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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Get the Pattern

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

Rocky Mountain Range Wall Hanging

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

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

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

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

“Rocky Mountain Range” Overlay Mosaic Crochet Wall Hanging

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get the Pattern

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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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