Mosaic Christmas CAL: Part 7, Sparkle by Maud Akkermans

Part 7 in the multi-designer Mosaic Christmas CAL hosted by the Facebook Group MOSAIC CROCHET (previously, Mosaic Crochet MALS, CALS & more) is now live!

Maud Akkermans in the designer of this section called “Sparkle”. It is, of course, free on Ravelry and YouTube (each section in this CAL is available on YouTube and as a free download on Ravelry).

You can find more of Maud’s patterns on Ravelry. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/maud-akkermans-ravelry-store/patterns

You can find the other parts of this CAL by searching “Mosaic Christmas CAL” on Ravelry or check out my post from last week about Part 5: Sleigh where I list the designers.

My “Sleigh” section is free to view on my website, free to download on Ravelry, and free to view on YouTube.

You might be wondering, why is Ashlee telling us about another designer’s pattern? Well, Maud needed someone to make the video portion and that someone was me!

I feel so honored that she trusted me with this. And it is much nicer when we can all work together (I’ve seen way too much drama in the crochet community!).

I will earn a few dollars from having this video on my YouTube channel. I’m not at the point where the time and effort from the videos pays off instantly (at least 10 hours went into this video and I anticipate earning a similar amount as my Sleigh section). Maybe someday I’ll be famous enough to live off of my YouTube channel but for now I am happy to continue offering content as I am able.

This is a screenshot I just took from my YouTube statistics:

I think it’s amusing that my top-earning video this past month was for the knitting machine.

Get the Pattern

Free to view on YouTube and free to download on Ravelry!

Solid Overlay Mosaic Crochet Update to 2020 Holiday Squares eBook

I have just finished updating all 15 squares in “Ashlee’s 2020 Holidays Squares” eBook!

Previous posts about this eBook: Ashlee’s 2020 Holiday Squares eBook – Interlocking and Mosaic Crochet Patterns and Updated Holiday eBook and How to Choose Colors

Thank you all for your patience as I grow and learn!

When I first published these squares I created written instructions for both interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet, but I used the same chart for both techniques.

All 15 squares, crocheted by Ethel Louise Bradford using the interlocking crochet technique.

The people have spoken, and the majority prefer an adjusted chart for the mosaic version. The interlocking mesh dots can be removed to make the solid sections more solid. And the locking border lines are unnecessary when using the mosaic technique, so those are removed as well.

Each of the 15 squares in this eBook now has 3 files (one for the interlocking crochet version, one for the ORIGINAL overlay mosaic crochet version using the interlocking chart, and an ADJUSTED overlay mosaic crochet version using a chart that has had the border lines and mesh dots removed).

The exception to this is the “Hanukkah” pattern. It was originally draw in an 81 x 81 chart to fit with the other squares but this required that I cut off the bottom of the star. So this pattern has a bonus option of a rectangle that shows the whole star (but won’t match with the other squares well). Each option (the square and the rectangle) come with all 3 versions of the pattern now.

Oh, and “Ashlee’s Snowflake” can be done from the center-out (adjusted mosaic version only)! That’s a fun bonus that means you don’t have to worry about cutting the yarn and dealing with the cut ends afterwards.

Get the Pattern

A few days ago I put the eBook on promotion to go with the new squares, “Ashlee’s 2021 Block” & “Ashlee’s 2022 Block”.

The new blocks are not included in this eBook. And the new blocks are written up only two ways: interlocking crochet and the adjusted solid overlay mosaic crochet.

You’ll get an automatic 25% discount on this eBook (Ravelry & Etsy) until 11:59 pm CST November 17, 2022.

Etsy users who already purchased this eBook must contact me for the updated files.

The individual squares are not currently available on Etsy (only in the eBook) but can be made available if someone needs me to do that.

On Ravelry, you can get the eBook at nearly a 50% discount versus buying each square individually (plus the current sale on top of that!) or you can grab the squares individually:

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

    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)

    Missi the Horse and Missi’s Flowers – a blanket and a matching repeatable motif

    I sure hope that I’m not allowing one of these amazing patterns to get brushed under the rug by releasing them at the same time. The blanket is amazing, and the flower motif is so versatile and cute. I really love them both individually.

    But, I created them at the same time. So, to me, they are a set. You can get them together in an eBook called, “Missi” or you can purchase them individually (“Missi the Horse” and “Missi’s Flowers”). Jump to the purchase links. (or, on a desktop, just look to your right).

    You’ll notice there’s a difference in chart size between the two crochet techniques. That’s because the chart has been adjusted for best use with each technique.

    This beautiful horse, with a long, long mane, is named “Missi”. I don’t actually have a horse, but as a kid I often fantasized about the freedom of riding away on a horse. I imagine a field of flowers with the sun shining on the dew and I think of peace and tranquillity. I used to include fairies in the daydream too.

    Blanket depicting a horse. Autumn leaves cover the ground where the blanket is draped.
    Overlay mosaic crochet sample of Ashlee Brotzell’s “Missi the Horse” crocheted by Linda Bakker

    I wanted the border to give the impression of a field, rather than drawing an actual field in the background behind the horse. I always hope to see dainty wildflowers out my window when we travel, but around here it’s usually just wheat or flax.

    Close up of the floral details on Heather Passmore’s sample of “Missi the Horse”.

    The little flower is very minimalist. I wanted it to be dainty and not detract from the horse. I tried creating a pattern of flowers behind Missi for the blanket (alternating, spaced closer or farther apart, bunched here or there, etc) but after many attempts I decided the flowers were usually too much next to the feature (the horse).

    Interlocking crochet sample of Ashlee’s “Missi the Horse”, crocheted by Just_Duckie_Crochet using blue as the Accent Color (AC).

    So, my final decision was to use a handful of flowers only. However, after playing with this design so long I really loved the way the flowers looked on their own and knew that it could work on its own as well!

    I know some of you really love having a matching pillow to go with the blanket. “Missi’s Flowers” comes with a written pattern and chart for a square (I have quite a few squares of this size: see more at AshleesLint.com/patterns#large). But, because it is a repeatable design I also created a full written pattern and chart that you can use to create a project of any size!

    Each option has interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet versions. So that is 2 files for “Missi the Horse” and 4 files for “Missi’s Flowers”. All 6 files are included in the eBook, “Missi”, but they are downloaded as an eBook.

    When I was checking my math to make sure my repeatable design worked with interlocking I made a sample 2 repeats wide by 2 repeats tall. I used a 4 mm hook and dk weight yarn (3 – light worsted) even though the pattern technically says to use a 4 weight yarn.

    The image shows up the same whether you use extra jumbo yarn or lace weight yarn. As long as your hook size matches your yarn size it will work out! Of course, the smaller yarn will result in a smaller finished piece too. This one just so happens to be the perfect size for a placemat!

    Interlocking repeatable sample of “Missi’s Flowers”; two repeats wide and two repeats tall.

    It is slightly easier to create a repeating design using the mosaic technique so a single repeat was sufficient.

    A single repeat of the mosaic version of “Missi’s Flowers”.

    I thought about leaving it as only a repeatable pattern. Technically, you can use it to make any size of project. But I have a LOT of large squares with the same chart size and it makes sense to me to have this pattern written properly for that size.

    Missi’s Flowers, the square version using the overlay mosaic crochet technique. Crocheted by Linda Bakker.

    When I was posting teaser photos a lot of people guessed holiday-related things. I guess the end of October isn’t too far away from Christmas. It made me giggle a little. And then Linda sent me her photo of the test square and she said it looked like Christmas ribbon to her so she staged it with some lights.

    I think it’s fun to see so many purposes in a single design, what do you think?

    I also like to play with color. I switched my Main Color (MC) and Accent Color (AC) for my samples of the square and the repeatable version. The MC is the first color used, so it creates the outside border line, and it is also the flowers in this particular design.

    Completed 40-window square with in-progress repeatable design. The Main Color is the yarn used first, it is the flowers in this design.

    To be clear, “Missi’s Flowers” has a full written pattern and chart for a small repeatable section (chart size AND as a large square (chart size of 81 x 81 for interlocking, and 77 x 77 for mosaic).


    “Missi the Horse” comes with 2 files:

    Interlocking crochet / LFM crochet file

    • line-by-line instructions
    • a one-page chart (211 x 291)
    • a multi-page chart

    Overlay Mosaic Crochet file

    • line-by-line instructions
    • instructions for optional envelope border
    • instructions on reading a chart
    • a one-page chart marked with X’s for mosaic crochet (207 x 287)
    • a multi-page chart marked with X’s for mosaic crochet
    Mosaic Crochet sample of “Missi the Horse” by Whimwitch

    “Missi’s Flowers” comes with 4 files:

    Large Square Interlocking crochet / LFM crochet file

    • line-by-line instructions
    • a one-page chart (81 x 81)

    Repeatable Interlocking crochet / LFM crochet file

    • line-by-line instructions
    • a one-page chart (39 x 31)

    Large Square Overlay Mosaic Crochet file

    • line-by-line instructions
    • instructions for optional envelope border
    • instructions on reading a chart
    • a one-page chart marked with X’s for mosaic crochet (77 x 77)

    Repeatable Overlay Mosaic Crochet file

    • line-by-line instructions
    • instructions for optional envelope border
    • instructions on reading a chart
    • a one-page chart marked with X’s for mosaic crochet (37 x 39)

    “Missi” eBook comes with 2 files encompassing all 6 files listed above:

    Interlocking Crochet eBook

    • Chart & written pattern for “Missi the Horse”
    • Chart & written pattern for “Missi’s Flowers” as a 40-window square
    • Chart & written pattern for “Missi’s Flowers” as a repeatable motif

    Overlay Mosaic Crochet eBook

    • Instructions on reading a chart
    • Instructions for optional envelope border
    • X-marked chart & written pattern for “Missi the Horse”
    • X-marked chart & written pattern for “Missi’s Flowers” as a 40-window square
    • X-marked chart & written pattern for “Missi’s Flowers” as a repeatable motif

    As always, I am so grateful for my testers. My team for these patterns included Heather Passmore, Just_Duckie_Crochet, Kami, Linda Bakker, & Whimwitch.

    Grab the eBook for the best deal: you’ll save 20% compared to buying each pattern individually. Plus, right now you’ll save an additional 25%!

    Individually, “Missi the Horse” and “Missi’s Flowers” are 25% off.

    25% discount expires 11:59 pm CST November 5, 2022. No code needed, add to cart so see the discount applied.

    “Missi the Horse” Interlocking Crochet

    • Chart is 211 x 291
    • Gauge: 8 (dc, ch) x 8 rows = 4”
    • 53” x 73” / 143cm x 185cm
    • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
    • Worsted weight yarn (4400 – 5000 yards total)
      • Main color (MC) (black) – 2200 yards plus 600 for optional border
      • Accent color (AC) – 2200 yards

    “Missi the Horse” Overlay Mosaic Crochet

    • Chart is 207 x 287
    • Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
    • 55” x 82” / 140cm x 208cm
    • 5 mm hook (H-8)
    • Worsted weight yarn (5600 – 6400yards)
      • Main color (black) – 2300 yards
      • Contrasting color (blue) – 3300 yards
      • Plus, optional envelope border – 800 yards

    “Missi’s Flowers” Interlocking Crochet Square

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

    “Missi’s Flowers” Overlay Mosaic Crochet Square

    • Chart is 77 x 77
    • Finished size approximately 20” x 22” / 52cm x 56cm
    • 5 mm hook (H-8)
    • Worsted weight yarn (575 – 875 yards)
    o Main color (black) – 225 yards
    o Contrasting color – 350 yards
    o Optional envelope border – 300 yards
    • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4”


    “Missi’s Flowers” Interlocking Crochet Repeatable Design

    • Chart is 43 x 35, repeat section is 36 x 26
    • Base size is 11” x 9” / 27cm x 22cm, each additional repeat adds 9” x 6.5” / 23cm x 16.5cm
    • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
    • Per repeat: worsted weight yarn (120+ yards total)
    o Main color (MC) – 60 yards, for each repeat add 40 yards
    o Accent color (AC) – 60 yards, for each repeat add 40 yards
    • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”

    “Missi’s Flowers” Overlay Mosaic Crochet Repeatable Design

    • Chart is 39 x 31, repeat section is 37 x 29
    • Single repeat is 10” x 9” / 26cm x 22cm
    • 5 mm hook (H-8)
    • Per repeat: worsted weight yarn (120+ yards total)
    o Main color (MC) – 50 yards
    o Contrasting color (CC) – 70 yards
    o Plus, optional envelope border
    • Gauge: 14 sc x 15 rows = 4

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    Prairie Meadow Pillow; to match the Prairie Meadow Fox blanket

    A few weeks ago I published an adorable sleeping fox blanket, called “Prairie Meadow Fox“. Someone in my Facebook group suggested that a matching pillow pattern would be nice. So off I went!

    This design was extracted from my Prairie Meadow Fox blanket.

    Angela Kermack’s Prairie Meadow Pillow and Prairie Meadow Fox blanket.

    It is NOT the same size as my other large squares (which are 81 x 81 or 79 x 79). This design is 79 x 81 (that is, 39 windows wide by 40 windows tall) in interlocking crochet and 75 x 77 in mosaic crochet because I was pulling motifs from the fox blanket and the chart just ended up with this random size.

    The mosaic version doesn’t need to lock the two layers together so those extra border lines are not included (which makes it slightly smaller).

    The fox blanket has an adjusted chart for the mosaic version. That means I removed the interlocking mesh dots. But, for this pillow, the two charts look the same. The details that I stole from the blanket just happened to be the sections that looked the same.

    Marijke Laenen’s overlay mosaic sample of Prairie Meadow Pillow (shown as a single panel, the cut ends will get hidden inside the pillow).

    For the mosaic version of this pattern, to create a pillow, you get to choose one of the following options:

    Repeat between the asterisks (*) and work in the round to create the front and back at the same time. Sew the bottom edge closed, insert the pillow form, and sew the top edge closed.

    See YouTube tutorial: https://youtu.be/waTD3QzaA0I

    Or TWO PANELS: Crochet this square twice. Put the wrong sides together, tuck the cut ends (the fringe) inside and sew three edges together, insert pillow form, and sew the final side.


    For the interlocking crochet version, to create a pillow: crochet this square twice (note, the yardage listed is per square). Put the wrong sides together and sew three edges together, insert pillow form, sew up the final side.

    Brackets are used in the written pattern to denote repeated sections. See my detailed explanation: https://ashleeslint.com/2020/08/29/brackets-in-crochet-patterns/

    Interlocking and mosaic patterns tested by Angela Kermack, Nessa Miller, Marijke Laenen, and anonymous. I am, as always, extremely thankful for their work!

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    For Interlocking Crochet

    • Crochet hook: 4.5 mm (US7)
    • Stitch marker
    • 20″ pillow form
    • Gauge: 16 stitches x 8 rows in one color = 4” square
    • Finished size: 19.5″ x 20″ / 50cm x 51cm
    • Worsted Weight Yarn (500 – 575 yards per panel, make 2 for a pillow)
    • Main Color (MC) – 250 yards plus 75 yards for optional SC border
    • Accent Color (AC) – 250 yards

    For Mosaic Crochet

    • Crochet hook: 5 mm (H-8)
    • Scissors
    • 20″ pillow form
    • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4″ square
    • Finished size: 20” x 22” / 51cm x 56cm
    • Worsted Weight Yarn (450 yards per panel / 900 yards per pillow)
    • Main Color (MC) – 250 yards
    • Coordinating Color (CC) – 200 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

    Gnomesflake Update

    I like to get straight to the point and not waste people’s time with a lot of chit-chat on the blog here. That doesn’t help me much with generating ad revenue but I value your time and don’t think the extra $0.0002 is worth your frustration.

    I have just updated “Gnomesflake” on Ravelry and Etsy. There are now three files for you to choose from.

    On Ravelry you’ll have a notification and can download and save to wherever you store your patterns.

    I personally save everything to Dropbox. I have a folder for homeschooling, a folder for my crochet designs, a folder for other designers’ crochet patterns (that I may or may not ever have time to make), a folder for our tax information, etc. No matter which computer I sit down at, or which tablet or phone, I can always access my stuff.

    If you are interested, this is my referral link for Dropbox (I’ll get bonus space and so will you). https://www.dropbox.com/referrals/AAClOaIBO763v5I1KsrEQAbBWJKaO_S3OKk?src=global9

    Etsy doesn’t “do” updates, so you’ll have to send me an email if you’d like the new files (tell me your order number so I can verify).

    What has been changed?

    In short: the brackets on the original patterns and an additional adjusted solid overlay mosaic pattern.

    The original file had the written pattern for interlocking crochet, a chart, and then the written pattern for overlay mosaic crochet. I added an x-marked chart for mosaic crochet a few months later but didn’t join it to the file, so there were two files available.

    I have separated the two techniques into their own files now. And I have added a third file.

    Much like Rocking Horse, I have added a second overlay mosaic crochet pattern where I use an adjusted chart.

    The original overlay mosaic crochet version still uses the original interlocking chart (so you will see the border lines and the mesh dots). But this additional overlay mosaic crochet pattern has had the extra border lines removed and there are no more mesh dots interrupting the solid spaces. I call it “adjusted” mosaic crochet, but you can also think of it as a solid version.

    The original written patterns for “Gnomesflake” had a lot of weird brackets. Technically there was nothing wrong with it as written, you could still follow it and get the proper finished piece, but it was sloppy and I apologize. The new files have better brackets but technically no changes in the actual design.

    Kristen Forster did a fabulous job helping me weed out the bracket problems! Thank you!


    “Gnomesflake” crocheted by Kristen Forster using the interlocking crochet technique

    Some people do find the brackets tricky. Please check out my tutorial: https://ashleeslint.com/2020/08/29/brackets-in-crochet-patterns/

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    Size information

    For Interlocking Crochet

    • Chart is 241 x 241
    • Finished size 60″ / 152cm square
    • Worsted Weight Yarn (4100 – 4300 yards)
    • Main Color (MC) – 2050 yards plus 200 yards for optional SC border
    • Accent Color (AC) – 2050 yards
    • Crochet hook: 4.5 mm (US7)
    • Gauge: 16 stitches x 8 rows in one color = 4” square

    For Overlay Mosaic Crochet

    • Chart is 241 x 241
    • Finished size 60″ / 152cm square
    • Worsted Weight Yarn (4450 – 5250 yards)
    • Main Color (MC) – 2000 yards
    • Coordinating Color (CC) – 2450 yards
    • Plus 800 yards for optional envelope border
    • Crochet hook: 4.5 mm (US7)
    • Gauge: 16 stitches x 16 rows = 4″ square

    For Adjusted Solid Overlay Mosaic Crochet

    • Chart is 239 x 239
    • Finished size 64″ x 68″/ 162cm x 173cm
    • Worsted Weight Yarn (5100 – 5900 yards)
    • Main Color (MC) – 2100 yards
    • Coordinating Color (CC) – 3000 yards
    • Plus 800 yards for optional envelope border
    • Crochet hook: 5 mm (H-8)
    • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4″ square

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    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

      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)
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      March (Ravelry) (Etsy)
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      Rocking Horse Update

      I have just added a third file to my Rocking Horse pattern. The original two files use the same chart for the interlocking crochet technique and the overlay mosaic crochet technique. This third file is also for the overlay mosaic crochet technique but the chart has been adjusted to removed the unnecessary interlocking crochet dots.

      When I draw a chart for interlocking crochet it has to follow certain rules in order to translate properly into the actual crocheted piece. Overlay mosaic crochet has different rules but you can use the technique to follow a chart written for interlocking crochet.

      I have a tutorial on how to read a chart drawn for interlocking crochet but use the overlay mosaic crochet method. Technically, you don’t need to know this information, since all of my patterns include the written instructions.

      I have also adjusted the interlocking pattern slightly. There were a few pixels in the chart that weren’t really how I wanted them so I figured if I am doing an update I might as well fix it now.

      If you purchased this pattern on Etsy you’ll need to contact me with your order number and I will send the updated files to you.

      Ravelry is easy for updating. You can update your library at your convenience.

      Interlocking crochet version of Ashlee Brotzell’s “Rocking Horse” crocheted by Linn Christine

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      To clarify, if you’ve previously purchased this pattern on Ravelry you will automatically get 30% off your entire cart until September 27.

      ETSY: Get a 30% discount on your purchase of “Rocking Horse”. Offer ends 11:59 pm CST September 27, 2022; no coded needed.

      Size information

      The original chart is 243 x 243. With worsted weight yarn that makes your blanket about 61″ square. When I adjusted the chart I removed the border lines that lock the layers together and I changed the hook size and gauge to accommodate all the double crochet stitches beside each other.

      For Interlocking Crochet

      • Chart is 243 x 243
      • Finished size 61″ / 155cm square
      • Worsted Weight Yarn (4200 – 4400 yards)
      • Main Color (MC) – 2100 yards plus 200 yards for optional SC border
      • Accent Color (AC) – 2100 yards
      • Crochet hook: 4.5 mm (US7)
      • Gauge: 16 stitches x 8 rows in one color = 4” square

      For original Mosaic Crochet

      • Chart is 243 x 243
      • Finished size 61″ / 155cm square
      • Worsted Weight Yarn (4750 – 5350 yards)
      • Main Color (MC) – 2375 yards
      • Coordinating Color (CC) – 2375 yards
      • Plus 600 yards for optional envelope border
      • Crochet hook: 4.5 mm (US7)
      • Gauge: 16 stitches x 16 rows = 4″ square

      For the Adjusted Mosaic Crochet

      • Chart is 239 x 239
      • Finished size of 64″ x 68″ / 162cm x 173
      • Worsted Weight Yarn (5475 – 6275 yards)
      • Main Color (MC) – 2600 yards
      • Coordinating Color (CC) – 2875 yards
      • Plus 800 yards for optional envelope border
      • Crochet hook: 5 mm (H-8)
      • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4″ square

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