide piece make sure your dowel is thick enough to have the strength needed to hold your piece up.

I don’t think I am abnormal in dreading the finishing touches – I whined on Instagram that my pocket for the dowels was taking too long and much too difficult. But, I really love the finished look and in the end I think it was worth it.

Thank you to my testers: Cindy Daling, CynCityCrochet, Deb Albers, & Kami!

Since this piece is designed to be hung on the wall, the wrong side is not overly important, but I know you like seeing it. It’s good to know what to expect!

When you use the interlocking crochet technique (shown above) you will get an image on the wrong side that is almost an inverse of the right side. The straight vertical lines on the sides turn into short horizontal dashes, and you’ll notice the smooth mountain gets prickly where the white meets the black.

When you use the overlay mosaic technique (shown below) you will have stripes on the back. You also get a sort of hazy view of what the front will look like. I have not locked in my stitches (but you can see my tutorial on that here) and I haven’t done anything other than the basic mosaic crochet stitches (single crochets in the back loop only, and double crochets in the front loop only dropped two rows below).

Wrong side of my overlay mosaic sample. My attempt at blocking without pinning it to a board.

If you’re new to these techniques please check out my tutorials! I have PDFs with photos and also videos on YouTube!

Get the Pattern

I like having a sale on my newest publications for the first few days after release. This time I’ve also added a code that can be applied to everything in my stores!

On Ravelry and Etsy, you will get an automatic 30% discount on this pattern until July 15, 2022.

If you spend a minimum of $40 CAD and use code “MNT40” you can take 40% off your entire cart! Offer ends 11:59 pm CST July 15, 2022.

Interlocking Crochet Details

  • Chart is 201 x 97
  • Finished measurements approximately 31” x 15” / 79cm x 38cm
  • 3.5 mm hook (E/4)
  • Wooden Dowel: 1/2” diameter, 33” length
  • Finishing needle
  • Fingering weight yarn (1500+ yards total)
    • Main color (MC) – 750 yards
    • Accent color (AC) – 750 yards
    • Optional Single Crochet Border – 100 yards
    • Fringe – optional
  • Gauge: 13 (dc, ch) x 26 rows in one color = 4” square

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

  • Chart is 197 x 93
  • Finished measurements approximately 36” x 15” / 91cm x 48cm”
  • (E/4)
  • Wooden Dowel: 1/2” diameter, 38” length
  • Finishing needle
  • Fingering weight yarn (1725 – 2225 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) (black) – 850 yards
    • Accent color (AC) (blue) – 875 yards
    • Optional Envelope Border – 500 yards
  • Gauge: 25 sc x 22 rows = 4”
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Sunflower Garden Updated with more Charts

I published a new eBook just yesterday and now I have just updated it! My new Sunflower Garden eBook and the individual squares now include charts for those left-facing leaves. I had mistakenly assumed that chart-readers were masters in everything and didn’t need the mirrored charts to get those left-facing leaves! Silly me. I know left-handed crocheters will start at the bottom left instead of the bottom right but I guess that’s not so easy for right-handed crocheters.

Thank you for bringing it to my attention!

Whether you use the interlocking method or the overlay mosaic method you now have charts that show the leaves facing right and then charts that show them facing left for both the “Sunflower AND Leaves” square and the “Sunflower Leaves” square. And of course, the eBook has been updated as well.

I personally cannot follow the chart while crocheting. The mosaic charts are easier to follow, but whether they have X’s or not I just find there’s too much stimuli and I lose my place too easily. The interlocking charts require a lot of my brain power to figure out (am I allowed to admit that?)

I can draw the charts and I can write the instructions from the charts, and then I can follow those written instructions while crocheting. But I really don’t like skipping that middle part (the writing of the line-by-line instructions). I mean, if I HAD to only follow the chart I could probably do it, but I’m much quicker at just reading the written instructions.

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Winter 2021 Crochet-A-Long Foundation Rows

The countdown is definitely on to get this Crochet-A-Long (CAL) STARTED! 🥳

UPDATE: CAL is now over but you can always create this project and share your progress with us at any time! #Winter2021CAL

Updated to add my finished sample

I know there are also CALs from other designers going on at the same time. It is simply impossible to schedule things one at a time. I do hope to see at least a few progress photos from you guys the next few weeks even though I know some of you will be working on other projects.

If you’re eager to get started, like me, then why not get those foundation rows figured out? The actual pattern will go live on Ravelry and Etsy tomorrow night and then the FREE version will begin online here as well (part 1 will contain introductory info and the first few rows).

First decide which technique you’re using (interlocking or overlay mosaic crochet). Then grab your yarn and a hook (and likely a stitch marker or scissors as well).

I am going to use this thin cone yarn from my stash.

I am going to use grey as my Main Color because I want the “snowflake” parts to be grey with the background this bright blue color.

Both techniques are written up to be repeated six times to get the blanket width. I am going to make a table runner during the CAL so I am not repeating it.

If you are using the interlocking crochet technique this is the chart that will help you decide how many windows to put in your foundation row:

Chart for determining the width of your Interlocking Crochet project

My finished project won’t be 10″ wide because I am not using worsted weight yarn. You can always make a gauge swatch if you’re concerned about size and yardage.

If you prefer the overlay mosaic technique then your foundation rows are a bit simpler than the interlocking method. The finished sizes should be the same (that is, if you match gauge the smallest width is 10″ and each additional repeat adds 8.5″ to your project).

This is how I have written the foundation instructions for the overlay mosaic version:

Foundation instructions for the mosaic technique

My apologies – an error was found in the foundation row math! It *should* say: repeats of 34 +3 (or chain 34 +4) which means a total of 207 stitches is needed for a full blanket.

Updated December 21, 2021

I hope this helps you get a head start! Give us a shout in the Facebook group if you need help or want to show off your progress!

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:

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!

Big Weekend Sale

At the beginning of this week I went into hyper drive and was packing up a storm! We had been slowly packing all month but this is our last week in this house so I am feeling the looming deadline now! After a few hours of frantic packing my husband clued me in to the fact that it was actually Sunday, not Monday yet. Oops!

Then, the next few days passed in the blink of an eye and suddenly it is Wednesday already! How does time do that?

This weekend is the big move for us and it’s getting expensive plus I know a lot of people are looking for those huge Black Friday deals so I have decided to oblige. Win-win for everyone, right?

No code needed – everything in my Etsy shop and Ravelry store is 40% off until November 29, 2021.

Flash Sale on Top 10 Patterns

I sometimes lose sight of the big picture. It helps me to look back on the last 6 months and see how I’ve grown! So this post is for me. But it is also for you: I’m going to put my bestsellers on sale for 24 hours only!

I like to see how my art style has changed and developed since I started drawing patterns. I know you guys are buying crochet patterns, but I am really creating art. The crochet part is secondary.

Creating art has been scary at times. Showing something I have drawn opens up the risk that people will hate it. That hasn’t really happened, but I get scared every time I publish a new pattern. There is a quote that I read somewhere… but of course I can’t find the actual quote now and I don’t know who to credit with saying it. But my horrible memory summarizes it like this:

Artists don’t like their own art because it looks like they drew it. This is in fact the best quality of their work!

unknown, paraphrased

I definitely have felt this. My art looks like something I drew – which is technically a good thing – but it makes me highly critical of it.

And sometimes what I imagine in my head doesn’t get conveyed to the final piece. That can sometimes be good and other times not-so-good. Sometimes it surprises me when certain patterns sell better than others. Do you have a favorite? I think my Monstera Leaf blanket was my favorite make in the last few months.

Some of these patterns are older than others, obviously, but these were my top 10 sellers on Ravelry in the last 6 months:

  • MusicCAL – This one surprises me, because it was available free online! Thank you for making this my number 1 seller since March 2021!
  • Brotzell Tiger King – I am not so surprised at this one. It took me a long time to draw this one and I am pleased that you all found my effort worth it.
  • Summer Direction CAL – This one has a free version as well! I think you guys like working on the same project together.
  • A Year of Gnomes eBook – Every month a new gnome reminds everyone about this eBook, so I am not surprised to see it on this list!
  • Baby Ocean and Others eBook – This eBook has 6 patterns and it is a great value so having this on the top 10 list makes sense to me! Plus I think these designs are kind of awesome.
  • Blooming Owl Wall Hanging – This is my husband’s favorite, and it is a close 2nd for me.
  • Monstera Leaf – Like I said above, this was my favorite crochet project this year. I made it with my best friend in mind but I almost kept it instead!
  • Into the Ocean – This one is definitely on my top 5 all-time-favorites list!
  • 2020 Mother’s Day CAL eBook – Seeing this one on the list does surprise me – it is over a year old!
  • Chained Ponds – This one was my 200th pattern on Ravelry. And I believe it is on the top 10 list because of the challenge I gave you all to complete it within 6 weeks and receive a pillow square for free!

Were you surprised like me? Did your favorite pattern make it on the list?

Just for fun, I’m putting all 10 of these on sale for 24 HOURS ONLY! Use code “21TOPTEN” on Ravelry to get 20% off any of my top ten patterns! (Offer expires at 3:30 pm CST, November 13, 2021. Not valid on Etsy)

Thank you to my many testers: Altona Newcombe, CarolinevdB, Christine Schneider, CynCityCrochets, Dana Bouch, Eileen, and Erie Krol/Zus.

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:

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 Mystery Pattern Reveal

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t done the mystery pattern yet, it is no longer a mystery!

You can download the pattern directly from me here!

I hope you all enjoyed this little project! A few people said they had no idea what it was until they were done!

Mine is gold and black because I had these colors laying around. I hope you are pleased with the colors you chose. It is small, so you could always try again with different colors now that you know what it is. This yarn is worsted weight and my sample if 6.5″ x 5″.

I was thinking of making my foundation row as long as a scarf and then repeating the cat a few times for a cute little scarf. I would do ten repeats wide. But I haven’t had time to do that yet. A potholder or coaster is a good idea if you don’t want to join it to anything. You can always add an envelope border later (that’s my plan – later! lol).

I will make a draw from the facebook thread in about 14 hours and the winner will get a pattern of their choice!

The consolation prize for everyone else (besides this cute little cat pattern) is this coupon code: “OCTOBER2021“. Use this code to get $5 off your purchase of $10 or more (valid on Etsy and Ravelry) until October 31, 2021.

Yarn and Crochet Projects

One thing I’ve learned over the past year or so of designing is that designers have names. I seriously hadn’t really thought about the person behind the pattern before. I was not the type to buy a pattern because there’s so many free patterns out there, why bother?

I also didn’t buy yarn.

I have bought so much yarn in the past year and a half! It’s a almost embarrassing 😅 but I have learned a lot about yarn weight and material and yardage. And I have decided I do have yarn preferences!

Last night I made my first order from Lion Brand Yarn online. They gave me a bunch of points and a code to share. I don’t know how many loyalty programs I am part of now. This code is supposed to get you $5 off, and I think it gives me a coupon as well. If I had known there were codes I might have asked for someone to give me their code before I ordered.

When my grandma taught me to crochet around age 8, we went to Walmart and she let me pick out a pretty skein of yarn and the appropriate hook. In the next 20+ years I would buy approximately 4 skeins of yarn. That’s it.

I was given scrap yarn from my grandma and her friends. My mom told people she knew that I liked to craft with yarn so they would give me their scraps too. I had quite a stash by the time I met my husband.

A bag I made in high school. No pattern. Pockets on outside and inside. Button closure. All double crochet.

He also knows how to crochet (learned at a young age) so he also had a few bags of yarn when we met. Our yarn stashes mixed together but since we were both in university we didn’t really find time to use the stash. There was no point in buying new yarn.

People still kept giving us yarn – scrap balls, tightly rolled or random skeins of “new” yarn that had been out of production for many years. At one of the houses we rented, the previous tenants bailed on a few months rent and left all their stuff; 2 or 3 giant bags of yarn was added to our growing collection.

I made a pair of mittens one year. My husband crocheted me a bookmark when we were dating. The craft was always there in the background but never really a focus for us.

Then, after a few babies, I picked up my crochet hook again. I needed something to help me focus on more than motherhood. Maybe you don’t understand that concept. That’s ok. I love my children; I was drowning in motherhood.

I challenged myself to learn some new stitches. I learned how to read written patterns. I learned how to use those charts made up of weird symbols. I learned how to properly weave in my ends. I learned how to change colors. I made my first sweater. And then freehanded another. I learned from YouTube and a few magazines. It was a lot of self-determination that I could meet a challenge and succeed and grow.

I learned c2c (corner to corner) and made this blanket for my daughter. I used a random picture/chart I found online. I mostly planned on using up some of the yarn I already had but I did not have any colors suitable for daddy pig. I think this project opened the floodgates for me to start buying yarn.

Mug for size reference

After I finished a blanket for my firsborn I needed to make one for my son. I liked the c2c but wanted to learn another technique, so this one is a single crochet graphgan. When I began this project I was pregnant with my 3rd and I really thought I could get it done before she came. I was wrong.

This patient boy had to wait nearly a year for this blanket to be his! He was pretty excited to see it finished but, just like the Peppa Pig blanket, neither child actually wants to use the blanket I made them.

Also, copyright laws didn’t even occur to me. I have learned a lot about that topic but I still feel unsure and confused about the details and nuances. “Personal use” might apply, I am not sure.

I have not created a blanket specifically for my 3rd child yet. She is 2 already and I have crocheted more in the last year and a half than the last 10 years combined!

Seriously, these photos below are things I have personally made in the last 18 months. They are not in chronological order. Some are things I made with my cool new knitting machine. And although most of my projecs have been of my own patterns there are a few pieces I made from someone else’s pattern. I am kind of astounded seeing it all together like this. No wonder I’ve started buying yarn!

If I hadn’t started designing patterns I think I still would have crocheted a few things but probably not THIS many things! And I can even think of a few things that didn’t make it into these pictures (like Remi’s Buzz Lightyear Sweater and a scarf that will be released soon but I can’t show you quite yet.

You can find a list of my patterns here on my website or you can purchase from Ravelry or Etsy. I appreciate every single purchase and I am in awe that I have repeat customers!

Anyway, what’s the point of all this? Basically I wanted to compile a photo collage for myself and then decided it might be something you are all interested in seeing too. Apparently it is good marketing to show you all that I am a real person. 🤷‍♀️🤣 I promise, I am real.

And that code from Lion Brand made me debate on whether I should share it or not. I decided I needed a long blog entry if I was going to share a code that might get me a discount on yarn. So here it is, my long entry to prove I love yarn and always need more! Hahaha and also I give you permission to buy more too! 😉

Evelyn’s Repeat

In January 2021 I published Evelyn’s Bundle on Ravelry and Etsy. This eBook included an oversized afghan square, Evelyn’s Motif 40, and two blankets: Evelyn’s Favorite Guitar, and Evelyn’s Expression. The blankets are both on the smaller side: 44″ x 52″ (chart size 177 x 207) and the square is the same size as all my 40-window squares (chart size 81 x 81). The three patterns are available individually or discounted together in an eBook.

So, why am I posting about this today? It’s old news!

Well, here’s the thing: Evelyn’s Expression looks like a repeating pattern – only I didn’t section out the repeats when I published it. I’ve had a request asking about the repeated section so that it can be made larger and I said, “sure, it will be easy to grab the repeat from there for you!”

This simple task of pulling the repeatable section from the blanket turned out to be more complicated than I anticipated.

If you look very, very closely at the original blanket you will see that there are actually a few details that make it NOT a repeatable design.

I pulled a section from the middle of Evelyn’s Expression that you can repeat as many times as you need to get get whatever size you want. I am calling it Evelyn’s Repeat. This image below is a few repeats wide and tall, to give you an idea of what it will look like.

First, I didn’t remember that when I drew the original blanket pattern it is actually mirrored left-to-right and not just a repeat of dark diamonds and light diamonds. The lighter motifs in the corners are slightly different than the other light motifs. And the light motifs on the sides are again different compared to the one in the middle. If you expanded this design you would see that the spacing between the motifs starts to crowd in on itself. It’s fine for the blanket as written, but to pull out the repeat is actually impossible.

So, I made some small changes. This new pattern, Evelyn’s Repeat, definitely belongs in the eBook Evelyn’s Bundle but I also considered not creating a new listing for it and just adding it to the current listing for Evelyn’s Expression. Ultimately, I decided that since the size of this chart is different and that means the yardage required is different and the layout is actually different as well then it really deserves its own listing.

The mosaic pattern was easier to create than the interlocking. This is because when you use the interlocking method you turn your work and that means you can’t just start back the the beginning of the written instructions because now you’re looking at the other side and each line is not only being read from right-to-left but each stitch is also the opposite direction (front instead of back, etc.). Plus, the border lines that lock the layers together are a little harder to find in the written instructions.

Therefore, the charts for the interlocking version and the mosaic version are almost identical but the written instructions for the interlocking method are double the length of the mosaic instructions. Your finished pieces will look the same though – so either pick your favorite technique or learn a new one!

If you already purchased the eBook, Evelyn’s Bundle, on Ravelry then you now have the new repeatable pattern as well. If you purchased the eBook on Etsy you can email me and let me know if you want the new file emailed to you or I can gift it to you on Ravelry.

To celebrate this new addition I have setup a sale! All patterns in the Evelyn series are 25% off until 11:59 pm, CST October 11, 2021. Valid on Ravelry and Etsy. No code needed.

I hope you will find my effort worth it! I think this will make some beautiful crocheted artwork (whether that be a blanket or a wall hanging or a pillow or something else!). Thanks for all the love and support!