What A Bear, the Grizzly in the River Blanket

A few months ago, a friend asked if I could draw this. It stretched my skills but I am pleased to say I met the challenge!

I wanted to keep it a manageable size but also include a lot of details. The chart is 197 x 271 (add 2 stitches to each side for the interlocking method) which means it finishes to about 50″ x 80″ when you use worsted weight yarn. I’ve seen a lot of amazing patterns by other designers that have a chart size of over 300 and I’m just not ready to go that big yet.

When drawing, I started with the general shape of the bear and then had to decide how much fur to give him. It was hard to find a balance between a pencil drawing and a chart that works for interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet.

At first I didn’t include any details around the bear (the water and the mountains). But my helpful critics suggested it needed something.

When I was creating the background for the bear I drew up some mountains and then decided I liked them so much I would make them without a bear!

Maybe you’ve already seen my Rocky Mountain Range Wall Hanging?

I adjusted the mountain design only slightly for use on its own versus behind the bear.

If you were watching this bear go fishing in the river you might laugh at his failed attempt. “Oh, what a silly bear!?” But don’t laugh too loud or he won’t be going hungry anymore! “Oh! What a scary bear!” (He will eat you, in case you missed that).


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Whether you prefer Ravelry or Etsy, you will receive 2 files: one for the interlocking crochet technique and one for the overlay mosaic crochet technique.

Don’t you love his little nose? Mosaic sample crocheted by AriCrochetCorner

Both files include a written pattern, a single-page chart, and a multi-page chart. The single-page chart is best for viewing on a screen whereas the multi-page is better for printing. The mosaic version has X’s to show where the dropped double crochets go.

On Ravelry and Etsy, you will get an automatic 30% discount on this pattern until 11:59 pm CST August 23, 2022.

Interlocking Crochet Details

  • Chart is 201 x 275
  • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”
  • Finished measurements approximately 50” x 79” / 128cm x 175cm
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (3950 – 4150 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) (black on chart) – 1975 yards plus 200 for optional border
    • Accent color (AC) – 1975 yard

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

  • Chart is 197 x 271
  • Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
  • 52” x 83” / 133cm x 211cm
  • 5 mm hook (H-8)
  • Worsted weight yarn (4600 – 5300 yards)
    • Main color (black) – 2250 yards
    • Contrasting color (blue) – 2350 yards
    • Plus, optional envelope border – 700 yards

2022 August Cat

Last month’s cat was a sleepy kitten, and this month I’ve drawn a striped cat. These two cats are similar in style and in my mind they’d be great as the two sides of a pillow!

I think most of you will be quite familiar with this, but I’m going to say it anyway: this pattern, like all of my patterns, comes with the written pattern and charts for both the interlocking crochet method and the overlay mosaic crochet method.

If you use the interlocking technique (also called Locked Filet Mesh / LFM) your chart size is 81 x 81. If you use the mosaic technique you’ll be using a chart that has been adjusted so there are no unnecessary border lines or interlocking mesh dots, so that chart is 77 x 77.

The eBook has been updated to include this new square. I am curious as to how many of you are waiting until December when there will be an all-in-one blanket pattern added to the eBook. That pattern will contain all 12 monthly cat squares but you don’t need to join the squares you just crochet them all together.

Thank you again to my testers: CarolinevdB, CynCityCrochet, and Maja Serec!

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Interlocking Crochet Details

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

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

  • Chart is 77 x 77
  • Finished measurements approximately 20” x 22” / 52cm x 56cm
  • 5 mm hook (H-8)
  • Worsted weight yarn (625-875 yards)
    • Main color (blue on chart) – 275 yards
    • Contrasting color (white on chart) – 350 yards
    • Optional Envelope Border – 250 yards
  • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4”

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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!

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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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Coffee Time Wall Hanging Set

How old were you when you first tasted coffee? I don’t actually remember. I just know that I didn’t like it. Same goes for tea actually.

In high school I tried to like hot drinks, because it made me feel more like a grown up. Coffee and tea were cool, but hot chocolate was a kid’s drink.

Now that I’m older and not interested in being a grown up (darn it, too late), I can fully embrace my dislike for hot drinks. And that has opened up the world of iced coffee!!

Oh, no! Yes, that’s right! I suddenly learned that I LIKE coffee… when it’s cold and sweetened!

I am still very sensitive to the caffeine content though. So I only indulge if it before lunch and I don’t do it every day. Maybe once a week.

My husband drinks coffee multiple times a day, every day. Hot. Bitter. Disgusting. He has a few fancy machines and certain beans are better with this method or that press. It’s a bit much, in my opinion, but he’s a grown up so he can do what he wants.

My newest set of wall hangings features a mug, a quote, and an abstract design. You can make all three or just pick your favorite piece. The quote simply says “Coffee Time” and is also the title of this set.

There are left-handed instructions for that piece so that everyone can have a legible wall hanging. Lefties will be creating a mug that faces the opposite way, but the Sugar Cubes piece will look exactly the same since it’s symmetrical.

I always recommend a fingering weight (1 – fine) yarn for a wall hanging, but if you’d like to use a thicker yarn that’s fine too, you’ll just end up with a bigger finished project.

I actually used a 2 mm hook and crochet thread for my little sample! The thread says 5 on it. That might mean more to some people than it did to me. I still have a lot to learn.

My mosaic sample. Dark brown is the “main color” in the pattern.

You’ll notice the mosaic version of each pattern has had the interlocking mesh dots and all border lines removed. This means that when you’re using the interlocking technique your Main Color (MC) is the lettering on Coffee Time but when you use the overlay mosaic technique we are starting with the background color and the first color used is still the MC in the written pattern.

Always check the charts to be sure you know what color will be used first and prevent any surprises halfway through your project.

Interlocking Crochet

Set crocheted by an Anonymous Squirrel using the interlocking technique
  • Chart is 73 x 105
  • Finished measurements approximately 11” x 16” / 28.5cm x 41cm
  • Gauge: 13 (dc, ch) x 26 rows in one color = 4” square
  • 2.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Wooden Dowel: 1/2” diameter, 13” length
  • Finishing needle
  • Fingering weight yarn (600+ yards total)
    • Main color (MC) (dark brown on image above) – 300 yards
    • Accent color (AC) (light brown on image above) – 300 yards
    • Single Crochet Border – optional
    • Fringe – optional

Mosaic Crochet

Set crocheted by Angela Kermack using the overlay mosaic crochet technique.
  • Chart is 67 x 99
  • Finished measurements approximately 12” x 16” / 31cm x 40cm”
  • Gauge: 25 sc x 22 rows = 4”
  • 3.5 mm hook (E/4)
  • Wooden Dowel: 1/2” diameter, 14” length
  • Finishing needle
  • Coffee Time: Fingering weight yarn (675 – 975 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) (first color, background) – 400 yards
    • Accent color (AC) (words) – 275 yards
  • Steaming Mug: Fingering weight yarn (650 – 900 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) (first color, pink on image above) – 350 yards
    • Accent color (AC) (black) – 300 yards
  • Sugar Cubes: Fingering weight yarn (640 – 940 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) (first color, light grey on image above) – 360 yards
    • Accent color (AC) (black) – 280 yards

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Grab your favorite piece in this set, or get the eBook of all 3 patterns. You’ll save 25% by buying the eBook!

And, for the first 5 days you can take an additional 30% off by using code “30COFFEE” (valid on Ravelry and Etsy on the individual patterns and the eBook of the full set, expires 11:59pm CST July 10, 2022).

This code can also be applied to one of my older patterns, “But First, Coffee“. The theme matches! 😉

This older pattern was published in April 2020 (my first month of designing)! The sale code can be applied to “But First, Coffee” as well.

Interlocking crochet by Esperanza

2022 July Cat

Don’t tell the other squares but this might be my favorite one. I think it looks so cute and I picked my favorite color for this square so that helps too!

I unofficially call this one “Sleepy Kitten”. I am horrible at naming my patterns, so I’ve liked the lazy method of just using the months as the titles, but sometimes it’s easier to refer to the image.

I know this will be a boring paragraph if you’ve been following along each month, but if you’re new to me or to this cat series you may want to know the following details:

  • There will be a total of 12 cat squares (one for each month of the year)
  • Each square comes with the written pattern and a chart for TWO techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet
  • The interlocking version (also called Locked Filet Mesh / LFM) has a chart size of 81 x 81
  • The overlay mosaic version has been adjusted so there are no unnecessary border lines and no mesh dots so the chart size is 77 x 77
  • At the end of the year I will also add an all-in-one blanket pattern (so you don’t need to sew squares together) for each technique to the eBook; it will not be available separately
  • There is a mini-series inside this series: the March, June, September, and December cat squares spell “Love”

Another thing that you might already know: Ravelry is my preferred method of getting patterns to you. The platform is easy to update, easy for you to have access to your patterns (download again and again), etc. Etsy and the Direct Purchase option on my website require that I manually email you the updates, so it is less convenient but I like to make sure everyone has an option they like.

Thank you again to my testers! I know everyone appreciates having so many colors and varieties to look at!

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If you’ve purchased the “Year of Cats” eBook then you’ll already have an update with access to “July Cat”.

Interlocking Crochet Details

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

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

  • Chart is 77 x 77
  • Finished measurements approximately 20” x 22” / 52cm x 56cm
  • 5 mm hook (H-8)
  • Worsted weight yarn (550-800 yards)
    • Main color (blue on chart) – 300 yards
    • Contrasting color (white on chart) – 250 yards
    • Optional Envelope Border – 250 yards
  • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4”

2022: A Year of Cats (ongoing updates)
eBook (Ravelry) (Etsy) (Direct Purchase)
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)
October (Ravelry) (Etsy)
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All-in-One Blanket (available only in eBook)

Celebration Gnome with 3 Flag Options

A new gnome square! Just in time to celebrate! Are you surprised to see a gnome? We are doing a series of cat squares this year. Last year we did a new gnome square each month (see: A Year of Gnomes).

This square has been waiting about a year for me to get around to it. An American friend asked me to make this and she must have the most patience I’ve ever heard of to wait this long.

There are 3 flag options for this one square; and of course they each come with an option for using the interlocking crochet technique or the overlay mosaic crochet technique. That makes 6 squares for you to choose from.

There is an American Celebration Gnome, a Canadian Celebration Gnome, and a blank flag option. Technically, the Canadian Gnome has a heart flag… not a Canadian flag. So you might decide to use that one to represent whatever you love. I couldn’t make a maple leaf in such a small chart space.

Some samples of this new gnome square:

I have no intentions of creating every flag. The blank flag option is available for you to work some magic though! Sew on an applique, get some fabric paint, or just use special colors for your square to represent you!

This gnome can be used in place of another gnome in the Year of Gnomes series, or you can make a wall hanging or a pillow or something fun.

If you want to use the mosaic technique you will notice that the mosaic options have all been adjusted to remove the interlocking mesh dots and extra border lines. I will soon have an update for each square in the Year of Gnomes eBook so that the adjusted mosaic squares will match this gnome (no mesh dots or extra border lines).

I didn’t want to create three separate listings on Ravelry for this gnome. Even though there are 3 flag options it feels like basically the same square, so I’ve put all three flag options under the one listing. And I needed to publish it before Canada Day so I rushed my testers a bit, sorry! I was cutting it close, eh?

Thank you so much to my testers! I appreciate having a team I can rely on and I promise I will try harder at being more organized so you have more time to make pretty things!

As always, when you start a new project, make sure you read the pattern to know which color you want to use as the Main Color. My patterns always refer you to the chart (and the chart is found after the written portion).

Master List of Gnomes

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If you’re quick, and grab this square in the first week, you can get 40% off (use code “40FLAG”, offer expires 11:59 pm CST July 7, 2022).

This new Celebration Gnome is NOT included in the eBook from last year, but you might be interested in those gnomes so I’ve linked them below.

Interlocking Crochet Details

  • Chart is 81 x 81 (40-windows)
  • Crochet hook: 4.5 mm (US7)
  • 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

Mosaic Crochet

  • Chart is 77 x 77
  • Crochet hook: 5 mm (H-8)
  • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4″ square
  • Finished size: 20” x 22” / 52cm x 56cm
  • Worsted Weight Yarn (600 – 955 yards)
    • Main Color (MC) – 250-280 yards
    • Coordinating Color (CC) – 350-375 yards
    • Optional Envelope Border – 300 yards

Soccer Ball 40

This custom square was drawn by Natalie Caruso. She adjusted the soccer ball from her “Love Soccer Mosaic Throw” (https://ravel.me/love-soccer-mosaic-blanket) so that it would be a 40-window square for a customer who wanted the squares to match my other 40-window squares! I removed the mesh dots for the mosaic version and got both techniques written up. Teamwork!

Interlocking crochet version, crocheted by ScorpiosHook

There is one file for the interlocking crochet method, and another file for the overlay mosaic crochet method. The interlocking mesh dots and extra border lines have been removed for the mosaic version of this pattern.

It is written up with worsted weight as the suggested yarn, but like all of my patterns you can use whatever weight yarn you want. Just make sure you use an appropriately sized hook to go with your yarn.

You’ll need two colors, and they need to have good contrast. You’ll want them to be as similar as possible in regards to weight and material.

A gauge swatch can tell you how large your finished piece will be if you aren’t meeting the gauge I’ve set out. For a non-wearable piece you don’t really need to meet gauge.

If you’re joining this square to others of the same size (see the full list: ashleeslint.com/patterns#large) then you’ll want to keep the same tension for each project. If you’re planning to turn this into a wall hanging then it probably matters even less.

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Interlocking Crochet Details

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

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

  • Chart is 77 x 77
  • Finished measurements approximately 20” x 22” / 52cm x 56cm
  • 5 mm hook (H-8)
  • Worsted weight yarn (650 – 900 yards)
    • Main color (blue on chart) – 275 yards
    • Contrasting color (white on chart) – 375 yards
    • Optional Envelope Border – 250 yards
  • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4”

Oh Canada! Throw Blanket Update

I originally published this blanket pattern in June of 2020, and I had only been designing patterns for a few months at that point. I was pleased with it, but I am updating it now (May 2022) for a few reasons.

As a Canadian designer, I really wanted to have a design that showcases who I am, and I want it to be really well done.

My husband is a fun model 😀 can you hear him say “whoosh, whoosh, whoosh”?

If you’re new to my designs it will be helpful to know that all of my designs come with a chart and the written line-by-line pattern for TWO techniques. You can choose to use the interlocking crochet method, or the overlay mosaic crochet method. The mesh dots have been removed from the mosaic version.

I am quite excited to show off my big burly husband. He wouldn’t show off too much skin (I tried to convince him a naked man would sell more patterns hahahahaha) but he’s allowed me to show his hairy chest and naked shoulder. The giant beard is pretty distracting anyway. When we met, this hippie had some beads in his goatee and now, 15 years later, he has embraced the full beard. I don’t decide how he chooses to style his facial hair.

Also, he is 6’2 and this blanket goes from his shoulders to the floor so it is a nice comfortable and snuggly blanket.

We also took some pictures of him with a couple guitars and his violin for a poster for his local music lessons.

This blanket has a border design that is supposed to represent the knitted brim of a toque (a winter hat, for those of you who don’t speak “Canadian” lol).

The bottom section has maple leaves. There is one on our flag, but I was actually thinking about our one cent piece, the penny, which is no longer in circulation.

The next section has loons. These birds are on our dollar coin. They are not all facing the same way, and they are not centered. I like that and did it on purpose, but some people found that it looked like a mistake. I have kept them like this anyway.

The next section says, “OH CANADA!” and the only complaint I have is that it should technically have a comma: “Oh, Canada!” If you are a right-handed crocheter you will need to read the chart from left-to-right to get legible words. I have included the line-by-line instructions (like I do with all my patterns) and there are left-handed instructions after the right-handed instructions. If you’re printing the pattern maybe you can select only the applicable pages.

Going up a bit more we see a row of inukshuk (inuksuk). These stone statues are created by our native Inuit people. If you’re interested, this little video clip by the History Channel is quite informative: https://youtu.be/emSv0xHmDLs

And then I put another section of maple leaves to create some balance.

Interlocking crochet sample modeled by my husband

In the original design the maple leaves at the top and bottom were purposefully flipped so the left and right leaves that had been cropped were now on opposite ends; however, the flip made it look like the leaves were just misplaced. I have since learned that people REALLY like symmetry. In this update the two sections of maple leaves are cropped at the same point.

In my sample (as seen above) I was using the original pattern so the leaves at the top and the leaves at the bottom are cropped at different points.

I have not made the rest of the sections completely symmetrical (for example, the loons) because I think it would be too much of a change from my original and I honestly love the way it looks right now.

When I first started designing I was only doing interlocking crochet (locked filet mesh) and then when I added the mosaic in I simply used the same chart but created written instructions for the overlay mosaic technique. The interlocking mesh dots are a natural byproduct of that technique but they don’t need to be included on the mosaic version. So I have now removed them.


Another reason I am updating this pattern is because the amount of files in the Ravelry listing was excessive. I had a file for the original interlocking pattern, then an update for the left-handed version. An update with the mosaic version an another file for the left-handed version. A chart for every option. And then charts and written portions for all the variations for the option of adding “2020” in the middle of the bottom leaf row.

It was just confusing and overwhelming.

There is now one file for each technique (interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet). The written patterns for both right-and left-handed crocheters are in the same file. And the charts are included in those files. The mosaic chart has X’s.

I have removed the option for adding “2020” into your blanket. If you’d like customization I can do that for a fee, but it will not be made publicly available in the Etsy or Ravelry listing.

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SALE ON RAVELRY: take 30% off your ENTIRE cart with the purchase of “Oh Canada! Throw” (past purchases count).
Use code “OHCAN” until June 19, 2022.

If you’ve previously purchased this pattern on Ravelry, you will now see a message notifying you of an update.

DO NOT update this pattern if you want the “2020” option (it has now been removed).
DO NOT update this pattern if you are in the middle of crocheting the top set of maple leaves (that section has been adjusted).
DO NOT update this pattern if you are using the mosaic technique (the mesh dots have been removed and it’s an entirely different pattern now).


SALE ON ETSY: take 30% off “Oh Canada! Throw”; no code needed. Valid until June 19, 2022.

If you purchased on Etsy and would like the updated version please email me with your order number.

Interlocking Crochet Details

  • Chart is 237 x 237
  • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”
  • Finished measurements approximately 60” x 60” / 151cm x 151cm
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (4000 – 4150 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) – 2000 yards plus 150 yards for optional border
    • Accent color (AC) – 2000 yards

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

  • Chart is 233 x 233
  • Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
  • 62” x 66” / 158cm x 170cm
  • 5 mm hook (H-8)
  • Worsted weight yarn (5000 – 5800 yards)
    • Main color (black) – 2500 yards
    • Contrasting color (red) – 2500 yards
    • Plus, optional envelope border – 800 yards

Both versions of this pattern use brackets in the written instructions. If you’re new to how those work please see my post: https://ashleeslint.com/2020/08/29/brackets-in-crochet-patterns/

Zoo Animals Blog Hop Again!

Last year I took part in a blog hop from the 1st-16th of June where you could get at least one free animal pattern each day. My entry was my Common Unicorn pattern.

This year, My Fingers Fly has decided to run the blog hop again!

Each day you need to go to the main webpage and find out what the daily patterns are and then you can visit the designer’s website on their special day to get your free patterns!

2022 June Cat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overlay Mosaic Crochet sample by CarolinevdB

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

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

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

Get the Pattern

Interlocking Crochet Details

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

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

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

2022: A Year of Cats (ongoing updates)
eBook (Ravelry) (Etsy) (Direct Purchase)
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)
October (Ravelry) (Etsy)
November (Ravelry) (Etsy)
December (Ravelry) (Etsy)
All-in-One Blanket (available only in eBook)