Pattern Summary for May

I find it really strange that I have only published 3 patterns this month! In my first year of designing I averaged a new pattern every 2.5 days! It was an unsustainable pace, especially now that I have added the mosaic crochet option to all of my patterns.

However, it was not a slow month for me. I put a lot of focus on my YouTube channel (and have finally reached the level of being able to earn ad revenue on my channel)! I have been adding 130 different language subtitles to each video and have done about 30 of my 70 videos.

The first pattern I published this month was May Cat. If you had the eBook you got an update and didn’t have to purchase anything extra. The next cat square will be published on June 1.

Mosaic crochet version of “May Cat” crocheted by CarolinevdB

The next pattern I published was “Dream A Dream”. It is a center-out square and I created a full video walk-thru for both techniques. I started using my squares for a cardigan but haven’t finished yet.

In May I finished publishing a 4-part video series for the interlocking crochet version of “Sonic Screwdriver”. I haven’t decided which of my Doctor Who patterns to do next on YouTube.

I also put up a short tutorial showing how to add the sc border to an interlocking crochet project. And I created a support video for the interlocking crochet version of my newly updated repeatable “GoldieLux” pattern.

I turned my bulky-weight samples into a cardigan! It may be hot here today but it could snow again in 3 months so a cardigan is always a good project for me.

My third new pattern for this month was “Namaste Mandala”. It is such a peaceful design; I knew it would be well received. And, spoiler alert, the floral design in the corners will be it’s own pattern soon!

Beautiful sample crocheted by Just Duckie Crochet

I also did a live video tutorial using my newly updated Interlocking Crochet “Tutorial 10” pattern. This was the photo PDF I created 2 years ago, only I had some pretty embarrassing mistakes in it. It has now been updated and you can get your free PDF directly from my website and you can watch the first half of the square being crocheted on YouTube.

In summary, I was busy even though I only published 3 patterns this month. “Namaste Mandala” was my bestseller this month (no surprise there) and “Dream A Dream” did well too. Tied for third place, “Bubbles the Sea Turtle” and “Double Wedding Rings” were the surprising ones for me!

However, as I type this blog entry I have received a few more emails notifying me of purchases and they are all for “Double Wedding Rings”! Someone must have shared their work-in-progress on this WIP Wednesday, thank you for that!

I am nearly ready to get that pattern updated with the center-out instructions for each technique.

We also managed to plant a huge garden. So between watering the garden, normal household duties, and all my crochet projects, I didn’t notice how quickly May was speeding along! Thank you for everyone’s patience and I promise I will have more patterns soon!

Double Wedding Rings: Crochet Square or Blanket Pattern

Are there bells ringing soon? Do you have friends or family members tying the knot?

This beautiful design (if I do say so myself) was based on a traditional quilting pattern. The Double Wedding Rings Quilt has been remade in many variations throughout the years and I am happy to offer my take on it now. I even unpacked my wedding dress for some photos!

Mosaic version, grey as Main Color, with my old wedding dress.

Like all of my patterns, this pattern includes written line-by-line instructions and charts for two techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet. The overlay mosaic crochet version has X’s on the chart to show where the dropped double crochets go.

This pattern can be made as large or as small as you want; simply adjust how many repeat you would like to do and choose a yarn weight and hook that matches.

This pattern has been updated to include center-out instructions for both techniques as well as the original bottom-up version.

The base size for the interlocking crochet method is 81 x 81. This is the same size as my collection of large squares (see a list here). The outer rows that lock the layers together show three solid lines but those lines won’t interfere with the image because there are markings to show you which parts to repeat.

Because the chart is the same size as my other oversized squares it works great as a pillow or as a panel in a mix-and-match blanket. Kimberly Windsor-Johnson made this interlocking sample of one square (no repeats) and you can see how awesome the back looks too!

The mosaic version has had the interlocking mesh dots removed and the unnecessary extra border lines that locked the interlocking mesh layers together are not on the mosaic chart. The mosaic chart is 79 x 79 because of that.

My patterns always instruct you to look at the chart to be sure you’re using the colors the way you intend to. I get a lot of messages from people who aren’t sure which color to use first (and I don’t mind these messages) but I always try to help now and educate for later.

My overlay mosaic sample, grey as the Main Color

For my mosaic sample I have used grey as the main color which shows as blue on the accompanying chart. I made mine 2 repeats wide and 3 repeats tall. I used a 5 mm hook and my yarn is technically a 4 weight but felt a bit thin. The finished size was 36″ wide by 52″ tall. It works as a small couch throw and feels so nice draped around my shoulders!

And the wrong side of your overlay mosaic crochet project will be striped with a faint illusion of the front. There are fancy techniques you can use to change the way the back looks – but I like the simple version.

The wrong side, overlay mosaic crochet.

Cyncitycrochets made this interlocking sample and she decided to use white as the main color which would correspond to the black squares on that chart. The result is stunning on both the right and wrong side.

Right side, interlocking crochet sample by cyncitycrochets (white as Main Color).
Wrong side, interlocking crochet sample by cyncitycrochets (white as Main Color).

In my opinion, you will want a minimum of 3 repeats to get the rings effect otherwise it looks a bit like a flower to me. My husband called it propellers.

Interlocking Crochet Details

  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”
  • FOR FULL BLANKET (4 squares wide and 5 tall):
    • 79” x 92” / 189cm x 234cm
    • Worsted weight yarn (7800 – 7900 yards total)
      • Main color (MC) – 3900 yards plus 100 for optional border
      • Accent color (AC) – 3900 yards
    • 20” x 20” / 51cm x 51cm
    • Worsted weight yarn (460 – 485 yards total)
      • Main color (MC) – 230 yards plus 25 for optional border
      • Accent color (AC) – 230 yards

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

  • 5 mm hook (H-8)
  • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4”
  • FOR FULL BLANKET (3 squares wide and 4 tall):
    • 59” x 84” / 150cm x 213cm
    • Worsted weight yarn (5550 – 6400 yards total)
      • Main color (blue/yellow on chart) – 2600 yards plus 850 for optional envelope border
      • Accent color (white on chart) – 2950 yards
    • 20” x 22” / 52cm x 56cm
    • Worsted weight yarn (525 – 825 yards total)
      • Main color (blue/yellow on chart) – 250 yards plus 300 for optional envelope border
      • Accent color (white on chart) – 275 yards

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The envelope border on my overlay mosaic sample took me about 4 hours. I used 4 rows of single crochet in the back loop only after a round of surface single crochets on the ends with the fringe.

Forever Be My Always, Crochet Blanket

There’s a quote written in cursive on this blanket that says, “you will forever be my always” next to two rings on a cross. This romantic blanket is made sideways (working with the long side instead of the shorter side) and it comes with right- and left-handed instructions.

The overlay mosaic crochet pattern differs from the interlocking crochet pattern: the mesh dots have been removed from the mosaic version.

Interlocking versus mosaic version

You could get this one finished in time for Valentine’s Day! Or, perhaps for an anniversary? Or in memory of a loved one? I have some friends getting married soon, I’m going to see if I can finish it in time for them.

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Interlocking Details

  • Chart is 261 x 181
  • Finished measurements about 65” x 45” / 166cm x 115cm
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (3320-3395 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) – 1660 yards plus 75 for optional border
    • Accent color (AC) – 1660 yards
  • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”

Overlay Mosaic Details

  • Chart is 261 x 181
  • Finished measurements approximately 70” x 52” / 177cm x 131cm
  • 5 mm hook (H-8)
  • Worsted weight yarn (4125-4725 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) – 1375 yards (black)
    • Contrasting color (CC) – 2750 yards (pink)
    • Plus, optional envelope border – 600 yards
  • Gauge: 14 sc x 15 rows = 4”