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Crochet Tutorial: Adult Shark Blanket

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It’s a “fin-tastic” day for YARNutopia as we release the video tutorial and free pattern for the shark tail. A much anticipated blog post for this “Jaw-some” blanket. *Queue JAWS music here*

Shark Tail
Click Here for the Printable PDF Digital Download for this Pattern

Klik hier voor de vertaling (DUTCH TRANSLATION)

Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make the shark blanket that is in the photo:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
Questions? Leave a comment!
You may sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my name and Etsy Shop (YARNutopia).
Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own.
Thank you, and happy hooking!

Sizing:
The video tutorial is for the size LARGE that will fit anybody that is 5+ feet tall.
Watch the end of the video to get tips on to make yours smaller or bigger.

Materials:
-Red Heart Super Saver Medium (worsted) weight yarn:
For the Large size I used approximately 1700 yards of Gray Heather, Small amounts of Black, White, and Cherry Red.
If you cannot get these exact brands of yarn, go to Yarnsub.com to find an equivalent type of yarn.
-Size K-6.50mm AND I-5.50mm crochet hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors
-Stuffing (optional)

Special Stitches:
Ch: chain
Sl st: slip stitch
BLO: Back Loop Only
DC: double crochet
Sc: single crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
TC: Treble Crochet
DC2TOG: Double Crochet Decrease
HDC2TOG: Half-Double Crochet Decrease
SC2TOG:Single Crochet Decrease
Notes:

Watch the video tutorial to make this smaller or bigger. At the end of the video tutorial I give clear instructions on how to make this smaller. Just stop increasing at the point where you feel it has reached the size you are trying to accomplish, then jump to the directions for row 44 and make it however long you want it to be.
-Ch 2 at the beginning of row/round does NOT count as a stitch. (See video tutorial for clear instructions)
-The Blanket part is made using a K-6.50mm size crochet hook, and all the fins and embellishments are made using the I-5.50mm crochet hook.
-For the Tail Fin, Dorsal Fin, and Eyes, work in the BLO

Click Here for the Printable PDF Digital Download for this Pattern

Size Large Shark Blanket

With K-6.50mm Crochet Hook
Ch 3

Rnd 1: DC 10 in 3rd ch from hook. Sl st to beginning dc. ch 2 (10)

Rnds 2-3: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (10)

Rnd 4: DC 2 in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (20)

Rnd 5-6: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (20)

Rnd 7: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next st) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (30)

Rnds 8-9: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (30)

Rnd 10: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 2 sts.) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (40)

Rnds 11-12: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (40)

Rnd 13: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 3 sts.) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (50)

Rnd 14-15: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (50)

Rnd 16: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 4 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (60)

Rnds 17-18: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (60)

Rnd 19: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 5 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (70)

Rnds 20-21: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (70)

Rnd 22: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 6 sts) 10 stimes. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (80)

Rnds 23-24: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (80)

(At this point, if it is as wide as you need it, jump to directions for round 44—see video for visual instructions)

Rnd 25: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 7 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (90)

Rnds 26-27: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (90)

Rnd 28: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 8 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (100)

Rnds 29-30: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (100)

(At this point, if it is as wide as you need it, jump to directions for round 44—see video for visual instructions)

Rnd 31: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 9 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (110)

Rnds 32-33: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2.

Rnd 34: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 10 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (120)

Rnds 35-36: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (120)

Rnd 37: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 11 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (130)

Rnd 38-39: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (130)

Rnd 40: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 12 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (140)

Rnds 41-42: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (140)

Rnd 43: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 13 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (150)

(At this point, if it is NOT as wide as you need it, continue established pattern just increasing the stitches evenly until it is as wide as you need it to be. See video for visual instructions)

We will now be working in rows. If you do not want to work in rows, watch the video tutorial for visual instructions on how to make this a full cocoon style.

You can make this however long you want. I did 30 rows, but you can do less or more depending on how long you want to make your shark.

Row 44-74: DC in each st across. DO NOT sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2, turn. (150)
Fasten off, weave in end.

Gum Line:
With I-5.5mm Crochet Hook
Attach Red yarn
Row 75: HDC in each st across. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Teeth:
With I-5.5mm Crochet Hook
With White
Attach to one end
*Ch 6, Sl St in 2nd ch from hook, SC in next, HDC in next, DC in next, TC in next, Sk 3 sts on red gum line, Sl St in next st on row 75. Repeat from * across. (see video tutorial if this part is a little confusing)

 

Tail Fin
Make 2 with I-5.50mm Crochet Hook
With 2 strands of yarn in Gray,
Work in the BLO

Row 1: Chain 52, DC in 3rd ch from hook and across, ch 2, turn (50dc)

Row 2: DC2TOG twice, DC in each stitch across, ch 2, Turn (48dc)

Row 3:  DC in each stitch until the last 4 sts, DC2TOG twice, ch 2, turn (46dc)

Row 4-11: repeat rows 2 & 3 until you have 30 sts

Row 12: 2 DC in first 2 sts, DC across, ch 2, turn (32dc)

Row 13: DC in each st across until the last 2 sts, 2 DC in each of the last 2 sts, ch 2, turn (34)

Row 14-21: Repeat rows 12 & 13 until you have 50 sts.
Do not fasten off, continue to sc around entire piece.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.
Sew both tails together to make it extra thick, Stuff tail if you would like. Cinch around top to make it smaller, then sew it around rnd 10 of the body. (see video tutorial for this part)

Pectoral Fins
(Make 2) with I-5.50mm crochet hook
With 2 strands of yarn in gray,

Row 1: Ch 17, HDC in 3rd ch from hook and across. Ch 2, turn. (15)

Row 2-6: HDC in each st across, ch 2 turn. (15)

Row 7: HDC2TOG, HDC in next 11 sts, HDC2TOG, ch 2, turn (13)

Row 8: HDC in each st across. Ch 2, turn. (13)

Row 9: HDC2TOG, HDC in next 9 sts, HDC2TOG, ch 2, turn (11)

Row 10: HDC in each st across. Ch 2, turn. (11)

Row 11: HDC2TOG, HDC in next 7 sts, HDC2TOG, ch 2, turn. (9)

Row 12: HDC in each st across. Ch 2, turn. (9)

Row 13: HDC2TOG, HDC in next 5 sts, HDC2TOG, Ch 2, turn. (7)

Row 14: HDC in each st across. Ch 2, turn. (7)

Row 15: HDC2TOG, HDC in next 3 sts, HDC2TOG, ch 2, turn. (5)

Row 16: HDC in each st across. Ch 1 turn

Continue to SC around entire fin, Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Sew both fins to blanket (See video for visual instructions)

Dorsal Fin:
This fin is worked in continuous rounds. Place stitch marker at the beginning of each round.
With I-5.50mm crochet hook

With 2 strands of yarn in gray
Work in BLO

Ch 2
Rnd 1: SC 6 in 2nd ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2-3: Sc in each st (6)

Rnd 4: (Sc 2 in next st, sc in next st) 3 times. (9)

Rnd 5: Sc in each st. (9)

Rnd 6: (Sc 2 in next st, Sc in next 2 sts) 3 times. (12)

Rnds 7-8: Sc in each st (12)

Rnd 9: (Sc 2 in next st, sc in next st) 6 times. (18)

Rnd 10: Sc in each st. (18)

Rnd 11: (Sc 2 in next st, Sc in next 2 sts) 6 times. (24)

Rnd 12: Sc in each st. (24)

Rnd 13: (Sc 2 in next st, Sc in next 3 sts) 6 times. (30)

Rnd 14: Sc in each st. (30)

Rnd 15: (Sc 2 in next st, Sc in next 4 sts) 6 times. (36)

Rnds 16-19: Sc in each st. (36)

Fasten off with long tail for sewing.
Stuffing is optional, sew to body of shark.
(See video for sewing instructions)

Eyes: Make 2
The eyes are worked in continuous rounds. Place stitch marker at the beginning of each round.
With I-5.50mm Crochet Hook in Black

Work in the BLO

Ch 2
Rnd 1:Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2: Sc 2 in each st. (12)

Rnd 3: (Sc 2 in next st, Sc in next st) 6 times. (18)

Rnd 4: (Sc 2 in next st, Sc in next 2 sts) 6 times. (24)

Fasten off with long tail for sewing.
Add white yarn detail in eye (see video for visual instructions)
Sew to body.

Gills: Make 4 (or as many as you want)
FDC 20
OR Ch 22, DC in 3rd ch from hook and across.

Fasten off with long tail. Sew to body behind eyes.

Finishing:
Sew Eyes to row 13 of gray color from mouth
Sew Pectoral Fins to line 26 of gray color from mouth
Sew Dorsal Fin to line 30 of gray color from mouth.
See video tutorial for these specific placements.
Sew in all loose ends.
Enjoy being eaten by a shark!!

Click Here for the Printable PDF Digital Download for this Pattern

 

***You can always contact me if you have any problems with the pattern. I am happy to help if you have any questions along the way.

***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”

***You can sell anything you make from my patterns, please just link back to my website YARNutopia.com. Thank you!

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)

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~Nadia

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Keep Your Face To The Sunshine

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As I prepare for yet another surgery, I wanted to reach out to everyone with an update on my current health situation, as well as give a background on my journey through illness thus far. Repeatedly challenged by sickness, I am often left to navigate my way through life around numerous obstacles placed in my way due to complications from Crohn’s disease.

I ask you to read this blog and hopefully you will be able to get a clearer picture of how truly devastating inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis can be. My hope is that once this ordeal is behind me, I can hit the ground running (or at least walking) into 2016. My goal is to get through an entire year without having major surgery or complications. My real hope is that we find the CURE.

Health Challenges Ahead

For the past eight years, I have been struggling with my health. Some of you who follow my page have known about a few of my struggles; others may be new to learning that I have a very severe and complex case of Crohn’s disease. Every doctor I have ever encountered has termed me everything from an “anomaly,” to “complicated,” to “a nightmare.” It has been extremely difficult to walk this journey and try to maintain some normalcy in my life when nothing is “normal” with my health.

When I was 17 years old, I was so sick, and on the cusp of colon cancer, when the doctors decided to remove my entire large intestine and rectum. I underwent a total-proctocolectomy and was given a temporary loop ileostomy and an internal ileo J-pouch.

An ileostomy is when the small intestine is brought through the abdominal wall and waste is diverted to the outside of the body. This continence diversion allows for a person to expel body waste into an ostomy appliance on the outside of the body.

A J-pouch is an internal pouch using a portion of the small intestine made to take the place of the rectum and can be used to expel waste similar to any other person (minus the correct anatomy). My J-pouch was connected to a small part of my anal cuff left behind during surgery and left to heal.

Hospital
Continued Obstacles

I lived with my ileostomy for four months then had it reversed. Physically, I looked “normal” from the outside, other than the abdominal scars I had from surgery. Doctors opened my bottom and the concept was that the J-pouch would emulate a “mock rectum” and function as an internal reservoir for waste out of which I would be able to go to the bathroom somewhat “normally.”  However, I wasn’t so lucky.

In the entire time I had my J-pouch, I went into what essentially would be considered “failure” and was terribly ill for the 20 month duration I had it. My surgeon was trying hard to save the reconstructed organ because he was trying to take my youth into consideration. He was working hard to avoid giving me a permanent ileostomy.

So, I underwent another surgery to go back to a temporary ileostomy in hopes of saving all the reconstructive internal surgery I had done and save my J-pouch. It was not successful.

After 10 months, I underwent testing to see if this extreme procedure would work, but the doctors determined that there was a lack of blood supply flowing to the J-pouch and my disease had attacked everything. There was really no chance to save the tissue and intestine.

The doctors then made the decision that my best case scenario would be to remove the diseased intestine, remove the J-pouch and give me a permanent ileostomy. I was 20 years old.

It Takes a Toll

It is difficult to describe to someone how it feels to constantly have your life interrupted by illness. Although I have incredible family support, it has been a difficult journey to take as I watched my brothers and my friends move on to college when my six attempts at college were detoured by illness, to the point where I just gave up trying. I watched them move out on their own, get married, work a job outside the home, and move forward in life.

For me, it seemed that for each step I took forward this illness tried it’s best to push me two steps backward. I fought back EVERY step of the way. I have tried a myriad of medications, holistic healing, naturopathy, homeopathic, and dietary measures to help myself. If you can think of it, I most likely have tried whatever method to stave off this disease. Up until recently, (as I now am preparing for another surgery and have been taken off of several of my meds in preparation) I was/am taking chemotherapy drugs, biologic drugs, probiotics by the bottle-full, vitamins, dietary supplements, and numerous other medications to sustain my life and existence as best as I can.

Even if from all outward appearance I look “normal,” the crazy thing about this disease is that it is invisible from the outside. I guarantee if you saw me from the inside, you would know how truly devastating this disease really is. I feel that over the years and after numerous surgeries, I have been pieced back together, that all my mismatched parts have been stitched back like an old rag-doll that has seen too many days of wear and tear.

Since my initial series of life changing surgeries, I’ve had to undergo many more as I sacrificed more and more of my intestine to this monster. Last summer, I had another 30 centimeters of intestine removed, and because of a prolapse to my ileostomy, I had my ileostomy moved from my right side to my left side.

Shortly after surgery, I began to experience incredible pain around my new ileostomy. After numerous tests, the doctors found a subcutaneous leak where feces were seeping into my abdomen. Upon further testing, they also found a large abscess at the surgical site in my abdomen. Another major surgery was performed to open me back up. It was so bad; they could not close my abdomen. They left the incision open and I underwent what is known as “healing by secondary intention.” I was put on a woundVAC machine, and my wounds were packed and treated until they healed. I spent more than a month hospitalized and another six weeks with home healthcare nurses taking care of me with the additional help of my parents.

The Journey Continues

Fast forward to this year, and I still have not had much luck conquering this disease. I have yet to get through a year without major surgery or to even have lengthy respite from being in the hospital. Even this year I have been hospitalized five times since January 2015.

Earlier this fall, I started to experience incredible pain in my lower abdomen. Several days had passed, and the pain increased. I had been home alone caring for my nephew when I knew there was a bigger issue than just typical Crohn’s pain. I called my parents, who were out in New York visiting my brother. My parents cut their trip short, left NY, and raced back home.

Upon arrival my mom rushed me to the ER. I was immediately admitted inpatient with an abscess. The problem was that the abscess had formed in my lower abdomen where my anal cuff had been left behind from my permanent ileostomy surgery, and they sewed up my bottom. The mucosa produced from the tissue, along with bacteria, had caused a critical situation, making conditions ready for this disaster to happen. The abscess was located in a very vascular area and was affecting other organs.

The decision was made to transport me to another hospital more equipped to handle the level of care I needed. I was taken by ambulance, and by the time I arrived at the other hospital I had gone septic. I ended up in the ICU for several days and had to undergo emergency surgery to place drainage pumps to get the infection from my abdomen out. It was a terrible ordeal, and it is remarkable that I even recovered from being that sick.

After a week in the hospital, I was discharged with the pump, drains, and tubes still inside of me. As long as my mom could care for my apparatus at home, I could continue treatment from home. So I went, happy as a clam to get out of the place I so ungraciously refer to as “The Joint.”

However, this doesn’t end here. This is the reason for the inspiration for this blog post. I had the drainage system in a little over two weeks until the doctors were able to remove them. Unfortunately, this could be a reoccurring problem, and they said I may not survive another episode if the abscesses come back. In order to prevent that from happening, I need to have the entire area removed. This will entail the complete removal of the anal area, the muscle surrounding it, the internal area where the disease is showing, and any of the area where abscesses may form.

At this time, there is no way to know how deep it will be or how much will need to be taken out. The best case scenario would be about a three inch diameter section of my bottom, but internally I am not sure. Needless to say, I am extraordinarily frightened.

Actually, that doesn’t even come close to explaining how I feel as this disease continues to ravage my 25-year-old body and continues to claim one piece at a time. From diseased intestines, surgeries, hospitalizations, blood clots, infusions, transfusions, PICC lines, infections, and a number of other challenges, this disease has truly tested every bit of physical and mental strength I possess and it continues to do so. Fear does not own me, but I can honestly say it is ever present through this journey.

I was told the recovery time is six to eight weeks for this type of surgery. Each one of these surgeries makes my situation even graver and more challenging for an already challenged body. There are moments when I feel like screaming out in rage and beg for an answer to the question “WHY?” Other times, I feel like I just want to embrace life and celebrate EVERY. SINGLE. MOMENT. that I can. I choose the latter most often.

Hospital

You Give Me Strength and Purpose

My surgery is scheduled for December 9th, 2015. I was able to obtain medical clearance from my doctors to travel to New York City for a few days before surgery to visit my brother, and I am really looking forward to that trip. I feel like having that to look forward will help keep my mind off the obvious event of surgery looming in front of me. Each moment to add good memories to my life canvas makes all the difference in the world! I am so eternally grateful for the many gifts in my life. I owe all to Allah, my family, Nate, my friends, my IBD family (Crohn’s and colitis patients and doctors), and you, my crochet family who keep me fighting when I feel weak.

I have shared with you before how much I value crochet. I have told you how crochet saved me, but you may not know what you have done for me every day that you showed up to watch my videos and work on my projects. You gave me purpose in an otherwise difficult time when I wasn’t sure of my value. You gave me reason to keep working, creating, and teaching. That is more valuable to me than all the medicine in the world. When I say, “I wish I could hug each and every one of you,” I truly mean it. Thank you so much for the contribution YOU have made to my life. Sometimes people say that I have impacted their life, well; it goes both ways. You have truly impacted so much of my life.

I will be taking time off from filming, but have managed to film a few nice videos ahead of time, to be released during my surgery and recovery. I hope to make a full recovery and get back to crochet and creating in no time! Please continue to share your work. I promise to keep checking back to see what progress everyone has made. As soon as I am able, I will be back, ready to hook my way into action!

Thank you for your patience and your continued support. There are no words that can express my honest gratitude.

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you will not see the shadows.” ~Helen Keller

Love and *Soft Yarn Hugs,*

Your crochet instructor,
Nadia Fuad

If you would like to learn more about Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, please visit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s website at www.ccfa.org

Crochet Tutorial: The Pizzazz Poncho

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Do you have a lot of scrap yarn? I am overrun by baskets of scraps left over from previous projects, and I often try to find fun and useful projects to use them.  When you wear this, it will make you spin, dance, and walk with spring in your step, because it is *that* much fun to wear! Here are a few photos of my poncho and how I wore it. I matched it with jeggings and riders with a man’s denim shirt and a matching headscarf.

Pizzazz Poncho
Comfortable and cozy, I am ready to go out on the town for the day! Bold! Colorful! Wild! The Pizzazz Poncho is all that and a bag of chips!!! I made this creation inspired by a photo I saw made by another crochet artist, but I added a bit of my own artistic spin!
Pizzazz Poncho
This Pizzazz Poncho is the perfect project to make good use out of scraps. This colorful poncho is extremely versatile. With it’s array of color and texture you can pair this with any outfit to dress up or dress down.

Pizzazz Poncho

Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make this poncho:

Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
Questions? Leave a comment!
You may sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my name and Etsy Shop (YARNutopia).
Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials:
-Approx. 1500 Yards of Scrap Yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver Yarns)
-Size J-6.00mm Crochet Hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

NOTES:
~Watch the video to learn how to make this bigger or smaller. It is a repeat pattern so it should not be too difficult to adapt this pattern to the size you
~Change color every row (You don’t have to, but my video tutorial shows this)

Ch: chain
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet

Poncho Make 2
Ch 101 (or any odd number)
Row 1: 1 SC in 2nd ch from hook and across. Turn. (100)

Row 2
: Ch 1, DC in each st across, Turn.

Row 3
: Ch 1, SC in first st, *ch 3, sk 1 st, sc in next st, repeat from * across, finishing with sc in last 2 sts. Turn.

Rows 4: 
Ch 1, DC in first 2 sts, *(DC, Ch 1) in next ch 3 sp. Repeat from * across, ending with dc in last ch 3 sp, do not ch 1, dc in last sc on row.  Turn.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, * sc in ch 1 sp, sc in next st, repeat from * across, ending with 1 sc in each of the last 3 sts. Turn.

Row 6: Ch 1, *Skip next st, DC in next, DC in skipped st, repeat from * across. Turn. (Making criss cross stitches–see video for visual instructions)

Row 7: Ch 1, HDC across. Turn.

Row 8: Repeat Row 6

Row 9: Ch 1, SC across. Turn.

Row 10: Repeat Row 3

Row 11: Repeat Row 4

Row 12: Repeat Row 5

Row 13: Repeat Row 2

Row 14: Repeat Row 6

Row 15: Repeat Row 7

Row 16: Repeat Row 6

Row 17: Repeat Row 9

Row 18: Repeat Row 3

Row 19: Repeat Row 4

Row 20: Repeat Row 5

Row 21: Repeat Row 2

Row 22: Repeat Row 6

Row 23: Repeat Row 7

Row 24: Repeat Row 6

Row 25: Repeat Row 9

Row 26: Repeat Row 3

Row 27: Repeat Row 4

Row 28: Repeat Row 5

Row 29: Repeat Row 2

Row 30: Repeat Row 6

Row 31: Repeat Row 7

Row 32: Repeat Row 6

Row 33: Repeat Row 9

Row 34: Repeat  Row 3

Row 35: Repeat Row 4

Row 36: Repeat Row 5

Row 37: Repeat Row 2

Row 38: Repeat Row 7

Row 39: Repeat Row 2
Fasten off with LONG tail for sewing.

Make another one!

Once you have two pieces made, Watch video tutorial at Time 1:02:40 to learn how to attach the two pieces and go onto making the collar.

Collar:
Working on backside at neckline (It’s best to watch the video tutorial for this part since it’s first worked in rows and then in rounds)
Row 1: SC in 4 sts at the back V neck part. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, SC across and sc into next 2 sts on last row of poncho, Turn.
Row 3-7: Repeat row 2 until you have 15 sts across. Sl st to next st on poncho and fasten off.

Rnd 1: Attach yarn on poncho row on the right side of back of collar *See video for placement* Ch 1, DC2TOG, DC to next Side of Poncho row, DC2TOG, DC in each st to the front V of neck, DC3TOG, DC in the rest of the sts around. Sl st to beginning

Rnd 2: Ch 1, SC2TOG, SC until you get to the next DC2TOG, SC2TOG at that point, SC until you get to the front V of neck, SC3TOG, SC in the rest of the sts around. Sl st to beginning.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, SC2TOG, ch 3, sk 2 sts, sc in next st, Repeat from * 2 times, ch 3, SC2TOG, **ch 3, sk 2 sts, sc in next st, repeat from ** until you get to the V of neck, SC3TOG, ***ch 3, sk 2 sts, sc in next st, repeat from *** until you get to the end. Sl st to beginning.

Rnd 4: Ch 1, DC in first st, * DC in ch 3 sp, ch 1, Repeat from * around. Sl st to beginning.

Rnd 5: (See video tutorial for visual instructions) Ch 1, SC2TOG, SC until you get to next side of poncho row, SC2TOG, SC until you get to the front V of neck, SC3TOG, SC in the rest of the sts aroud. Sl st to beginning.

Rnd 6: Ch 1, SC2TOG, SC until you get to next side of poncho row, SC2TOG, SC until you get to the front V of neck, SC3TOG, SC in the rest of the sts aroud. Sl st to beginning.

Fasten off, Weave in all ends.

Finishing:
SC around entire bottom of poncho. (See video for visual instructions)

Enjoy!!

***You can always contact me if you have any problems with the pattern. I am happy to help if you have any questions along the way.

***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”

***You can sell anything you make from my patterns, please just link back to my website YARNutopia.com. Thank you!

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)

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“If you’re quiet, you’re not living. You’ve got to be noisy and colorful and lively.” ~Mel Brooks

~Nadia

Crochet Tutorial: The Happy Snowman Headband

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Here is an easy project headband for the holiday. For the times when you need a small touch to an outfit or to add a little extra to a gift. This decorative adornment can be made as a plain band or with an embellishment like this happy snowman, a bow, or a flower! Get creative!

Snowman Headband

View this video to learn how to make your Happy Snowman Heaband:

Instead of a snowman, you could add a heart!

You could add a flower appliqué too!

Or, You could add a bow!

Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
Questions? Leave a comment!
You may sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my name and Etsy Shop (YARNutopia).
Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials:
-Scraps of Red Heart Yarns
-Size H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

NOTES:
This headband is made to fit any adult size head. Watch the video to learn how to make it smaller if you are an advanced crocheter. The written pattern is for the ADULT SIZE ONLY.

Ch: chain
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
DC: Double Crochet

Headband
With Red: Ch 61 (or any odd number that will fit around the head you want to make it for)
Row 1: SC in 3rd ch from hook, sk next ch, *5 DC in next ch, sk next ch, sc in next ch, repeat from * Until you get to the end, put 10 DC in last ch and turn to work on opposite side of foundation chain. ***sk next ch, sc in next ch (where there is a sc from opposite side), sk next ch, 5 DC in next ch, repeat from *** until the end, fasten off with long tail and sew headband closed.

Snowman Applique: (Work in BLO)

With White, Ch 2
Rnd 1
: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6)

Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st (12)

Rnd 3: *2 SC in next st, SC in next st, repeat from * around (18)

Rnd 4: *2 SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts, repeat from * around (24)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing

Hat applique:
Row 1: Ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across (6)
Row 2: sl st in first st, sc in next 4 sts, leave last st unworked, ch 1 turn.
Row 3: sc across, ch 1 turn (4)
Row 4-5: Sc across, ch 1 turn (4)
Sl st down side and fasten off with long tail for sewing.
(See video for visual instructions)

Assembly Step:
Embroider face by watching video to get visual instructions, sew all pieces to headband

Enjoy!!

***You can always contact me if you have any problems with the pattern. I am happy to help if you have any questions along the way.

***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”

***You can sell anything you make from my patterns, please just link back to my website YARNutopia.com. Thank you!

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)

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“Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul
With a corncob pipe and a button nose
and two eyes made out of coal.” ~Lyrics to “Frosty the Snowman”

~Nadia

Crochet Tutorial: Chunky Beanie Hat with Pom

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Every year I get orders for these chunky beanies with a pom. I ended up having to fill a few orders of this hat again this year, and I loved the color combination of this one. Some time ago, I had made a video tutorial on how to make this hat, but I never posted here to my blog. It’s a little bit overdue, but here are the instructions on how to create your very own chunky beanie.

Chunky Hat with Pom
This is such an easy pattern, you can watch the video to see how to make it in smaller or larger sizes to fit all ages.

Chunky Hat with Pom
Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make this simple hat:

Crochet Tutorial: The Enchantress Bonnet

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Most of you know that I get inspiration from a variety of ways when creating my pieces. “The Enchantress Bonnet” is no exception. It reminds me of the enchantress from ancient literature or from a character in a fairy-tale.

Enchantress Bonnet
Recently, I started binge watching the series “Once Upon A Time” on Netflix. This series is a drama series that brings fairytales to life and intertwines characters from stories I remember as a child. I’m totally addicted to this show! I’ve noticed that I adore the costumes worn by the characters. I had seen a hood design and I fell in love with it. I love the texture from the crocodile stitch combined with the front post and back post half-double crochet. It looks very detailed and complex.  
Enchantress Bonnet
“Bring out the hidden enchantress inside of you! The magnificent, confident, hauntingly beautiful, multifaceted you!!”

Enchantress Bonnet

Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make your Enchantress Bonnet:

Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
Questions? Leave a comment!
You may sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my name and Etsy Shop (YARNutopia).
Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials:
-Approx. 430 Yards of Lion Brand Yarns Vanna’s Choice in “Mountain Print”
-Approx. 315 Yards of Red Heart With Love in “Chocolate”
-Size J-6.00mm Crochet Hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

NOTES:
This hat is made to fit any adult size head. Watch the video to learn how to make it smaller if you are an advanced crocheter. The written pattern is for the ADULT SIZE ONLY.

Ch: chain
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
FPHDC: Front Post Half Double Crochet
BPHDC: Back Post Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
V-Stitch: Double Crochet, Ch 1, Double Crochet all in the same stitch
Crocodile Stitch: 5 DC around 1st DC of V-Stitch, ch 1, 5 DC around 2nd DC of V-Stitch

Hat
With Mountain Print Ch 117
Row 1: 1 HDC in 2nd ch from hook and across. (116)

Row 2
: Ch 2, turn, (counts as stitch) *FPHDC around next st, BPHDC around next, repeat from * Across. HDC in last st.

Row 3
: Ch 2, turn, (counts as stitch) *BPHDC around next st, FPHDC around next, repeat from * across. HDC in last st.

Rows 4-20
: Repeat rows 2 & 3, ending on a repeat of Row 2.

Row 21: Ch 1, turn, sc in next 9 sts, * sc2tog, sc in next 10 sts, repeat from * across until you have 11 sts left. sc2tog, sc in last 9 sts. Do NOT fasten off. Change color to Chocolate (See video for visual instructions for this part)

Crocodile stitch section:

Row 1:  Ch 1, turn, dc in first st, sk next st, *V-stitch, sk next 2 sts, repeat from * across to last 3 sts, V in next st, sk next st, dc in last st.

Row 2: Turn, sl st in first dc, *work crocodile stitch around next V-stitch, skip next V-stitch, repeat from * across, work scale around last V-stitch, sl st in last st.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, dc in first st, *V-stitch in center of next scale, V-stitch in skipped V-stitch, repeat from * across, V-stitch in center of last scale, dc in last st.

Row 4: Turn, sl st in first 2 dc and in ch space of first V, *work crocodile stitch around next V-stitch, skip next V-stitch, repeat from * finishing with scale in next V-stitch, sl st in ch space of last V and in last 2 dc.

Row 5: Ch 1, turn, DC in first st, *V-stitch in skipped V-stitch, V-stitch in center of next scale, repeat from * across, finishing with V-stitch in last skipped V-stitch, dc in last st.

Row 6-10: Repeat Rows 2 – 5, then repeat row 2 once more.

Do NOT fasten off, remove your hook and sew up the back

Sewing up the back:
Fold work in half, with right sides together, so that Row 10 forms the front of the hat. Sew back seam. Turn hat right-side-out again. (See video for visual instructions on this section)

 

Continue with crocheting:

Pick up loop from last stitch of previous section, and turn work so you are now working in the sides of the rows along the bottom:

Row 1 (WS): Ch 1, sc evenly spaced along sides of rows all the way around the bottom of hood. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Braids:
Take 12 strands of yarn that measure 48 inches and pull half through the bottom of one side of hood and tie a knot. There should be 24 strands. Braid using 8 strands of yarn in each bunch, and tie a knot at the bottom. (Do the same thing for the other side). See video tutorial for visual instructions on this section

Enjoy!!

***You can always contact me if you have any problems with the pattern. I am happy to help if you have any questions along the way.

***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”

***You can sell anything you make from my patterns, please just link back to my website YARNutopia.com. Thank you!

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)

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“If I’m honest, I have to tell you… I still read fairy-tales, and I like them best of all.” ~Audrey Hepburn

~Nadia

Crochet Tutorial: Chunky Wavy Hat with a Pom

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Just in time for the coldest days of the year! This chunky wavy hat with a pom is one of the easiest projects you will make this holiday season! This will be a favorite for anyone! Treat all the guys and gals on your holiday list this year! Not only is it cute, but it is incredibly warm! It will be the coziest hat you will ever wear! Guaranteed!

Chunky Wavy Hat
This hat is only 9 rounds and works up really fast, you could make it in an afternoon! Make as many as you can and give them as gifts, sell them on your Etsy shop, donate them to charity, give them to schools so children don’t have to freeze at recess. These hats are so fun to make, you can get very creative and use many different colors or make it one solid color!

Chunky Wavy Hat
Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make this hat:

Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
Questions? Email: nadiafdeane@yahoo.com put “The Gentleman’s Scarf” in subject line
You may sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my name and Etsy Shop (YARNutopia).
Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials:
-3 skeins of Hometown USA Lion Brand yarn. 81 yds each skein. 5 oz. (Colors used: Billings Chocolate, San Diego Navy, and Los Angeles Tan)
-Size N-9.00mm Crochet Hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

NOTES:
This hat is made to fit any adult size head. Watch the video to learn how to make it smaller if you are an advanced crocheter. Just work with multiples of 12 sts.

Ch: chain
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
HDC2TOG: Half Double Crochet 2 Together
DC3TOG: Double Crochet 3 Together

Hat
With Chocolate Ch 3
Rnd 1: 12 DC in 3rd ch from hook, change to Tan, sl st to beginning DC, ch 2. (12)

Rnd 2
: 2 DC in each st around. Change to Navy, sl st to beginning DC, ch 2. (24)

Rnd 3
: *2 DC in next st, 1 DC in next st, repeat from * around, change to Chocolate, sl st to beginning DC, ch 2. (36)

Rnd 4
: *2 DC in next st, 1 DC in next 2 sts, repeat from * around, change to Tan, sl st to beginning DC, ch 2. (48)

Rnd 5
: 3 Dc in first st, *1 DC in next 4 sts, DC3TOG, 1 DC in next 4 sts, 3 DC in next st, repeat from * ending with 1 dc in last 4 sts. Change to Navy, sl st to beginning DC, ch 2.

Rnd 6
: 1 DC in first st.  *3 DC in next st, 1 DC in next 4 sts, DC3TOG, 1 DC in next 4 sts, repeat from * around, ending with 1 dc in last 3 sts, change to Chocolate, sl st to beginning DC, ch 2.

Rnd 7
: 1 DC in first 2 sts.  *3 DC in next st, 1 DC in next 4 sts, DC3TOG, 1 DC in next 4 sts, repeat from * around, ending with 1 dc in last 2 sts, change to Tan, sl st to beginning DC, ch 2.

Rnd 8
: 1 DC in first 3 sts, *3 DC in next st, 1 DC in next 4 sts, DC3TOG, 1 DC in next 4 sts, repeat from * around, ending with 1 dc in last st, change to Navy, sl st to beginning DC, ch 2.

Rnd 9
: 1 DC in first 4 sts.  *3 DC in next st, 1 DC in next 4 sts, DC3TOG, 1 DC in next 4 sts, repeat from * around, ending with DC3TOG, change to Chocolate, sl st to beginning DC, ch 2.

First Earflap:
With Chocolate:
Row 1: HDC 10, chain 2, turn
Row 2: HDC2TOG, HDC in next 6, HDC2TOG, chain 2, turn
Row 3: HDC across, chain 2, turn (8 HDC)
Row 4: HDC2TOG, HDC in next 4, HDC2TOG, chain 2, turn
Row 5: HDC across, chain 2, turn (6 HDC)
Row 6: HDC2TOG, HDC in next 2, HDC2TOG, chain 2, turn (4 HDC)
Fasten off, weave in ends

Second Earflap: 
Skip 15 sts on row 9 of the hat (see video for visual instructions) Attach Chocolate
Row 1: Chain 2, HDC 10, chain 2, turn
Row 2: HDC decrease, HDC in next 6, HDC decrease chain 2, turn
Row 3: HDC across, chain 2, turn (8 HDC)
Row 4: HDC decrease, HDC in next 4, HDC decrease, chain 2, turn
Row 5: HDC across, chain 2, turn (6 HDC)
Row 6: HDC decrease, HDC in next 2, HDC decrease, chain 2, turn DO NOT FASTEN OFF.
Continue to sc around entire hat. Fasten off, weave in all ends.

Pom:
See video for visual instructions on how to make a pom and attach to the top of the hat.

Braids:
Take 12 strands of yarn that measure 36 inches and pull half through the bottom of one earflap and tie a knot. There should be 24 strands. Braid using 8 strands of yarn in each bunch, and tie a knot at the bottom. (Do the same thing for the other ear flap).

Enjoy!!

***You can always contact me if you have any problems with the pattern. I am happy to help if you have any questions along the way.

***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”

***You can sell anything you make from my patterns, please just link back to my website YARNutopia.com. Thank you!

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)

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“Life is an ocean and waves are our paths.” ~Diana Matoso

~Nadia