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 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)
      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 February Cat & Chinese Year of the Tiger

      February has finally arrived! January always feels like the longest month. I think it’s because of the snow but I don’t know if that theory holds throughout the world (I know Saskatchewan, Canada does not represent the rest of the world lol).

      Summary of this blog entry (click to skip ahead):

      Personal blurb

      We are snuggled in tight with a big blizzard right now. I literally can’t see anything out the kitchen window and I can barely see the car parked just outside the living room window.

      The blizzard has begun! We may be snowed in for a day or two.

      I just baked some banana bread and I am about to start some goulash for supper (that the kids won’t eat anyway – supper is the worst time of every day). Of course, by the time I publish this entry supper will be long done, but that’s where I am currently.

      Chinese Year of the Tiger

      February 1st also starts the Chinese Year of the Tiger! Let’s celebrate with a 25% discount on “Brotzell Tiger King” until Feb 7, 2022.

      Crocheted blanket depicting a tiger's face
      https://ravel.me/brotzell-tiger-king

      No code needed, valid on Etsy and Ravelry. Pattern includes written line-by-line instructions and charts (mosaic has X’s) for BOTH the interlocking crochet technique and the overlay mosaic crochet technique.


      February Cat

      I tried blocking my square. It didn’t really seem to make that much difference and it took a long time. Plus my colors started running – I suppose that’s a good thing to have happen now versus when it’s joined to other squares. I am not a fan of blocking still (does that make me unprofessional?)

      This month’s square shows two cats sitting on a branch with their tails intertwined making a heart. I use a lot of hearts in this series – just a heads up! The monthly gnomes were themed each month but this series of cats is a bit more abstract.

      The wrong side of the interlocking square looks like this (our black cat, Tiger, photobombed it). I used Premier Home Cotton in black for the Main Color and Rainbow Stripe for the Accent Color. See my project notes on Ravelry.

      I have already added this square to the eBook – if you know you’re going to want all 12 cats then the eBook is the best deal for you. Each month I will add the new cat square and you will receive an email letting you know the eBook has been updated.

      You can also purchase each square individually as they come out.

      Please note, unlike the Gnomes there are differences in the charts for the interlocking version and the overlay mosaic version. This time I have decided to removed the interlocking mesh dots and extra border lines from the mosaic version of the square. All 12 mosaic cat squares will be the same size (77 x 77) and all 12 interlocking squares will be the same size (81 x 81; 40- window square).

      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”

      Chance to Win!

      Come join me in the Facebook group, Two Redheads Crochet for your chance to win this eBook! I am doing a designer takeover for the month of February and there will be a few prizes!

      Get the Pattern

      The eBook represents about a 50% savings compared to buying each square individually (the eBook will have 12 squares and an all-in-one blanket by December).

      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)

      February Cat

      2022 January Cat; Interlocking and Overlay Mosaic Crochet Pattern

      Happy New Year!

      We made it to 2022. We don’t know what the future holds but many people are really focused on making this year better than last year. I have never done well with “new year’s resolutions”. If I want to do something, I do it now. If I don’t want to do it then there’s no point in writing it on a fancy paper to declare that in the new year I’ll do it.

      My pretend new year’s resolution is to stay a bit more balanced than the last few year’s have been. Less extremes, less craziness. More “slow and steady” instead of “race, race, race!”.

      My advice to myself and to all of you: everything works out in the end. If things haven’t worked out, then it’s not the end. Things are always changing, let it flow.

      Now, back to the crochet, which is the real reason you’re here!

      Last year I did a fun gnome square each month. This year I am going to do a cat square each month! We just got two new kitties when we moved at the end of November and they are good inspiration.

      The orange one is “Flippers” (named by my ocean-obsessed four-year-old son) and the black on is “Tiger” (named by my six-year-old daughter; it was supposed to be orange as well but when we went to pick up the cats it turned out the other orange kitten had met its demise so we substituted for this black one).

      I have created an eBook (even though it currently has ONLY January Cat) and if you know you’re going to want all 12 cats then this is the best deal for you. Each month I will add the new cat square and you will receive an email letting you know the eBook has been updated.

      You can also purchase each square individually as they come out.

      Please note, unlike the Gnomes there are differences in the charts for the interlocking version and the overlay mosaic version. This time I have decided to removed the interlocking mesh dots and extra border lines from the mosaic version of the square. All 12 mosaic cat squares will be the same size (77 x 77) and all 12 interlocking squares will be the same size (81 x 81; 40- window square).

      Get the Pattern

      My current Year End Sale takes an automatic 30% off (valid on Etsy and Ravelry); sale ends 11:59 pm CST January 1, 2022.

      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”
      Mosaic sample crocheted by CarolinevdB

      Update, March 2022: I redid my square to use the same yarn as my other squares (Premier Home Cotton). I picked black and orange because we have two cats: one black and one orange.

      2022: A Year of Cats; new eBook of oversized crochet squares

      Meow! We got two kittens a few months ago and they are pretty fun to have around. Everyone has been scratched at least once. My youngest, Melody, seems to be their favorite, but I don’t understand why they like it when she carries them all over the place.

      In honor of our kitties I have decided that this year’s monthly square will be all about cats!

      Last year I did A Year of Gnomes. Each month a new square was published and at the end of the year I also added an all-in-one blanket pattern of the all the squares (so you don’t have to join squares together).

      This year will be very similar: a monthly square will be published individually and added to the eBook, and at the end of the year I will add the all-in-one blanket pattern to the eBook as well.

      But there will also be some differences from last year’s gnomes!

      I’ve decided to remove the unnecessary interlocking mesh dots from the overlay mosaic version of each square. I’ve also removed the extra border lines (they are needed to lock the interlocking mesh layers together but they don’t serve a purpose for the mosaic technique).

      Interlocking crochet sample

      This change makes the mosaic version a bit crowded with stitches, so I recommend a larger hook size and this of course makes the finished square slightly larger as well.

      Mosaic Crochet sample, crocheted by CarolinevdB

      If you use one technique it won’t matter that the other technique is different.

      If you are using the mosaic crochet technique and want to join the squares together at the end then you’ll need to weave your tails in or make an envelope border. Or you can wait until December when I’ll add the all-in-one blanket pattern. Then you’d still need to deal with the tails on the outer edges of the blanket but it wouldn’t interfere with joining anything.

      If you use the interlocking technique make sure you’re consistent with either doing or not doing the optional single crochet border. I happen to be quite fond of the “adjusted border” (see below) which helps lock the layers together while also making the edges look more finished.

      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.

      Revised SC border

      By the end of the year, the eBook will contain one square for each month, plus 2 bonus squares, plus an all-in-one blanket pattern using the original 12 cat squares, plus an all-in-one blanket pattern for the Love Mini-Series (using March, June, September, and December).

      The all-in-one patterns are written up so that you don’t have to join squares together.

      Get the Pattern

      My Year-End sale takes an automatic 30% off everything until 11:59 pm CST January 1, 2022.

      Please note, the price will go up as the year progresses; will you take a chance on patterns you haven’t seen?

      The eBooks will continually be updated throughout the year. All done updating! The PDFs are complete!

      Ravelry makes updating easy: I simply upload the pattern and click the “update” button and it sends an email to everyone. You can access your files immediately or wait until months later and they will all be there.

      Etsy doesn’t actually work well for this process. I have to manually email each buyer and last year we did have some problems with my messages going to spam. But I want to try making my patterns accessible to everyone so I’m making the option available again.

      I’ve added a third option this year as well. If you purchase the eBook directly from me I will send you the monthly updates just like I do for the Etsy customers.

      Each square will be published individually on Etsy and Ravelry as well. This list below will be updated throughout the year.

      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)

      December Gnome and All-in-One Blanket

      I have absolutely loved creating a new gnome each month this year! December Gnome is our final gnome in the series. And I’ve created an all-in-one blanket pattern that includes all 12 gnomes as well.

      This December Gnome square shows a classically bearded gnome with a Santa hat next to a giant string of lights. I use these lights in my pattern Tinsel Tangle as well.

      Crocheted by CarolinevdB

      The all-in-one blanket pattern is handy if you don’t want to be joining squares together but the squares are easier to use if you want to include a lot of colors. I’ve also removed the extra border lines from between each square in the blanket pattern. The all-in-one blanket is not available on its own. You can find it in the eBook (on Etsy or Ravelry) of all 12 gnome squares. The squares are in the eBook and listed individually.

      All-in-one Blanket: A Year of Gnomes

      The blanket and each of the 12 squares comes with written instructions and charts for both techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet. The mosaic charts have X’s.

      All my gnomes have a chart size of 81 x 81 (which makes it 20″ square if you match my gauge). I also have other squares of this same size if you’d prefer to mix and match: ashleeslint.com/patterns#large

      And, of course, our master list of gnomes that keeps getting updated:

      Thank you for supporting me all year! There will be another monthly series coming next year, keep your eyes peeled!

      November Gnome

      I am publishing this month’s gnome a few days early – I hope you don’t mind!

      We just took possession of our new home (this will be our 3rd move in 14 months) and I am also involved in the “12 Days of Christmas Crochet Patterns” event so I wanted to make sure I am not late in releasing this gnome pattern. Early is better, in my opinion.

      I don’t often have specific dates attached to my patterns. If life gets busy I can easily just delay publishing. No one ever knows how often that happens! But these Gnome squares have been coming out on the 1st of the month all year long and I wouldn’t want to disappoint anyone who has invested in the eBook!

      First, I sent out the email to everyone who purchased the eBook on Etsy. Then I published the single pattern on Ravelry and uploaded the two files there (two files: one for the interlocking crochet technique and one for the overlay mosaic crochet method). After that I had to update the eBook listing on Ravelry.

      Did you know that is two separate things on Ravelry? When I first started publishing patterns that caught me off guard. I thought you could create an eBook listing and tell Ravelry which patterns would be included and it would automatically join them but you actually have to upload everything you want in that eBook in the eBook listing itself.

      When I went to add November Gnome to the Year of Gnomes eBook on Etsy I realized I hadn’t updated that listing since September! Oops! Good thing no one purchased it in the last few months anyway.

      Then I realized I hadn’t published the single square on Etsy yet so I quickly did that.

      Mosaic Crochet, by CarolinevdB

      In case you’re new to this “A Year of Gnomes” series: there’s a new gnome each month. This month is a leafy design. You might see feathers if you’re thinking of Thanksgiving turkeys. This gnome has also put on his well-worn hat that’s been patched a few times. Why does a patch mean autumn weather to me? Is that in some nursery rhymes or something?

      This pattern, like all the gnomes, has a chart size of 81 x 81 (so it is 20″ square if you match my gauge). I also have other squares of this same size if you’d prefer to mix and match: ashleeslint.com/patterns#large

      On December 1st I will also be adding an all-in-one blanket pattern of all 12 gnomes to the eBooks on Ravelry and Etsy. The all-in-one pattern will save you from joining squares together but doesn’t allow as much creative freedom on yarn color. It won’t have a separate listing – it will only be available in the eBooks.

      Speaking of the eBook – it is a great value; it is more than a 50% discount compared to buying each square individually (plus it’s the only way you’ll get that all-in-one blanket)! Ravelry has a great system for updating patterns; Etsy requires that I email you each month with the updated pattern. I offer both options for most of my patterns.

      And, of course, our master list of gnomes that keeps getting updated:

      Thank you for supporting me!

      Evelyn’s Repeat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      October Gnome

      What makes a gnome, a gnome?

      When I first drew up this square my husband critiqued it gently saying the witchy hat made it just look like a witchy square. He didn’t see anything that really said “gnome”. I pointed out that the eyes were covered by the hat and the big nose was the only facial feature. There’s some wild hair that could be more beard-like but is a beard what defines a gnome? Maybe there’s too many “extras” in the image?

      I got back to the drawing board and changed some things. Then I got my husband to look again. He said it was better… but still not quite “gnomey”. And he walked away. Because he can do that. It’s not HIS eBook that needs another square. It’s not HIS customers that are eagerly awaiting the next design. No pressure! Hahaha!

      After editing it a bit more I asked for his helpful advice once again. He repeated his first piece of advice: the witch hat doesn’t look like a gnome hat.

      So, I changed the hat and BAM we have a gnome! In case you were wondering, that’s how I define a gnome: hat, no eyes, only a nose, hair/beard.

      Mosaic Crochet, by CarolinevdB

      I sure hope all of these squares in this series are looking gnome-like to you all. There’s only a few more left – and I’m trying to come up with a December square that isn’t just Santa. Any suggestions?

      I posted this teaser work-in-progress image on Instagram and in my Facebook group and asked people to guess the title of what I was making. It is, of course, this witchy October Gnome square. Two people have won a free pattern of their choice!

      In case you’re new to this “A Year of Gnomes” series: there’s a new gnome each month on a chart size of 81 x 81. That means you start with 40 windows when you use the interlocking crochet technique (or, chain 83 foundation single crochet when you use the mosaic method). They finish to 20″ square when you meet my gauge but gauge isn’t critical as long as you make them all the same so that you can join them together. I also have other squares of this same size if you’d prefer to mix and match: ashleeslint.com/patterns#large

      At the end of the year (which is getting really close!) I will also be adding an all-in-one blanket pattern of all 12 gnomes to the eBooks on Ravelry and Etsy. The all-in-one pattern will save you from joining squares together but doesn’t allow as much creative freedom.

      Speaking of the eBook – it is a great value; it is more than a 50% discount compared to buying each square individually (plus it’s the only way you’ll get that all-in-one blanket)! Ravelry has a great system for updating patterns; Etsy requires that I email you each month with the updated pattern. I offer both options for most of my patterns.

      And, of course, our master list of gnomes that keeps getting updated:

      Oh, and I know some people really like seeing the backs of these designs. When you use the overlay mosaic technique it just creates stripes but interlocking crochet creates something new. It isn’t exactly an inverse of the front design.

      Thank you for all your support!

      September Gnome, Harvest Basket, And a Birthday SALE

      August was the big birthday month in my household (my husband and both our daughters) but September is MY birthday month!

      From September 1 – 14, 2021 you can get 40% off everything in my Etsy shop and Ravelry store by using code “YARNFUND (expires 11:59 pm CST September 14, 2021). Happy birthday to me!

      Now, before anyone starts thinking I’m doing 40% off because I’m 40 – I am only 34! I was going to do 30% off but it just didn’t seem like a good enough gift to you all. You are all my new friends and I have LOVED having each of you in my life (in whatever small capacity it might be) so this is my birthday gift to you!

      Anyway, I have always loved the back-to-school season: the cooler weather, the excitement of seeing my friends again after summer break, getting new pencils and notebooks and squeaky sneakers. And then it’s my birthday with all this fresh excitement in the air!

      Here in Canada school usually starts up in the last week of August or the first week of September. Farmers are trying to get their crops brought in from the fields before the snow comes and I think that might affect the timing of school. Historically, farm kids are workers. Family farms need everyone to pitch in and do their part. I was very old before I learned that schools start at different times in other places – like, only this year I learned that some places start school in June! Seems very strange to me.

      So, I tried to draw a back-to-school gnome. It did not go well. I will not show the disaster.

      This harvest gnome is much better! He has his shiny apple and his hat has a leaf instead of a fluffy pom-pom. The background is sort of like the cross hatching on a woven basket in my mind, but perhaps it doesn’t need to look like anything to be a nice background.

      Mosaic Crochet by CarolinevdB

      And, I am not sure if you noticed, but the monthly gnomes are moving from the left side, to the middle, to the right side, then back to the middle. It looks pretty good when you put all the gnomes together. We only have a few more months to go before I will create that all-in-one blanket pattern!

      I also made a pattern with just the background design because I think it would work nicely for a lot of things. Color choice could make this simple design match a lot of things. I crocheted it twice; once in wicker-basket-colors and once with a bit of POP! I call it “Harvest Basket 40” (the “40” refers to how many windows you begin with when you use the interlocking crochet technique; it is the same size as these gnome squares).

      When using the interlocking crochet method, the wrong side produces a new design! This fun box design makes this square reversible! Mosaic crochet will produce stripes on the back side.

      Like always, both of these new squares (Harvest Basket and September Gnome) include written line-by-line instructions for both the interlocking crochet technique and the overlay mosaic crochet technique. Each file includes a chart as well. Simple black and white boxes for interlocking; X’s to mark the dropped double crochets for mosaic.

      If you have already bought the eBook “A Year of Gnomes” on Ravelry then you will see “September Gnome” has been added and the eBook has been updated. As a surprise bonus, you can download my new “Harvest Basket” square for FREE – just add it to your cart and Ravelry will automatically detect if you’ve purchased the eBook! Offer ends December 31, 2021, valid on Ravelry only.

      The eBook is a great value! Ravelry has a great system for updating patterns; Etsy requires that I email you each month with the updated pattern.

      And, of course, our master list of gnomes that keeps getting updated:

      Thank you for reading this far! I hope you have a wonderful September! We are nearly at the half-way mark of the Summer Direction CAL and I have a fun shawl pattern that is nearly ready for release as well as ANOTHER ocean-themed eBook of baby blankets. These blankets will be the same size as the ones in the “Baby Ocean and Others” eBook but they have less of a baby style. They are a bit more grown-up in their styling. I hope you’ll love them, they’ll be ready soon!