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Crochet Tutorial: Nintendo NES Controller Pixel Blanket

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486 pixels were stitched over the past few months and each one was made with love. The creation of this pixel blanket was made to be given to Nate in time for his birthday today, March 30th, 2016.

Nate is a video game enthusiast and early on I decided to create something epic for his special day. My idea formulated around a discussion about vintage video games we each played as kids. He loved Zelda, and mentioned the Nintendo NES system as a favorite. Of course, this had me scrambling in my creative way to find the perfect project to bring this favorite retro past-time to life. Behold the creation of the Nintendo NES Controller Pixel Blanket!

Pixel Blanket

I searched the internet for ideas on how to bring my vision to fruition and came across the blog from Repeat Crafter Me who created a Cupcake Pixel Blanket and I went into crazy creative overdrive!!

Pixel Blanket2
I decided to try to graph this project out on paper and found a photo of this controller by just doing a Google Search.  Once the graph was made, it was a series of mathematics calculations to figure out how much each square would equal in a measurement of inches. I wanted the overall size to be about the size of a queen-size bed. The calculations for this blanket equal the equivalent of 54 inches wide x 80 inches long.

Graph Without Buttons/Cord
Once the size was determined, then the calculation of how many pixels of each color would have to be figured out.

Pixel Graph with Buttons and Cord
All these calculations can be found in the pattern below.  Each square has to be individually created based on these initial calculations. It was easiest for me to work color by color. I began with grey, black, red, then lastly white. Once each square was made, I began to lay them out to determine if the vision in my mind was exactly what I pictured. This was the part where I held my breath hoping that I hadn’t made any mistakes in my calculations!  Below you will see the pixels all laid out on the floor.

Pixels laid out on my living room floor
Once the pixels were laid out and my design was satisfactory, the process of sewing these tiny squares was my next major step. Working in rows, I worked my way across first, then down, as shown in the tutorial video. Soon this project began to come together in the perfect work of art I envisioned!

Pixels with Buttons

 I added a few details to enhance this design. Instead of pixels, I crocheted two circles for the buttons on the controller and a crochet chain to emulate a cord coming from underneath the controller going to an invisible console. Once complete, this labor of my love became one of the most amazing creations I have made thus far. It was, by far, the best gift and was received with delight!

Happy Birthday Nate!!

Pixel

**You can always contact me via Facebook 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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Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make this pixel blanket:

Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
You may sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my website YARNutopia.com.
Please do not copy, sell, and/or post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials:

-Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Black, White, Gray, Red
Amount: Black: 760 yards White: 1400 yards Gray: 740 yards Red: <200 yards
-Size H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

NOTES:

-You can use any yarn brand you want, as long as you stick to the colors White, Black, Gray, and Red to make the pixel photo in the end as long as it’s an 8ply or 10ply yarn (worsted weight/double knitting).
-This took me a very long time to make. I started it in January 2016, but haven’t worked on it consistently, and I finished it on March 26th, 2016.
-You could use a smaller hook to make this smaller.
-This measures 80 inches across and 54 inches tall
-When you attach your squares in the back, they puff up making a 3D look to the pixels. It looks great!
-The Cord is optional, but the circle buttons need to be included to make the Pixel photo complete

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

Pixels:
Make 231 White
Make 5 Red
Make 107 Gray
Make 143 Black
Total Pixels: 486

Time started in video tutorial: 00:10:04

Rnd 1: Chain 3 and make 2 DC in 3rd ch from hook, ch 1, 3 DC in same ch, ch 1, 3 DC in same ch, ch 1, 3 DC in same ch, ch 1 and join to the top of the ch 2, ch 2

Rnd 2: DC in same stitch as your ch 2, DC in next 2 stitches, [DC, ch 2, DC] in the ch 1 sp, DC in the next 3 stitches, [DC, ch 2, DC] in the next ch 1 sp, DC in the next 3 stitches, [DC, ch 2, DC] in the next ch 1 sp, DC in the next 3 stitches, [DC, ch 2, DC] in the next ch 1 sp, chain two and join to the first DC, ch 1

Rnd 3: SC in first 4 stitches, [SC, ch 1, SC] in corner, SC in next 5 stitches, [SC, ch 1, SC] in corner, SC in next 5 stitches, [SC, ch 1, SC] in corner, SC in next 5 stitches, [SC, ch 1, SC] in corner, do not join.
Fasten off and follow video tutorial to learn how to make an invisible join.

Circle (Buttons A and B on Controller): Make 2

Time started in video tutorial: 00:22:42

ch 2.
Round 1: Sc 6 times in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Round 2: Sc twice in each st. (12)
Round 3: *Sc twice in next st, sc in next st. Repeat from * 5 times. (18)
Round 4: *Sc twice in next st, sc in next 2 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (24)
Round 5: *Sc twice in next st, sc in next 3 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (30)
Round 6: *Sc twice in next st, sc in next 4 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (36)
Round 7: *Sc twice in next st, sc in next 5 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (42)
Round 8: *Sc twice in next st, sc in next 6 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (48)
Round 9: *Sc twice in next st, sc in next 7 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (54)
Round 10: *Sc twice in next st, sc in next 8 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (60)
Round 11: *Sc twice in next st, sc in next 9 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (66)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Cord: (Optional) With Black.
Time started in video tutorial: 00:43:25
Chain 40 (or an amount that is long enough)
Row 1: DC in 3rd ch from hook and across.
Fasten off with  long tail for sewing.

Assembly Step:
Sew your squares together following along with the photos and video tutorial for visual instructions.
Attaching Pixels
Time started in video tutorial: 00:35:25
Then it starts again at 00:46:05

Sew Circles on blanket using video tutorial for visual instructions.
Attaching circles: Time started in video tutorial: 00:58:40

Sew Cord on blanket using video tutorial for visual instructions.
Time started in video tutorial: 1:03:11

Border:
Single crochet around entire blanket using video tutorial for visual instructions. Put 3 sc in each of the 4 corners of the blanket.
Time started in video tutorial: 00:54:18

Enjoy!

“Keep calm and game on.” ~Unknown

~Nadia

Health Update: A Promise of Hope

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This blog is the first part of my birthday gift to you, Nate.

As I start this blog I have to admit that, surprisingly, it is one of the hardest pieces I am writing for a couple of reasons. I have backspaced and deleted enough to the point where, if I were writing in the 1970s, my trashcan would be over flowing with crumpled paper that I keep pulling out of my ancient typewriter. Good thing it is 2016, and several trees are being saved from my inability to focus on how I want to put these thoughts into words.

Gravity

Part of the reason I am having trouble with this blog is because it was the object behind a bit of a disagreement between Nate and me. It was nothing major, just a misunderstanding. I can be feisty and stubborn, but being ill has taught me enough about what is important and what matters, so arguments and fights with anyone are few and far between. So, no worries please.

Secondly, I am hesitant on writing this because, usually, when things go up, they must come down, and that has been my typical health pattern for nearly nine years. I have learned that a lot of things are temporary. As I continue to write about some of the positive things that have been happening with my health, in the back of my mind there is a whisper reminding me of Newton’s Universal Law of Gravity. That pesky law keeps me from getting too comfortable with the status quo. But tonight I am going to ignore that stinking voice so I can write in peace.

Barbie Butt

I had surgery on December 9th, 2015 following a very scary episode of sepsis which landed me in the critical care unit for nearly a week. You can read my last health update here. The surgery was scheduled in hopes to offer me a better chance at not repeating history of sepsis in that area as the risk was so high. All of my physicians concurred that I may not be so lucky ‘next time,’ so I had a removal of my rectal/anal cuff and the surgeons closed my bottom. Essentially I was given what they call a ‘Barbie Butt.’ You can laugh. It’s OK. It’s the truth, and God help us all, we NEED humor. I am 25-years-old and have managed to survive some of the most painfully undignified, frightening, and major health hurdles to end up with this Barbie Butt. Believe me, laughter has helped me so much it’s not even funny…or it is…but it’s not. (You know what I mean!) Without humor I wouldn’t have survived; I promise you that. Having this surgery is better than the alternative. So, I laugh in the face of this *bleep* disease that keeps coming at me. “Go ahead Crohn’s disease, Take my a-hole. I didn’t need it anyway!”

Following surgery, I ended up back in the hospital with another abscess and sepsis scare, but it was minor and with a strong dose of antibiotics, I recovered and was home in time for the holidays. That was crucial because I was about to launch the 365 Days of Granny Squares blog in the New Year. Here I was, sitting in the hospital, trying to figure out if I could orchestrate this project from my hospital bed so it would be ready to go by January 1st. I got lucky. I got to come home. 365 Days of Granny Squares went off without a hitch. Today, it has officially been an entire three months that I have not been hospitalized, and to be honest, that is a near record. The granny squares are helping me keep count! Haha!

The struggle is real

Although it hasn’t been easy, and finding an effective treatment plan for my Crohn’s disease has been like playing roulette, things are beginning to look up.

I struggled for the entire month of January trying to recover my strength. By February, I felt stronger but didn’t feel fully better. I started a new drug treatment six weeks ago that offers a lot of promise. Other than being bothered by a few side effects and minor setbacks, I am hopeful as I have seen some mild improvements *knock on wood*. I have tried so many new drugs and treatments, diets and health regimens, that I started to lose hope after failing so many times, but this time I have to hold on to hope. This time is different. It’s different because there is someone else in my picture besides myself, my friends, and my family. It’s Nate.

Nate

He’s my person

Remember that argument I mentioned we had earlier? Yeah, well, it was because I put him on the spot barraging him with questions about all this health stuff the other night with that not-so-pleasant side of my personality that demands answers about handling life with a sick person. I was probably having a tiny pity-party. There were tears, but I’m over it. Sometimes, in those fleeting, not-so-pretty moments, I feel unlovable, ugly, and scarred from a dozen surgeries and having an ostomy, all THIS worry comes out and gets overwhelming. It is overwhelming living with a terrible disease, so walking into this life by choice and choosing to love someone with these circumstances on their plate is HUGE. It’s a risk, and he did it. He did it for me. He told me I am worth the risk. Me! *insert a million feels here*

Flaws

Presently, I am surrounded by several skeins of yarn and 600 tiny square crocheted pixels for a project I am making for Nate’s birthday gift.

So many mini squares!

I’m not thinking about the ugly side of this disease but about how lucky I am to have that love. For the first time in three months since surgery, I don’t just feel good, but I feel amazing! It has nothing to do with medication, doctors, good lab results, or clinic visits. It has to do with someone who Googled Crohn’s disease so many months ago and spent time reading all about it trying to learn what he could, so he could better understand this disease and what he would be facing with me. I feel amazing because Nate says I “fight like a champ” and I am the strongest person he knows, and guess what? I believe him. I feel amazing because, when he looks at me, he doesn’t see all those scars or my ostomy, and that I feel “broken.” He just sees me. Nadia. The girl I always wanted to be before my body was attacked by this disease.

Fighting like a champ (Surgery 2015)

Fighting like a champ  (Surgery 2015)


The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades

There are a lot of things in life that aren’t fair. Nothing is remotely pretty when fighting against sickness. Chronic illness has taught me how unpredictable life can be. I wish I had that magic crystal ball to see the future, so I could know what is coming, but I don’t. I can recite to you my dream of what I would want to see, if the universe lined up just right to grant me that future. It’s a beautiful private dream. But it is exactly that – just a dream.

One thing I have learned is that I can’t control any of this disease, and the universe has a plan of its own. However, despite all these trials, I have been given this perfectly imperfect life that looks nothing like a perfect dream, and that is OK. Illness was the reason I started to crochet. That led me to create YARNutopia and introduced me to this wonderful crochet community. It has brought me lifelong friendships. It taught me the value of what is truly important, and finally, it navigated my life to cross paths with an extraordinary man who is willing to face that frightening, unknown future by my side. He gave me a pinky promise. That is a promise of HOPE. There are no words that exist to thank someone for a gift that extraordinary. Maybe these undeleted, uncrumpled words can help.

Pinky Promise

Pinky Promise

So when you ask how I am feeling, the truth would be, I feel amazing.

Happy Birthday, Nathan Lyden.

Hand in Hand
“…It’s a blessed thing to love and feel loved in return.” ~E.A. Bucchianeri

~Nadia

Crochet Tutorial: Mini Square Bunny Lovey

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In the third part of all things baby week, I bring you the Mini Square Bunny Lovey! In keeping with the Granny Square theme (See 365 Days of Granny Squares project), I’ve created this cute little lovey to match the shoes, dress, and hat.

Bunny Lovey
Bunny Lovey
Bunny Lovey

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE DIGITAL FILE FOR THIS PATTERN

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

**You can always contact me via Facebook 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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Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
You may sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my website YARNutopia.com.
Please do not copy, sell, and/or post this pattern and claim it as your own.
Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make this lovey:

Materials:
-Bernat Softee Baby in Pink (Approx. 70 yards)
-Herrschners Whisper Soft Yarn in White (Approx. 150 Yards)
-Size G6-4.25mm Crochet Hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

NOTES:
-You can make the Granny Squares bigger to make this lovey bigger.

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

Mini Granny Square: Make 4
Ch 4
Rnd 1: Work 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, ch 2, work (3 dc in same ch sp, ch 2) 3 times; join with a sl st in top of ch 3. Fasten off.

Rnd 2: Attach new color in any ch 2 sp, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), work 2 dc in same sp; ch 1, * work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next sp (corner made); ch 1, repeat form * twice more, ending with 3 DC in beginning ch 2 sp where we started. join. Fasten off. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Outer part of granny square:
Row 1: In any corner of the mini granny square, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp; ch 1, 3dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, *[3dc, ch 2, 3dc] in corner, ch 1 sp, 3 dc in next corner. Ch 4, turn

Row 2: 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, [3dc, ch 2, 3dc] in corner, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, 3dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, dc in last st on row. Ch 3, turn

Row 3: 2 dc in same sp, ch 1, [3dc, ch 1] in each sp until corner, [3dc, ch 2, 3dc] in corner, ch 1 [3dc, ch 1] ending with 3 dc in last sp.

Repeat the same concept of row 2 and row 3 until you make your square big enough. End on an odd row. I ended mine on row 7.

Assembly Step:
Once you have all 4 squares complete and as big as you want them to be, single crochet them together then continue on to the border.

Border of lovey:

Rnd 1: In any corner, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, [3dc, ch 1] in each sp until you get to the intersection where the two squares meet. Dc in the single crochet from the meeting (see video tutorial for visual instructions), then continue working [3dc, ch 1] in each sp. (Corner: 3dc, ch 2, 3dc), work this pattern all the way around.

Rnd 2: In any ch 1 sp, ch 1, sc in same sp, *7dc in next ch 1 sp, sc in next ch 1 sp, repeat from * around.

Fasten off, weave in all ends.

Bunny:
Head:
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)
Rnd 5: (Sc 2 in next st, sc in next 3 sts) 6 times. (30)
Rnd 6: (Sc 2 in next st, sc in next 4 sts) 6 times. (36)
Rnds 7-10: Sc in each st. (36)
Rnd 11: (Sc2tog, sc in next 4 sts) 6 times. (30)
Rnd 12: (Sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts) 6 times. (24)
Rnd 13: (Sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts) 6 times. (18)
Rnd 14: (Sc2tog, sc in next st) 6 times. (12)
Rnd 15: sc2tog 6 times. (6)
Fasten off with long tail
Embroider Eyes and nose using photo as a guide

Ear: Make 2
ch 2
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: SC in each st around. (6)
Rnd 3: Sc 2 in each st. (12)
Rnd 4: SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 5: (Sc 2 in next st, sc in next st) 6 times. (18)
Rnd 6: (Sc 2 in next st, sc in next 2 sts) 6 times. (24)
Rnds 7-10: SC in each st around. (24)
Rnd 11: [sc2tog, sc in the next 10 sts] 2 times. (22)
Rnds 12-15: SC in each st around. (22)
Rnd 16: [sc2tog, sc in the next 9 sts] 2 times. (20)
Rnds 17-20: SC in each st around. (20)
Rnd 21: [sc2tog, sc in the next 8 sts] 2 times. (18)
Rnd 22-23: SC in each st around. (18)
Rnd 24: [sc2tog, sc in the next 7 sts] 2 times. (16)
Rnds 25-26: SC in each st around. (16)
Rnd 27: [sc2tog, sc in the next 6 sts] 2 times. (14)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing

Assembly step:
Sew ears to head, use photo for visual guide. Sew head to center of blanket.
Weave in all loose ends.

Enjoy!

Crochet Tutorial: Mini Square Baby Dress

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In the third part of all things baby week, I bring you the Mini Square Baby Dress! In keeping with the Granny Square theme (See 365 Days of Granny Squares project), I’ve created this cute little dress to match the shoes and hat.

Continue to follow this series as I will be making a security blanket lovey next.

Mini Square Baby Dress

Mini Square Baby Dress 2

 

Close up of Dress
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF FILE FOR THIS PATTERN

***You can always contact me via Facebook 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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Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
You may sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my website YARNutopia.com.
Please do not copy, sell, and/or post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials:
-Bernat Softee Baby in Pink (Approx. 100 yards)
-Herrschners Whisper Soft Yarn in White (Approx. 360 Yards)
-Size G6-4.25mm Crochet Hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

NOTES:

-This pattern is written for an infant. This will fit a baby that is 3-6 months old. Use a smaller hook to make it smaller or a larger hook to make it bigger.
-You can also make the Granny Squares bigger to make this dress bigger.
-You can make more rounds on the skirt to make it as long as you want.
-You can also crochet around the sleeves and the neckline to make it have a clean edge.

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

Mini Granny Square: Make 20
Ch 4
Rnd 1: Work 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, ch 2, work (3 dc in same ch sp, ch 2) 3 times; join with a sl st in top of ch 3. Fasten off.

Rnd 2: Attach new color in any ch 2 sp, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), work 2 dc in same sp; ch 1, * work (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next sp (corner made); ch 1, repeat form * twice more, ending with 3 DC in beginning ch 2 sp where we started. join. Fasten off. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Assembly Step:
See video tutorial for instructions on how to sew your squares together to make the top of the dress.

Skirt:
Rnd 1: On the back, Attach color in any ch 2 sp of any granny square. Ch 3, 2 DC in same sp, 3 DC in each sp around. Sl st to beginning ch 3. (90 DC)
Rnd 2-19: CH 2 (does not count as st), DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning DC. (90 DC)
You can make more rounds if you want to make this longer.
Fasten off, Weave in ends.
Rnd 20: (Last round): attach yarn in any st, ch 1, sc in same st, *sk 2 sts, 5DC in next st, sk 2 sts, sc in next st, repeat from *around. Sl st to beginning sc.
Fasten off weave in all ends.

Use a ribbon to cinch the middle waist line and tie a bow.

Enjoy!

“A baby is sunshine and moonbeams and more brightening your world as never before.” ~Author Unknown

~Nadia

Crochet Tutorial: Mini Square Baby Shoes

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In the second part of all things baby week, I bring you the Mini Square Baby Shoes! In keeping with the Granny Square theme (See 365 Days of Granny Squares project), I’ve created these cute little shoes that are the sweetest touch to this layette.

Continue to follow this series as I will be making a dress, and a security blanket lovey next.

Baby Booties
Baby Booties

Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make these adorable shoes:


CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF FILE FOR THIS PATTERN

***You can always contact me via Facebook 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)
Share your work on Facebook!
Add me on Snapchat: YARNutopia
Follow me on Instagram
Visit My Ravelry Store and add this to your Favorites!
Follow me on Twitter: @YARNutopia
Enjoy this video and subscribe to my channel on YouTube for more tutorials on how to crochet!
Leave a comment, and share with your friends!

Pattern:
Designed by Nadia Fuad
You may sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my website YARNutopia.com.
Please do not copy, sell, and/or post this pattern and claim it as your own.
Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make these booties: https://youtu.be/cP5Iyo84T8M

Materials:
-Bernat Softee Baby in Pink (Less than 50 yds)
-Herrschners Whisper Soft Yarn in White (Less than 20 yds)
-Size G6-4.25mm Crochet Hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

NOTES:
-This pattern is written for an infant. This will fit a baby that is 3-6 months old. Use a smaller hook to make it smaller or a larger hook to make it bigger.

Special stitches:
Ch: chain
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
HDC2TOG: Half-Double Crochet Decrease

Booties: Make 2

Mini Granny Square:
Ch 4
Rnd 1: Work 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, ch 2, work (3 dc in same ch sp, ch 2) 3 times; join with a sl st in top of ch 3. Fasten off.

Rnd 2: Attach new color in any ch 2 sp, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), work 2 dc in same sp; ch 1, * work (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next sp (corner made); ch 1, repeat form * twice more, ending with 3 DC in beginning ch 2 sp where we started. join. Fasten off. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Cuff:
With Pink:
Attach in any ch2 sp, ch 21, pull loop on hook through adjacent ch 2 sp. Do not twist ch. This forms foundation for ankle cuff. (See video tutorial to learn how to make this part)

Rnd 1: Ch 2 (Does not count as a stitch from here and throughout), (You are going to work back along the foundation chain you just made), HDC around ch, (Now work along the side of the granny square) HDC in ch 2 sp of granny square, HDC in next 3 sts, HDC in ch1 sp, HDC in next 3 sts, HDC in ch 2 sp, sl st to beginning HDC of this round. (30 HDC around)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, HDC in each st around. Fasten off, Weave in ends.

Bottom part of Foot:
Rnd 1: Hold the shoe with the cuff pointing downward. Attach Pink to the foundation row of the cuff (see video tutorial for this part), Ch 1, HDC in each foundation chain, (Now work along the granny square), HDC in the Ch 2 sp, HDC in the next 3 sts, HDC in ch1 sp, HDC in next 3 sts, 2 HDC in ch 2 sp, HDC in next 3 sts, HDC in the next ch 1 sp, HDC in the next 3 sts, 2 HDC in the next ch 2 sp, HDC in the next 3 sts, HDC in the ch 1 sp, HDC in the next 3 sts, HDC in the ch 2 sp, Sl st to the beginning HDC of this round. (48 HDC)

Rnds 2&3: Ch 2, HDC in each st around, sl st to beginning HDC. (48 HDC)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, HDC in 1st 9 sts, (HDC3TOG)3x, HDC in next 18 sts, (HDC2TOG) 3x, HDC in the last 9 sts. Sl st to beginning HDC of this round. (42 HDC)

Rnd 5: Ch 2, HDC in 1st 7 sts, (HDC3TOG)3x, HDC in next 15 sts, (HDC2TOG) 3x, HDC in the last 8 sts. Sl st to beginning HDC of this round. (36 HDC)

Rnd 6: Ch 2, HDC in 1st 5 sts, (HDC3TOG)3x, HDC in next 12 sts, (HDC2TOG) 3x, HDC in the last 7 sts. Sl st to beginning HDC of this round. (30 HDC)
Fasten off with long tail.
Turn shoe inside out, sew bottom hole closed.
See video tutorial for visual instructions.

Lace (Optional): Ch 55, Fasten off, Weave through cuff of shoe (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Enjoy!

“There is no foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world.” ~Joshua Scott Davis

~Nadia

Crochet Tutorial: Mini Square Infant Hat

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I’ve decided to dedicate this next week to all things BABY! To start this project, and the ensemble set, I’m making an infant hat first. In keeping with the Granny Square theme (See 365 Days of Granny Squares project), I’ve created this cute little cap that is sure to keep your precious bundle warm.

Continue to follow this series as I will be making booties, a dress, and a security blanket lovey for a very special baby.

Baby Hat

Here is a close-up photo of what the hat looks like:

Baby Hat

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

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF FILE FOR THIS PATTERN

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***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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Pattern:
Designed by Nadia Fuad
You may sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my website YARNutopia.com.
Please do not copy, sell, and/or post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials:
-Bernat Softee Baby in Pink (Less than 100 yds)
-Herrschners Whisper Soft Yarn in White (Less than 30 yds)
-Size G6-4.25mm Crochet Hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

NOTES:
-This hat makes the granny squares first, then the rim of the hat, then we work the other side of the granny squares and work up the hat to close up the top.
-You could use the granny square design and make that in a headband design as well! That would be really cool!
-This pattern is in multiples of 9 so you can make as many granny squares as you want to make it bigger and follow along with the decreases as the same in my hat
-This pattern is written for an infant. This will fit a baby that is 3-6 months old. Use a smaller hook to make it smaller or a larger hook to make it bigger.

Special stitches:
Ch: chain
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
DC2TOG: Double Crochet Decrease

Hat:

Mini Granny Square: Make 6
Ch 4
Rnd 1: Work 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, ch 2, work (3 dc in same ch sp, ch 2) 3 times; join with a sl st in top of ch 3. Fasten off.

Rnd 2: Attach new color in any ch 2 sp, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), work 2 dc in same sp; ch 1, * work (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next sp (corner made); ch 1, repeat form * twice more, ending with 3 DC in beginning ch 2 sp where we started. join. Fasten off. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Assembly Step:
Sew all your squares together in a strip and then sew the first and last square together to form a band. (headband made).

Brim: With Pink
Insert your hook into any ch 2 sp on any granny square on the bottom side of your headband.
Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as first DC), 2DC in same space, *3 DC in next ch1 sp, 3 DC in next ch 2 sp, 3 DC in next ch 2 sp. Repeat from * around (54 DC)

Rnd 2. Ch 1, SC in each st around
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Top of Hat: With Pink
Insert your hook into any ch 2 sp on any granny square on the top side of your headband.
Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as first DC), 2DC in same space, *3 DC in next ch1 sp, 3 DC in next ch 2 sp, 3 DC in next ch 2 sp. Repeat from * around, sl st to beginning ch 3. (54 DC)

Rnds 2-3: Ch 2 (Does not count as a st), DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning DC of this round. (54 DC)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, *DC2TOG, DC in next 4 Sts. Repeat from * around, Sl st to beginning St. (45 DC)

Rnd 5: Ch 2, *DC2TOG, DC in next 3 Sts. Repeat from * around, Sl st to beginning St. (36 DC)

Rnd 6: Ch 2, *DC2TOG, DC in next 2 Sts. Repeat from * around, Sl st to beginning St. (27 DC)

Rnd 7: Ch 2, *DC2TOG, DC in next St. Repeat from * around, Sl st to beginning St. (18 DC)

Rnd 8: Ch 2, DC2TOG around, Sl st to beginning St. (9 DC)

Fasten off with long tail.
Turn hat inside out, sew top hole closed.
See video tutorial for visual instructions.

Enjoy!

“A new baby is like the beginning of all things – wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.” ~Eda J. LeShan

♥Nadia

Crochet Tutorial: No-Sew Market Bag with Crocheted Edge

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The internet is flooded with ways to “go green” and help the environment. Whenever there is a way to help our great planet, I am a big fan of doing what I can! I have run across many how-to videos on ways to convert a t-shirt into a tote bag.

As a huge advocate for the four R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Re-purpose I will show step by step in this photo blog with an accompanying video, a detailed way on how you can do all four in one great project and add in a bit of crochet magic to make this project even more amazing!! We will be Recycling  an old t-shirt and Re-purposing it into a market bag, thus Reducing the amount of plastic bags that go into the landfills. ANDDD, you can Reuse it over and over! Help the environment and look stylish while doing it! It’s a win/win!

Market Bag
Materials you will need:
Tee shirt, Yarn, Crochet Hook, Ruler, Sharpie, Cardboard, Scissors, Rotary Cutter (skip stitch blade), Yarn Needle

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Lay your tee shirt out flat

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Draw lines around the neckline and the sleeves to cut

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Cut those lines (Cutting off sleeves and neckline)

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Turn your shirt inside out and grab your ruler

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Draw 3 inch lines 1 inch apart all along the bottom

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Cut along those lines (see video tutorial for visual instructions)

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Tie those strips into knots

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The bottom will “bunch up,” do not stretch it out. Tie some more knots to reinforce the bottom

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The next step is optional as you can crochet around the handles.
Get your skip-stitch blade and run it along the edges to create holes.
You can get your own skip stitch blade here

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Single crochet around everything.
See video tutorial to learn how to do this part.

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Voilà!! Your bag is done! Enjoy!

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Take it shopping! Go Green!

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Use it as a market bag, diaper bag, or a book bag.
The uses for this awesome project are endless!

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Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make your own:

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

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“A society is defined not only by what it creates but also by what it refuses to destroy.” ~John C. Sawhill

~Nadia