Plus Flower: a large crochet square pattern

Sometimes I doodle.

This doodle was about me exploring what the wrong side looks like when done in interlocking crochet. Of course, the front looks good whether done in interlocking or overlay mosaic crochet!

Nessa Miller used the interlocking crochet technique for this sample.

The stitches are opposite but that doesn’t mean the wrong side shows an opposite image. It isn’t an inverse of colors. It is sometimes not even pretty on the wrong side even though technically you can create dual-sided, reversible fabric with this technique.

This is the wrong side when using the interlocking crochet technique (crocheted by Nessa Miller). The mosaic version will just be striped on the back.

When crocheted using the interlocking crochet method, the plus-signs all turn into boxes in this design.

I think it is a fun flower regardless of what the back looks like.

The chart is 81 x 81 which means it is the same size as all my other large squares. See a list here: ashleeslint.com/patterns#large

You can mix-and-match to create a blanket or use 2 squares for a pillow. I’ve thought about using them for a purse or bag as well. In that case I would use a thinner-weight yarn and smaller hook.

The suggested yarn is a worsted weight, medium – 4 but as long as you use an appropriate hook for your yarn you can really use any yarn you’d like. Keep in mind, your yardage used may not match my pattern if you don’t match the gauge swatch.

Altona Newcombe used the overlay mosaic technique for this square

And, as always, I’ve included written line-by-line instructions for the interlocking crochet technique and the overlay mosaic crochet technique. Each technique comes with a chart; the mosaic chart has x’s for my experienced fans who are familiar with that setup. I hope to have a tutorial on reading that kind of chart soon.

Grab your pattern on Ravelry before 11:59 pm CST, July 17, 2021 and get an automatic 20% off your entire cart!

If you don’t use Ravelry, you can buy the pattern directly from me here. Keep in mind this requires me to personally respond to the email notification so there may be a delay of a few hours to get your pattern to you.

Plus Flower 40 – Interlocking and Mosaic Crochet Patterns and Charts

You will receive one file containing the written, line-by-line instructions for the interlocking technique, and a one-page chart (81 x81). And another file containing the written, line-by-line instructions for the overlay mosaic technique (including instructions for an envelope border), and a multi-page chart with X’s marked (81 x81)

CA$3.50

July Gnome: Beach Time

Here in Saskatchewan, Canada we are going through a heat wave. A week of temperatures over 30° Celsius (86° Fahrenheit), sometimes getting as high as 38°C! (100°F) Maybe you are in a place that is warm all the time and you just laugh at us but I feel like it is too hot to even go to the beach.

July Gnome lives on the beach. Surf, sand, and sun! Sun’s out, buns out! Flip flops and sunglasses! He is having a great time!

I want YOU to have a great time too! To start the 2nd half of 2021 off right, everything on Etsy and Ravelry will be 25% off until July 5th. No codes needed.

Rainbow-colored knitted background, text says, "Ashlee Brotzell Designs. 25% off Etsy and Ravelry. Linktr.ee/LFMandMosaic @AshleesLint

I know the background of that graphic is knitted, not crocheted. I just finished this tube blanket on my Sentro 48 and the colors are just so amazing! I do have a YouTube video with some tips if you have a circular knitting machine and want to try making a blanket too!

Anyway, back to the crochet. And specifically, back to our monthly gnome! I particularly like the nose on this one.

Sample crocheted by CarolinevdB using the overlay mosaic technique

Like all my patterns, this is written for both of my favorite techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet.

The eBook, “A Year of Gnomes” is half-finished now. I will also be adding a bonus all-in-one pattern once all the Gnomes are drawn and published. It will follow the same format as all my patterns: line-by-line instructions for interlocking crochet, a chart, and then the line-by-line instructions for overlay mosaic crochet. It will have all the gnomes in monthly order starting at the top right corner.

If I wanted to crochet all the Gnomes into a blanket, especially when using the mosaic technique, I would prefer an all-in-one pattern. Keeps those tails to a minimum when doing mosaic crochet. However, it is easier to change colors for each square by doing them one by one. And, if I was doing them one at a time I’d probably use the interlocking method because I find it easier to join the squares.

Here’s our master list of Gnomes so far:

I guess this monthly gnome series is sort of like a CAL (Crochet-A-Long). Our MusicCAL just ended and I love seeing all your projects. 🤩

There’s another CAL for you to eagerly anticipate!

The Friends Around the World 6th Anniversary CAL: Adventure in Mosaic Crochet begins on July 8th! This is a group-effort CAL. There were so many designers that they actually have 3 different blankets for you to make!

I can’t spoil the surprise of which part is mine or when my part will be released. But the first blanket begins on Thursday, July 8th and has an ocean theme!

Sample of Ocean FATW6

Some cool details:

  • FREE
  • Mosaic Crochet
  • Many designers
  • My section includes written instructions, a chart with x’s, and a YouTube tutorial walk-thru!
  • New section released every Monday and Thursday, beginning on Thursday, July 8, 2021
  • Ocean-themed blanket first
  • Geometric blanket begins August 30, 2021
  • Garden Party begins October 25th
  • This is the 6th Friends Around the World (FATW6) CAL

Make sure you join the Facebook group and event for this one! https://www.facebook.com/calcrochetalong

Blog Hop Feature: Rose in Bloom

I am happy to be part of a flower-themed blog-hop this month! Jo’s Crafty Hook has been sharing a FREE crochet pattern everyday and today one of my patterns is in the lineup!

This square can be used as a panel in a blanket, the front of a pillow form, a wall hanging, or just a baby blanket by itself! Normally it is a paid pattern, but today, for the flower blog hop, you can download it for FREE!

The pink graphic above links you directly to your ravelry cart where the free pattern is ready for you (using code: “CraftyHook“, valid until June 7, 2021).

I originally published this square, Rose in Bloom, in August 2020. But, back then I didn’t create a blog post for every new pattern. I have it listed in my Doctor Who Series because it repesents Rose, the character, for me. 💕

All of my patterns include written line-by-line instructions for the interlocking technique and the overlay mosaic technique, as well as a chart (81 x 81 for Rose in Bloom).

I crocheted my sample in the photo using the overlay mosaic technique. I have a pdf tutorial and a YouTube tutorial on this technique.

I used a 5 mm hook instead of my usual 4.5 mm hook because I was hoping it would be large enough to be a baby blanket all by itself. With a 4.5 mm hook my square is 20″ but with the 5 mm hook it came out 22″. I used an envelope border to cover the tails that are created with the mosaic technique and my final piece was 26″.

Usually I join my squares of this size to other squares of this size and create a blanket that way.

I prefer to use the interlocking crochet method when I plan on joining squares.

Find more of my large afghan squares here: ashleeslint.com/patterns#large