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

      2022 Mosaic Christmas CAL, Part 5: Sleigh

      This pattern has been designed specifically for the 2022 Mosaic Christmas CAL (Crochet-A-Long) hosted by Mosaic Crochet MALs, CALs & more group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/mosaiccrochet

      Each pattern in this CAL is free and includes a written pattern, a chart, and a YouTube walk-thru. Use the hashtag #MosaicChristmasCAL

      Part 5, by Ashlee Brotzell Designs: Sleigh

      You can view the full pattern here on my website (chart is viewable as a jpg here), or grab a nice FREE PDF of the written pattern and chart on Ravelry. I’ve made a full walk-thru available on YouTube as well.

      The list of designers and schedule of release:

      October 29. Part 1 and Separation section. Designer BebaBlanket https://www.ravelry.com/stores/bebablanket-designs

      November 2. Part 2. Designer Carol Scott https://www.ravelry.com/designers/carol-a-scott

      November 5. Part 3. Designer Svetlana Rogathyk https://www.ravelry.com/designers/svetlana-rogatykh

      November 9. Part 4. Designer Iti Hamberg Brons https://www.ravelry.com/designers/iti-hamberg-brons

      November 12. Part 5. Designer Ashlee Brotzell https://www.ravelry.com/designers/ashlee-brotzell

      November 16. Part 6. Designer Robyn B Kaleta https://www.ravelry.com/designers/robyn-b-kaleta

      November 19. Part 7. Designer Maud Akkermans https://www.ravelry.com/designers/maud-akkermans

      November 23. Part 8. Designer Carol Scott https://www.ravelry.com/designers/carol-a-scott

      November 26. Part 9. Designer Svetlana Rogathyk https://www.ravelry.com/designers/svetlana-rogatykh

      November 30. Part 10. Designer BebaBlanket https://www.ravelry.com/stores/bebablanket-designs

      December 3. Part 11/ Border. Designer Maud Akkermans https://www.ravelry.com/designers/maud-akkermans

      The Sleigh

      Most of my patterns come with written instructions and charts for two techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet. This pattern was designed specifically for this group Crochet-A-Long and it is MOSAIC ONLY.

      Follow along with a full YouTube walk-thru of this pattern:

      Your yarn weight and hook size can easily be adjusted; just make sure your hook is an appropriate size for your yarn.

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

      Important Details

      • US crochet terminology
      • Chart is 48 x 30
      • Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
      • 5 mm hook (H-8)
      • Worsted weight yarn (100 yards per repeat)
        • Color A (the sleigh) – 50 yards
        • Color B (the background) – 50 yards

      Key (US terminology)

      Color A: the design color, the sleigh; blue in chart

      Color B: the background 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

      A Single Crochet in the body of the pattern goes in 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 and repeat from *

      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

      The dropped double crochet uses the front loop, 2 rows below. Skip the single crochet behind this stitch.

      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

      Mosaic Technique

      Please see the YouTube video for more details. I use a single-row mosaic technique. Each square on the chart corresponds to one stitch. There is an additional stitch (not visible on the chart) on each side of the chart for joining and ending, as well as a balancing stitch. You start at the bottom-right corner of the chart.

      • 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 (opposite for left-handed crocheters)
      • You tie on a new yarn at the beginning of each row and cut it at the end
        • Tails don’t need to be longer than an inch and a half (unless you want to fringe, like on scarf)
      • 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)
      • I prefer using a foundation SC 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 Color B; odd-numbered rows use Color A

      This pattern is designed in conjunction with other 2022 Christmas CAL sections,

      so it is very likely that you will be joining to another project.

      If this is a new project, you will need to crochet the foundation row (row 0). This row is shown on the chart in grey (but you would use the same color as the rows shown in white).

      If you are joining to a previous section in this CAL, you will skip row 0 and start at row 1.

      Optional Foundation Row (Row 0): use Color B (shown as grey on the chart)

      Use a foundation SC technique to create repeats of 48 + 3 SC. Or chain repeats of 48 + 4, SC in 2nd from hook and SC all the way back across. Cut and tie off.

      For 2 repeats wide you’ll need 99 fsc (or chain 100, turn and do 99 sc back).

      For 3 repeats you’ll need 147 fsc. For 4 repeats you’ll need 195 fsc. For 5 repeats you’ll need 243 fsc. And so on.

      Switch to Color A and continue to row 1.

      If you’re adding onto a previously worked project, start at row 1.

      {Even-numbered rows use Color B; odd-numbered rows use Color A}

      Color A = the sleigh, Color B = the background

      JS, ES, and balancing stitch after the asterisk (*) is not shown on the chart.

      Repeat between the asterisks.

      1 – JS, *sc48*, sc1, ES

      2 – JS, *dc48*, dc1, ES

      3 – JS, *sc48*, sc1, ES

      4 – JS, *dc5, sc40, dc3*, dc1, ES

      5 – JS, *sc5, dc1, sc8, dc1, sc22, dc1, sc10*, sc1, ES

      6 – JS, *dc4, sc2, dc8, sc1, dc22, sc1, dc10*, dc1, ES

      7 – JS, *sc4, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc22, dc1, sc10*, sc1, ES

      8 – JS, *dc4, sc1, dc1, sc1, dc2, sc34, dc5*, dc1, ES

      9 – JS, *sc4, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc2, dc1, sc1, dc8, sc1, dc7, sc1, dc5, sc1, dc6, sc1, dc1, sc6*, sc1, ES

      10 – JS, *dc4, sc3, dc1, sc19, dc1, sc14, dc6*, dc1, ES

      11 – JS, *sc8, dc7, sc1, dc5, sc1, dc3, sc5, dc2, sc1, dc3, sc1, dc5, sc6*, sc1, ES

      12 – JS, *dc7, sc20, dc1, sc4, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc5, dc6*, dc1, ES

      13 – JS, *sc7, dc3, sc1, dc2, (sc1, dc4) x2, sc1, dc3, sc1, dc2, sc3, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc3, sc6*, sc1, ES

      14 – JS, *dc6, sc4, dc1, sc23, dc1, sc7, dc6*, dc1, ES

      15 – JS, *sc6, dc2, sc5, dc3, sc2, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc1, dc3, sc1, dc2, sc5, dc5, sc6*, sc1, ES

      16 – JS, *dc6, sc4, dc1, sc5, dc2, sc1, dc5, sc1, dc1, sc8, dc1, sc7, dc6*, dc1, ES

      17 – JS, *sc6, dc4, sc1, dc4, sc3, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc2, dc3, sc3, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc3, sc6*, sc1, ES

      18 – JS, *dc6, sc9, dc3, sc1, dc5, sc1, dc2, sc5, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc5, dc6*, dc1, ES

      19 – JS, *sc7, dc6, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc3, dc4, sc1, dc3, (sc1, dc2) x2, sc6*, sc1, ES

      20 – JS, *dc3, sc3, dc1, sc6, dc1, sc1, dc3, sc7, dc3, sc14, dc6*, dc1, ES

      21 – JS, *sc3, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc2, dc1, sc1, dc2, sc2, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc7, dc1, sc1, dc12, sc6*, sc1, ES

      22 – JS, *dc3, sc1, dc1, sc1, dc2, sc4, dc2, sc7, dc7, sc1, dc1, sc12, dc6*, dc1, ES

      23 – JS, *sc3, dc1, sc4, dc3, sc4, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc8, dc1, sc2, (dc3, sc1) x2, dc3, sc6*, sc1, ES

      24 – JS, *dc3, sc3, dc1, sc4, dc4, sc1, dc3, sc1, dc8, sc1, dc2, sc7, dc1, sc3, dc6*, dc1, ES

      25 – JS, *sc4, dc2, sc1, dc3, sc5, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc8, dc1, sc3, dc4, sc5, dc1, sc6*, sc1, ES

      26 – JS, *dc4, sc6, dc5, sc1, dc3, sc10, dc3, sc6, dc1, sc3, dc6*, dc1, ES

      27 – JS, *sc5, dc4, sc6, dc1, sc5, dc1, sc11, dc5, sc1, dc2, sc7*, sc1, ES

      28 – JS, *dc5, sc4, dc6, sc7, dc11, sc8, dc7*, dc1, ES

      29 – JS, *sc34, dc2, sc1, dc3, sc8*, sc1, ES

      30 – JS, *dc34, sc6, dc8*, dc1, ES

      Trim the fringe, if needed.

      Continue with the next section in this CAL.

      #MosaicChristmasCAL


      X-Marked Chart Instructions

      How to Use the Chart

      • Start at the bottom right corner & read each row from right to left (opposite if you’re left-handed)
      • Join new yarn at the beginning of each row and cut your yarn at the end of every row
      • Each square represents one stitch, the chart is 48 stitches wide and should be repeated to get your desired width
        • NOT shown on the chart: Joining Stitch (JS), balancing stitch, and End Stitch (ES). The balancing stitch should be done before doing your ES, just repeat column 1.
      • All even-numbered rows – starting with the foundation row 0 – use Color B (background color)
        • This is white on the chart
        • The first row (row 0) is grey because it is optional; if you are joining this to something already made you skip row 0 and begin at row 1
        • The first row (row 0) can be made using foundation single crochet or by chaining one more than required (for turning space) and single crochet back
      • Odd-numbered rows use Color A (the design)
        • This is blue on the chart
      • Regardless of the square’s color, you work a single crochet in the Back Loop Only unless you see an “X”; an “X” tells you to create a dropped double crochet

      Every pattern in this CAL is FREE! You can view “Sleigh” here on my website or you can download the full PDF on Ravelry.

      There is no Etsy option because Etsy doesn’t do free listings.

      You can also watch the full walk-thru tutorial on YouTube.

      Important Details

      • US crochet terminology
      • Chart is 48 x 30
      • Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
      • 5 mm hook (H-8)
      • Worsted weight yarn (100 yards per repeat)
        • Color A (the sleigh) – 50 yards
        • Color B (the background) – 50 yards

        ©️ 2022 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

        FREE Winter Trees Hooded Cowl CAL; Part 3

        You’re nearly done! Just a few more hours of crocheting left. This week we will add the cowl neck to the hood. Technically, you could crochet this false-ribbed cowl section without the hood. It’s quite basic.

        If you’re just hearing about this project, you’ll want to return to the Introduction page, or maybe Part 1. The schedule and links to each section are just below.


        Follow this pattern for FREE here on my website!

        I will have both the interlocking crochet pattern AND the overlay mosaic crochet pattern for this square here online. Charts are not included, only the written portion. Charts are available in the purchased pattern.

        For the duration of the CAL, you’ll get an automatic 40% discount. on the purchase of “Winter Trees Hooded Cowl“. Regular price applies on November 10, 2022.

        Or, you can forever view both the interlocking pattern and the mosaic pattern here on my website!


        Interlocking Crochet Pattern

        To refresh yourself on the KEY, click here.

        For yardage and other important details, click here.

        In part 1 we did the foundation rows up to row 29. Part 2 was rows 30 – 58. Now that we have a hood we will create the cowl neck.

        The Cowl

        I chose to use my dark color for the cowl neck, but you can use the lighter color or a completely different color!

        First, turn your hat upside down. We will join our yarn at any point around the neck of the hood EXCEPT where the sides meet at your chin.

        Attaching to Hood

        Create one round of double crochet stitches, join with a slip stitch.

        You need to have an even number of DC stitches in this first round. If you need to adjust, make the cowl one stitch smaller than the hood.

        Lengthening the Cowl

        For the rest of the rounds, do *2 FPDC, 2 BPDC* all the way around. Join with a slip stitch at the end of each round. Front post stitches will have front post stitches attached to them. You are creating long ridges.

        I did 14 rounds, but you can make the cowl any length.

        Weave in any ends and you’re done! 

        I prefer to wear mine with the cowl part up inside the hood, covering my chin and mouth, but you can also keep it down around your neck if that’s where you need the warmth.

        #interlockingcrochet #WinterTreesHoodedCowl @AshleesLint

        Congratulations! You’re done! Be sure to show off your project in my Facebook group: Ashlee Brotzell Designs, or tag me on Instagram!

        Click here to jump to list of CAL sections


        Overlay Mosaic Crochet Pattern

        The x-marked chart can be found in the paid PDF only. Charts are not included in the free version online.

        To refresh yourself on the KEY, click here.

        View important details like yardage and finished size by clicking here.

        In part 1 we did the foundation rows up to row 29. In part 2 we finished the hood with rows 30 – 52. Now we will add the cowl neck.

        The Cowl

        I chose to use my dark color for the cowl, but you can use the lighter color or a completely different color!

        First, turn your hat upside down. We will join our yarn at any point around the neck of the hood EXCEPT where the envelope border meets at your chin.

        I have created a video for this step:

        Attaching to Hood

        Create one round of double crochet stitches, join with a slip stitch. You may find it difficult to determine which stitches to join to when you reach the envelope border brim that goes around your face.  If you did single crochet stitches for the envelope you will do one DC per round. If you did a double crochet envelope border, do two DCs per round.

        I had 7 rounds of SC on my envelope border, so I did 7 DC across the envelope for the beginning of my cowl. I joined the two sides of the envelope border with one DC and then did 7 more DC on the envelope border at the other side of the face opening.

        You need to have an even number of DC stitches in this first round. If you need to adjust, make the cowl one stitch smaller than the hood.

        Lengthening the Cowl

        For the rest of the rounds, do *2 FPDC, 2 BPDC* all the way around. Join with a slip stitch at the end of each round. Front post stitches will have front post stitches attached to them. You are creating long ridges.

        I did 15 rounds, but you can make the cowl any length.

        Weave in any ends and you’re done! 

        I prefer to wear mine with the cowl part up inside the hood, covering my chin and mouth, but you can also keep it down around your neck if that’s where you need the warmth.

        #mosaiccrochet #WinterTreesHoodedCowl @AshleesLint

        Congratulations! You’re done! Be sure to show off your project in my Facebook group: Ashlee Brotzell Designs, or tag me on Instagram!

        Click here to jump to list of CAL sections

        Get the Pattern

        For the duration of the CAL, you’ll get an automatic 40% discount on the purchase of “Winter Trees Hooded Cowl”. Regular price applies on Nov 10, 2022.


        For Interlocking Crochet

        • Chart is 57 x 59 (repeat it twice)
        • Folded hood is about 17” / 44cm tall by 14” / 36cm deep, plus a 5” / 13cm cowl
        • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”
        • 5 mm hook (H-8)
        • Worsted weight yarn (700-740 yards total)
          • Hood Main color (MC) (black on chart, white in sample above, the trees) – 250 yards plus 40 for optional border
          • Hood Accent color (AC) (teal in sample, the sky) – 250 yards
          • Cowl (teal in sample) – 200 yards

          For Mosaic Crochet

          • Chart for hood is 50 x 53 (repeat it twice)
          • Folded hood, including envelope border brim is about 12” / 30cm square, plus a 5” / 13cm cowl
          • Gauge: 16 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
          • 5 mm hook (H-8)
          • Worsted weight yarn (655 yards total)
            • Hood Main Color (White) – 250 yards
            • Hood Contrasting Color (Green) – 180 yards
            • Hood Envelope Border (white) – 75 yards
            • Cowl (Green) – 150 yards

          November Cat Face: Another Bonus Square

          This cute little kitty cat is more my style (compared to the square I just published a few days ago: November Cat).

          You can use this square to replace one of the original cat squares in the 2022: A Year of Cats series. Or you can use it with “November Cat” to create a pillow or a bag that shows off both sides of the cat.

          Photo above shows one side of my bag and a single square. The bag was done using the overlay mosaic crochet technique and I worked both sides at the same time in a tube format so there are no cut ends to worry about.

          See my tutorial on crocheting a tube using the overlay mosaic technique:

          I used 100% cotton fingering weight yarn and a 3 mm hook to create my bag. It is a good size, not too stretchy, and not too heavy.

          I crocheted my interlocking sample of “November Cat Face” using bulky weight yarn and a 6.5 mm hook. I created a little video on Instagram showing the size differences:

          I debated on whether or not to add this pattern to the eBook. I don’t want people to feel overwhelmed or confused with these extra squares. You were expecting only 12 cat squares.

          But I also don’t want people to feel like I’m trying to squeeze every last dollar out of you. And this cat belongs with my other cat squares even if he isn’t part of my official blanket design.

          In December the eBook will have one file with all 12 official cat squares plus an all-in-one blanket pattern for each technique (interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet). And I will have one file for each crochet technique containing the bonus patterns (that is “Bonus Scratch Cat”, “November Cat Face”, and an all-in-one blanket pattern for the “Love mini-series”).

          Get the Pattern

          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 (650 – 850 yards)
          • Main Color (MC) – 250 yards
          • Coordinating Color (CC) – 350 yards
          • Optional Envelope Border – 250 yards

          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 November Cat

          Can I be honest with you? I don’t like this square. I am more of a romantic. I like pinks and roses and gentle swirling ethereal fluff. I despise it when my cat sticks his butt in my face.

          But this square is real life with a cat. And I think most of you will appreciate the humor behind it (Hah! “behind”).

          If you’re looking for his face: https://ashleeslint.com/2022/11/04/november-cat-face-another-bonus-square/

          We have had one cat square for each month, plus a bonus square released for my birthday in September. In December I will also be adding the all-in-one blanket pattern (does not use the bonus square) and an all-in-one Love mini-series blanket pattern (uses March, June, September, and December squares) to the eBook.

          The all-in-one blankets allow you to crochet the blanket without worrying about joining squares afterwards. This is most handy for the mosaic technique so you don’t have to cut your yarn until you’re finished the whole row (which is 3 squares wide). Plus, the envelope border to cover the tails can be annoying to add to all 12 squares and makes the final project much larger. Doing the blanket all at once eliminates that step.

          These all-in-one blanket patterns will only be available in the eBook. They won’t be posted for individual sale.

          I do have another surprise for you but you’ll need to wait a few days. Any guesses as to what it is?

          It is not an announcement of next year’s theme because I still haven’t decided. Yikes, eh?!

          I have too many options. It’s the same problem with going yarn shopping. I just want it all!

          But, back to the subject at hand: this cat’s butt.

          Like the other squares in this set, the charts are 81 x 81 for the interlocking technique and 77 x 77 for the mosaic technique. The mosaic version does not have the interlocking dots all over it and it does not need the locked-in border lines.

          Once again I am thankful for my testing team who helps make me look good: CarolinevdB, cyncitycrochet, Maja Serec, & Marjolijn Cuypers.

          I made a small error when crocheting my square. I only noticed it after I edited a bunch of photos and created my poster and video, GROAN! I fixed it and took a few more photos but the cat wasn’t around so I kept the photos with my cute kitty even though there’s a mistake. Hope you’ll forgive me!

          There’s no sound in the video, and truly it is just a slide show of still shots.

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          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 (650 – 850 yards)
          • Main Color (MC) – 250 yards
          • Coordinating Color (CC) – 350 yards
          • Optional Envelope Border – 250 yards

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          FREE Winter Trees Hooded Cowl CAL; Part 2

          This is our halfway point! That seems like a laughable statement since we just started last week. I’ve never done such a short CAL!

          Part 1 was the first half of the hood. In part 2 we will finish the hood. Part 3 adds the cowl neck on.

          If you’re just hearing about this project, you’ll want to return to the Introduction page, or maybe Part 1. The schedule and links to each section are just below.


          Follow this pattern for FREE here on my website!

          I will have both the interlocking crochet pattern AND the overlay mosaic crochet pattern for this square here online. Charts are not included, only the written portion. Charts are available in the purchased pattern.

          For the duration of the CAL, you’ll get an automatic 40% discount. on the purchase of “Winter Trees Hooded Cowl“. Regular price applies on November 10, 2022.

          Or, you can forever view both the interlocking pattern and the mosaic pattern here on my website!


          Interlocking Crochet Pattern

          To refresh yourself on the KEY, click here.

          For yardage and other important details, click here.

          In part 1 we did the foundation rows up to row 29. We will now continue at row 30.

          RS – ACF

          30 MC – Ch3, 1F, *4B, 7F, 5B, 4F, 5B*, 1F, ES

          31 AC – Ch3 in front, *5F, 6B, 5F, 4B, 1F, 1B, 3F*, 1F, EF

          WS – ACB

          32 MC – Ch3, 1B, *3F, 7B, 5F, 5B, 5F*, 1B, ES

          33 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *3B, 6F, 6B, 4F, 2B, 1F, 3B*, EB

          RS – ACF

          34 MC – Ch3, 1F, *2B, 2F, 1B, 4F, 7B, 5F, 4B*, 1F, ES

          35 AC – Ch3 in front, *3F, 1B, 1F, 4B, 1F, 1B, 6F, 4B, 2F, 1B, 1F*, 1F, EF

          WS – ACB

          36 MC – Ch3, 1B, *1F, 2B, 2F, 3B, 6F, 7B, 4F*, 1B, ES

          37 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *1B, 1F, 3B, 2F, 4B, 1F, 2B, 6F, 5B*, EB

          RS – ACF

          38 MC – Ch3, 1F, *5B, 5F, 2B, 2F, 3B, 2F, 6B*, 1F, ES

          39 AC – Ch3 in front, *1F, 1B, 4F, 4B, 3F, 1B, 4F, 1B, 6F*, 1F, EF

          WS – ACB

          40 MC – Ch3, 1B, *16F, 3B, 4F, 2B*, 1B, ES

          41 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *16B, 2F, 5B, 1F, 1B*, EB

          RS – ACF

          42 MC – Ch3, 1F, *7B, 2F, 16B*, 1F, ES

          43 AC – Ch3 in front, *8F, 1B, 16F*, 1F, EF

          WS – ACB

          44 MC – Ch3, 1B, *25F*, 1B, ES

          45 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *6B, 1F, 10B, 1F, 7B*, EB

          RS – ACF

          46 MC – Ch3, 1F, *6B, 2F, 9B, 2F, 6B*, 1F, ES

          47 AC – Ch3 in front, *2F, 1B, 4F, 1B, 3F, 1B, 6F, 1B, 6F*, 1F, EF

          WS – ACB

          48 MC – Ch3, 1B, *13F, 2B, 7F, 2B, 1F*, 1B, ES

          49 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *1B, 1F, 11B, 1F, 8B, 1F, 2B*, EB

          RS – ACF

          50 MC – Ch3, 1F, *22B, 2F, 1B*, 1F, ES

          51 AC – Ch3 in front, *15F, 1B, 7F, 1B, 1F*, 1F, EF

          WS – ACB

          52 MC – Ch3, 1B, *9F, 2B, 14F*, 1B, ES

          53 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *9B, 1F, 10B, 1F, 4B*, EB

          RS – ACF

          54 MC – Ch3, 1F, *3B, 2F, 20B*, 1F, ES

          55 AC – Ch3 in front, *4F, 1B, 20F*, 1F, EF

          WS – ACFront

          56 MC – Ch3, 1B, *25F*, 1B, ES

          57 AC – Ch3 in front, *25F*, 1F, EF

          Cut and tie off AC

          RS

          58 MC – Ch3, 1B, *26B, ES

          I strongly suggest adding the revised SC Border now, but you may choose to use the simple SC Border or add no border at all.

          SC Border

          Chain 1, put 2 sc in each gap on all four sides. Add an extra chain 2 space in each corner (corner gap will have 2sc, 2ch, 2sc).

          Revised SC border

          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.

          Creating the Hood

          Fold this rectangle in half and, using a whip stitch, sew the top together.

          That’s it for now!

          The cowl addition will be published in section 3 on November 7, 2022.

          Click here to jump to list of CAL sections


          Overlay Mosaic Crochet Pattern

          The x-marked chart can be found in the paid PDF only. Charts are not included in the free version online.

          To refresh yourself on the KEY, click here.

          View important details like yardage and finished size by clicking here.

          In part 1 we did the foundation rows up to row 29. We will now continue at row 30.

          30 MC – JS, *dc4, sc3, dc3, sc9, dc11, sc13, dc7*, ES

          31 CC – JS, *sc4, dc3, sc3, dc7, sc15, dc9, sc9*, ES

          32 MC – JS, *dc4, sc3, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc3, dc11, sc9, dc3, sc3, dc3*, ES

          33 CC – JS, *sc8, dc9, sc1, dc3, sc13, dc5, sc5, dc3, sc3*, ES

          34 MC – JS, *dc8, sc13, dc3, sc3, dc7, sc5, dc5, sc3, dc3*, ES

          35 CC – JS, *sc10, dc9, sc5, dc3, sc7, dc3, sc13*, ES

          36 MC – JS, *sc3, dc7, sc9, dc5, sc3, dc7, sc3, dc13*, ES

          37 CC – JS, *dc3, sc9, dc5, sc33*, ES

          38 MC – JS, *sc3, dc9, sc5, dc33*, ES

          39 CC – JS, *sc14, dc3, sc33*, ES

          40 MC – JS, *dc14, sc3, dc33*, ES

          41 CC – JS, *sc50*, ES

          42 MC – JS, *dc12, sc3, dc19, sc3, dc13*, ES

          43 CC – JS, *sc12, dc3, sc19, dc3, sc13*, ES

          44 MC – JS, *dc2, sc3, dc7, sc3, dc5, sc3, dc11, sc3, dc13*, ES

          45 CC – JS, *sc2, dc3, sc15, dc3, sc27*, ES

          46 MC – JS, *dc2, sc3, dc15, sc3, dc21, sc3, dc3*, ES

          47 CC – JS, *sc44, dc3, sc3*, ES

          48 MC – JS, *dc28, sc3, dc13, sc3, dc3*, ES

          49 CC – JS, *sc28, dc3, sc19*, ES

          50 MC – JS, *dc6, sc3, dc19, sc3, dc19*, ES

          51 CC – JS, *sc6, dc3, sc41*, ES

          52 MC – JS, *dc6, sc3, dc41*, ES

          Trim the fringe, if needed.

          Creating the Hood

          Fold this rectangle in half and, using a whip stitch, sew the top together.

          Hood has been sewn at the top bu there’s still work to do!

          Time to add an envelope border

          I suggest you use a single crochet stitch for this project. My YouTube tutorial shows double crochet stitches worked in a square around a blanket (https://youtu.be/P-uXHjwTFeE). This project is slightly differnt.

          This video shows how I do an envelope border around one end of a project: https://youtu.be/VGah43YCxAw

          I did 7 rounds of single crochet after my initial surface crochet round. You may prefer a wider brim – it’s all up to you!

          That’s it for now!

          The cowl addition will be published in section 3 on November 7, 2022.

          Click here to jump to list of CAL sections

          Get the Pattern

          For the duration of the CAL, you’ll get an automatic 40% discount on the purchase of “Winter Trees Hooded Cowl”. Regular price applies on Nov 10, 2022.


          For Interlocking Crochet

          • Chart is 57 x 59 (repeat it twice)
          • Folded hood is about 17” / 44cm tall by 14” / 36cm deep, plus a 5” / 13cm cowl
          • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”
          • 5 mm hook (H-8)
          • Worsted weight yarn (700-740 yards total)
            • Hood Main color (MC) (black on chart, white in sample above, the trees) – 250 yards plus 40 for optional border
            • Hood Accent color (AC) (teal in sample, the sky) – 250 yards
            • Cowl (teal in sample) – 200 yards

          For Mosaic Crochet

          • Chart for hood is 50 x 53 (repeat it twice)
          • Folded hood, including envelope border brim is about 12” / 30cm square, plus a 5” / 13cm cowl
          • Gauge: 16 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
          • 5 mm hook (H-8)
          • Worsted weight yarn (655 yards total)
            • Hood Main Color (White) – 250 yards
            • Hood Contrasting Color (Green) – 180 yards
            • Hood Envelope Border (white) – 75 yards
            • Cowl (Green) – 150 yards

          FREE Winter Trees Hooded Cowl CAL; Part 1

          I announced this CAL (Crochet-A-Long) just a few days ago. This is my first CAL of the year! Last year I did a couple, so I couldn’t believe it when I realized it was already October and I hadn’t done any!

          This is a smaller project than my other CALs have been; I usually do blankets. I wanted to give people the opportunity to get something done before the holidays get too busy.

          The FREE pattern online will be published in 3 sections (see the schedule below). You also have the option of purchasing the FULL PATTERN and CHARTS on Ravelry or Etsy. The free online version does not include the charts.

          Links to all my tutorials can be found in the menu bar or by going back to the introduction page.


          Follow this pattern for FREE here on my website!

          I will have both the interlocking crochet pattern AND the overlay mosaic crochet pattern for this square here online. Charts are not included, only the written portion. Charts are available in the purchased pattern.

          For the duration of the CAL, you’ll get an automatic 40% discount. on the purchase of “Winter Trees Hooded Cowl”. Regular price applies on November 10, 2022.

          Or, you can forever view both the interlocking pattern and the mosaic pattern here on my website!


          Interlocking Crochet Pattern

          The introduction teased you with the first 5 rows. I am repeating them here just to have everything all together. When I publish part 2 I will link back to this page for the KEY and yardage (hopefully by that time you won’t need to refer to them anymore anyway).

          For yardage and other important details, click here.

          KEY

          AC = Accent Color. Second color used. The background / sky.
          MC = Main Color. First color used. The trees.
          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
          DC = double crochet
          F = DC in front, then CH 1
          B = DC behind, then CH 1
          ES = DC into the last window space
          EF = end stitch in front: using AC, DC into the last AC window, working in front of MC
          EB = end stitch in back: using AC, DC into the last AC window, working behind MC
          ACF = bring the AC yarn to the side facing you
          ACB = put AC yarn to the side facing away from you

          • If you chain tighter than me you may need to Ch 4 where I Ch 3
          • Don’t confuse RS / WS with Front / Back
          • Remember, each color is worked into itself only and there is a chain space between each DC

          KEY for the Cowl portion:

          BPDC = back post double crochet: yarn over, insert hook from the back around the front of the stitch and to the back again (go around the post), pull up a loop, *yarn over, pull through two loops* twice

          FPDC = front post double crochet: as above, except insert hook from the front of the stitch and go around the back of the post coming out the front again.

          Foundation Rows (54 MC stitches, 53 AC stitches)

          STEP 1

          Using MC (white in my sample, the trees) create 53 windows.

          I prefer the chainless technique (chain 5, 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).

          Alternatively, to create 53 windows you can chain 110, then DC in 5th chain from your hook. *Ch 1, Sk 1, DC* repeat until the end. Place stitch marker so your work doesn’t unravel.

          STEP 2

          With your AC (teal in my sample, the sky), chain 108. 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 5th chain from your hook.

          Short sample showing how to put the gold AC tail through the dark purple MC trellis

          STEP 3

          Using your AC, *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.

          Turn your work and continue at row 4.

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

          4 MC – Ch3, 1B, *25F*, 1B, ES

          5 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *2B, 1F, 14B, 3F, 5B*, EB

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

          6 MC – Ch3, 1F, *2B, 3F, 14B, 3F, 3B*, 1F, ES

          7 AC – Ch3 in front, *5B, 14F, 3B, 3F*, 1B, EF

          WS – ACB

          8 MC – Ch3, 1B, *1F, 2B, 3F, 4B, 15F*, 1B, ES

          9 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *4F, 2B, 4F, 8B, 1F, 6B*, EB

          RS – ACF

          10 MC – Ch3, 1F, *6B, 3F, 5B, 1F, 9B, 1F*, 1F, ES

          11 AC – Ch3 in front, *2B, 5F, 3B, 4F, 1B, 10F*, 1B, EF

          WS – ACB

          12 MC – Ch3, 1B, *12F, 4B, 5F, 3B, 1F*, 1B, ES

          13 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *12B, 3F, 5B, 3F, 2B*, EB

          RS – ACF

          14 MC – Ch3, 1F, *1F, 3B, 4F, 4B, 13F*, 1F, ES

          15 AC – Ch3 in front, *2B, 3F, 4B, 4F, 12B*, 1B, EF

          WS – ACB

          16 MC – Ch3, 1B, *11B, 1F, 5B, 4F, 4B*, 1B, ES

          17 AC – Ch3 in back, 1F, *10F, 2B, 13F*, EB

          RS – ACF

          18 MC – Ch3, 1F, *1B, 10F, 6B, 2F, 6B*, 1F, ES

          19 AC – Ch3 in front, *2F, 9B, 4F, (1B, 2F) x2, 1B, 3F*, 1F, EF

          WS – ACB

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

          21 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *3B, 7F, 3B, 2F, 2B, 1F, 1B, 2F, 4B*, EB

          RS – ACF

          22 MC – Ch3, 1F, *3B, 5F, 1B, 3F, 2B, 7F, 4B*, 1F, ES

          23 AC – Ch3 in front, *2F, 1B, 1F, 8B, 1F, 1B, 1F, 6B, 4F*, 1F, EF

          WS – ACB

          24 MC – Ch3, 1B, *5F, 5B, 1F, 2B, 1F, 7B, 1F, 2B, 1F*, 1B, ES

          25 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *(1F, 2B, 6F, 2B) x2, 1F, 2B*, EB

          RS – ACF

          26 MC – Ch3, 1F, *5B, 5F, 6B, 6F, 1B, 2F*, 1F, ES

          27 AC – Ch3 in front, *4F, 1B, 1F, 4B, 1F, 1B, 4F, 6B, 2F, 1B*, 1F, EF

          WS – ACB

          28 MC – Ch3, 1B, *4F, 6B, 3F, 2B, 1F, 3B, 1F, 2B, 3F*, 1B, ES

          29 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *4B, 5F, 4B, 8F, 4B*, EB

          Rows 30 – 58 (the end of the hood) will be published in section 2 on October 31, 2022.

          Click here to jump to list of CAL sections


          Overlay Mosaic Crochet Pattern

          If you began with the introduction you will have already seen the first 5 rows. I am repeating them here just to have everything all together. When I publish part 2 I will link back to this page for the KEY and yardage (hopefully by that time you won’t need to refer to them anymore anyway).

          The x-marked chart can be found in the paid PDF only. Charts are not included in the free version online.

          View important details like yardage and finished size by clicking here.

          KEY for Mosaic Crochet

          MC = Main Color: first color used, white in my sample, the sky
          CC = Contrasting Color: second color used, green in my sample, the trees
          Sp = space
          Sk = skip a stitch
          CH = chain
          SC = single crochet
          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
          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

          KEY for the Cowl portion

          BPDC = back post double crochet: yarn over, insert hook from the back around the front of the stitch and to the back again (go around the post), pull up a loop, *yarn over, pull through two loops* twice

          FPDC = front post double crochet: as above, except insert hook from the front of the stitch and go around the back of the post coming out the front again.

          Mosaic Crochet Technique

          • Remember to skip the same number of stitch(es) behind your dc(s) before doing your next sc
          • 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
            • Tails don’t need to be longer than an inch and a half
          • Yarn colors can be anything you like. They need to contrast well and be the same weight (size / thickness)
          • 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 my other rows will have
          • Even-numbered rows use MC; odd-numbered rows use CC

          Foundation Row (Row 0): use Main Color (MC) – this will be your background / sky

          Use a foundation SC technique to create 102 FSC. Or chain 103, 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}

          Repeat between the asterisks (*) twice.

          1 CC – JS, *sc50*, ES

          2 MC – JS, *dc4, (sc1, dc1) x2, sc7, dc23, (sc1, dc1) x2, sc3, dc5*, ES

          3 CC – JS, *sc4, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc29, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc7*, ES

          4 MC – JS, *sc9, dc21, (sc1, dc1) x3, sc7, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc2*, ES

          5 CC – JS, *sc30, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc7, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3*, ES

          6 MC – JS, *dc10, sc3, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc11, sc9, dc3, sc9, dc1*, ES

          7 CC – JS, *sc12, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc11, dc1, sc19, dc1, sc1*, ES

          8 MC – JS, *sc3, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc5, sc7, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc3, dc19, sc2*, ES

          9 CC – JS, *sc2, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc11, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc25*, ES

          10 MC – JS, *sc1, dc1, sc7, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc3, sc7, (dc1, sc1) x12, dc1*, ES

          11 CC – JS, *dc1, sc7, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc9, (dc1, sc1) x13*, ES

          12 MC – JS, *sc3, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc9, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc26*, ES

          13 CC – JS, *(dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc9, (dc1, sc1) x4, dc1, sc3, (dc1, sc1) x11*, ES

          14 MC – JS, *sc25, dc3, sc22*, ES

          15 CC – JS, *sc2, (dc1, sc1) x9, dc1, sc13, dc3, sc13*, ES

          16 MC – JS, *dc2, sc19, dc7, (sc3, dc3) x2, sc3, dc7*, ES

          17 CC – JS, *sc12, dc3, sc13, (dc3, sc3) x2, dc3, sc7*, ES

          18 MC – JS, *dc6, sc5, dc1, sc3, dc3, sc5, dc5, sc15, dc7*, ES

          19 CC – JS, *sc6, dc5, sc1, dc3, sc3, dc5, sc5, dc13, sc9*, ES

          20 MC – JS, *dc2, sc3, dc1, sc17, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc13, dc9*, ES

          21 CC – JS, *sc2, dc3, sc3, dc13, sc3, dc3, sc3, dc9, sc11*, ES

          22 MC – JS, *dc2, (sc3, dc3, sc13, dc3) x2, sc3, dc1*, ES

          23 CC – JS, *sc10, dc9, sc13, dc11, sc3, dc3, sc1*, ES

          24 MC – JS, *dc6, sc3, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc3, dc7, sc13, dc3, sc3, dc1*, ES

          25 CC – JS, *sc6, dc3, sc3, dc5, sc3, dc3, sc7, dc11, sc9*, ES

          26 MC – JS, *dc6, sc17, dc7, sc11, dc9*, ES

          27 CC – JS, *sc8, dc13, sc11, dc7, sc11*, ES

          28 MC – JS, *dc8, sc13, dc9, sc9, dc1, sc3, dc7*, ES

          29 CC – JS, *sc10, dc9, sc11, dc9, sc1, dc3, sc7*, ES

          Rows 30 – 52 (the end of the hood) will be published in section 2 on October 31, 2022.

          Click here to jump to list of CAL sections

          Get the Pattern

          For the duration of the CAL, you’ll get an automatic 40% discount on the purchase of “Winter Trees Hooded Cowl”. Regular price applies on Nov 10, 2022.

          For Interlocking Crochet

          • Chart is 57 x 59 (repeat it twice)
          • Folded hood is about 17” / 44cm tall by 14” / 36cm deep, plus a 5” / 13cm cowl
          • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”
          • 5 mm hook (H-8)
          • Worsted weight yarn (700-740 yards total)
            • Hood Main color (MC) (black on chart, white in sample above, the trees) – 250 yards plus 40 for optional border
            • Hood Accent color (AC) (teal in sample, the sky) – 250 yards
            • Cowl (teal in sample) – 200 yards

          For Mosaic Crochet

          • Chart for hood is 50 x 53 (repeat it twice)
          • Folded hood, including envelope border brim is about 12” / 30cm square, plus a 5” / 13cm cowl
          • Gauge: 16 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
          • 5 mm hook (H-8)
          • Worsted weight yarn (655 yards total)
            • Hood Main Color (White) – 250 yards
            • Hood Contrasting Color (Green) – 180 yards
            • Hood Envelope Border (white) – 75 yards
            • Cowl (Green) – 150 yards

          FREE Winter Trees Hooded Cowl CAL; interlocking and mosaic crochet patterns

          For me, a Crochet-A-Long (CAL) means everyone gets an opportunity to join in. This hooded cowl will be published for FREE on my website in three parts: the first half of the hood, the 2nd half of the hood, and then the cowl.

          You also have the option of purchasing the FULL PATTERN and CHARTS on Ravelry or Etsy. The free online version will be released in stages and does not include the charts.

          As per my usual, you will have the option of using the interlocking crochet technique or the overlay mosaic crochet technique. In my samples I have used a local hand-dyed alpaca yarn for my mosaic crochet version and some acrylic yarn for my interlocking crochet version.

          I did a little promo on YouTube: https://youtu.be/vEjPwRzBo1k

          I also switched the dark/light colors for fun. Do you prefer green trees or white trees?

          White used as Main Color in both my samples (interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet)

          When you use the interlocking crochet technique you’ll have a few more rows than the mosaic option because we need to lock the two layers of mesh together. Whichever color you start with will become the trees.

          With the mosaic version, because we don’t need border lines, the first color you use will actually be the background color (the sky). I used white as the sky and as the envelope border but you could use the other color for your envelope border if you prefer.

          For the duration of the CAL, you’ll get an automatic 40% discount. Regular price applies on November 10, 2022.

          Or, you can forever view both the interlocking pattern and the mosaic pattern here on my website!

          I also created a quick support video for the cowl portion of this project:


          Follow this pattern for FREE here on my website!

          I will have both the interlocking crochet pattern AND the overlay mosaic crochet pattern for this square here online. Charts are not included, only the written portion. Charts are available in the purchased pattern.

          If you’re new to my patterns or to one of these techniques let me go over some basics.

          All of my patterns can be made using interlocking crochet (also called Locked Filet Mesh or LFM) or overlay mosaic crochet (that’s the technique where you cut at the end of each row).

          Interlocking crochet is two layers of mesh that get created row by row and locked together strategically to show the design. Watch my tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oku_6_hN1w4&list=PLbdEDo49IQroC7Xoj6svR0J0i0HvJU1IM

          Overlay mosaic crochet uses single crochet (US terms) in the back loop only and a dropped double crochet in the front loop two rows below to create the image. My tutorial: https://youtu.be/6YwXIqKqWjI

          Old patterns and a select few of my new ones will have the exact same chart for both techniques. Most of my new patterns use a chart for mosaic crochet that has been adjusted to remove the unnecessary mesh dots and extra border lines – so the image is the same but technically the charts are different. I also have added X’s onto my mosaic charts that tell you when to do a dropped double crochet.

          Regardless of whether the charts are the same or adjusted, the way you read the charts is different for each technique. I always include the written pattern for each technique as well as the charts. You can use one or the other, or both.

          I personally prefer to use the written pattern for both techniques. Once I create the written instructions I generally don’t look at the chart again.


          Interlocking Crochet Pattern

          The hood is a rectangle that gets folded in half. It starts with 53 windows in the foundation trellis.

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          KEY

          AC = Accent Color. Second color used. The background / sky.
          MC = Main Color. First color used. The trees.
          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
          DC = double crochet
          F = DC in front, then CH 1
          B = DC behind, then CH 1
          ES = DC into the last window space
          EF = end stitch in front: using AC, DC into the last AC window, working in front of MC
          EB = end stitch in back: using AC, DC into the last AC window, working behind MC
          ACF = bring the AC yarn to the side facing you
          ACB = put AC yarn to the side facing away from you

          • If you chain tighter than me you may need to Ch 4 where I Ch 3
          • Don’t confuse RS / WS with Front / Back
          • Remember, each color is worked into itself only and there is a chain space between each DC

          KEY for the Cowl portion:

          BPDC = back post double crochet: yarn over, insert hook from the back around the front of the stitch and to the back again (go around the post), pull up a loop, *yarn over, pull through two loops* twice

          FPDC = front post double crochet: as above, except insert hook from the front of the stitch and go around the back of the post coming out the front again.

          Foundation Rows (54 MC stitches, 53 AC stitches)

          STEP 1

          Using MC (white in my sample, the trees) create 53 windows.

          I prefer the chainless technique (chain 5, 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).

          Alternatively, to create 53 windows you can chain 110, then DC in 5th chain from your hook. *Ch 1, Sk 1, DC* repeat until the end. Place stitch marker so your work doesn’t unravel.

          STEP 2

          With your AC (teal in my sample, the sky), chain 108. 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 5th chain from your hook.

          Short sample showing how to put the gold AC tail through the dark purple MC trellis

          STEP 3

          Using your AC, *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.

          Turn your work and continue at row 4.

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

          4 MC – Ch3, 1B, *25F*, 1B, ES

          5 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *2B, 1F, 14B, 3F, 5B*, EB

          Row 6 will be published in section 1 on October 24, 2022.

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          Overlay Mosaic Crochet Pattern

          This chart is slightly smaller than the interlocking crochet chart because the extra border lines (that are unnecessary with this technique) have been removed. The interlocking mesh dots have also been removed, so this is a ‘solid overlay mosaic crochet’ design.

          The x-marked chart can be found in the paid PDF only. Charts are not included in the free version online.

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          KEY for Mosaic Crochet

          MC = Main Color: first color used, white in my sample, the sky
          CC = Contrasting Color: second color used, green in my sample, the trees
          Sp = space
          Sk = skip a stitch
          CH = chain
          SC = single crochet
          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
          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

          KEY for the Cowl portion

          BPDC = back post double crochet: yarn over, insert hook from the back around the front of the stitch and to the back again (go around the post), pull up a loop, *yarn over, pull through two loops* twice

          FPDC = front post double crochet: as above, except insert hook from the front of the stitch and go around the back of the post coming out the front again.

          Mosaic Crochet Technique

          • Remember to skip the same number of stitch(es) behind your dc(s) before doing your next sc
          • 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
            • Tails don’t need to be longer than an inch and a half
          • Yarn colors can be anything you like. They need to contrast well and be the same weight (size / thickness)
          • 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 my other rows will have
          • Even-numbered rows use MC; odd-numbered rows use CC

          Foundation Row (Row 0): use Main Color (MC) – this will be your background / sky

          Use a foundation SC technique to create 102 FSC. Or chain 103, 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}

          Repeat between the asterisks (*) twice.

          1 CC – JS, *sc50*, ES

          2 MC – JS, *dc4, (sc1, dc1) x2, sc7, dc23, (sc1, dc1) x2, sc3, dc5*, ES

          3 CC – JS, *sc4, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc29, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc7*, ES

          4 MC – JS, *sc9, dc21, (sc1, dc1) x3, sc7, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc2*, ES

          5 CC – JS, *sc30, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc7, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3*, ES

          Continue with row 6 in Section 1 which will be published on October 24, 2022.

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          For Interlocking Crochet

          • Chart is 57 x 59 (repeat it twice)
          • Folded hood is about 17” / 44cm tall by 14” / 36cm deep, plus a 5” / 13cm cowl
          • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”
          • 5 mm hook (H-8)
          • Worsted weight yarn (700-740 yards total)
            • Hood Main color (MC) (black on chart, white in sample above, the trees) – 250 yards plus 40 for optional border
            • Hood Accent color (AC) (teal in sample, the sky) – 250 yards
            • Cowl (teal in sample) – 200 yards

            For Mosaic Crochet

            • Chart for hood is 50 x 53 (repeat it twice)
            • Folded hood, including envelope border brim is about 12” / 30cm square, plus a 5” / 13cm cowl
            • Gauge: 16 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
            • 5 mm hook (H-8)
            • Worsted weight yarn (655 yards total)
              • Hood Main Color (White) – 250 yards
              • Hood Contrasting Color (Green) – 180 yards
              • Hood Envelope Border (white) – 75 yards
              • Cowl (Green) – 150 yards

              Harmony Mandala – Interlocking and Mosaic Crochet Patterns from the Bottom-Up or Center-Out

              I am extremely pleased to present my newest blanket pattern: Harmony Mandala. This beautiful piece is so balanced. And, simply-put, it is pleasing to look at! It is one of my favorites and I am hopeful you will agree!

              Overlay mosaic crochet from the bottom-up using peach as the Main Color. Sample crocheted by Linda Bakker.

              My husband gave me the googly eyes when I showed him my draft a few months ago. “You drew that!?” was almost the wrong thing to say, but he made up for it by quickly following with, “I REALLY like this one!”

              Overlay mosaic crochet from the center-out using cream as the Main Color. Sample crocheted by AriCrochetCorner.

              Just like Garden Mandala, you can crochet this blanket from the bottom-up or from the center-out. And you can choose from interlocking crochet or overlay mosaic crochet. As always, I give you charts and the full written pattern for whichever technique you prefer (but you don’t need to worry about purchasing the wrong listing, because they are all listed together).

              Overlay mosaic crochet from the bottom-up. Crocheted by Sandi Willoughby.

              The patterns include links to my tutorials but, in case you’d like to start with a tutorial before deciding whether to purchase this pattern, here’s the short list (I have more tutorials on my YouTube channel).


              Overlay mosaic crochet from the center-out. Crocheted by Nyasha Jones.

              I am so thankful to my testing team: AriCrochetCorner, Deb Albers, Linda Bakker, Nyasha Jones, Sandi Willoughby, and Sheryl Dunbar. As always, they make me look good! And I am honored to have so many people willing to support me with such a big undertaking!

              Interlocking crochet from the bottom-up using Rainbow as the Main Color. Crocheted by Deb Albers.

              Overlay mosaic crochet from the center-out, peach used as Main Color. Sample crocheted by AriCrochetCorner.

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              Interlocking crochet from the center-out using brown as the Main Color. Sample crocheted by Sheryl Dunbar.

              Important Details

              For Interlocking Crochet

              • Chart is 245 x 245
              • Gauge: 8 (dc, ch) x 8 rows = 4”
              • 61” / 156cm square
              • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
              • Worsted weight yarn (4400 – 4800 yards total)
                • Main color (MC) (black on chart) – 2200 yards plus 400 for optional border
                • Accent color (AC) – 2200 yards

              For Interlocking Crochet from the Center-Out

              • Chart is 245 x 245
              • Gauge: 8 (dc, ch) x 8 rows = 4”
              • 61” / 156cm square
              • 5 mm hook (H-8)
              • Worsted weight yarn (4400 yards total)
                • Main color (MC) (black on chart) – 2200 yards
                • Accent color (AC) – 2200 yards

              For Overlay Mosaic Crochet

              • Chart is 241 x 241
              • Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
              • 64” x 69” / 163cm x 175cm
              • 5 mm hook (H-8)
              • Worsted weight yarn (5000 – 5800 yards)
                • Main color (black) – 2600 yards
                • Contrasting color – 2400 yards
                • Plus, optional envelope border – 800 yards

              For Overlay Mosaic Crochet from the Center-Out

              • Chart is 241 x 241
              • Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 14 rows = 4”
              • 60” / 153cm
              • 5 mm hook (H-8)
              • Worsted weight yarn (5000 yards)
                • Main color (black) – 2600 yards
                • Contrasting color – 2400 yards

              2022 October Cat

              Affectionately, I call this one “grumpy cat”. His fur is sticking out and his face is not pleased. Those long droopy whiskers and his long droopy neck make him look adorably upset. Don’t you want to soothe him?

              This is our 10th square and I am so excited that we have reached the 4th row in the blanket design (for the blanket I start in the top right corner with “January Cat” and go across to the left corner with February and March, then the next row, from right to left again has April through June, etc.).

              I folded up my bonus square and left it at the top corner to weigh down the sheet protecting my squares from the dry grass. I am still not sure what to do with that square. A bag? A pillow? Add it to my other random squares (like “Sophisticated A” and “Firetruck 40“) for a blanket?

              All of my samples above have been crocheted using the interlocking technique (two layers of mesh that get woven together as you crochet). But, hopefully you already know, all of my patterns are written up for TWO techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet!

              And, if you’ve been following me for awhile you probably already know that you can get a better price by purchasing the eBook. The eBook currently contains 11 squares (January through October, plus the Bonus Scratch Cat). In December, besides adding the final square I will also be adding an all-in-one blanket pattern and a Love miniseries all-in-one blanket pattern.


              When I was drawing these cats I was imagining black as the main color with a rainbow of contrasting colors (like my samples above). But you can switch the dark and light colors accidentally or on purpose. It’s nice to see some samples made with lots of options to help you decide.

              “October Cat” crocheted by Marjolijn Cuypers using the overlay mosaic crochet technique and white as the main color.


              “October Cat” crocheted by CarolinevdB using the overlay mosaic crochet technique and black as the Main Color.

              I am thankful, as always, to my team of testers: cyncitycrochet, CarolinevdB, Maja Serec, & Marjolijn Cuypers (a new addition to the team).

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              Important Details

              For Interlocking Crochet

              • 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

              For Mosaic Crochet

              • 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

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